Ascent of The Tornfell on 2010-01-18

Climber: Gregory Bubniak

Date:Monday, January 18, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:The Tornfell
    Location:USA-New Jersey
    Elevation:1000 ft / 304 m

Ascent Trip Report

parked on Hope-Great Meadow Road, 2.5 miles from the intersection with Route 521. The area was marked as a bus turnaround, just southwest of the pond abutting the road. I took an unmarked trail that I saw to the east of the pond. The trail continues until it gets to a woods road with blue markings, which appear ro be a property boundary. I turned left. I followed this northwest until the dirt road split, with the markings going further northwest. I took the unbmarked woods road, which heaqded northeast toward the summit. I wound up in a swampy area. Since I did this in mid-January, it was easy to cross; I suspect it would be less fun in warmer weather. I went up the side of the ridge, and the briars appeared in droves. The reports of briars are not exaggerated, they are everywhere. As I made it to the crest of the ridge, I found a white blazed trail, which was beautifully maintained. I took this near the summit, then braved more briars to get to the summit cairn. After fording through more briars to link back up with the white blazed trail, I followed it down the southwest face of the ridge. I found a woods road, which had the blue property boundary markings as I saw on the way in. Following the boundary markers, I arrived at the point where I began to bushwhack through the swamp.

In short -- had I followed the blue boundary markers to the northwest when I hit the fork in the roiad, I would have found the white trail and avoided many of the briars. I really enjoyed this peak!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:605 ft / 184 m
    Total Elevation Loss:605 ft / 184 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:408 ft / 124 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 174 ft / 53 m; Extra: 234 ft / 71m
    Loss on way in:234 ft / 71 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km
    Route:southeast face
    Start Trailhead:Hope-Great Meadow Road  826 ft / 251 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:371 ft / 113 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 174 ft / 53 m; Extra: 197 ft / 60m
    Gain on way out:197 ft / 60 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Route:white trail to trail along property line
    End Trailhead:Hope-Great Meadow Road  826 ft / 251 m
Ascent Part of Trip: NJ1k 01-18-2010 (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Jenny Jump Mountain #22010-01-18 1265 ft / 81 m
2Jenny Jump Mountain2010-01-18 2560 ft / 171 m
3The Tornfell2010-01-18 3605 ft / 184 m
Total Trip Gain: 1430 ft / 436 m    Total Trip Loss: 1446 ft / 441 m

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