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Ascent of Sawteeth on 1996-08-10

Climber: Alan Bangel

Others in Party:alone
Date:Saturday, August 10, 1996
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Sawteeth
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4134 ft / 1260 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is my thirteenth hike report. (August 10th, 1996 hike (originally written on August 17th 1996), report entered February 25th 2010)

This summer is passing quickly by, and summer school was starting to draw to a close. I’m a Driver Education Teacher during the summer so getting out to hike is again compromised. My wish to get back to the mountains began to occupy much of my thoughts. After getting lost on Street I was a little reluctant to attempt another untrailed peak on my own, and my luck at scaring up a partner hasn’t improved at all. So on 8-10-96 I set out to add Sawteeth, a trailed peak, to my list.
I drove to the Adirondacks on the 9th. I was up early on the 10th, and started from the car at about 5:50AM. I kept a log of the photos I took and the times that I reached certain benchmarks, but when I got the pictures back from processing and had written notes on the backs of them I foolishly discarded the log. In any event it was a picture perfect day. I reached Lower Ausable Lake around 7:15 took a few photos (they came out terrible as the sun was not yet high enough to illuminate the lake and the surrounding cliffs). I chose to take the scenic route up and then go on to Pyramid Peak, since I hadn’t been there before and the views were considered very good. For some reason I prefer to climb the steeper sections and to go down the easier trails. (I never felt comfortable with heights). My direction turned out to be a good choice. At 11:05 I reached the NW summit and from the lookout there got a great set of overlapping photos that will someday be displayed on my living room wall. I met one young man on the way up; he was hauling a 45-pound pack. At the summit I met a Father and Son team who were planning to hike five of the Great Range peaks that day.
From Sawteeth I proceeded over to Pyramid. On the way I decided that instead of doubling back on the Pyramid-Gothics Trail I would go on to Gothics. On Pyramid I ate half my lunch and then on Gothics the other half. This was my third time on Gothics and as the day was beautiful the peak was busy. I met a group of seven women from Ottawa, Canada who had hiked Big Slide the previous day, an eighth member of the group had hurt her feet and was staying at JBL where they all had reservations. It was interesting listening to this group with their 17 children at home with their husbands while they’re off hiking together. Talking with them reminded me how much I prefer company instead of spending so much time alone.
Sometime around 1:30 we, a family of four, the women of Ottawa, and myself headed off the peak. We separated at the ADK Range
Trail and I went towards Lake Road alone. I’d walked this route twice before and remembered a lot of it. I was still amazed at how much it had changed. There was a good deal of new blow down and lots of work had been done to keep the trail open. By 4:30 I was back at the van. I headed off to Chapel Pond, took my now traditional swim to freshen up for the long journey home. At 5:07 I was on the road towards home.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2275 ft / 694 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Great weather for hiking
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2275 ft / 694 m
    Trailhead:1859 ft / 566 m
Descent Statistics



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