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Ascent of Caudal on 2015-10-24

Climber: Melissa Hoffmann

Others in Party:Paul Homkow
Date:Saturday, October 24, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Caudal
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3320 ft / 1011 m

Ascent Trip Report

The final peak on our hike, Caudal's descent proved to be a little tricky because of multiple rock scrambles and a rocky, sometimes wet trail that was covered with fall leaves.

The hike to the summit was not terribly challenging, but pleasant. Most of the leaves were down and we enjoyed views from all the high points of this trip.

As we descended from the summit, the seasons changed. There were very few leaves clinging to the top of Black Dome, Thomas Cole, Camels Hump and Caudal—and the winds were brutal—but we descended into a deciduous forest at the height of its autumn season, brilliant with reds and golds, with a calmer breeze and more comfortable temperatures.

Careful footing was key. We sometimes lost the path under the carpet of leaves. Eventually we made it to a trailhead very far from our vehicle. But some hikers we chatted with on Black Dome happened to drive past us on the highway, and gave us a ride back to our car!
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Descending (2015-10-24). Photo by Melissa Hoffmann.
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Summary Total Data
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Cold, Very Windy
Chilly—freezing at summits
Ascent Statistics
    Route:From Camel's Hump summit
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Accidental Blackheads Range Adventure

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Black Dome2015-10-241800 ft / 549 m
2Thomas Cole Mountain2015-10-24 
3Camels Hump2015-10-24 
4Caudal2015-10-24 
Total Trip Gain: 1800 ft / 549 m



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