Ascent of Mount Colden on 2013-03-03

Climber: Steve Smith

Others in Party:Kevin Zuech -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, March 3, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Colden
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4715 ft / 1437 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked in from the Adirondack Loj parking lot past Marcy Dam to Avalanche Camps Friday night. Left camp at 8:30 AM. Headed down the trail to Avalanche Lake and crossed the lake to the base of the Trap Dike. We ascended the Trap Dike with Brad Winer leading the two bulgy sections of ice. Kevin Zuech and I took turns breaking trail through the deep snow (knee deep in places). Our route took us to the tree line and up the new slide (post Irene) to the Summit. We followed the yellow trail markers down the ridge to where it changed to red trail markers then turned around and climbed back up the 50-100 ft to the summit so we could follow the yellow markers down the easier trail to Lake Arnold. Camp was packed up and we hiked out to our cars at the Adirondack Loj parking lot.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb, Ice Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Ski Poles, Snowshoes, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Overcast

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