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Ascent of Balsam Mountain on 2012-02-06

Climber: Matt Sedlak

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, February 6, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Balsam Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3600 ft / 1097 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started at McKinley Hollow. Bright beautiful day. Very little ice or snow on the lower elevations, ice only in center of trail on ridge line, and ice and compacted snow on summit, but only couple of inches deep. Barebooted all the way. Great day to really take in the surroundng terrain. Water still running in the streams, saw no one else on the trail. A few blowdowns and washouts early on on the trail, but all easily navigable - some hardy souls were working on a new footbridge across the McKinley Brook near the trailhead - I crossed on a few logs that were placed across the sream - looks like a re-route is coming. The third crossing of the brook 0.1 after the shelter is a sharp left at a tree trunk where stone steps go down to the brook and the trail on the opposite side looks like it actually goes back along the brook but swings around to the northwest again. This crossing is "masked" due to all the blow down and washout.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1875 ft / 572 m
    Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Route:Olivera-Mapledale Trail + Pine Hill West Branch
    Trailhead:McKinley Hollow PA  1725 ft / 525 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:2 Hours 14 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 31 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Matt Sedlak
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