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Ascent of Mount Colden-North Peak on 2012-08-11

Climber: Roy Tarantino

Others in Party:MJT
Date:Saturday, August 11, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Colden-North Peak
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4560 ft / 1389 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started out at 6:45 am at the Loj trailhead. Took the Van Hoe trail to Marcy dam. Because the bridge was out, was re-routed around to the new bridge. Passed the Dam and took the Avalanche Pass Trail. It was very muddy due to recent rain. Very dramatic approach to Avalanche Lake. At the Lake the it was spooky quiet but beautiful. Passed the trap dike with waterfall up Colden. Maybe next time we'll try it. It took about an hour to go around the lake, cross over to Lake Colden and find the MT Colden trail head. Started the ascent at 10:15, reached the summit at 12:15. A 2 hour climb. Very steep, with a lot of mud. Most of the ladders were washed out. Looked like we were the first ones up. Soon afterwards, I was sitting by the balanced rock and heard voices. It was 2 guys going up the trap dike. At the top, the views faded in and out with the mist. Ate lunch and then started down. Passed several parties going up on the way down. Made it down to Lake Colden in 1 hour. Next stop Algonquin Peak via Lake Colden trail.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Misty cloulds drifting in and out
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Avalanche Pass Trail to Colden Lake
    Trailhead:Heart Lake  
Descent Statistics
    Route:Colden Lake



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