Slide Mountain conditions?

Posted by: pedestrian

Slide Mountain conditions? - 12/21/03 10:13 PM

How's Slide Mountain (the one in the Catskills, not Big Slide) this time of year? What is needed - crampons? instep or 12 point? ice axe or maybe just a pair of collapsible trekking poles?

If I do this, it'll probably be via the short approach from the west/southwest.

Normally I don't do shit this time of year, forgive the clueless gumby questions!
Posted by: Mike Rawdon

Re: Slide Mountain conditions? - 12/21/03 10:59 PM

I doubt you'd need crampons or axe from that side. I've skied up it.
Posted by: strat

Re: Slide Mountain conditions? - 12/22/03 12:38 AM

Snowshoes! Don't go postholing up one of the most heavily used trails in the catskills!
Posted by: Retn2Rock

Re: Slide Mountain conditions? - 12/22/03 05:44 PM

"one of the most heavily used trails in the catskills"

Strat is sure right on that. It can be a great place in the winter though. I did it real early one winter day after a fresh snow and was the first one to break the trail (snowshoeing) until I was nearly at the top when I was passed by a couple of people moving much faster.

On the way down I passed CROWDS especially near the bottom.

From the West the slope is very gradual, easy to snowshoe, except in one icy spot I remember. I think I decided to take my chances in the snowshoes or my boots, not bother to put crampons on.

Have fun!!
-Chris C
Posted by: pedestrian

Re: Slide Mountain conditions? - 12/22/03 10:55 PM

snowshoes - ok sounds perfect to me! is there even any snow there now?
Posted by: Mike Rawdon

Re: Slide Mountain conditions? - 12/23/03 02:05 AM

Quote:

snowshoes - ok sounds perfect to me! is there even any snow there now?




Yes.
Posted by: fallenglass

Re: Slide Mountain conditions? - 12/23/03 06:42 PM

instep crampons can't hurt. it can be icy when the snow conditions are poor. i've hiked it in january when there was an inch of powder on a fat layer of solid ice -- it was a pain in the ass without crampons (i had broken my collar bone a couple of weeks earlier. sheesh) i can't speak to the current conditions though ...