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Ascent of Mombaccus Mountain on 2018-02-12

Climber: Chris Calabrese

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, February 12, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mombaccus Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:2840 ft / 865 m

Ascent Trip Report

I decided to do Little Rocky by way of Mombaccus Mountain on an unseasonably warm Lincoln's Birthday which I had off. I had originally planned to do AHP as well, but decided against it as the day progressed.

I began at the Kanape Brook Trailhead. I started in crampons as the trail was just a thin sheet of ice with some dirt and rock exposed, as the Catskills saw two straight days of heavy rain the weekend before. The hike to the col was rather uneventful and I found it to be a very pleasant walk. When the trail hooked left, I began my bushwhack to the right along the ridge to Mombaccus Mountain. I found this route to be beautiful. Since there were no leaves on the trees, the view between them is outstanding (north to AHP and east towards the Hudson Valley). I followed what looked like a faint herd path most of the way which ran up against the forest boundary (marked by some yellow blazes on the trees). After passing some cliff bands, I stood atop the summit of Mombaccus which is grassy with a couple open areas.

I continued northwest on the ridge with lots of up and down through many more cliff bands that are very typical for the Catskills. None of the bands were too difficult to get through. I was still in crampons at this point, but the snow began to get deeper in places though no more than a few inches. It was slow going, but I eventually made it to the southeast summit of Little Rocky, which is only a few feet shorter than the main peak. More up and down with a relatively moderate grade eventually got me to the main summit of Little Rocky. I began my day at around 10:15 am, and it was already 3:00 when I got to this point.

I decided that I wasn't going to do AHP and I also decided I did not feel like going back the way I came over Mombaccus. My guide talked about bushwhacking down the ridge that travels up to the Little Rocky Southeast Peak. I changed into snowshoes and made my way down that ridge. Snowshoes were absolutely necessary and the views over to Slide, Cornell, and Wittenberg were outstanding as I carefully made my way down the face of the mountain. My guide said the first mile or so is 1200 feet of elevation loss and I believe it. Very steep. Eventually I made it down to the floor of the valley and could see Kanape Brook again. I walked back and forth until I found a spot I felt comfortable crossing, as the water level was high. I crossed, scrambled up the hill, and met back up with the Kanape Brook Trail. At this point it was only a little over a mile back to the parking area. I changed back into my crampons and got back to my car around 5:30pm.

This was a fun hike with great views through the trees. It's probably best to do in Winter. Mombaccus isn't on any lists but Little Rocky is on the Catskill Hundred Highest. Highly recommended for those experienced at bushwhacking.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Route:Kanape Brook / Bushwhack
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Little Rocky

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Mombaccus Mountain2018-02-12 a 
2Little Rocky2018-02-12 b 



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