Ascent of Giant Ledge on 2018-03-14
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Wednesday, March 14, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||USA-New York|
| Elevation:||3200 ft / 975 m|
Ascent Trip ReportClimbed Giant Ledge as the first half of my ascent of Panther. There were probably about two feet of snow, but up until the summit of Giant Ledge, it was pretty easy. The trail was well broken with a decent amount of postholing, but the holes have yet to be filled in so it wasn't too bad. There were at least two or three other groups out on the mountain, which was surprising given it was a weekday in the winter, but they all stopped at Giant Ledge then headed back down. I can see how the views could be extraordinary from the top, and they weren't bad, but it was pretty cloudy, so I couldn't really see too far.
The second half was brutal. From Giant Ledge, I believe it's just under two miles to the summit of Panther, and none of that trail was broken out. For most of it, there was a trough where the trail had been before the recent snowstorms, so breaking the trail out then wasn't too hard. However, in the col between Giant Ledge and Panther, it was extremely windy, so the trough was no longer there, meaning I had to spend a bit more time route-finding. There were also snowbanks that were several feet high in places, and trying to get over those was a massive struggle. Every step I took required a concentrated effort.
After that, the final push to the summit wasn't too hard, but climbing back down was. It turns out the col was so windblown that the track I had broken less than an hour ago had blown away, meaning that I had to break trail again. After that, the climb out of the col back up to Giant Ledge, which should have been relatively easy, had me exhausted. On the descent, I fell a lot, which resulted in my pants getting soaking wet. I had been planning to hike Blackhead after this to finish up my winter peaks for the 35, but decided that I was in no shape for that after this climb. Some friendly advice: If you're hiking in the winter, bring a friend. It makes breaking trail much easier.
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| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles, Snowshoes|
| Weather:||Snowing, Cold, Calm, Overcast|
| Route:||Yellow Trail to Blue Trail|
| Start Trailhead:||Giant Ledge Parking Area |
|Ascent Part of Trip: Giant Ledge and Panther (0 nights total away from roads)|
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Peaks: climbed and unclimbed by Jake Campbell
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