Ascent of Panther Peak on 2020-08-03

Climber: Lori S

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, August 3, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Panther Peak
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4442 ft / 1353 m

Ascent Trip Report

Took the Bradley Pond trail to the herd path. Rained for a couple hours, then cleared. Wet and muddy trails the whole way. Hit Times Square and got confused as to which way to go as it's "straight ahead"; circled around the trail "straight ahead" and came right back to Times Square but didn't realize it and kept going "straight ahead and was on the trail back to the parking area! Met another hiker who let me know that; together, we made the same mistake of looping back to that spot. Figured it out and on my way to Couch. The bog was very wet and looked deep, unsure how much but another hiker said up to his hip; stayed to the left and didn't fall in! Trail to Couch was mostly a descent, meaning so much up on the return. Hit the summit, turned to go back to Times Square and onto Panther Peak. Hit Panther summit quickly. Back down to Times Square to figure out which path to Bradley Pond. Got on track and aimed to get off the herd path by dark. Did that, although hiked out several miles in the dark.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Mud/Swamp, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Raining, Pleasant, Calm
Rain then clearing
Ascent Part of Trip: Couch/Panther

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Couchsachraga Peak2020-08-03 
2Panther Peak2020-08-03 

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