Ascent of Giant Mountain on 2013-12-14

Climber: Richard Hachem

Date:Saturday, December 14, 2013
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Giant Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3520 ft / 1072 m

Ascent Trip Report

Left at 4pm, very late, had to use headlamp soon. I was looking for the lean-to but lost track in large open and blown down area. Trees were falling and I was scared. I then fell in water and my feet froze. Couldn't see 2 inches in front of me. I tried to track the lean-to with GPS but bushwhacking in these conditions was not possible. Went back, found a big rock to sleep under, prepared mat, sleeping bag and bivy sac. I was really starting to freeze. When I decided to get in sleeping bag, my crampons wouldn't unbind and I was stuck with them. Decided to leave and get back to the car. I took a very long time tracking back, couldn't see footsteps or trails, I used GPS to trackback but wasn't working too well in ultratrack. Total time 9 hours and almost no progress, only 12 miles.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3520 ft / 1072 m
    Weather:Snowing, White-out
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3520 ft / 1072 m
    Start Trailhead:0 ft / 0 m
Descent Statistics

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