Ascent of Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain on 2018-02-10

Climber: Lori S

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, February 10, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:2165 ft / 659 m

Ascent Trip Report

Took the Ranger's Trail using microspikes, as a friend had been there the day before and said snowshoes were probably not needed. Talked to a couple of guys who were going ice climbing as I geared up. Several inches of snow on the ground, with more at and after the lookout. Steady elevation with no real technical problems except for one very difficult spot just past #4 on the interpretive trail guide. As you go right around the escarpment (if that's what it's called), there is a big mass of ice. I tried various ways around it but couldn't find any I felt safe with. Finally, took my pole wrist straps and wrapped them around a sturdy tree, jammed my spikes into the ice and shimmied up. Afterthought: Could have used my belt or extra shirt...I'll now carry a rope. Stopped at the lean to, then up to the tower. I could barely tell anyone had been up there because snow must have blown across yesterday's hikers' path towards the summit. Bare areas around the tower and I found the summit marker and a survey marker. Met a couple almost to the summit who bare booted from Observer's Trail and changed into spikes after they asked my opinion. Descent was easy. That tricky spot wasn't bad. Just sat down and slid carefully. As I approached the trailhead, I met a woman very familiar with the trail who said there is a way around that spot off to the left but due to recent snowfall, I wasn't able to see where others may have gone. Took some time to watch the ice climbers. Did this hike as part of the ADK Fire Tower Challenge winter rocker.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Breezy, White-out

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