Ascent of Bearfort Mountain on 2009-07-30

Climber: Scott Cockrell

Others in Party:11 cohp-ers
Date:Thursday, July 30, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bearfort Mountain
    Location:USA-New Jersey
    Elevation:1480 ft / 451 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trip led by Mike Schwartz -- as part of State Highpointers NJ Convention. This mountain consists of a series of "fins" -- parallel ridges of puddingstone from the Silurian Age that run roughly north-south for a mile or two. The exposed edges of the fins can be 20 or 30 feet high, and can be several feet wide or much narrower. It is accepted that the county high point is one of six places where the edge of a fin is just a little higher than the surrounding rock -- and you have to visit all six places to get credit. This day was fairly hot and very humid. On this trip, we hiked up a trail from the parking lot into the area of the fins, then scrambled across, along, and between the fins to reach the six places. The rocks were dry on top, but there were slippery places down in the woods. The ravines between the fins were filled with scrub oak and other hard-to-penetrate vegetation. Most of us either slipped on the rocks, had a losing encounter with the prickly vegetation, or both. At one point we were all halted when the leaders of the column encountered a timber rattlesnake in a crevice about chest-high in a rock we wanted to climb over at the time. This was the first one I had ever seen that wasn't in a zoo!
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Partly Cloudy

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