Ascent of Little Haystack on 2014-08-30

Climber: Deb & Rob Osterhoudt

Date:Saturday, August 30, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Little Haystack
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4692 ft / 1430 m

Ascent Trip Report

A group of us joined a friend as he completed his 46 on Basin. We chose the HaBaSa loop from the Garden to complete his journey. The weather was very warm and humid but a nice breeze was blowing which kept the higher elevations a bit cooler. Our last trip to Haystack was via Marcy so this was our first time taking the JBL trail all the way to Haystack. The approach was fantastic. The trail from Haystack to Basin is a very steep drop and did a job on our knees but the scenery along the way is great. The climb up Basin is a favorite with the scrambles and excellent views looking back towards Marcy and the Haystacks. Coming down Basin was a bit slick and we had a few slips along the way but the biggest thrill of the day was the Saddleback cliffs. The last time we tried these the winds were fierce and it was a scary climb. This time the winds were much lighter and it was a lot of fun. We descended via the Ore Bed trail and made it back to the Garden about 12 hours after we started including ~1.5 hours of summit time. All together it was a fantastic day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3192 ft / 972 m
    Total Elevation Loss:100 ft / 30 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
warm humid sunny
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3192 ft / 972 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3092 ft / 943 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Loss on way in:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:8.4 mi / 13.5 km
    Route:Phelps Trail
    Start Trailhead:Garden Lot  1600 ft / 487 m
    Time:4 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: HaBaSa

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Little Haystack2014-08-303192 ft / 973 m
2Mount Haystack2014-08-30519 ft / 158 m
3Little Haystack2014-08-30480 ft / 146 m
4Basin Mountain2014-08-301134 ft / 346 m
5Saddleback Mountain2014-08-30850 ft / 259 m
Total Trip Gain: 6175 ft / 1882 m    Total Trip Loss: 6125 ft / 1866 m

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