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Ascent of Cascade Mountain on 2012-05-26

Climber: Scott Duclos

Others in Party:Elizabeth Sweet
Jessica Trautwine
Bob Trautwine
Date:Saturday, May 26, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cascade Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4098 ft / 1249 m

Ascent Trip Report

Cascade was my first peak, and it was a fairly easy hike. We arrived around 7:30 am and the main lot was already full so we parked at one of the overflow lots. The weather was beautiful, around 65-70 that morning. I was hiking with my wife Beth, sister Jessica and her husband Bob. It was the first time hiking in the Adirondacks for all of us.

On the hike up we barely saw anyone, so we cruised along at a fairly decent clip. I think we reached the summit in about an hour and 15 minutes or so. There were a few people on the summit, but it was pretty empty at the time. We took in the view, snapped some pics (link for photos coming soon) and had some snacks. After about 30 minutes of relaxing, we began our descent.

It didn't take long for my brother-in-law to get anxious with this walking stuff and challenged me to run down the descent. He's a marathon runner, former ironman competitor and all around fitness psycho, so this was not very shocking. I've been doing a lot of walking lately, but not much running, but there was no way I was going to say no. So off we went. We made it about halfway down when the trail was getting a little more squirrelly, and definitely more crowded, so we decided to chill for a bit a wait for the ladies, who decided to continue walking.

During the ascent, I was watching my footing very carefully, assessing all of the possible paths and making a decision which would be the easiest, fastest route and take it. A very deliberate and time consuming process. When we started running that whole process had to be scrapped because you just don't have that amount of time to assess everything. You have to trust your instincts to chose the correct path as each decision point comes flying at you. I was amazed at how well I was able to do this and not break anything or get out of control. It was so much fun, that we decided to do some more.

For the final mile or so of the trail, we took off running again. I took the lead because I was by far the slower of the two of us, so he wanted me to set the pace. We cruised down, scaring the crap out of some of the older folks as we blew by them. We were respectful though, and slowed down as we passed.

All in all I think it took us around 2.5 hours for the hike. I had wanted to do Porter while we were there, but my sister (a few months pregnant) was getting hungry and didn't want to chance another peak. So my wife and I decided to do Porter the following day alone.

Cascade definitely turned out to be the gateway peak for us, which has led to a full on obsession. We did 6 more peaks in the following 3 weeks, with 8 more planned in the next 2 weeks!
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