Ascent of Arab Mountain on 2015-06-06

Climber: Alan Bangel

Others in Party:alone
Date:Saturday, June 6, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Arab Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:2539 ft / 773 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hike Report from June 6th and 7th 2015

This is simply an attempt, my computers are so old that they rarely can complete a task.
This was an overnighter in the Adirondacks to climb three fire towers. I left home at 7:31 about a half hour later than I had originally planned for, no big deal, no real stress involved. I took a different route up using a car GPS (for the first time on my own)(I really am a Neanderthal). It followed the same route I had mapped out using map-quest about eight months prior. I was heading towards a Ranger College near Wanakena, NY and I reached the destination at 11:25. This is a much quicker way into the Adirondacks, living where I live, if you need access to things on the West side. After locating the correct parking area and trailhead I was hiking at 11:45. The Ranger Station is on the Oswegatchee River leaving Cranberry Lake Fantastic area for Kayaking and fishing. (note for future) The trail was easy to follow and this one did not have significant elevation gain, at 12:20 I was in the tower, having met one family of hikers that had stopped for lunch on an exposed rock, three children and their parents. Iíd also encountered one fast moving Garter Snake. GPS readings 1723í+/- 20 hike 1.02 miles.
I took some pictures and headed back to the car, I was ahead of the schedule I had set for myself, so I wasnít really pushing it. Reaching the car at 1:03 2.0 miles on the GPS and an elevation reading of 1076í to 1732í on the elevation scale. That reading gives me 656í of gain and this hike was surely not that difficult. Other climbers have the elevation at several hundred feet, about half of my reading. Iíll modify my readings after a little research. Next up was Mt. Arab about a 35 minute drive away.
Some difficulty locating the correct roads, the car GPS was useless, because I did.nít know how to set it. I relied on my maps and because I was trying to switch between the two, made some errors is judgment concerning distance and location. At 2:05 I was at the trailhead. Starting elevation reading was 1798' at 2:14 I was on my way. Original plan was to start this hike at 3:00 so I was still ahead of schedule.
Arab was a climb, not difficult but some fair elevation gain. I reached the top at 3:00 with .93 miles showing on the GPS. This summit had Tom a volunteer naturalist working today. The observers cabin which had been re-built was now a museum and Tom had two giant Black Newfoundland Dogs to keep him company during his a stay. After taking pictures from the tower I spent some time speaking to Tom and going through the museum. In 1904 and 1908 there were great fires in the Adirondacks that burned huge areas of timber this started the call for fire observers and towers. Most original towers were built of wood and lasted five to seven years. In and around 1917 & 18 the metal towers began to replace the wood towers. Radio communication slowly improved to inform local authorities of fire concerns. In the 1980ís the last observers were dismissed, with fire search going to small aircraft. (quick summary) Interesting group of hardy men who spent may long hours alone, and often-in harsh conditions, to do a needed service.
At 4:32 I was back at the car still half hour ahead of schedule. GPS readings 2.04 miles and elevation readings of 1778' to 2549'. These reading are very close to expected, which causes me to think the others are closer than I had thought.
Time to look for nighttime accommodations.
I stopped at a restaurant in Tupper Lake to ask about local camping and and was directed to a Municipal Beach and Camp area nearby. I was also informed that the temperatures tonight were close to a frost 39 degrees. (I failed to bring an extra blanket). At the Camp area I paid my $15. and placed my lawn chair on site 50 to let people know I was around. There were no others in the tent area. I had a large site with plenty of flat area for the car. I headed into town for dinner and searched out the Little Italy restaurant that Tom had told me about.
After dinner I headed towards the Wild Museum in Tupper but it had closed at 6:00, so I headed back to the campsite.
At the campsite my chair was gone. It was my mother’s chair that I had been using for ballgames; I searched the grounds but came up empty. I was a bit miffed at loosing it since they don‘t make them like that anymore, it was old but in good condition, and most chairs today are heavier or that formed plastic crap, that doesn’t fold. Out of luck I decided it was time to take a shower.
The sun was setting so I retired to the van, after getting the tent-back on. As I went over my plan for tomorrow and read the WEEK magazine, the cool air gave me a chill so I decided to close the trunk to keep the wind out and retain whatever heat I could generate.
By 9:00 I was tired enough to sleep. Keeping clothes on I snuggled into my sleeping bag.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:761 ft / 231 m
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
60's great hiking weather
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:761 ft / 231 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:common trail fire tower #21
    Start Trailhead:Road  1778 ft / 541 m
Descent Statistics

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