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Ascent of Higby Mountain on 2013-06-11

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Michael Saxton
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Higby Mountain
    Location:USA-Connecticut
    Elevation:893 ft / 272 m

Ascent Trip Report

After having our run up upon the small fawn on Camels Hump, I considered this segment of the hike to begin at Pretons Notch. This segment has some steeper rock sections that can be hiked as a steep class 1 or you can find some routes up and over the column-basalt that nearly qualify as scrambling or at least a few routes can be chosen over the basalt rock where some hands are needed along the side trails instead of staying strictly to the well-worn main blue blaze path. Nice views are available but on this day the fog was so thick we could only imagine how far down it was to where we could hear the highway below but not see more than a few hundred feet away.

We took some fun photos of our feet overhaning the rocks on the cliff's edge and found the final cliff overlook a bit anti-climatic on Higby since Higby South had plenty of great overlooks equal to if not more impressive. It was rainy wet the entire time and the trails were running water like creeks for much of the day.

Ben L. report to the parking lot and TH was as usual, spot on.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:283 ft / 86 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Route:Blue Blaze
    Trailhead:Preston Notch  610 ft / 185 m
    Grade/Class:1 and 1+
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Low Clouds
61 F and poor visibility still
Ascent Part of Trip: HigbyCT

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Higby Mountain-South Peak2013-06-11 a545 ft / 166 m
2Higby Mountain2013-06-11 b283 ft / 86 m
3Higby Mountain-South Peak2013-06-11 c335 ft / 102 m
Total Trip Gain: 1163 ft / 354 m    Total Trip Loss: 1233 ft / 376 m



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