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Ascent of Thomas Cole Mountain on 1997-10-26

Climber: Richard Spalinger

Others in Party:None
Date:Sunday, October 26, 1997
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Thomas Cole Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3940 ft / 1200 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hike was rated at 2 plus due to the short scrambling involved over some steep cliff bands on the hike & climb up Thomas Cole prior to the Camel's Hump.

This was the best hike I've had in the Catskills for the upper portion from the Caudal up to Thomas Cole. The open air "ridge" (actually a wide meadow in places) made this almost unique. You don't get this in the Catskills very often, and it's a real pleasure when you do.

The Blackhead Range trail was straightforward with no problems. As recorded, the 2.9 miles of the hike took me to the summit of Thomas Cole (viewpoint nearby).

This hike was done solo in late Fall of 1997, and was planned to cover the two major peaks: Thomas Cole & Black Dome. See the latter on this same date.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2290 ft / 697 m
    Total Elevation Loss:450 ft / 137 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2 +
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Cool Fall, good
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2290 ft / 697 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1840 ft / 560 m; Extra: 450 ft / 137m
    Loss on way in:450 ft / 137 m
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    Route:Black Dome Range trail
    Start Trailhead:Barnum Rd. trailhead  2100 ft / 640 m
    Time:3 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: T.Cole/Black Dome

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Thomas Cole Mountain1997-10-262290 ft / 698 m
2Black Dome1997-10-26490 ft / 149 m
Total Trip Gain: 2780 ft / 847 m    Total Trip Loss: 2680 ft / 817 m



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