Ascent of Wittenberg Mountain in 1981

Climber: Stewart McGuire

Others in Party:David McGuire
Andrew McGuire
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Wittenberg Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3780 ft / 1152 m

Ascent Trip Report

This 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
Ascent Statistics
    Route:South on Wittenberg, Cornell, Slide Trail
    Trailhead:Woodland Valley Campground Trailhead  
Descent Statistics
    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)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Wittenberg Mountain1981
2Cornell Mountain1981
3Slide Mountain1981

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