Steep Scramble to a Rocky Summit

September 25, 2009 at 10:33 pm 3 comments

Catamount Mountain stands alone north of Whiteface Mountain and the Wilmington Range, and at 3173 feet, it’s a most impressive view from the road approaching the trailhead. The trail starts out flat, and then climbs from right to left in the picture below, crossing the two smaller bumps before the steep climb to the open summit.

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Getting over the first bump was no worse than any other Adirondack hike, but getting to the second bump was a little more of a challenge. The first of two “lemon squeezers” got us close, and then there were several more steep pitches before this minor summit.

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From this intermediate summit, the actual summit still towered several hundred feet above us with its steep rocky slabs.

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Reaching the real summit, we looked back down to see other hikers coming up over the bump we had just climbed.

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The view to the north included many other mountains and lakes, in a distant area of the Adirondacks that we rarely visit.

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After the ceremonial cheeseburger, the trip back down was almost as slow as the trip up, as we were being very cautious descending the steep rocks. This was really a mountain to remember.

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  • 1. Krusty Bunz  |  September 27, 2009 at 6:42 am

    Nice work on the Adirondacks! Do you take requests? I will not get a chance to bag any summit cheeseburgers in the Adirondacks before I relocate from Boston to northern Wales… but since I’m originally from Canada I would like to request assistance ensuring that a cheeseburger is consumed on West Canada Mountain! … And then, if you like being assigned challenges, there’s a mountain in the Adirondack’s that bears my last name… Bunz Mountain (ok, lookup Jones Hill actually) that I feel needs some loving attention.

    Cheers,
    KB

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  • 2. adk46r2783  |  September 27, 2009 at 7:47 am

    Well, West Canada Mt looks like a long tough swampy bushwhack because of some surrounding private land, so I doubt I’ll be getting to that one anytime soon. Too much other low-hanging fruit.

    And there are actually 2 different “Jones Hills” in the Adirondacks (Franklin and Essex Counties). Both of those are accessible legally, so maybe someday…

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  • 3. sirloinofbeef  |  September 28, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Wow, that looks like an enjoyable hike. Scambling can be a lot of fun!

    Reply

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