Ascent of Balsam Mountain on 2009-08-03

Climber: Brennan Connelly

Date:Monday, August 3, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Balsam Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3600 ft / 1097 m

Ascent Trip Report

I started at the McKinley Hollow PA at 1650~', and followed the OM trail steeply up to the PW trail at 3050~'. I took a right on the PW and followed it up to Balsam's mainly viewless summit. I then reversed direction and followed to PW up over Haynes to the turn-off for the Eagle herd path which led 0.1 miles to a cairn at the approximate summit.

The PW train was fine to Balsam, but basically amounted to blazed bushwhacking over to Eagle. My arms look like a picked a fight with a roomful of Siamese cats due to the proliferation of stinging nettles.

Overall trip was 9.3', 2800~' of gain, and 5.5 hours at a mellow pace.
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