Ascent of Giant Mountain on 2014-03-18

Climber: Ed Kobos

Others in Party:My climbing buddy
Date:Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Giant Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4626 ft / 1410 m

Ascent Trip Report

We arrived at the Chapel Pond trail head at 9:33 AM, and got dressed for the climb. We decided to wear only boots and YakTrax, but we both carried our snow shoes (just in case). The weather forecast promised mostly clear skies with the temps from mid 20s to high 30’s. We hit the trail and signed the log at 9:53. Once on the trail, we started climbing right away. The serpentine trail helped us climb, allowing us to take ‘mini’ breaks along the way. We missed the sign for “Giant’s Washbowl”. We stopped at the intersection to “The Nubble”, but decided to skip it, this trip. The views along the way were fabulous and we both took a lot of pictures. About one mile in, we were passed by a solo climber, who was finishing his winter 46er on Rocky Peak Ridge. He helped us identify some of he peaks, to the south. The weather changed quite a bit, going from mostly sunny to high thin clouds. As we hit the intersection for “The Bump”, we went “OVER” vs. "AROUND". On the other side, we dropped down a bit, and then began climbing again. We hit the trail to Rocky Ridge Peak, .1 miles from the Giant Summit. We stopped long enough for pictures and to look for that solo hiker on the summit. We didn’t see him, at all. On the Giant summit, the clouds cleared again, and the views were again super. We took some great pictures of Whiteface, with each of us in the foreground. We stayed on top, long enough, to eat our lunch. Then we were back on our way down, That lone hiker passed us again on his way down, at the about the same place we met him on the way up. Congrats Rob! We hit the trail to the Nubble, but didn’t take it. We did take the detour to the Washbowl. It had some great views of the cliffs above it. We were then back at the trail head at 4:49 PM
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2984 ft / 910 m
    Distance:6.4 mi / 10.3 km
    Route:Ridge (Zander Scott) Trail
    Trailhead:Trail Head across from Chapel Pond on Rt. 73  1642 ft / 500 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Clear Blue Skies at times, temp from lo 20's to hi 30's
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:0 Days 3 Hours 52 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:2 Hours 29 Minutes

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