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Ascent of Dial Mountain on 2012-04-07

Climber: Dan Quinlan

Date:Saturday, April 7, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Dial Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4003 ft / 1220 m

Ascent Trip Report

Nippletop and Dial
Where did the beautiful blue sky go!
The previous evening’s sunset was gorgeous red, promising a great day for hiking. Even the weatherman predicted a sunny / partly cloudy day.
So with abundant sunshine and not a cloud in the sky, Lil-Yeti, the Red Goat and I started our hike from the Huberts parking lot at 8:40am, the temperature was 30 degF.
The walk to the trail head registration was quick and easy and at 9:00 we were headed down Lake Road. The plan is for Gudi to go clockwise and Kaekae and I will go counter clockwise, we’d meet somewhere around Dial. So at 9:15 the Red Goat headed up the Leach trail and Lil-yeti and I continue along Lake Road, Since I had just gotten a new camera, we stopped several times to take pictures of the different water falls along the way.
The trail up to elk pass was in good shape, we ran into some snow and although not necessary yet, we put on our micro spikes just to get better grip. As we continued along the way, the wind began to pick up and by 11:30 high clouds had moved in and our wonderful blue sky was completely gone. It could have been worse, at least the clouds were high and so the peaks remained in the clear. As we got higher in elevation, there was a few inches of new snow on top of some very hard ice. Having micro spikes now was certainly worth it. We did see a few hikers coming down with bare boots, mostly on their butts or hanging tightly on to the trees on the side of the trail.
Just before we got to the summit of Nippletop, we got the best view of Dix that we have yet to see since we have been hiking in the Adirondacks. We reached the summit of Nippletop at 1:10 where there were 3 other hikers enjoying the views. We had wonderful views of the peaks all around us, but the blue sky that we had earlier this morning sure would have made them spectacular. The temperature was 32 degrees, and a bit breezy (I forgot to you my anemometer for actual data.) After a small snack and lots of pictures, Lil-Yeti and I headed for Dial Mountain. When we were about 500 meter from the summit, we met up with Gudi and now the family was back together again. We made the offer to go back to Nippletop, but she had no desire to do that, so we all headed to Dial. The Leach trail was not quite as icy as the Elk Pass trail. Although the snow rail was a bit narrow, the cold weather kept is solid so the going was pretty good. We reached the summit of Dial at 3:00, where again we had clear views of the Wolfjaws and Armstrong, but the blue sky remained hidden. The temperature had fallen to 30deg and the wind gusted to 22mph. A bit too chilly to sit around and enjoy views for too long. It was interesting to hike through the area where a forest fire came through some years ago. There are no trees bigger than an inch or two in diameter. Not the prettiest part of the hike, but you certainly could see where you are going!
We were back on the Lake road at 5:40 and at the parking lot at 6:15. It was a great hike, but we sure wished the blue skies that greeted us this morning could have stayed long enough to enjoy when we were on the summits.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Overcast
High clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Nippletop Tr, Goddard Leach, Lake Rd, Ausable Rd
    Trailhead:Nippletop  
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Nippletop-Dial

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Nippletop2012-04-07 a
2Dial Mountain2012-04-07 b



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