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Ascent of Mount Redfield on 2012-05-26

Climber: Dan Quinlan

Date:Saturday, May 26, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Redfield
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4606 ft / 1403 m

Ascent Trip Report

Kaerstin and I are headed out on our fist overnight hike of the season. We left a rather full Upper works parking lot at 9:10 am. The hike along the Calamity Brook Trail to the crossing of the brook at the went well, but we are a bit slower due to our full packs. We took a break at the high water bridge at 10:30 am, keeping up with Lil-Yeti is getting tougher all the time! We reached the Flowed Lands at 11:20am where we stopped to make a decision as to where we should camp. While we were hiking in, we thought that maybe we will attempt Allen tomorrow so the best thing to do is set up camp here. (The idea of hiking Allen will be abandoned later in the day.)
We did find a nice tent spot at the Flowed Lands, set up our tent and had some lunch before continuing our hike toward Lake Colden at 12:30pm.
The hike along the Opalescent was wonderful. There are many small falls and gorges where we stopped often to enjoy the running water. We reached the Redfield herd path at 2:15pm. Perhaps we were not in the correct state of mind, but the hike along the brook was a bit tough and very slow. The trail went along the brook then into the trees and back onto the brook…
We reached the summit of Redfield at 3:30 took a short break and left the summit at 3:40. It is a beautiful day and there are a couple of views as we made our way along the herd path.
We got to the bottom of Redfield and started up the herd path toward Cliff at 5:00pm. There was a fellow hiker at the jct of the Cliff herd path and we asked how the path is. He warned us it is going to be muddy, he wasn’t joking, and there are some scrambles, which we looked forward to.
The first 400meters or so of the herd path were horribly muddy. It was very slow going because you needed to find a log, rock or something to step on otherwise you would disappear in the mud instantly.
Once we got passed the real muddy section we reached the scrambles. Normally we enjoy the challenge of a scramble, but these ones were not only wet, but also were pretty muddy, making it quite a challenge. We reached the summit of Cliff at 6:00 pm. Not much to see or do once you get there that is for sure. We did take a break and had some snacks before we headed down at 6:10.
We did have one mishap coming down one of the muddy scrambles. I was helping Kaerstin down and she was having trouble finding a foot hold. Her muddy shoe slipped and she banged pretty hard against the rock. Luckily she didn’t hit her face and ended up with just a sore and bloody arm. We reached the bottom of Cliff herd path, very muddy and somewhat bloodied at 7:25pm.
We reached the Colden dam area at around 8:45 where we refilled our water and took a hand bath to remove most of the mud from our legs and hands before we made the last stretch back to our tent. We reached our tent at 9:20pm where we enjoyed a late supper before retiring for the night! It was a pretty long and tough day, but worth it!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4500 ft / 1371 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Weather was great
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:4500 ft / 1371 m
    Distance:18.8 mi / 30.3 km
    Route:Calamity Brook - Redfield HP
    Trailhead:Upper Works  106 ft / 32 m
    Time Up:13 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Redfield-Cliff

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Mount Redfield2012-05-26 a
2Cliff Mountain2012-05-26 b
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