Ascent of Panther Mountain on 2009-03-07

Climber: Alan Bangel

Others in Party:Don Conning
Date:Saturday, March 7, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Panther Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3720 ft / 1133 m

Ascent Trip Report

Just a quick hello,
Completed the hike of March 7th, Panther Mt.
The day was beautiful, warm and sunny, and in the 40's when we started. Ice and snow with occassional bare sections on the way up. The bare sections where on the steeper areas where snow was thinnest and ice persisted. On the way down the weather, warmth, had changed conditions so there was a lot more slush and run-off. As the snow softened footing was more difficult on the way down. Instead of gripping the surface the thick slush would slide forward under our weight making balance more difficult.

I was joined by Don Conning, father-in-law, who basically out-hiked me this past weekend.
His first time on snowshoes and he made it look easy. I'm tellin you it ain't.
Hiking and climbing are a chore in themselves but decending is a real challenge. Don went from beginning to end in snowshoes while I tried just hiking boots and then crampons to help improve footing. At one point when climbing in just boots and trying to carry my snowshoes I lost footing and sat on the edge of a boulder that was flowing from runoff. Moments later I was on my butt having slipped off the ice and into a soft wet pile of slush. Don had his back to me and was waiting at the bottom of the steep decent. He never saw my situation.
I switched to crampons after that and it did help; but, I don't think Don understood when I told him that he had gotten off that section with a lot more finese that I had.

We started at about 8:45AM, summited 3720' at 11:25AM approx. and were back at the car at 2:30PM.

The views from Giant Ledges and from the summit where great and there should be some good pictures to show for it. Because of the boys birthday, which is today, I have not had time to get pictures ready.

Instead I am sending this short hike report and informing you that I'm planning another hike for Sunday the 15th and the plan is to summit Balsam. I have not checked milage, but it does not appear to be a longer hike than the last two which were both 6.6 miles. Pictures will follow under a separate e-mail.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1520 ft / 463 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1520 ft / 463 m
    Start Trailhead:2200 ft / 670 m
Descent Statistics

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