Ascent of Giant Mountain on 2016-01-11

Climber: Richard Hachem

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, January 11, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Giant Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4626 ft / 1410 m

Ascent Trip Report

I woke up and drove to Giant trailhead. I left around 6am. Everything was frozen hard under a thin layer of powder. Wore my spikes right away. I packed heavy for such a short hike and left with my synthetic jacket on. In normal conditions, I would have left with barely nothing, but I had no idea how everything would be. It was around 5F, my Fenix watch’s buttons were frozen. I was way too overdressed, got my jacket off pretty fast and continued. The axe and hillsounds proved very handy, I didn’t need to touch a single plant, just climbed straight through any ice climb.

It was really fun. I arrived on the summit in about 2 hours. It was much slower than I expected, last time I almost broke 1h even going over the bump. Conditions were threatening, heavy snow was falling and my tracks were already disappearing. Massive snow spindrift was blinding me near the summit so I didn’t leave my backpack at Giant and kept it on until the climb to RPR started and conditions were improving.

?On my way back sun started to peak through the clouds but my tracks had disappeared. I know giant is pretty straightforward to navigate, but not the open ledges and I've gotten lost on them before.

Crossed a father and his two sons. Two minutes later I arrive at the junction and realized they came from the roaring falls, so not going to help. Nothing more to say everything else went well, practiced working with my sat phone’s GPS for the first time.

Three hours later I was back in Montreal working at my desk, in the real world. Eighteen 4000 footers was less than I had planned but more than I thought was feasible, I was very content.

8.6miles, 4h39, 5130ft
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Richard Hachem
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