Ascent of Doubletop Mountain on 2005-08-09

Climber: Alan Bangel

Others in Party:alone
Date:Tuesday, August 9, 2005
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Doubletop Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3860 ft / 1176 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hike #6 and summit #9 for the Catskill 3500 Club. Return over Graham after bushwhacking Doubletop.
Balsam Lake, to Graham, to Doubletop, to Graham, then out.

There are people who try to climb the 46 peaks in the shortest period of time. There are others who trail run to the summits. I have no idea what kind of shape these individuals are in or how they manage to maintain such physical condition but trying to climb five peaks in one day is something I will not try again. Though, three years ago on August 9, 2005 I did climb four in a day and one of them was a bushwack. They were in the Catskills so the elevations were not as high but I can tell you that it doesn’t get any easier and on that hike in the Catskills I was one hurting unit by the end of the day. I started by climbing Balsam Lake(3723) which had a maintained trail and a fire-tower on top. The trail to this summit was the shortest possible and the steepest. From that summit I hiked to Graham(3868). The trail starts as a maintained trail but takes off in a different direction. To Graham you need to divert and locate a herd path. It is not maintained but many years ago there was a structure on the peak of that Mountain and a herd path remains that is still easy to follow. From Graham I hiked to Doubletop(3860) there is no trail and most people who hike Doubletop do it from the opposite direction(from Big Indian) BUT it was the first time I was using a GPS and I wanted to give it a good test. The drop off of Graham was into a deep col over many ledges it was a difficult trip down and twice as difficult going back up. On Doubletop I had to negotiate a spruce forest to gain access to the summit and then it took some time to locate the cannister since the summit was covered with false paths that went in every direction. Graham and Doubletop are in line with each other and after completing Doubletop I had to go back over Graham in order to return to where I had parked. Getting back to the col was not that difficult but as I started to re-gain Graham my exhaustion became a significant issue in the climb. Graham was climbed twice so four peaks were completed that day. The mileage for that day was 9.85 miles.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:900 ft / 274 m
    Route Conditions:
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:900 ft / 274 m
    Start Trailhead:2960 ft / 902 m
Descent Statistics

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