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Thread: Indian Head, Twin and Sugarloaf in the Catskills, 4/9/2005

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    Indian Head, Twin and Sugarloaf in the Catskills, 4/9/2005

    Participants: TMax, JayH, ajtiv, HarryK and Guinness

    We started off this portion of the Devilís Path by spotting a car at the Mink Hollow Road and then returned to the trailhead on Prediger Road. On this trip we had warm and sunny weather joining us from start to finish. It was decided to leave the snowshoes in the cars, which turned out to be a foolish mistake.

    On the trail in, we turned right onto an old fire road that leads to Echo Lake and Overlook Mtn. 100 yards later, we turned right onto the trail up to Indian Head. We reached the first chin of Indian Head and enjoyed some views and lunch. We then headed up to the summit where we had great views of Plattekill and the fire tower on Overlook. We also had a direct view of the German Bruderhof commune.

    Leaving the summit and descending into Jimmy Dolan Notch, the snow and ice started to accumulate. Up to this point, when we encountered snow, the crust was sufficient to support our weight. But as the warmth of the day softened the snow, we began to posthole. In the Notch, we heard other voices off in the distance and saw eleven loaded pack packs on the sides of the trail.

    Continuing on, we ascended to East Twin where we had good views of Belleayre Ski Resort and the fire tower on Hunter Mountain. From this point on, the snow and postholing started to slow our group down. I postholed beyond my knees at regular intervals. Poor TMax who was the last in our group, had to deal with these trail conditions which were devastated by the leading four. She did a great job keeping up and dealing with our postholes. Having a shorter gate, she had to plow through what we did not break up already. Way to go!

    Passing over West Twin, we descended through very slushy snow accompanied by sections of ice. The west side of all the peaks challenged us with these conditions. Down to Pecoy Notch and back up to Sugarloaf was challenging to keep to our timetable. We still had the Catskills 3500 Dinner that evening! We did not linger on Sugarloaf and made the decision to head out to the car before we were to late. The descent down Mink Hollow was very challenging with large areas of ice and soft snow. Sections of exposed mud followed ice and snow. I took one step on a mud section and promptly slipped and slid down 15 feet in the mud. Only minor scrapes! From the junction in Mink Hollow, we followed the unmarked jeep road out to the car.

    We shuttled the cars, enjoyed a couple of beers and headed off to the dinner. Only stopping at a rest area to clean up and change clothes.

    Lesson learned Ė carry the snowshoes. After so many years of climbing I should have known better, but the warmth of the past few days made me too confident.
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    Thanks Harry for the invite and all that. There is one nutcase who DID carry snowshoes but never put them on..

    Why let others do all the sufferin' by themselves, spread the postholing.. spread the love.

    Had a fun time nonetheless. Great views, hot temps, sunburn. I'll have some pictures from this event sooner or later. I got home very late sunday night after another long hike and after a great dinner.

    Jay
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    Through every briar and bramble
    Till your life is in a shambles
    Maybe then you will know
    -"You Must Go" - John Hiatt

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    Nice report, Ed. How ironic that you guys wanted the 'shoes and didn't have 'em, and our crew Sunday schlepped 'em all day and mostly didn't need 'em. April... sigh...

    Those are some fine mountains, both in terms of views and terrain. Nice forests too, although Plateau may be the jewel of that range, forest-wise. Anyhow, I'm pretty impressed that you guys knocked down three of 'em and made the dinner in a "presentable" manner. I gotta say though, it would have been interesting to see people clothed in sweaty polypro w/ twigs falling off of 'em receiving valet parking service. Harry-also sorry we weren't introduced. Next time. We'll drink beer and talk about Dylan songs.

    Matt

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    Thanks guys for a great day and for slowing your pace up for me. I think the spit clean at the rest stop fooled everyone at the Catskill 3500 dinner pretty well...at least no one commented on the "hiker's aroma." I can't wait for our next hike (and the grand finale as well!) and by the time we do the presi traverse...I'll be leaving all of you in my dust! But seriously, I feel so lucky to have teamed up with you guys. Hey Ed, what was the name of that pack you suggested? The North Face what???
    TMax
    Going where the wind don't blow so strange
    Maybe off on some high cold mountain range.
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    Talking

    I thought about wearing my Koflachs to the dinner, but they were soaked from all the postholing and the lack of gaitors.

    A few pictures of the hike and a disproportionate amount of pictures of Ed.

    Webshots link

    What a weekend...

    Jay
    You must go and you must ramble
    Through every briar and bramble
    Till your life is in a shambles
    Maybe then you will know
    -"You Must Go" - John Hiatt

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    I agree with all the above.

    Great weather and great company = A great weekend with all of you.
    Al

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