Beaten by Blackhead mountain...
Blackhead Mountain - NY Travel Blog› entry 639 of 1090 › view all entries
OK, I have to face it. Today I was beaten by a mountain. Here is why and how:
The last snow in the city had disappeared already weeks ago. There were many days with rain and also some days with really high temperatures. So, after my last week's Bear Mountain hike, I got (apparently) overconfident and decided to do a hike in the Catskill Mountains. I found a hike that was not too long but on a pretty high mountain, Blackhead Mountain. I may need to do more research before I start hiking, because while typing this weblog I just discovered that Blackhead Mountain is the fourth tallest mountain in the Catskill High Peaks.
While I approached the Catskills I already got the idea that this hike would become much more of a winter hike than I expected. In the distance the majestic mountains appeared to be white-ish instead of the usual green-ish. When I drove into the mountains and started climbing the steep route 23 the temperatures descended from about +5° C (41F) to -3 °C (27 F). The last half mile of the road that should have taken me and my car to the hike's parking lot was seasonally closed and covered in snow. Fortunately I could park the Mazda at that point so my hike was extended with half a mile.
The snow was not really deep, but that changed during the hike which went uphill in a fast and steep pace.
The trail was easy to follow, because several hikers had preceded me. At least until after about 350 meters of climbing, at a height of 1000 meters, my unknown fellow hikers had had stopped following the trail markers. I continued for several 100 meters but came at a very steep and icy ridge. I considered that irresponsible. Especially for a solo hiker. So, I backtracked the way I came. Then I discovered that my invisible hike colleagues had taken a shortcut. Again steep, and icy, by with many trees and branches to hold on. I gave it a shot and managed to hoist myself back to the official trail on the ledge.
More pictures below! Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd om net iets meer regels te genereren zodat deze rare website toestaat dat de bijgesloten foto ook vertoond wordt.