Ascent of South Mountain on 2010-05-30

Climber: Eli Wolfhagen

Others in Party:Jane Portman
Vadim Gindin
Lena Katsnelson
Emily Bauman
Frankie Portman
Date:Sunday, May 30, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:South Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:802 ft / 244 m

Ascent Trip Report

(Continued from HIGH TOR)

This portion of the trip is covered by page 42 in Section 4 of "The Long Path Guide, 5th Edition" (LPG).


At this point, there was no choice but to scale over South Mountain and descend to our waiting car. Within two seconds of entering South Mountain County Park on the western side of Central Highway we were reminded of the danger of Lyme disease-carrying ticks in the area, much to the chagrin of some of the group. That said, at least we were reminded by a detailed sign of what must have been at least 100,000x magnified tick and not a real one.

The remaining portion of the hike was a constant exercise in convincing ourselves that "this was the last climb!" However, after three such "last climbs", we made it to the real last climb to the top of South Mountain, unwilling to stick around. Descending back down off the peak we came to some beautiful overlooks finally returning to NY-45 and the Mount Ivy Commuter Parking Lot.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:407 ft / 123 m
    Total Elevation Loss:532 ft / 161 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.2 mi / 3.6 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:367 ft / 111 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 227 ft / 69 m; Extra: 140 ft / 42m
    Loss on way in:140 ft / 42 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route:Long Path
    Start Trailhead:Central Highway  575 ft / 175 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:392 ft / 119 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 352 ft / 107 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m
    Gain on way out:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.7 km
    Route:Long Path
    End Trailhead:Mount Ivy Commuter Parking Lot  450 ft / 137 m
Ascent Part of Trip: 2nd Annual Pre-V Bday Hike (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Hook Mountain2010-05-302245 ft / 684 m
2High Tor2010-05-301155 ft / 352 m
3South Mountain2010-05-30407 ft / 124 m
Total Trip Gain: 3807 ft / 1160 m    Total Trip Loss: 3392 ft / 1034 m

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