With a week and half off work I focused on finishing Catskill 3500 winter list and sprinkled in some ADK hikes and rest days.
I ended the holiday with KHP and finished my winter 3500 peaks.
During the holiday time I finished off Graham-Doubletop-BLM; did a quickie to Hadley (my home county fire tower); went back to tag Vly and Bearpen; then back during a warm weather stretch to the ADKs for Colden-Tabletop-Phelps; and then Macomb-Carson-Grace; and finally KHP. Except for the Bearpen half of climb it was winter like temperatures and firm snow.
Because of the warming temperatures I delayed KHP a couple days and was rewarded with winter like temperatures. On Sunday it was pretty cold but I started 8am much later than sun-up and went from the Gillespie Road PA. This route requires a short bushwhack to the snowmobile trail. I made it there a couple hundred yards from the loop junction. I found a long tree branch and set it up to a tree to mark the return.
After that I was walking the icy snowmobile trail past Round Top often in the full sun. Then turning to climb the steep trail to KHP. I'd only brought micro spikes and my new crampons. The new crampons came in handy because the trail was covered in water ice at the most difficult parts. Quickly I was on top, looked around for the USGS markers but they were buried under ice, then headed to the Hurricane Ledges. There was great sun and blue skies on that side of the mountain.
I decided to not backtrack but to continue toward the KPH Roundtop col and then drop down back to the snowmobile trail. Along the way I thought I was on a very good heard path more than half the time. When I finally hit a stand of conifers I decided it was time to head back to the snowmobile trail. The snow was packed and icy and required a careful descent. But soon I was at the snowmobile trail, at the tree branch I'd set up, and my vehicle.
Just two pictures https://flic.kr/s/aHskSLEBia