Ascent of Ampersand Mountain on 2020-07-21

Climber: Christina Bushunow

Others in Party:Jordyn Danforth -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ampersand Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3314 ft / 1010 m

Ascent Trip Report

3:18 hiking time total, plus time at summit because Wow, what a phenomenal view!

Set out early hoping to get parking at the Garden and do big slide - just missed so headed to Seymour- also full. I guess it's good to have 2 backup plans... Hit this trail at 8:50.

First mile plus (1.3?) is a lovely dirt and root path that we sped through. Then it gets rocky and starts going up. And up. Much steeper than we anticipated. Nothing really THAT hard, but it's a workout.

I had read a trip report about how scary some of this hike is. Not so much. There was one part I pulled myself up the giant rock by my arms using some roots - J went around and used a rope there, but pulled a muscle in her side. Coming down I did some strange contortion in the same spot and landed safely. More amusing than scary, but we took our time.

There are two big rock parts to get through near the top (including what I mentioned above) and then near the summit it is rock face, but again, nothing that bad if you take your time. Some people parked themselves right at the summit which irked me given how much bald rock face they had to choose from. Given social distancing I feel it would have been more polite to summit and then pick another spot (I mean really, there is a LOT of space up there).

Passed about 15 (more) groups on way down, so yet again, glad we got out early!

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One of many views from Ampersand summit (2020-07-21). Photo by Christina Bushunow.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1764 ft / 537 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8 km
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1764 ft / 537 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Start Trailhead:1550 ft / 472 m
    Time:1 Hours 49 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Time:1 Hours 29 Minutes

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