Ascent of Rocky Mountain on 2012-05-19

Climber: Brian Lubbert

Date:Saturday, May 19, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Rocky Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3508 ft / 1069 m

Ascent Trip Report

Our Final Four peaks: Parked car at end if Denning Road around 4PM, headed up Phonesia trail... found fisherman's path but we should have waited a bit longer (past the camping sites) to head eastward up the NeverSink. we headed in and made base camp below Lone Mountain. Camped there after hiking 2 1/2 hours or so. Slept, woke up, ate and headed up Lone straight up. We stayed west of the stream that runs down the face of Lone which was fine.

Canister found easily on Lone. We checked out a nice view point and headed east. An hour later we were at Rocky and checked on after a bushwack through thick Balasam in the col between Lone and Balsam we found a bit of a trail. Rocky was a quick find. It seems few hike between Rock and Balsam Cap and based on the vegetation we went though we followed none of the, About 3 hours from departing base camp we arrived at Balsam Cap. We enjoyed views just north of the canister and quickly lost the trail to Friday. We negotiated two cliffs and arrived on top of Friday hungry and thirsty. We search for a good hour before we stopped and ate something and took some water. We then hiked began our search again. I followed a trail north past what appeared to be the peaks to a nice view point and found the canister. We then descended the east slide of Friday through some balsam bu t passable. WE steeply descended the last bit to the Neversink and followed that to camp. We were all tired by that point at about 3:30PM. The next morning we strolled out . It was much easier staying on the fisherman's path headed out than in. We tied up with the blue trail and made it to the cars within 2 hours.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:258 ft / 78 m
    Total Elevation Loss:358 ft / 109 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:258 ft / 78 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:catskill divide
    Start Trailhead:col between lone and rusk  3250 ft / 990 m
    Time:30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:358 ft / 109 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:catskill dividce
    End Trailhead:col between rock and balsam camp  3150 ft / 960 m
    Time:1 Hours 
Ascent Part of Trip: FINAL (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Lone Mountain2012-05-19 a1821 ft / 555 m
2Rocky Mountain2012-05-19 b258 ft / 79 m
4Friday Mountain2012-05-19 d394 ft / 120 m
Total Trip Gain: 2473 ft / 754 m    Total Trip Loss: 2623 ft / 800 m

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