Ascent of North Dome on 2020-07-05

Climber: Ed Kobos

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, July 5, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:North Dome
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3610 ft / 1100 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started on the Mt Sherrill Summit.
Headed out along a herd path, toward North Dome.
The Herd Path would disappear, every now and again.
I would bushwhack using my GPS and compass toward the North Dome Summit.
There was still a lot of ground cover as detailed on my ascent of Sherrill.
I had to avoid some cliffs and blow down.
I did descend to the shallow col between the mountains, before ascending to the summit of North Dome.
I had to avoid blow down and the prickley plants. There were some wet areas in the col, so I took many detours.
I hit a very good herd path only about 50 feet from the canister. The flies were still bad, but I decided to try and eat my lunch quickly. I kept everything in my zip lock bags until the last second before entering my mouth. After signing in and taking a few selfies of me and the trees, I headed back to Sherrill, and then back to the trailhead.
The return trip was a bit better as there were a few more visible herd paths on the south side of the ridge.

When I returned to Sherrill, I contemplated heading to the 'other' Balsam Mt. I bagged the idea just after passing Sherrill, because the Herd Path vanished, again. I also forgot to program the summit coordinated into my GPS. It was an easy decision.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2849 ft / 867 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4834 ft / 1473 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.4 mi / 10.4 km
    Grade/Class:Class IV
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Cool to start, to Upper 70s
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1009 ft / 307 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 44 ft / 14 m; Extra: 965 ft / 294m
    Loss on way in:965 ft / 294 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.5 km
    Route:Bushwhack across Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Started on Sherrill Mt  3566 ft / 1086 m
    Time:2 Hours 11 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3869 ft / 1179 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2029 ft / 619 m; Extra: 1840 ft / 560m
    Gain on way out:1840 ft / 560 m
    Distance:4.9 mi / 7.9 km
    Route:Back to Sherrill then Bushwhack to TH
    End Trailhead:Shaft Rd, off Rt 42  1581 ft / 481 m
    Time:4 Hours 21 Minutes

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