Ascent of Rusk Mountain on 2009-09-04

Climber: Gregory Bubniak

Date:Friday, September 4, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Rusk Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3680 ft / 1121 m

Ascent Trip Report

I approached via the south face, which is the most cited in other trip reports. On top of the ridge, a herd path led me right to the summit and red canister. I bushwhacked east along the ridge towards Hunter Mountain -- which was a lot of work. Brush was thick at times, making me regret that I did not return on the south face as well.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1677 ft / 511 m
    Total Elevation Loss:840 ft / 255 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1677 ft / 511 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1597 ft / 487 m; Extra: 80 ft / 24m
    Loss on way in:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.5 km
    Route:Spruceton Tail and bushwhack up south face
    Start Trailhead:Spruceton Road  2083 ft / 634 m
    Time:1 Hours 42 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:760 ft / 231 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.8 km
    Route:bushwhack along ridge, east of summit
    End Trailhead:road leading to Spruceton Trail  2920 ft / 890 m
    Time:1 Hours 22 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Rusk Hunter SW Hunter 09-04-2009

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Rusk Mountain2009-09-04 11677 ft / 511 m
2Hunter Mountain2009-09-04 21520 ft / 463 m
3Hunter Mountain-Southwest Peak2009-09-04 3500 ft / 152 m
Total Trip Gain: 3697 ft / 1126 m    Total Trip Loss: 3736 ft / 1138 m

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