Ascent of Mount Colden on 2010-05-29

Climber: Dennis Van Amburgh

Date:Saturday, May 29, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Colden
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4715 ft / 1437 m

Ascent Trip Report

Regular drizzle from 7:30AM at Heart Lake till ~10:00AM when i arrived at the false summit via Lake Arnold. Looking at the actual summit from the false summit looks much worse than the actual climb. Was only another 20-30 minutes decending/ascending the col. Sun started really coming out when on the summit and decending back down the col. Rocks slippery in the col. Had lunch on false summit, headed back down. Only saw 5 other hikers and two friendly dogs during the outing, until getting back to Marcy Dam area where I passed well over 100+. Good weather, good times, this was a pleasant and beautiful hike, slightly blood-pumping, barely felt the ascent.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2535 ft / 772 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12.6 mi / 20.3 km
    Route:L Morgan Porter Trail
    Trailhead:Heart Lake  2180 ft / 664 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Calm, Clear

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