Ascent of Cliff Mountain on 2017-07-17

Climber: Michael French

Others in Party:Todd Canterino!
Date:Monday, July 17, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cliff Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3944 ft / 1202 m

Ascent Trip Report

I had hurt my knee mysteriously and went to work with my hiking poles as crutches about 4-5 days before this hike and was not confident that I'd make it all the way. I'd been to my doc and he said it was not structural- it was just inflammation under the kneecap, so I could hike and it would hurt, but it would be a week or so before I'd feel good- and it was all of that. It's 2 weeks out now, and I'm just getting back to running around the block and doing stairs without pain and worry. It's on the mend. Word to the wise, dont hike on a hurt knee if it's any of the acl or mcl or other things are torn- I was lucky that it was inflamation.

With Cliff Mtn (which was first on our trip) I'm a 43R now....

7am start - rain, downpour, lightning all day except when it was blue sky and blazing sun. Very odd day.
Flowed lands is an amazing place- I have been there in all seasons now.
Winter and fall are spectacular, summer is muddy.
The opalescent is my favorite river ever.

I was with Todd Canterino again- no Frank this time.

I like hiking with Todd. We just go. Todd is the leader and I keep up.

I shot a video with my gopro, it's 15 minutes long. Nonody will watch it all except my dad. Who says he loved it and it gave him a flavor of what we went through.

Boots stayed dry till 2pm or so. Rain, sun rain sun raainsunrainsun....

All of cliff was in a downpour, but we had removed our bags and left them in the leanto with a nice man who said he'd been out for a while in the bush. We headed up cliff and red without our bags but kept our essentials. The col of Cliff is painful. I was ready for it to end. The wet rocks were hard to navigate but my boots are basically winter mountaineering boots, so they stick to rock pretty well in any condition except slime. The summit of Cliff was nice and we could see the neighboring mountains like skylight and marcy and red and others, mostly it thundered and didnt stike the ground, so we felt safe except for the roaring thunder above.

Back to the junction, and headed up Redfield. It was literally ankle deep river flow or stream flow the whole time. At the summit, it cleared nicely. We had blue sky and spent a little time taking pix and enjoying it. But, had to move on... the view of Allen was spectacular. I saw Marshall, Iriq, Boundry, Algon, Wright, Colden, whiteface, grey, marcy, skylight and others. The sun was out, so we headed into the wet below....

We overshot our leanto withour stuff- but we headed back and found a bunch of kids in there. On a retreat or something? I wish I could have done that!!!

Muddy, tired, hungry, wet, crannky- we stopped in the river to clean up, eat, and hydrate- and soak in the cold water to rest our bones... we spent 45 minutes in it and I wanted more but alas... that's not going to get us home, and we had a long long way to go. 7+ miles.

Recharged, we spent the rest of the trip saying "were probably a mile or 2 from the dirt road" and we just were not remembering it clearly. We stomped from before 7am till 10pm. Thats a hard day, even with a big rest stop in cold water.
I had to work the next day, in baltimore, at noon. However, my flight was delayed out of massena Ny and they got me in around 3pm. I didnt have to walk much and it was not a fun day icing my knee and limping around...

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Cliff and Redfield (2017-07-17). Photo by Michael French.
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Summary Total Data
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Thunderstorm, Hot, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
all of the above. it was totally fog overcast and it was blue sky. it was hot and cold. it was

Other Photos

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cliff.. (2017-07-17). Photo by Michael French.
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redfield (2017-07-17). Photo by Michael French.
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