Ascent of Balsam Mountain on 2011-02-19

Climber: Anthony Olivari

Others in Party:Steve Perino
Peter Buttermilch
Date:Saturday, February 19, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Balsam Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3600 ft / 1097 m

Ascent Trip Report

The temperature was over 50° the day before, but dropped back to the high teens and low 20°s for this hike. This left a hard crust over which two or three inches of fresh powder accumulated with a light snow all day. We wore snowshoes the whole way, with the wind gusting over 40mph.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1600 ft / 488 m
    Elevation Loss:1600 ft / 488 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Snowing, Frigid, Very Windy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1600 ft / 488 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:Oliverea-Mapledale/Pine Hill-West Branch
    Trailhead:Rider Hollow PA  2000 ft / 609 m
    Time Up:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1600 ft / 488 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:Pine Hill-West Branch/Mine Hollow
    Trailhead:Rider Hollow PA  2000 ft / 609 m
    Time Down:1 Hours 30 Minutes

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