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Ascent of Blackhead on 2009-03-21

Climber: Alan Bangel

Others in Party:alone
Date:Saturday, March 21, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Blackhead
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3940 ft / 1200 m

Ascent Trip Report

I've already sent the pictures with explanation but this is the hike report with no fanfare.

Late start 6:02 I was in the car after a rise at 5:30.
Bank, coffee and Bagel, Gas -reached the trailhead at 9:15AM, traveled by way of Rte. 88 into Oneonta and then Rte. 23 through Windham.
10:57 - first break to remove a layer, lookout on East side of Blackhead took two pictures.
11:45 summit of Blackhead 3923 ft. on GPS.
Thank God for Crampons (no other way to accend those ice sheets)
Very tough accent for the last 1/2 mile hopefully I took the steepest and most dangerous way up. I would not like to climb down that way.
No wind - plane droning in the distance, otherwise very quiet.
Chris would have shit nickels if she'd seen the climb. Her words, "don't do anything dangerous".
12:15 getting ready to leave, someone is coming.
Thinking of extending the hike to include Blackdome Mt. once I'm in the col I'm only .6 miles from it's summit.
1:29 Summit of Blackdome. Short break on South ledge, just past the summit, and then down.
3:27 back to car, clothes change, treat head wound, 3:39 leaving the parking area.
Break in Windham for a sub sandwich and to ask about skiing.
Reached home about 6:40.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1790 ft / 545 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb, Ice Climb
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1790 ft / 545 m
    Trailhead:2150 ft / 655 m
Descent Statistics



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