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Ascent of North Mountain on 2007-09-10

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Monday, September 10, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:North Mountain
    Location:USA-Massachusetts
    Elevation:2205 ft / 672 m

Ascent Trip Report

Day #110 - - LAST DAY - -
6h00 - We woke up to a drizzle/fog, not a good day for hike. However this is the last day, the weather didn't bother me, I was pumped to get this out of the way.
6h45 - Rose dropped me off at TH outside of town and went back to the Inn, she'll check out later and pick me up at N Adams around 17-18h00. I wore a light day pack with water and a lunch, started out with a poncho, at a good pace, felt great.
Overall it was a lousy, UNEVENTFULL LAST DAY with an off and on light drizzle, fog on higher elevations. A good long (8 mile) climb to the summit of Mount Greylock, not difficult. Didn't go to the monument as I've been there before, MA's Highest Point all fogged in. Rose and I drove up here, for a visit, in 1999-05-22, for my 34th USA HIGHPOINT.
I moved good all day, number of granny breaks on the ascent, took 2 lunch breaks. No views whatsoever.
Anticlimactic finish at N Adams MA, (17h30) Rose was waiting at Phelps Ave TH. I wasn't at all excited, a normal day on the trail.
We drove/overnighted at a hotel in Albany NY, had a nice dinner with wine. In the morning we drove back home.

THIS COMPLETES THIS YEAR'S TRIP AND THE WHOLE OF THE AT. FOLLOWING ARE THE AVERAGE STATS FOR THIS 110 DAY(includes 12 rest days) TRIP.
11 states (GA,NC,TN,VA,WV,MD,PA,NJ,NY,CT,MA), 1577.7 miles, 5.8 hiking hrs/day, 2.8 mph, 16.1 miles/hiking day, 60 miles of climbing and a total cost of 4920 US$.
-- 22 days over 20 m/d.
-- 41 days between 15-20 m/d.
-- 35 days under 15 m/d (19 were in the first month), 13d under 10.

PHYSICAL RESULTS
-- Lost 15 lbs (down to 170 lbs).
-- Poison ivy all dried up.
-- Balls of my feet are very numb from the daily pounding.
-- Hands/fingers are pins and needles (carpel tunnel), arms especially the left, very sore - keeps me awake at night.
-- Huge bump on the underside of my right arm, below the elbow, from my fall of July 11.

-- Broken left toe, from February while in Mexico, is still very sore.
-- I feel strong.

"THE REWARD OF A THING WELL DONE IS TO HAVE DONE IT "
"SOME DREAM .....SOME DO .... FEW DO BOTH."
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1085 ft / 331 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1085 ft / 331 m
    Extra Loss:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:23.3 mi / 37.5 km
    Route:AT last day #110 nb- Dalton/N Adams
    Trailhead:dalton, MA   1220 ft / 371 m
Descent Statistics
    Route:AT nb to Saddle mtn
    Trailhead:rte #2, phelps ave, N Adams MA  



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