Ascent of Rocky Mountain on 2014-01-19

Climber: Jeremy McKeon

Others in Party:Dan Drury
Josh McWaters
Date:Sunday, January 19, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Rocky Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3508 ft / 1069 m

Ascent Trip Report

Departing from the summit of Lone, we stayed with the group whose tracks we followed up Lone, as we descended down to the col. We were following along with some bear prints for a little bit, and then headed off the left side of the ridge line, just below the col. The group stopped to reorientate ourselves, and then I took the lead, bushwhacking back up to the ridge line, past the densest section, right at the col, then walked straight towards the summit. Sections are very tight, like swimming through trees and branches, but it was much better in the winter with everything dead, and we just kept going up until we ran out of up. Going back, Dan lead and made a good calculated move to follow our tracks back to the col, and then headed down between the two mountains there. We stayed to the left and a bit higher ground, avoiding ever hiking down along the drainage, and eventually descending straight down to the Neversink. From that point we just followed the fisherman's trail back along the river, being forced to cross a few times, but a much nicer and simpler hike back than I remember from three years ago.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Part of Trip: Neversink Winter Trip (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Lone Mountain2014-01-19 
2Rocky Mountain2014-01-19 
3Table Mountain2014-01-20 
4Peekamoose Mountain2014-01-20 

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