Ascent of Table Mountain on 2015-12-19

Climber: Melissa Hoffmann

Others in Party:Paul Homkow
Date:Saturday, December 19, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Table Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3847 ft / 1172 m

Ascent Trip Report

We did Peekamoose and Table mountains from Peekamoose Road trailhead. It was sunny and about 25 degrees at the trailhead. I knew the forecast called for teens and subzero wind chill at the summit, so we planned for that. Nice walk up, a little ice as we got above 3,000 ft. Didn't put on microspikes at the way up, but we needed them on the way down. Peekamoose goes from a wooded road to a more backcountry trail to rock scrambles and a more difficult-to-spot trail toward the summit, but it's well blazed (on the way up at least). Our biggest issue was Peekamoose's false summit with the views. I think this is the area people talk about having been recently cut. But we definitely thought we were further along than we were. The only other couple on the mountain clued us in. By the time we got through the saddle and to the summit of Table, it was snowing pretty hard. Put on spikes for the way down after falling a few times, but ended up losing a spike. Bruises notwithstanding, it was a nice hike. We've had an unusually warm winter so far (Christmas Eve, which is tomorrow, is predicted to be in the 70s), so it was neat to be walking through the woods and seeing the snow drift down and cover everything.

I wouldn't have been able to find Table's summit if it wasn't for the rock cairn that marks it.
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Summit of Table (2015-12-19). Photo by Melissa Hoffmann.
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Summary Total Data
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Extremely Windy
Ascent Statistics
    Route:From Peekamoose summit
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Peekamoose-Table

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Peekamoose Mountain2015-12-191749 ft / 533 m
2Table Mountain2015-12-19 
Total Trip Gain: 1749 ft / 533 m

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