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Ascent of Moxham Mountain on 2018-11-10

Climber: Lori S

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, November 10, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Moxham Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:2464 ft / 751 m

Ascent Trip Report

Snowshoed up Moxham Mountain (dug through the snow to find the summit marker, which says, "Maxam"). There was about 8 inches of snow at some points. Some had gone before me without snowshoes (however, their tracks went off in another direction....hunters??) so I tried to smooth out those tracks, but a party of 3 were signing in as I left and didn't have snowshoes, sooo.....I believe my hard work will be ruined. It took longer than expected due to breaking trail. Wicked strong winds along the ridge and overlooks (which have several fabulous views). Knocked me right to the ground. This is a really nice trail with lots to see, including a huge beaver dam. GPS kept failing to get satellite reception for some reason. Sky was weird. Kept changing from overcast to clouds to partially sunny to total whiteout for a minute or so. It also looked "murky".

I wasn't able to get to the trailhead, as the plowed road ends .2 mile from the trailhead. The plow guy said park in the driveway at the last house. When I stopped NEXT to it to scope out a spot, the owner was coming down it yelling at me to MOVE RIGHT NOW, I said MOVE NOW which I planned to do. There's a plow turnaround spot, so that's not a good spot (although the party of 3 used it). Roadside worked for me. Big high clearance trucks were able to make it down to the trailhead and beyond.

#22 of Adirondack 29er; I marked only party on mountain, as I saw no one until back to the trail register, but sign of others, just saw no one.
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At summit of Moxham Mt (2018-11-10). Photo by Lori S.
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Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cool, Very Windy, Low Clouds
40ish with wind chills along ridge and at summit much lower; so gusty it knocked me to the ground.



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