Ascent of Street Mountain on 2005-10-10

Climber: Luc Tremblay

Date:Monday, October 10, 2005
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Street Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4134 ft / 1260 m

Ascent Trip Report

Daniel and I planned to go hiking on the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, but on Friday, the weather forecast called for rain on Saturday and Sunday. So we put it off until Monday and advertised our outing on Friday before leaving the office. On Sunday we set up to try Street and Nye on Monday. It was chosen because it is a short hike and there is not much view, so we wouldn’t miss much with the predicted heavy clouds. Christine Bédard, another young engineer from the office decided to come with Dan and I.

The three of us gathered at my house at 5h30 and drove in my car to the Adirondack Loj parking. It was very cloudy but not raining. It would remain like this all day. Humidity was closes to 100% with droplets of water floating in the air sometimes. We left the parking lot and hiked around Heart Lake and on to the sign that signals the old ski trail, marking the beginning of the herd path. This was our first herd path peak, the web indicated the herd path as well travelled and very easy to follow. It was not hard to follow, but attention was needed on the first half because leaves covered the ground. Once higher up in the evergreens, the path was as easy as official trails to follow.

With fall rains, the herd path was quite muddy. When we reached Indian Brooke, I quickly realized that fording without getting wet would not be possible. I took off my boots, socks and pants putting them into or high on my daypack. Daniel and Christine were looking upstream and downstream for a place to cross on rocks. When they got back, I started wading across. Of course, the water was cold but the round rocks on the bottom were not hurting my feet and at the deepest spot water was mid thigh, not threatening to wet any of my gear. I made it across, pulled a towel from my daypack, dried myself and dressed. Looking at the map before leaving home, I figured that fording might be inevitable and had brought the towel. Daniel followed, shortly after me, with his longer legs, water barely reached above his knees. Christine was still looking for a place to rock hop across, but after a while gave up and decided to strip to her panties and wade across. Once on the west side with us, she made us swear we would not talk about this at the office. During the following weeks, she eventually told the story to a lot of our colleagues. After all, it was just a funny part of the adventure!

Going up on the other side, Christine was faster than Daniel and I. She runs 5 to 15 km everyday and it showed, she was fitter than us. We reached the cairn indicating the Y. We went to Street first and ate our lunches. After lunch and usual summit pictures, we made our way to Nye summit. We were in thick clouds on both summits, but on a clear day, a partial view to the south would be available from Street. After more pictures on the summit of Nye, we came back down. Because of rain on the previous days, the trail was muddy and everyone fell down at one point or another on slippery roots beneath the leaves or something else.

When we got to the brook, its water level had receded a bit since the morning on this rainless day. A bit upstream, we found a place where we thought that rock hoping across was possible. Anyway, with just a short distance to go on the other side, we figured it did not matter if we wetted our boots or even fell in the water as we would soon reach the car and that it wasn’t very cold either, therefore no risk of hypothermia. Christine went first and gracefully jumped from one rock to the next. I followed her, not so gracefully but still made it across without getting wet. Daniel was the last one to go, with his long legs, he could walk on spots where Christine and I had to jump. Somehow, he lost footing and put a foot in the river and then just waded in the last third saying his feet were wet anyway. We walked back to Heart Lake and went around on the other side this time. We had taken 6 ½ hours to cover 12 ½ km and gain a total vertical height of 825 meters.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2280 ft / 694 m
    Total Elevation Loss:705 ft / 213 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.2 mi / 6.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2280 ft / 694 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1952 ft / 595 m; Extra: 328 ft / 99m
    Loss on way in:328 ft / 99 m
    Distance:3.4 mi / 5.4 km
    Route:Standard Heard Path
    Start Trailhead:Adirondak Loj Hikers Parking  2182 ft / 665 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:377 ft / 114 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:Standard Herd Path
    End Trailhead:Street Nye Col  3757 ft / 1145 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Street-Nye (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Street Mountain2005-10-10 a2280 ft / 695 m
2Nye Mountain2005-10-10 b426 ft / 130 m
Total Trip Gain: 2706 ft / 825 m    Total Trip Loss: 2706 ft / 825 m

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