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Ascent to Giant Mountain-1.1 on GPS on 2013-04-27

Climber: Alan Bangel

Others in Party:Can't Find ClimberID br>Matt Bangel
Date:Saturday, April 27, 2013
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Carpool
Point Reached:Giant Mountain - 1.1 on GPS
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:2940 ft / 896 m
    Remaining Elevation:1686 ft / 514 m (50% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

It was a perfect day for a hike. I had had an early preminision that there would still be snow on the summit; but, we had had a second year with a mild winter and with Cortneys enthusiasm to try the Mountains I was willing to attempt a hike at the end of April (we thought this would preceed dealing with the black fly season). I even brought the yak trax but because the conditions looked so promising I left them in the car; besides, Matt and Cortney did not have similar gear. Note: no other hikers that we saw had spikes but that's not to say they were not in their packs.
We hit thre trail at 10:15. We moved slowly and steadily over moderate terrain, a visit to the top of Raring Brook a few pictures, and back to the real hike. At about 11:15 Matt needed to apply some mole skin and soon after we had to do a tricky crossing of Roaring Brook. Crossing water is always a challenge, one slip and the results can leave you very uncomfortable for the rest of the day or even end the hike do to inability to re-warm or injury. We also knew we were probably coming back this way and would have to deal with the crossing again. At 11:48 I informed the group that we needed to take a drink break at 12. After drinks we were beginning to deal with steeper hiking and the addition of ice and snow, we could now see, because of the lack of leaves, the ridge above us and the area below the mountains summit. We were only half way there. We had just passed a troublesome icy patch (about 15 feet long), Matt and Cortney going off trail to the right and me chiping toe holes in the ice to take a more direct route,when two people came down the trail in front of us. On a previous meeting two people we met said they had turned around, now again we were informed that they had traveled about a mile further up and conditions were significantly worse so they had turned around. After they moved past us we made a similar decision. Backtrack to a trail junction and take a detour to the Giant Washbowl.(The summit would not be ours today). As we decended we met a large school group coming up, which lead to conversations about crazy things people do without really thinking them through.
The junction turned out to be right before the stream crossing so on our way down we turned left and proceeded to climb to the Washbowl. By 3:07 we had found a place to rest, eat, and discuss future plans. Some more pictures and off we went looking for the trail junction that would lead to the ridge trail. We found that junction and also a trail that would lead to chapel pond. We decided to take that trail down to the road and then do the road walk back to the car. This trail was rather steep but we all did well. We returned to the car at 4:45 PM.
Since I had not placed new batteries in the GPS I had lost power so the following stats at mental estimates based on this and passed experience. Hike length to 2940 ft. (1.1 miles on GPS)according to the trailhead sign we had actually traveled closer to 2.4 since the junction to the washbowl was 1.9 miles in,(I'm listing it as 2.2) .3 miles backtrack to the junction, .9 miles to the Washbown, .7 miles decent of trail to Chapel, .8 mile road walk to car. 4.9 mile hike with an altitude gain of 1664 ft.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1664 ft / 508 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Great hiking day temp. in the fifties
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1664 ft / 508 m
    Distance:4.9 mi / 7.9 km
    Route:Roaring Brook Falls Trail
    Trailhead:1276 ft / 388 m
Descent Statistics
    Route:Trail from Giant Washbowl to Chapel Pond



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