Ascent of Dial Mountain on 2011-06-04

Climber: Dennis Van Amburgh

Date:Saturday, June 4, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Dial Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4003 ft / 1220 m

Ascent Trip Report

Beautiful sunny and clear day, very pleasant weather. Hike up Bear Den was steep and blood pumping, but leveled out, and the rest of the hike was actually quite easy, up and down across Dial + Nippletop. Amazing views from Bear Den and almost constantly throughout the hike. Definately one of the nicest trails I have hiked in the Adirondacks. The descent down Elk Pass was very steep, mostly dry, but not too bad on the knees. Bugs not bad at all until later in the afternoon (around 2-3) on my hike out along lake road. Around the ponds though, at the bend on Elk Pass there were swarms of some small white gnat things directly on the trail, for about 1/4 of a mile. You literally breathed and ate these things and amazingly got enough energy from the gross-out factor to hike faster!! Maybe it was a protein boost. Massive yukiness for me at least, I put my shirt up over my nose and mouth through most of this section.

Majority of trail I was playing leapfrog and talking to a Albany ADK chapter trip leader (Kathy i believe) who was very familiar with the trail, she was a 46er, hiked at a nice pace, educated in wilderness first aid, pleasant etc -- Would feel confident hiking with her if in a group. Also met a 'Student Conservation Association' student who was camping up there for a few days from Wisconsin, he (and i believe 40+ others on various peaks) had some job with DEC to do education and such on bear canisters, flora and the like.

Summary Total Data
    Trailhead:Leach Trail  
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear

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