Ascent of Blake Peak on 2011-10-01

Climber: Dennis Van Amburgh

Date:Saturday, October 1, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Blake Peak
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3970 ft / 1210 m

Ascent Trip Report

Signed in around 7 or 7:30, walk to and from Colvin was ho-hum, the climb up Colvin was challenging in spots due to some scrambles. There was one particular scramble that I was surprised to see on a marked trail, had to do some stretching to reach some rock crevices to pull up, and the left side was essentially a drop straight down if you mess up. Didn't expect that. Was fun, rained the entire time and was windy, about 38F, so was getting cold. Summit of colvin was nice, had an old school benchmark. No views today. The col between Colvin and Blake looked steep and seemed like it was going to be a hassle coming back up Colvin, but it actually wasn't that bad coming back. The ladders were nice. Was a very wet, muddy hike heading up Blake. There was a sign on the summit similiar to other AMR signs that didn't declare the summit but pointed toward colvin and pinnacle ridge. There is an overlook a little further down but i just turned around as the weather was miserable and i wouldnt get a view anyway. As i was heading back from Blake i saw two individual couples hiking up, a small group, and a large 8x crew all heading toward blake, then as I was descending colvin, i saw a younger solo hiker making his way up just past the junction with elk pass. Once i hit the ausable parking lot, around 3pm, it started pouring much worse than the rain I experienced, so I lucked out!
Summary Total Data
    Distance:16 mi / 25.7 km
    Route:Bypass Trail
    Trailhead:Ausable Club  
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Raining, Cold, Very Windy, Low Clouds
Ascent Part of Trip: Colvin-Blake (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Colvin2011-10-01
2Blake Peak2011-10-01

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