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Ascent of Black Dome on 2015-01-19

Climber: Cynthia Chan

Date:Monday, January 19, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Black Dome
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3980 ft / 1213 m

Ascent Trip Report

Jose Mediavilla was interested - his 1st winter hike in the Catskills range, so I chose a relatively mild hike with trail, and some nice winter scenery - the original plan was to bag Thomas Cole then Black Dome, though I realized later that Black Dome was enroute to Thomas Cole. Last time I hiked the Blackhead Range, we bailed before Thomas Cole due to the fresh snow.

Well, deja vu - we hiked the beginning of the trail with some fellow hikers, one fellow going for his 3500 badge. They split to bag Black Head and we continued aiming for Black Dome. We wound up breaking trail for Black Dome and decided to return another day for Thomas Cole - darn, I wish I had not decided to leave my snowshoes in the car! We ran into another fellow, heading up to Black Dome as we were descending - he was going on for both Black Dome & Thomas Cole. He thanked us for breaking the trail partially for him... we ran into the original duo at the junction - by then Jose Mediavilla had his 2nd wind and we continued to summit Black Head, came back and headed home. All in all, a beautiful, yet windy day in the Black Head Range - I will return another day to summit Thomas Cole.

We made decent time:
Start 10am
Summit Black Dome 12:15pm (we broke trail)
Summit Black Head 2:30pm
Finish 4pm

We also ran into a few hikers from Fresh Meadows who did not have any microspikes on, but seemed in good spirits... atleast we were better off then them

Got a chance to take more photos this time!
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Part of Trip: Black Dome & Black Head Winter (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Black Dome2015-01-19
2Blackhead2015-01-19



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