Ascent of Giant Mountain on 2012-07-25

Climber: Adam Sarata

Date:Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Giant Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4626 ft / 1410 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was my fourth high peak attempt. I had attempted Giant Mt. several years ago but decided to turn around at the washbowl because we started too late. I prepared all spring and summer for this hike by hiking, biking, and some swimming. That paid off pretty well. I also took a break from hiking for several days before I started this hike. That made my legs nice and fresh for Giant. I slept decent the night before, but a few more hours of sleep would have been nice. Woke up at 6am in lake pleasant (where I was staying for the week), got prepared, and then drove and hour and a half north to the trail head of Giant on rt 73. I arrived there at 8:30am. I quickly signed in and hit the trail (solo). The first section that leads to the washbowl is steep and then after the washbowl is less steep at times. I made a bad mistake of not filling up on water at the washbowl. Maybe I was moving too fast, or didn't want the extra weight. But when I reached the summit I had half a liter left, more on that latter. Soon after the washbowl you begin to hike on the slides. Fantastic views! This really kept me going in good spirits. You soon see painted yellow markers and cairns. There is at least one false summit. At one point you reach a sign that says over or around bump. I took around bump, and passed a lady who passed me earlier. We both quickly joked that around bump is the better choice. Not too far from the bump you will reach the summit. The views were priceless. Especially on this day which could have not been more clear and comfortable. There were maybe 15-20 people on the summit, but didn't feel overcrowded. Some wise cracker was doing handstands on the summit and scaring his girlfriends. I meet a guy on the summit who worked in the town I grew up in just outside of Buffalo. We hiked down together and had a nice chat. I had intentions of trying to do Rocky Ridge, but I did not feel I had enough water. A kind hiker offered me some and tried to get me to go, but I declined. I probably could have made it, in hindsight, but I probably would not have enjoyed the extra climbing. I was intent with making it to the summit of Giant, and I have a feeling I will be returning there again someday, hopefully better prepared to attempt Rocky Ridge. The hike down takes just as long to get up (around three hours). In some places you will need to scramble some, or grab some branches for support. Nothing too crazy though. I ran out of water just before the washbowl after trying to conserve. I was able to fill up with water at the washbowl with my water filter. Again the views are amazing, and you can see almost see every high peak from Giant plus a huge valley that separates you from them. Had I been able to control the temperature, bug level, and visibility when I signed in, I would have dialed in exactly what I got. This had to of been the best climbing conditions possible. No bugs! Dry Trail. Lower 70's and perfect visibility. What a wonderful hike, and was so grateful for the conditions.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3010 ft / 918 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Sunny and beatiful
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3010 ft / 918 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Trailhead:1616 ft / 492 m
    Time Up:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:3 Hours 

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