Ascent of Cascade Mountain on 2013-04-20

Climber: Susan Daniel

Others in Party:Michael Kirby
Date:Saturday, April 20, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cascade Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4098 ft / 1249 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was the first mountaineering "expedition" for my husband and I in our attempt to become "46ers". We bought along our Jack Russell, Macey with us. The weather was cool at the bottom (40's) and muddy and wet on the trail. It started snowing on trail and continued lightly the entire time. We were well prepared with our hiking poles and eventually with our spikes when the trail transitioned to hard packed snow and ice near the top. We both brought our fully packed packs in case we needed to stay out there over night. The sketchiest part was the very high wind at the top. The summit is a giant rock and it felt like you could be blown off - especially when the wind gusts. It was reported to be 20-30 mph winds but I think at the top it was more than that. It was so cold up there too. We had to take our packs off to summit because the wind was catching them and it felt like we were going to be blown right off the top! About 1/3 way up we shoved Macey into a makeshift sling in Michael's shirt. She was nice and warm in there and we think she was happy to not have to slosh through the mud. Internet reports we read said this trail was dog and family friendly, and maybe it is more so in the summer, but there are a lot of rocks and boulders to climb over on the trail. I would not take anyone less than 12 on this trail for sure! View from the top is spectacular, but we immediately turned around after a few quick pictures to prove we made it because of the dangerous winds and cold. We plan to make a return trip there when we go for Porter Mountain. The experience was good enough that we want to go back, and Michael is now thinking about how to convert the truck into a camper! So all in all, a very positive experience! Now 45 peaks left to go!!!!
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The photo that started it all! Top of Cascade Mountain in ADKs, NY (2013-04-20). Photo by Susan Daniel.
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Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles, Animal/Pet
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Extremely Windy, Partly Cloudy
30 mph and higher gusts on summit. very cold. snowing during hike but not accumulating.

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