Ascent of Macomb Mountain on 2016-02-06

Climber: Deb & Rob Osterhoudt

Date:Saturday, February 6, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Macomb Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4370 ft / 1331 m

Ascent Trip Report

We are working on completing our ADK Winter 46 and decided we would try the Dix Range today. The winter gate was closed which added ~ 4 miles to the hike so we started out early at 6 am. The walk into the Summer TH was easy and after another 1.5 miles we reached the herdpath for the Macomb slide. The slide was ice and snow and took some careful navigating but was a lot of fun. After 2500' of climbing We were at the summit by 9 am and off to South Dix in short order.

The col to SDix is easy and the 1.0 mile hike to the open face of SDix was very quick. The winds were picking up so it was a quick climb and we were on the summit by 10 and off again to Grace (East Dix). The trip to Grace is also an easy oe being just over a mile with only 320' of gain. We enjoyed the summit of Grace fo a while and then made our way back towards Pough/Hough - totally forgot that Pough came first until we started climbing it! After the short steep ascent of Pough we drop into the col and climb the 600' up to Hough. The views were getting tough as the storm was picking up.

We made our way across the ridge towards the Beckhorn which is roughly a mile and ~1000' of gain. The ridge was exposed, icy and very windy so we moved quickly. From the Beckhorn we went another 0.2 to reach Dix with only 150' more of gain. You would think the hard part was over but the toughest part of the day was just starting as the beckhorn trail was all ice and is steep. We had to work together to get down safely and after moving 0.1 miles in 30 minutes we finally started the real descent with 8.5 miles to go! Very challenging day but a great one!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2500 ft / 762 m
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Snowing, Frigid, Very Windy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2500 ft / 762 m
    Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Start Trailhead:Winter parking  1870 ft / 569 m
    Time:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Winter Dix

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Macomb Mountain2016-02-062500 ft / 762 m
2South Dix2016-02-06295 ft / 90 m
3Grace Mountain2016-02-06401 ft / 122 m
4Pough Peak2016-02-06623 ft / 190 m
5Hough Peak2016-02-06554 ft / 169 m
6Beck-horn2016-02-061012 ft / 308 m
7Dix Mountain2016-02-06952 ft / 290 m
Total Trip Gain: 6337 ft / 1931 m    Total Trip Loss: 4458 ft / 1359 m

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