Ascent of Table Top Mountain-Middle Peak on 2011-10-09

Climber: Jean André Laverdure

Date:Sunday, October 9, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Table Top Mountain-Middle Peak
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4308 ft / 1313 m

Ascent Trip Report

Yes!!! I began bushwack from near Tabletop Summit trying to follow the col of high ground northeastward to Middle Peak (GPS .36 mile / 2:05) while coming back followed a slightly more direct path crossing my way to some surprise in very heavy thickets and ledges even to following a sort of very faint herd path which opened out near to Tabletop summit outlook (GPS .29 mile / 1:42). This opening is to be barely seen but seems to directly lead down past ledges that can easily be zigged but then zagging is thickly time consuming. Tabletop flank has more ledge and mossy, rotten, and dangerous posthole footing while Middle Peak has thicker and less open terrain. Fortunately neither ledge nor blowdown are overwhelming. Summit and col are quite often visible along the way lending less claustrophobic sense to the bushwack. The one precious resting outlook is sight from Tabletop Mtn over to an expansive Mount Marcy, Middle Peak whereas is a cocoon of evergreen. I was fortunate to have my poles; Stupidly Insane, Yes!!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3549 ft / 1081 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3549 ft / 1080 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.8 mi / 17.4 km
    Quality:10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3549 ft / 1081 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2244 ft / 684 m; Extra: 1305 ft / 397m
    Loss on way in:1305 ft / 397 m
    Distance:5.5 mi / 8.8 km
    Route:Truck, Van Hoevenberg Trs, Tabletop Rte & Bushwac
    Start Trailhead:South Meadow  2064 ft / 629 m
    Time:5 Hours 50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2244 ft / 683 m
    Distance:5.3 mi / 8.6 km
    Route:Bushwack, Tabletop Rte, Van Hoevenberg, Truck Trs
    End Trailhead:South Meadow  2064 ft / 629 m
    Time:6 Hours 18 Minutes

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