Ascent of Giant Mountain on 2005-05-28

Climber: Luc Tremblay

Date:Saturday, May 28, 2005
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Giant Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4626 ft / 1410 m

Ascent Trip Report

In 2004, I tried many times to organize another hike with my brother in law, but Richard and his wife travelled a lot for their diplomatic job and it didn’t work out. A young guy, who had a cubicle in front of my office door, told me he was interested to try it. I was told to try Giant since it was a peak without an approach walk: you park and you go up. It would be a good hike to make it interesting for Daniel Therrien. It is 9½ kilometres (6 miles) & 910 metres (2985 feet) vertical, short in distance with a fair vertical gain.

So at 05h30 on Saturday, we met at my home and drove to Chapel Pond parking on highway 73. It was a nice sunny day but still cold early in the morning. We started going up. We stopped at many viewpoints to catch our breath, drink water and drink up the views as well. There were some nice open spots where the trail followed slabs. A couple patches of hard snow and we were at the summit. We had taken 3 ½ hours to go up. We ate our lunches and took pictures. We were alone at the top for a short while and then hikers, many hikers, joined us at the summit during the hour we spent there. Clouds also started rolling in. We packed up with me forgetting a one litre Nalgen bottle with its bottle parka on the summit: 30$ to replace it, another lesson.

We started going down at a good pace. Daniel did not have great footwear. His feet and knees started aching. We stopped at one of the viewpoint where we chatted with a fellow hiker: John, for half an hour. We finished the descent all 3 of us with a heavy shower catching us about five minutes before we reached the car. It was early as we had only taken 2h15 to go down including the long break. We went for a beer with our newfound hiking partner from New Jersey at the AuSable Inn in Keen Valley and then I drove us back to Montréal.

In the following days, Daniel lost two toe nails and bought a pair of good hiking boots. At this point we started discussing at the office about doing all 46 over a long period of time.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2986 ft / 910 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.9 mi / 9.5 km
    Route:Zander Scott Trail
    Trailhead:Rd 73, Chapel Pond Parking  1640 ft / 499 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail

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