Ascent of Green Mountain on 2015-11-29

Climber: Richard Hachem

Date:Sunday, November 29, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Green Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3960 ft / 1207 m

Ascent Trip Report

After climbing Giant, I headed towards Giant lean-to. The trail going there has blowdowns all over the place. It's not completely open, you have to go around some in 2-3 spots and watchout not to get lost. The trail had a lot of ice going down and I took a nasty 30feet slide on my way back and hit my side on a trunk on the bottom. I hurt my arm and ribs, but was fine to continue. I've tried going to the Giant lean-to before during a snow storm at night in winter and couldn't find the way until I stepped in water and froze my feet. I went back. . This time I understood why. There's some kind of pond in an area that looked pretty destroyed. The trail is north of this and pretty easy to follow, but would be hard in other conditions. So after I got to the lean-to, decided to leave my poles there and headed straight to the summit. The forest area there is not too bad, you can go fast bushwalking finding easy path to follow but you have to push through trees a bit and jump over some blowdowns. It seemed very easy, but later it became very steep and a big wall of tense trees. This is where the real work started. I could not really find a herd path there, some places branches were broken and there were some signs of other people going through but it was all over the place. So hard bushwalk up to the summit and also had to scramble past a rock wall. I found you could avoid it going aroud later. Now on the summit, it's pretty flat. I looked around, there's a herd trail crossing the middle of the mountain, but could not see any sign. The summit is pretty obvious if you turn around. The GPS point I had wasn't very precise. Spent 20 minutes turning around, then headed back. I got lost a bit going back up giant, then the very dangerous ice slide and finally going back down giant was pretty terrible. Hard to see where to go and snow had covered all signs of ice. Going over the icy and exposed slides, with a headlamp and trying to find where the trail heads was pretty scary and dangerous. Start-End (12h16 - 17h26, total time 5h30) 12h16 register 13h18 giant (1h02 went over bump) 13h56 giant lean-to (0h38) 14h36 green summit (0h40 1 mile bushwalk) 14h58 looking around for summit (0h20 no sign found) 15h23 back to lean-to (0h25) 16h25 back up giant (1h02, fall on ice, healamp on it's almost total darkness) 17h26 back down giant (1h17, wow longer than going up because ice and hard to orient)
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After passing a wall of dense trees and steep terrain, Green Mountain summit will be right behind more trees and blowdowns. You'll have to fight a bit for it, then it's flat and a bit more open with a relatively easy to find high point (2015-11-29). Photo by Richard Hachem.
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Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Richard Hachem
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