Ascent of Big Indian Mountain on 2008-03-09

Climber: Rich Zillig

Others in Party:Tom Dickson
Chris Zillig
Rob Schultes
Date:Sunday, March 9, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Big Indian Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3700 ft / 1127 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started out on a cold, windy morning with a very light snow falling. Hike went good with a few minor stream crossings. We rested and ate at the Biscuit Brook lean-to. Crossed a tributary of Biscuit Brook that was running high. A short distance after that we came to Biscuit Brook itself which was very high from rain the day before. Had to find a low spot in the river due to having two young boy's with us. Found the best spot we could and crossed with all of us not getting wet. Trail had wet channels throught out due to heavy rain. Missed the rock cairn to turn for the summit and hiked an additional half mile past the spur trail. Tom then went with his GPS and we then bushwacked to the cannister at 3700ft. Was the first cannister signing for all, very happy occasion for all. Shot a compass reading back to the trail and came out right on the rock cairn we missed going up. Hiked back to the car crossing Biscuit Brook carefully but all of us getting some water in our shoes. Long hike finishing up with at least 11miles hiked. Chris finished up his 4th 10 miler for his hiking merit badge. He now needs one 10 miler and a 20 miler to finish up. Way to go Chris, I'm proud of you.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3400 ft / 1036 m
    Elevation Loss:3400 ft / 1036 m
    Distance:11.1 mi / 17.9 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3400 ft / 1036 m
    Extra Loss:1700 ft / 518 m
    Distance:6.5 mi / 10.5 km
    Route:PW Blue Trail
    Trailhead:Biscuit Brook Trailhead  2000 ft / 609 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1700 ft / 518 m
    Distance:4.6 mi / 7.4 km
    Route:PW Blue Trail
    Trailhead:Biscuit Brook Trailhead  2000 ft / 609 m

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