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Ascent of Basin Mountain on 2014-08-30

Climber: Deb & Rob Osterhoudt

Date:Saturday, August 30, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Basin Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4826 ft / 1470 m

Ascent Trip Report

A group of us joined a friend as he completed his 46 on Basin. We chose the HaBaSa loop from the Garden to complete his journey. The weather was very warm and humid but a nice breeze was blowing which kept the higher elevations a bit cooler. Our last trip to Haystack was via Marcy so this was our first time taking the JBL trail all the way to Haystack. The approach was fantastic. The trail from Haystack to Basin is a very steep drop and did a job on our knees but the scenery along the way is great. The climb up Basin is a favorite with the scrambles and excellent views looking back towards Marcy and the Haystacks. Coming down Basin was a bit slick and we had a few slips along the way but the biggest thrill of the day was the Saddleback cliffs. The last time we tried these the winds were fierce and it was a scary climb. This time the winds were much lighter and it was a lot of fun. We descended via the Ore Bed trail and made it back to the Garden about 12 hours after we started including ~1.5 hours of summit time. All together it was a fantastic day.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1134 ft / 344 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
warm, humid sunny
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1134 ft / 344 m
    Extra Loss:1000 ft / 304 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Haystack to Basin trail
    Trailhead:Little Haystack  4692 ft / 1430 m
    Time Up:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: HaBaSa

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Little Haystack2014-08-30
2Mount Haystack2014-08-30
3Little Haystack2014-08-30
4Basin Mountain2014-08-30
5Saddleback Mountain2014-08-30



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