Ascent of Couchsachraga Peak on 1988-10-15

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose part of the way
Date:Saturday, October 15, 1988
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Couchsachraga Peak
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3793 ft / 1156 m

Ascent Trip Report

We drove down early and left the TH (8h10 hours) at the Upper Works Road with a 2" blanket of snow on a good gravel road for 2 miles, then the trail got muddy/wet all the way to the Santanoni Lean-to at Bradley Pond. Already 3 people in the shelter, the plan was to overnight here so didn't know what we'd do after we got back.

We left the lean-to (10h45 hours) on a herd path westbound. The plan was for me move ahead quickly with Rose following in my footsteps. She would turn around when she felt like it (she turned around after 2 hours and waited at the Lean-to).
As I climbed higher the snow depth increased to 4", water dripping from the the trees, I got completely soaked making me wanting to move faster.

Once I got to the Panther/Santanoni col I continued to COUCHSACHRAGA Summit, 13h20 hours (8.15 miles, 5h10 hours from TH), signed register, names before mine were E Berhard, Burkowski, Robert Jastrab. Took break.
I met 2 guys going up on my way back, once back to the Panther/Santanoni col, A lady was waiting for these guys, they would hike out when they got back. I asked her to tell Rose that all was OK and I should be out at 18h00 (she did pass on the message).

From the col I went south to SANTANONI Summit, 15h35 hours (10.9 miles, 7h25 hours from TH). I signed the register, names before mine were John Lellman, Jos Lellman, Scott Hein
Met 3 guys on the way that are staying at the Lean-to. Concerned of the late hour and Rose I picked up the pace. Back to the col from where a short hop north remained.

I arrived PANTHER Summit, my 45th ADK 4000 footers, 16h30 hours (12.4 miles, 8h20 hours from TH), beautiful summit, signed register, names before mine .... Jennie and Jim Sausville, Paul and Sue Capone.

I got back to the beaver dam at Bradley Pond at 17h45 hours, Rose waiting (she got back at 14h00 hours and read for the rest of the afternoon).
We decided to walk out, having had to use our flashlights for the last 1 1/2 hours with no problems. Back at the TH at 19h45 hours (19.1 miles, 11h35 hours RT).

We drove to Hudson and Keene looking for a Hotel with no luck, had to drive to Lake Placid. We got a room at White Sled Motel. The following morning we would have breakfast in town, do some shopping (bought 2 sleeping bags at EMS) and climb Cobble hill before driving home.


Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2296 ft / 700 m
    Elevation Loss:2296 ft / 700 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2296 ft / 700 m
    Extra Loss:343 ft / 104 m
    Distance:8.2 mi / 13.1 km
    Route:upper works/gravel rd/tr to bradley pond/herd path
    Trailhead:parking just before upper works  1840 ft / 560 m
    Time Up:2 Hours 35 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1953 ft / 596 m
    Route:herd path to santanoni
    Trailhead:santanoni  1840 ft / 560 m
Ascent Part of Trip: couchsachraga1

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Couchsachraga Peak1988-10-15 a
2Santanoni Peak1988-10-15 b
3Panther Peak1988-10-15 c

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