Ascent of Sawteeth on 2011-02-15

Climber: Jesse Quonce

Others in Party:HighOnLife
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4134 ft / 1260 m

Ascent Trip Report

I am quickly becoming the unofficial summit steward for Sawteeth Mountain. On this excursion, (my third trip this year, and second in two weeks) I had the pleasure of joining HighOnLife, our second trip together in 4 days. We spent a great deal of time yesterday hashing out our plans, based mostly on weather reports. I played it safe and went to the Lake Placid EMS to rent crampons, in case we decided to go on an epic adventure. Instead, we played it safe and went for Sawteeth. I can not stress enough how great this hike was! The forecast was totally wrong; yes, the wind did gust from time to time, and yes, it was a little chilly, but in all actuality it was an absolutely fabulous day in the Adirondacks. The Lake Road Trail is in rough shape, it reminded us both of walking on a sidewalk! HOL did an outstanding job, leading most of the way, especially at elevation, where we were completely astounded at how much snow fell last night. From the col, snow drifted over the trail, in some places over a foot and a half! Nanc broke through the deep stuff, while I hamster-wheeled in tow. We were rewarded with terrific, bordering on extraordinary views of Armstrong, Gothics, Pyramid, Saddleback, Basin, Haystack, and Marcy. From time to time we could see huge plumes of snow blowing off the bare summits of Gothics and Marcy. We took some photos and took off like bandits to the bottom.

I'm really glad we braved the "Wind Chill Advisory," today was a day I won't soon forget. It was just another day in paradise with HighOnLife, who makes hiking in the 'daks a real treat. I went home with a big smile and some really terrific pictures. Thanks again Nanc for another super day!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2275 ft / 694 m
    Distance:12.2 mi / 19.6 km
    Route:Weld Trail
    Trailhead:Ausable Club  1859 ft / 566 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Clear

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