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Ascent of Spruce Mountain on 2014-01-26

Climber: Deb & Rob Osterhoudt

Date:Sunday, January 26, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Spruce Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:2009 ft / 612 m

Ascent Trip Report

Recent snow ~12', 15 degrees, light wind, overcast. There are three ways to the summit - a sled trail, an old logging road trail and the way we went which was a combination of the old logging road to a bushwack to the tower, then down the sled trail for 200' to a bushwack for the rest of it. This was a tough bushwack due to the heavy snow (over a foot) and the significant amount of blow down in some areas and logging debris in others. The tower area is nice but the only views (in winter) are along various peek out spots during the hike. Should have been about 2.25 miles but we made it 2.5 and about 2 hours long with our route.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1079 ft / 328 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:spruce mtn bushwack
    Trailhead:930 ft / 283 m
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Snowshoes
    Weather:Frigid, Calm, Overcast
15 degrees at base
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 



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