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Ascent of Popolopen Torne on 2019-03-24

Climber: Lori S

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, March 24, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Popolopen Torne
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:941 ft / 286 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started at Fort Montgomery for the loop. Very confusing once you get to the road crossings. No indication which way to go. Walked around forever looking for the next junction. Finally asked someone in his driveway and it was a mere few feet from the road (sorry I forgot the name of the road). But getting off trail, I found a really cool building ruin, too bad it was covered with graffiti and Brooks Lake (hint, if you get to the lake, you went a bit too far for the left turn). Once you hit Camp Shea Road (where you can also start for a shorter hike), it's straight up a rocky path. One way (southern, counterclockwise) will take you up a very steep, tough rock scramble...this was recommended but at this point, I had no idea where I was in the loop! So, I didn't know where to start and went clockwise. There are two ropes at sections, but I didn't need them going up. Might be useful in snow/ice but test them first, please. I soon found out and ended up going down the massive scramble. A beautiful overlook going the direction I went, then a bit more to the summit. Holy massive views of the Hudson and bridges. At the Torne summit is a huge memorial. I'll leave that as a surprise.
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Popolopen Torne summit (2019-03-24). Photo by Lori S.
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Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear



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