Ascent of Giant Mountain on 2013-09-01

Climber: Jeff Hicks

Others in Party:Josh
Date:Sunday, September 1, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Giant Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4626 ft / 1410 m

Ascent Trip Report

Josh and I made the 5 hr. drive from PA on Sat., camped overnight, and started hiking from the Chapel Pond trail head at 6:50am. We got an early start due to the Labor Day weekend, and we were the 2nd vehicle in the parking area. After signing the register, we headed up. There weren't really any views due to the low clouds and off and on rain. We passed the washbowl on the way up, and reached the summit in 2hrs. 50 minutes, at 9:40. We took a short break, had some snacks. every now and then we got a brief view, but it was mostly a whiteout. After our break we headed for Rocky Peak and arrived at the summit in about 1hr. 40 minutes. The views were a little better by now and the rain had stopped. We had another break and headed back toward Giant for the trip back down. We were getting pretty worn out by the time we got back up to Giant. The views were much better on the way down Giant, and we were passing a regular line of people that were heading up. When we got to the bottom we were still passing a lot of people that were just starting up the mtn. It seemed a little late in the day to be starting out. We even passed a guy that was hiking up in his bare feet. Anyway, we signed out at the register at 2:35pm. It was a good day of hiking. It was more of a hike than we were expecting, but it was a great workout. There were cars parked everywhere along the rt. 73. After getting back to the truck Josh wanted to walked down to Chapel Pond and cool off in the lake. I was hesitant but it turned out to be a great idea, and we certainly weren't the only ones with the idea. The lake was cold but very refreshing. We changed and started out on our 5 hr. drive back home. The whole hike took 7:45. These 2 mtns. were #9 & 10 on our quest of all 46 high peaks.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Breezy, Low Clouds
Lt. rain and overcast early, clearing into the afternoon
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Blue trail to Giant, Yellow to Rocky Peak
    Trailhead:Chapel Pond  
Descent Statistics
    Route:Reverse of up
    Trailhead:Chapel Pond  

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