Ascent of Saddleback Mountain on 2011-11-04

Climber: Ben Kemp

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, November 4, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Saddleback Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4528 ft / 1380 m

Ascent Trip Report

Left the Garden at about 9AM, saw some wild turkeys in the trail. Weather was supposed to be sunny, but small hail was falling instead. Took Ore Bed Trail, amazing after-effects of Hurricane Irene on the slide near the top. Slide was very icy, slipped even with microspikes. Summit was frigid and windy and a white out when I arrived, fortunately after eating lunch, the clouds cleared enough for a fine view and some pictures. Started to hail lightly on the descent via Ore Bed trail to DEC Outpost. Last 3 miles to the TH seemed to last forever. Arrived back at Garden around 4:30PM. 7 1/2 Hrs with over an hour on the summit. Weather was mediocre but the hike was still a great time in the woods.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3028 ft / 923 m
    Distance:16.4 mi / 26.4 km
    Route:Phelps/Ore Bed Trails
    Trailhead:The Garden Trailhead  1500 ft / 457 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Snowing, Frigid, Very Windy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:3 Hours 

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