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Ascent of Blackhead on 2012-02-04

Climber: Brian Lubbert

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, February 4, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Blackhead
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3940 ft / 1200 m

Ascent Trip Report

Part 1: (Blackhead)

Hiked up from Big Hollow Road. Hiked up Black Dome trail. Most was covered in a few inches of snow. The elevation gain above 3200 ft was a nice steady climb. I saw Bob Cat tracks in the snow and it made for some fun hiking at the Bobcat was sliding on the fresh powder on top of ice. This showed me where the ice was. I took a right and climbed up Blackhead. Several section were very icy on the west face between 3600 ft and 3700 ft. Above 3700 it was only snow and made for an easy hike through the Balsam and Fir. Reached the summit to find Christmas tree ornaments. I followed the Blue Escarpment trail a bit and saw a lot of ice so I turned around and descended towards Black Dome.

Part 2 (Black Dome):
The climb up Black Dome was scary as my hiking partner went ahead of me. The one set of ledges at around 3600 ft (estimate) was a bit iffy as I did not have an Ice Axe and truly needed one but I made it over the ice with microspikes and hand holds from tree roots. The rest of the climb was fine once I found true snow again. The summit was wonderful. I could not have returned this was so we continued west as a pair. (I have bought snow shoes and crampons and will never make a summit in winter without Crampons in the backpack or on my feet again)

Part 3 (Thomas Cole)

The climb was easy. We avoided an icy 5 foot ledge by going off trail a bit. Cole has no views but we walked around the top a bit to make ourselves feel we made the summit the mountain.

(Parts 4 and 5)

We descended to Camel's Hump where we had a view of Windham. On this day the snow started to disappear around 3400 ft. By the time we reached Causal we returned to late Fall with bare ground. We made it back to the car with the rest of the afternoon a head of us.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1740 ft / 530 m
    Total Elevation Loss:540 ft / 164 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1740 ft / 530 m
    Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
    Route:Red Black Dome Trail to Yellow (Blackhead trail)
    Start Trailhead:2200 ft / 670 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:540 ft / 164 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:Yellow Trail (Blackhead mountain)
    End Trailhead:Lockwood Gap  3400 ft / 1036 m
    Time:30 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Blackhead range

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Blackhead2012-02-04 a1740 ft / 530 m
2Black Dome2012-02-04 b530 ft / 162 m
3Thomas Cole Mountain2012-02-04 c340 ft / 104 m
4Camels Hump2012-02-04 d60 ft / 18 m
5Caudal2012-02-04 e 
Total Trip Gain: 2670 ft / 814 m    Total Trip Loss: 2870 ft / 875 m



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