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Ascent of Rocky Mountain on 2017-10-07

Climber: Jonathan Koop

Date:Saturday, October 7, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Rocky Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3508 ft / 1069 m

Ascent Trip Report

Herd path up Lone was very prominent. I found it a short ways after leaving the Fisherman's path. I found it just above a field with pricker plants. The bushwhack up to this point was not too thick. Very easy to find the canister. Nice open area with ferns at the top.

I took the short route to Rocky from Lone. The descent was a little steep but not too bad. After the descent I lost the herd path and had to fight through thick pines to move on my planned route. The trees were so thick I had trouble moving forward at all. If I do this again I will either stay to the left and go around these thick trees or check ahead whether there is a better way on the right side. At the end of the thick pines was a more open area with many dead trees followed by the summit shortly after.

The bushwhack from Rocky to Balsam cap was slightly easier. The pines were less thick. I don't think I found a herd path until I reached the top of Balsam Cap.

The herd path from Balsam Cap to Friday was very prominent. At the beginning of the Friday ledges there was a way to descend and go right, I chose to stay up on the ledges and go left. This way was difficult with thick trees and lots of blow down. When I reached the next set of ledges I went up in a different area south of the correct spot since it looked climbable. This got me to the true summit of Friday quickly but I had trouble finding the canister. I found it after backtracking toward what I thought was the standard way to climb the Friday ledges.

From here since it was thick to go back toward Balsam Cap and people I was speaking with said that there were no ledges in the back I decided to just go down the back of Friday since all directions to the Fisherman's path were difficult. It was fairly thick and there was lots of blow down. I reached the steep area on the topological map and it was steep and there were a few small ledges, but it was manageable to get down through there slowly. After this it seemed to open up a bit and was easier to travel. I headed toward the creek from here which turned out to be a bad idea since it was thick and uneven terrain. It would have been easiest to head down the center to the junction of streams where the Fisherman's trail ends.

The Fisherman's trail was not easy to follow until the area where it joins the herd path to Lone (the one further in which I did not take). The rocks in the Neversink were very slippery. I found it was easiest to just bushwhack which ever side was flattest up until that point, switching sides several times. Soon after I reached an area where there were several campsites. Travel was easiest on the North side of the Neversink here. People had warned of a Beaver dam further down and to cross back to the sound side which I did.
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