Ascent of Ampersand Mountain on 2018-02-17

Climber: Deb & Rob Osterhoudt

Date:Saturday, February 17, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ampersand Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3314 ft / 1010 m

Ascent Trip Report

We enjoyed a great hike of Ampersand - perfect conditions with just a light dusting of snow (2 inches) over crispy hardpack for the first 1.5 miles. From here the topo picks up a bit and then after a short flat the real up begins. In the summer months this steep part is rock stairs, in February its ice and snow and a lot of sliding - all is good with a little planning and careful footing. The last 0.3 is through the "rock garden" and is one of the best parts of the hike. the 2.7 miles up consists of ~1900' of gain and within 1H 45m we were at the summit in swirling clouds and biting winds. It was a quick shot down in 1H 15m and then onto Baker as it was still early.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1984 ft / 604 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.4 mi / 8.7 km
    Trailhead:Trailhead  1530 ft / 466 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes

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