Ascent of Mount Dunham on 2016-02-05

Climber: Ed Kobos

Others in Party:Paul S.
Jim H.
Date:Friday, February 5, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Carpool
Peak:Mount Dunham
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:2617 ft / 797 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked the car near Elbow creek, Gilmantown Road east of Speculator, west of Wells, NY. Drove to the trail head near a dam, hitting the trail at 8:44. There was NO SAFE WAY to cross the creek, so we drove down the road to the next parking area, near a bridge over the creek. Initially we had to climb a steep icy ridge. We bushwhacked between Overrrocker Mt to the east and Hamilton Mt., to the west. We hit our 1st stop, a pond, on the SE side of Round Mt. We stayed high as we followed the outlet downstream. When we stopped to check the map and investigated a large Vly. On the way there we could see Hamilton Mt., to the west. This is an intermediate source of Jimmy Creek, with the earlier pond being one of the upstream branches. From here we headed toward a knoll on the un-named peak, to the south of Dunham. As we climbed, we could see a few cliffs in the general direction of the Dunham summit. We hit the knoll and then we turned to head north, again. As we approached the steeper sections of the climb we looked east and could just make out the Great Sacandaga Reservoir. As we climbed higher, we ran into some cliffs and some great views. To our NW was a large rock outcropping that we wanted to visit. We climbed up and around the rock cliffs and reached the top. As we headed for where we expected the summit, we ran into a cairn (2599’), but there were higher spots farther west. We finally found the highest point at 2617’. Just below the summit, to the SW, we saw the outcropping and we headed for it. It had great views east to south to the west.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1204 ft / 366 m
    Total Elevation Loss:93 ft / 28 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Initially cloudy 25-40F, day ended CLEAR
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1204 ft / 366 m
    Distance:4.7 mi / 7.6 km
    Start Trailhead:South of bridge, below dam on Gilmantown Rd, Wells  1413 ft / 430 m
    Time:3 Hours 56 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:93 ft / 28 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Route:Bushwack to col towards Mt Orrey
    End Trailhead:Mt. Orrey  2524 ft / 769 m
    Time:0 Hours 12 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Dunham and Orrey

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Dunham2016-02-051204 ft / 367 m
2Mount Orrey2016-02-0550 ft / 15 m
Total Trip Gain: 1254 ft / 382 m    Total Trip Loss: 1347 ft / 410 m

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