Ascent of Basin Mountain on 2012-05-19

Climber: Dan Quinlan

Others in Party:Kaerstin
Date:Saturday, May 19, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Basin Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4826 ft / 1470 m

Ascent Trip Report

A very challenging hike with gorgeous views!
Looks like another great weekend for a hike! Lil-Yeti, Red Goat, Emay, Rajasab, Shivaraj and I started from the Garden parking at 8:30am, sun shining and 55 degrees. The walk along the Phelps trail to JBL was easy and we reached the lodge at 9:55 am, where we regrouped to discuss if anyone wanted to go over Big Slide. At 10:10 the entire group continued in the direction of Saddleback via the Orebed Trail. The new slide on Saddleback created by Irene is STEEP! But fun! Gudrun decided it was too steep for her and waved us goodbye as we continued up the slide. Although there are some nice new stairs built on the side of the slide, Lil-Yeti, Emay and I went straight up the slide and as the trail ducked into the woods, Emay was having so much fun he decided to continue straight up the slide. We regrouped higher up the mountain when he bushwhacked his way back onto the trail. We reached the State Range trail at 12:40 pm. Although we have already done Gothics, we decided we need to come back and try this ‘cable’ route.
We reached the summit of Saddleback at 1:15 pm and enjoyed just fantastic views in all directions. We had some lunch and hung out for awhile before we lightened our load, Lil-Yeti left her backpack and Emay left a few of his water bottles in her pack, before we headed for Basin at 1:40pm.
Holy smokes! The exit off of Saddleback is steep, open and a bit scary! I would say this is the most technical section we have done here in the High Peaks. But we all got down safely and now we just are wondering how we are gonna get back up! But usually up is easier than down. The rest of the trip to the summit of Basin went well and we reached the summit at 2:30, where the views were amazing and we spent the next 40 minutes just enjoying the gorgeous weather! At 3:10 we decided we can’t stay here all day and headed off the summit. We reached the steep part of the trail going up Saddleback at 3:40 and the 200 meters took us 20 minutes to get up!
The section from Saddleback to the slide seemed to take much longer than I remembered coming up. Emay and I decided to go down the very steep section of the slide the same way we came up, on all fours going backwards! Lil-Yeti decided the nice new stairs would be more prudent! We reached Johns Brook Lodge at 6:25pm and were back at the Garden parking at 7:45pm. This was a great hike, fantastic views on a perfect day!
Summary Total Data
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Beautiful blue sky!
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Phelps, Orebed, State Range Trails
    Start Trailhead:Garden Parking  
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Saddleback-Basin

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Saddleback Mountain2012-05-19 a4700 ft / 1433 m
2Basin Mountain2012-05-19 b 
Total Trip Gain: 4700 ft / 1433 m

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