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Ascent of Panther Mountain on 2018-07-15

Climber: Jacob Kitson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, July 15, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Panther Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3720 ft / 1133 m

Ascent Trip Report

Continuing my hike from the summit of Giant Ledge to the south, I found to my dismay that I had to go down before coming back up. The col between Giant Ledge and Panther Mountain is almost two hundred feet below the former's top, but the descent (and later ascent on the return trip) is more gradual than the ledge's south side. The path is level for some distance through the col, then becomes quite steep as it heads up Panther Mountain, with a number of minor scrambles interspersed along the rocky climb. There is a lookout about a half mile below the summit, which looks southeast; Giant Ledge is very prominent from this perspective, as is the Burroughs Range.

The summit of Panther Mountain is just off the trail, beyond a fern-covered clearing. The summit is covered in fir and spruce trees, which are of remarkably uniform height, likely on account of weather conditions. There is an overlook a few hundred feet past the highest point, although you need to climb atop a boulder for the best view. This looks more to the northeast than the views on Giant Ledge and farther down the mountain, towards the Central Catskills in Greene County. Descending Panther there was again the tendency to snowball on account of the trail's steepness, although not as much so as on some steeper trails, like Hunter's Becker Hollow.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:916 ft / 278 m
    Extra Gain:198 ft / 60 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:Panther Mountain-Giant Ledge trail
    Trailhead:Giant Ledge summit  3200 ft / 975 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:45 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Panther Mountain 2018 (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Giant Ledge2018-07-151035 ft / 315 m
2Panther Mountain2018-07-15916 ft / 279 m
Total Trip Gain: 1951 ft / 594 m    Total Trip Loss: 1951 ft / 594 m



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