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Dix from Rte 73

11-19-2011

Submitted By Nathan Stokes

The Mountains & Stats

14 miles with 3200 feet of gain
  • Dix (4857 Feet, NY) globe Mountain

People On The Trip

Trip Report

     Quick jaunt to the summit of Dix with BigNSlow to finish off some list I was working on . Trail conditions were beautiful going in, all the mud was frozen, the hoar frost was a good distraction. Someone did a stellar job cutting blow down from Irene . Stream crossings were easy, rocks were dry. Made good time to the slide. Slide was glazed like a jelly doughnut, boiler plate verglas. Not really a factor to get to the trail where it goes back into the woods. All the bedrock sections were iced, some covered with spin drift, but generally negotiable in bare boots with some deft footwork. Passed our previous high point from Sept where we met a saw carrying super hiker and proceeded on to the trail junction on the ridge. Started to see the sun about the trail junction, and in conjunction the wind became a factor. We were able to bare boot it (note, no snow) all the way to the alpine zone sign where we donned microspikes. These were not adequate, we did quite a bit of thrutching to get up to the bare rocks. Trail was intermittent verglas and bare rock all the way to the summit. In hindsight we should have put on the crampons we carried instead. Basked in the glorious views from the summit of Dix, an A+ day, blue sky everywhere, the wind was a bit chilly and blowing pretty good. Ate lunch then headed back down to the car. Below the lean-to all the frozen mud had turned back into normal mud, thus ending any chance of making it back to the car with clean boots. All in all a good day.

The Good and The Bad

The Good:

The views, the company, getting outside on a bluebird day to hike

The Bad:

None

The Drive

Up and back via Route 8

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