Ascent of Mount Emmons on 2010-02-20

Climber: Austin Black

Others in Party:Jean
Paul Eichas
Cyrus Schenck
Date:Saturday, February 20, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Emmons
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4039 ft / 1231 m

Ascent Trip Report

High peak day, instituted by the adkhighpeaks forum, has the goal to have someone summit each of the 46 high peaks on that day. Left campus at 4:45am with Cyrus Schenck, and picked up Paul Eichas at 5:00am. Our group planned on meeting two other forum members, Jean and his girlfriend, Natalie, from Quebec, who both proved to be excellent hikers. Drove my Jeep, as the road to the trailhead off of route 73 was not usually maintained in the winter and needed 4 wheel drive and did not want to add another 8 miles of road hiking to our trip. Arrived at the road to the trailhead at about 6:30, and met Jean shortly after and drove to the trailhead. The five of us set off at 7:05am, ready for a long day. After about half an hour, we reached the junction with the Blueberry Trail and set out towards the Seward trails. After another 45 minutes, we reached the junction with the herd trail that leads to the three peaks. The trail was broken until nearly the summit, until we caught up with the group of 6 that had been breaking trail to Donaldson, and broke trail the rest of the way. After this point, I hiked with Jean and Natalie, while Cyrus and Paul stuck together, only completing Donaldson and Emmons. The three of us broke trail to Emmons using Jean’s GPS and following another heard path. The herd path was easy enough to follow and took a short lunch break after summiting Emmons. Heading back, a number of other hikers had followed our trail and thanked us for breaking trail. The trail for Seward posed to be much more difficult to find than Donaldson and Emmons. Took us quite some time to find the herd path, and even after we had found it, it was difficult to follow and in very poor condition, the three of us took turns breaking trail. Very slow going, but finally summited Seward and were joined shortly after by more hikers who thanked us again for breaking trail. Headed back down, and began our descent from the junction of the Seward and Donaldson herd paths, which was about another 5.2 miles. Estimating from Jean’s GPS, we hiked about 15 miles round trip, perhaps a bit further. Very long but rewarding and enjoyable day, with three more winter high peaks now complete, returning to the Jeep at about 5:30. After the hike, we stopped by the ARK Lodge in Keene for a get together of the hikers that participated in high peak day, which was also very enjoyable, and we were able to meet many other fellow hikers, and got back to campus at about 10:30pm.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Snowing, Cool, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Herd Path
    Start Trailhead:Summer Entrance/Lot  
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Seward Range (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Donaldson Mountain2010-02-202800 ft / 853 m
2Mount Emmons2010-02-20 
3Seward Mountain2010-02-200 ft / 0 m
Total Trip Gain: 2800 ft / 853 m    Total Trip Loss: 2800 ft / 853 m

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