Ascent of Santanoni Peak on 1995-09-16

Climber: Alan Bangel

Others in Party:Jim Herbert
Date:Saturday, September 16, 1995
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Santanoni Peak
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4606 ft / 1403 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is my tenth hike report. (September 16th 1995 hike, report entered February 18th 2010)

On September 15, 16 Jim and I again invaded the Adirondacks to climb Couchsachraga, Santanoni, and Panther. We drove up on the 15th arrived late in the evening, slept in my van, and hit the trail at around 6:10 the next morning. I don’t think Jim got much sleep due to the cold. From the trailhead we followed all the recommended routes, the weather was great, clear crisp but the trails were very wet from the rain two days before. We did miss the left turn towards Bradley Pond and went the short distance to the lean-to, before doubling back. From that point on things went fairly smoothly. We did the peaks in the order listed above, Couch first, so as we got tired we had progressively shorter distances to follow and backtrack. There were many people hiking that day, something I didn’t expect on a trailess peak. My earlier worries were unnecessary now that I’ve seen a herd path. We did get twisted around at the four corners; there are so many false paths that locating the proper direction was a bit tricky. The best views were from the top of Santanoni where I shot a series of overlapping frames in the hopes of getting a panorama. (I did the same on Phelps and just got the pictures back this past week. The panorama contains 9 overlapping frames from Big Slide to Algonquin with 9 easy to identify peaks and a few I’m still not sure of.) By the time we reached Panther some storm clouds were moving in and the wind was picking up. The top of Panther was blustery and we were glad to get back to the protection of the trees, after the rock face. I’d love to know the length of the trip; the trail guide gives little information on distance for untrailed peaks. I’m estimating that from the parking lot up and back was around 17.5 miles. After cleaning up a little we headed out to dinner and then home. I dropped Jim off at 1:00AM Sunday and was in my bed at 2:00AM. This brings my total to 20 peaks. Jim and I are planning one more trip this year before hunting season starts.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1063 ft / 324 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Deteriorating during the day
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1063 ft / 324 m
    Trailhead:3543 ft / 1079 m
Descent Statistics

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