Ascent of Mount Colvin on 1993-09-12

Climber: Alan Bangel

Others in Party:Don Shultz
Date:Sunday, September 12, 1993
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Colvin
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4035 ft / 1229 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is my third hike report.
On September 11th and 12th, 1993 Don Shultz and I took our third ADK hike. We originally had planned to climb Gothics and Sawteeth or just Gothics; but another person who had wanted to climb Gothics, with us was unable to make it. So, we decided to save that climb for a more convenient time for all. Instead we made the climb up Colvin and Blake as you suggested in an earlier correspondence.
We spent the night in the van as we had on our other hikes. The van being parked in the clearing located about 1/2 mile East of the lake road. On the 12th we ate breakfast at the Noonmark Diner and were on our way by about 7:45AM. The weather was windy, cool, and cloudy. Most of the walk up lake road was with other hikers headed for Nippletop, and we continued past the Gill Brook Trail to the shorter second trailhead.
We met two groups of hiker/campers during the first two miles on the trail. The first pair or campers were located to the right and above the trail and I didn’t see them until we were right next to them. They were having morning coffee by a small pup tent, we learned that they had hiked the previous day and were going to walk the last 4.5 or miles back to their car and head home, that morning. The second pair of campers was less than .5 miles further down the trail to the left side, two women, rolling up their belongings. I can’t recall if they were just starting or where they said they were going after breaking camp.
The trail up to Colvin was wet and slippery but the assent was easy, at least it felt like the easiest of our three hikes. We passed a group of hikers, college students, headed for Nippletop just before the two trails separate. And a lone hiker passed us, trail-runner who seemed to fly up the hill, about .5 miles from the Colvin peak. From Colvin the view down into the valley was fabulous unfortunately the clouds drifting through the area made it difficult to see much else.
The hike over to Blake and back was the hardest part of the journey. Blake’s summit was in cloud cover and we saw nothing from it. It was also difficult to determine exactly where the top of Blake was. No protruding rocks, benchmarks, etc., so we wandered around the summit to be sure we had covered the highest point and then headed back towards Colvin. As the day moved on the temperature was dropping and the wind was picking up. When we finally got back to the summit of Colvin it was later than we had hoped and it was very uncomfortable to sit on the rock face without the shelter of the trees. We did take a good number of pictures, including one of the benchmark on Colvin; I believe it was dated 1896. Later I was to learn that the film was not properly loaded into my camera and when we had returned to the van I had no visual documentation of this hike. (I’m keeping an album) I also lost about twelve shots that I’d taken during a recent trip back to New York from California. My son, who is 12, and I had spent a good part of August camping and driving across country, that is part of another long story which I won’t begin to re-count here. In any case we, Don and I, did the climb, TRUST ME.
All together I figured this hike to be 14.32 miles in length.
The trip length is important to me because I walk as exercise and hobby and keep track of mileage by year and in total. In fact my first goal was to walk 3000 miles, and climbing the 46 peaks was my second goal, after the first was met. By years end I will be close to the 4000-mile mark.
Our next climb isn’t slated until after the black fly season of 1994.
Six down forty to go.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2330 ft / 710 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2330 ft / 710 m
    Trailhead:1705 ft / 519 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:14.3 mi / 23 km

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