Ascent of Mount Redfield on 2016-05-21

Climber: David Desmond

Others in Party:Matt Dyer
Jared Curtis
John Brunner
Tanner Burt
Dan Jaremczuk
Date:Saturday, May 21, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Redfield
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4606 ft / 1403 m

Ascent Trip Report

Weekend overnight with some CUOC guys. Left work early on Friday and drove to Matt's house in Amsterdam, NY. Tanner Burt, Dan the Man, and John Brunner also joined us. We ate chili, played darts, and roasted hot dogs with Pat Brown. Then we slept in a huge tent in Matt's backyard. In the morning we hopped in Dan's car and drove to Upper Works. Except we accidentally took the long way and ended up zig zagging through the ADK. We finally met Jared Curtis at Upper Works at 8:30. It was super crowded and I was a little nervous about finding a lean to for 6 people near Lake Colden. We had a really good time hiking into the flowed lands and the weather was beautiful. When we got to the flowed lands some hikers that were going the other way tipped us off that there was an empty lean to at Lake Colden. Matt and I took off running to secure the prized campsite. I wasn't sure what he meant because there are several lean tos that some may consider to be at lake colden so we checked every one we went by. The first few had mediocre views and already had at least one occupant. Finally we got to the Cedar Point lean to, arguably the best view from any lean to I've seen, and it was totally empty. Satisfied with our score Matt and I began setting up camp and packing day packs for the peak bagging mission. A little while later the rest of the crew arrived. We left our overnight gear and set off for cliff and redfield. It was warm enough to make a swim in the opalescent seem tempting and we checked out the multitude of swimming holes on the way up the valley. At this point most of us were shirtless. We got to the uphill leanto and continued on towards redfield. I didn't realize how much of that trail is river bed because last time it was all frozen! Matt swam in the river and it was VERY cold. The rest of us decided to pass. We got to the top and got a great view of the Dix Range, Allen, and the southern Adirondacks.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Part of Trip: Lake Colden Weekend (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
 Mount Marshall2016-05-22 
1Mount Redfield2016-05-21 
2Cliff Mountain2016-05-21 

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