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Ascent of Big Indian Mountain on 2008-11-28

Climber: Ted Wallace

Others in Party:Scott Smith
Nick Burns.
Date:Friday, November 28, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Big Indian Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3700 ft / 1127 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started from the south on the Pine Hill-West Branch trail. Parked at the parking area (duh) on West Branch/County 47. About 3.5 miles on the trail before turning east to bushwack the last quarter mile to the summit. About an inch or two of snow at the bottom, but probably around a foot at the top. I put my snowshoes on at around the 2500 foot mark (just past the lean-to) and broke the trail for Scott and Nick (they left their snowshoes in the car). Tough going. This would have been an easy hike without the snow. The trail meanders up, starting between 2000 and 2100 feet, so the elevation is gained over enough distance to make it fairly easy - again, sans snow. The cairn and herd path to the summit were snow-covered, so we it ended up being a true bushwack (for 1/4 mile). Even so, the cannister was pretty easy to find. We had planned to bushwack over to Fir as well, but we didn't have the daylight to bushwack 2 miles in the snow to the summit, and then another 2 or so back to the trail. We started around 8:30 and finished around 3; hit the summit at 12:30. It looks like the snow is going to make it hard to do any more multiple-peak days for a while. This was #23 for Scott and me and #5 for Nick.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Around 25 degrees.



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