Ascent of Big Slide Mountain on 2011-04-30

Climber: Tomoko Nakajima

Date:Saturday, April 30, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Big Slide Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4199 ft / 1279 m

Ascent Trip Report

I led the hike to Big Slide via The Brothers on 4/30/2011.
The hike was right after heavily rain for a week. The ferry between Charlotte(VT) and Essex(NY)wasn't operated due to High Water at Lake Champ.
After we decided to take another ferry between Chimney Point & Crown Point, we noticed that Route 9N is closed at NY side. We had to go much further South for detour. When we started to aim North, we were stuck again with another closed road.

We delayed hiking start time about an hour due to the problems as above listed. One hiker brought 14 yrs old dog on this hike and this dog had a lot of difficulty to hike in ledges. Finally, hiker gave up to hike in at certain point before reaching to the 3rd summit of Big Slide and returned to the parking lot.

After passing the 3rd summit of The Bros, I started to wear Microspikes since trail was so slushy. The last 0.29 miles spur trail to reach to Big Slide is very steep and slushy. So Microspikes helped me to avoid sliding my boots downward.

It was great weather day for hike and I could see beautiful views from ledges at The Brothers and Big Slide.
Summary Total Data
    Trailhead:Garden Parking Lot in Keene  
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear

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