Ascent of Blue Mountain on 2009-03-28

Climber: Ben Morrow

Date:Saturday, March 28, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Blue Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3740 ft / 1139 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was the fourth beautiful Saturday in a row this March, so it would have been a shame not to go climb something. Decided to do Blue Mountain to cross off another fire tower on my list. This was a solo climb and I when left the trailhead after signing in, I was still the only person there. Didn't take long before I through my new crampons on, not because I really needed them, but they were brand new and I want to give them a field test. There were a few icy spots in the trail, but nothing too bad, and on the way back the top of the ice had melted to make it kinda slushy. The trail was packed pretty well, but as it got closer to the top, the snow got much deeper. Trying to go anywhere on the summit without snowshoes on resulted in some pretty deep postholes. Was able to climb the tower and had lunch up there, but wasn't aware that there were some many antennas and similar things up there. As I was leaving to head back down, a group of 6 or 7 guys from Connecticut came up followed by a local couple. Met a young couple close to the bottom who were wearing running shoes and track pants. Told them as cheerily as I could that they had a long way to go and their feet were going to get wet. The guy told me that they already were and the girl said she didn't think they were going to make it the whole way. I wished them luck and finished the trip back to the car where I drove all the way back to Potsdam with the windows down and the music up! Great day. Fire tower #6.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1550 ft / 472 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Blue Mountain Trail from Rte. 30/28N
    Trailhead:2190 ft / 667 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles, Snowshoes

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