Ascent of Table Mountain on 2011-10-15

Climber: Stewart McGuire

Others in Party:Peggy McGuire
Kimberly McGuire
Date:Saturday, October 15, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Table Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3847 ft / 1172 m

Ascent Trip Report

Arrived at the Denning trailhead around 9:15 am. Skies were mostly cloudy with signs of rain the prior night. Signed in after talking with a trail maintenance group gathering in the parking lot. Started up the yellow trail (forest road) and made it the 1.2 miles to the junction with the blue blazed Peekamoose-Table trail in about 30 minutes. After crossing the two bridges over the Neversink East Branch river (the first of which was damaged but still usable by Hurricane Irene the prior month) we started ascending steeply. As we got to the top of the first ridge summit the wind gusts increased dramatically! We continued up along the ridge, getting some relief from the wind as we descended into the 2 cols along the way. We finally arrived at the Table lean-to at 12:30 and had lunch. After only a brief stop, we continued up to the summit of Table Mountain and found the cairn that marks the top. We had originally wanted to continue on to Peekamoose Mountain as well, but as we reached the cairn it started to rain and we were all cold from the gusty wind. So we turned back at this point and headed down. On the way down the rain came and went several times and we even heard a couple distant rumbles of thunder coming from the direction of Slide Mountain. We arrived back at the trailhead at 3:30 pm having taken only 2.5 hours to descend.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1712 ft / 522 m
    Elevation Loss:1712 ft / 522 m
    Distance:7.6 mi / 12.2 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Breezy, Overcast
Overcast with gusty wind and brief light rain
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1712 ft / 522 m
    Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Route:FLT East to Long Path South
    Trailhead:Denning Trailhead  2135 ft / 650 m
    Time Up:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1712 ft / 522 m
    Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Route:Long Path North to FLT West
    Trailhead:Denning Trailhead  2135 ft / 650 m
    Time Down:2 Hours 30 Minutes

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