Ascent of Wittenberg Mountain in 1981
|Others in Party:||David McGuire|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Location:||USA-New York|
| Elevation:||3780 ft / 1152 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThis ascent occured when I was a teenager. My brother, father and I did a 3 peak backpack trip of Wittenberg, Cornell and Slide Mountains over 3 days. We arrived at the trailhead at the entrance to the Woodland Valley Campground in Phoenecia, NY late Friday afternoon. There used to be a designated tent camping spot not too far past the water source on the way up Wittenberg. We stayed there Friday night. The next morning the weather had turned gray. We got an early start and continued to the summit of Wittenberg. As we reached the summit, the rain started falling. Not hard but enough to make us get out our pack covers and ponchos. We continued along the trail to Cornell and had lunch on the summit of Cornell. In the late afternoon we finally reached the summit of Slide Mountain inside the clouds! We could not see ANYTHING! We topped off our water at the water source on the way up to the summit of Slide. At this point the rain had stopped but we were very wet. We started down the west side of Slide and stopped at the designated campsite on the way down and spent Saturday night there. On Sunday morning we packed up and headed down to the road and completed the loop along the road and back over to the Woodland Valley Campground trailhead. We didn't have great weather or great views except on Wittenberg but I wouldn't have traded that weekend for anything! I still have vivid memories of that weekend 30 years later!
|Summary Total Data|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Gear Used:||Tent Camp|
| Weather:||Raining, Cool, Calm, Overcast|
Nice -> Rainy -> Overcast
| Route:||South on Wittenberg, Cornell, Slide Trail|
| Trailhead:||Woodland Valley Campground Trailhead |
| Route:||West on Wittenberg, Cornell, Slide Trail|
| Trailhead:||Wittenberg/Cornell Col |
|Ascent Part of Trip: Backpack: Wittenberg, Cornell, Slide (2 nights total away from roads)|
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