Ascent of Rocky Mountain on 2012-01-06

Climber: Michael Rider

Others in Party:Joe Dorohovech -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, January 6, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Rocky Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3508 ft / 1069 m

Ascent Trip Report

I arrived at the PA in Denning just after 7:30 to wait for Joe and Sierra. He arrived shortly after 8:00 having been delayed by the buses in Neversink.

We headed up the P-E and crossed the Neversink the first time on the bridge, which is almost level now, and headed up the Fisherman's Path.

Lots of ice in the Neversink but not much snow. Went past all the camping areas and made some interesting crossings. Sierra was baffled by a fairly easy crossing. Joe had to go back and lead her across after lots of whining. She got wet anyway.

Once we got to the place to head toward Rocky we found ourselves on the wrong side of the river. The crossing was the worst of the bunch. Finally after much searching we got across without getting wet. Sierra had no trouble crossing right on the ice.

The way up was surprisingly easy. There were some minor ledges low down but the vegetation wasn't as bad as I'd expected. The climb was pretty easy. Lots of snowshoe hare tracks high up. Also plenty of red squirrel sign. No middens. Some mystery medium size bird tracks deep in the brush.

Once we got near the summit I started looking around and spotted the can very clearly at probably 20 yd. It's gray, though slightly peeling, but stood out clearly from the very tight tree trunks on the summit. The summit itself was a nice platform of capstone with trees. It's one of the prettiest summits.

We signed in and wandered over to the view. It wasn't spectacular. Both Joe and I got whacked by branches on the way. I didn't go out onto the actual view rock.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Unseasonably Warm
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Fisherman's Path/Bushwack
Descent Statistics

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