Ascent of Giant Mountain on 2012-06-24
|Others in Party:||Chris Broere|
|Date:||Sunday, June 24, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||USA-New York|
| Elevation:||4626 ft / 1410 m|
Ascent Trip ReportStarted this hike on very little sleep and even less food. Was yawning no more than 10 minutes into the hike. For want of seeing the Washbowl we took the Ridge Trail. The rock scrambles on this mountain were slightly more difficult than I've encountered before. The bald, exposed sections of the mountain were the most muscularly challenging because of the constant pushing up to ground that can be used for resting. The views on the way up were amazing. First, Chapel Pond and then Giant's Washbowl. These were both great to look at from higher up (although we confused Giant's washbowl for Chapels Pond because we didn't realize that one of the ridges was blocking Chapels!). The summit was extremely busy since others from the Roaring Brook Trail were joining. The views were amazing, however. No pictures can recreate the feeling of standing on top of a mountain and looking down at the sheer scale of the world below. This is a place where you can forget all of your problems. A nice couple that we'd leapfrogged a few times on the trail swapped photo opportunities with us and gave Chris and I a portrait together that doesn't happen when it's just the two of us climbing alone. Another rare gesture that doesn't often happen if you're not climbing a mountain. The descent was much quicker, hard on the knees though if you've got bad knees like me. Hiking poles helped, but I need more experience with them. This trail seemed to be perfectly acceptable for children and dogs. We ran into many of both as we climbed back down the mountain. A decently easy trail for beginners; it is definitely do-able!
|Summary Total Data|
| Quality:||5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy|
| Time Up:||3 Hours 30 Minutes|
| Time Down:||2 Hours |
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