||Lunatic728 found LY2724
I spent some time with George today.
The hike started out uneventful on some quad trails. I hiked down to Ore Mine Rd. at the stone bridge I then headed up for about .6 miles toward George. This was one heck of a climb! When I was getting close to George the forest opened up to a meadow dotted with small trees and low grass amongst blue berry bushes.
I found RM1 first, then the station mark and RM2 next. All Marks are in good condition.
I spent about an hour with George enjoying the solitude of the mountain top. I then had to say goodbye to George and the peace and quiet of the mountain top.
I hope you find time to spend some time with George.
[Photos:]Stone arch bridge on Ore Mine Rd.
Saying goodbye to George
||Zhanna found LY2724
N 41° 21.601 W 075° 38.728
FINALLY! After two attempts in the snow, and missing the chance to join Rich and Dave's hike last weekend, I finally made my acquaintance with George. On this sunny Sunday Aaron and I retraced my January route, and this time we found all the marks with ease. Of course, the GPS took us right to the station mark. The historic descriptions were adequate to locate the two reference marks (though the witness post is long gone). All disks are in excellent condition. This is a peaceful spot with pretty views of neighboring mountains. (Nice meeting you, George! )
Zhanna and Aaron
[Photos:]LY2724, Lackawanna County, PA
The area around George...
... we had our packs sitting right near the benchmark in March.
The area around RM1...
The area near RM2...
The trails near my neighborhood were a real mess today.
Ore Mine Road, without snow...
||Rich in NEPA found LY2724
N 41° 21.601 W 075° 38.728
This triangulation station can be reached most easily by following Ore Mine Road south and southwest from its trailhead near the concrete spillway at the south end of Lake Scranton for about 0.66 miles to just before a stone bridge crossing Meadow Brook, then bushwhacking up a moderately steep and rocky hill for about 0.63 miles through mostly open woods to a meadow on the summit of a low hill. (My route this afternoon, however, was a continuation along the jeep trail from LY2722 “COON”). The historic descriptions lead only roughly to the locations for all three marks since the witness post no longer exists. All three marks are well exposed and easy to see. At the station mark my Garmin GPSmap76 receiver indicated 0.0 (zero) feet from the NGS datasheet coordinates. The discs are in very good condition, and the stamped designations are legible. There is no azimuth mark for this station. ~Rich in NEPA~
[Photos:]GPSr and the station mark.
Close-up of the station mark.
General view of the area at the station mark.
GPSr and the #1 reference mark.
Close-up of the #1 reference mark.
General view of the area at the reference mark.
GPSr and the #2 reference mark.
Close-up of the #2 reference mark.
General view of the area near the reference mark.
||geeoh found LY2724
LY2724 (CGS Benchmark)
6 April 2003
6:45 p.m. (DST)
Hey CGS, found it! It is right where it should be and in good condition. The eTrex read 9.0 ft, with an elevation of 1728 ft. A cool day with a slight breeze. But since I bushwhacked the last .75 mile, who's complaining. No camera, so no picture. But this is a pretty open area, and the views are nice. Almost a perfect 360 degrees. This made for a nice little walk after work. I enjoyed a glowing sunset before making my leave. Thanks.
P.S. I found two other 'George station marks, and I cleared some loose debris away from the markers.
||Zhanna posted a note for LY2724
Imagine my surprise when my father announced his plans to hike in the mountains near Montage with some of his coworkers. I was more surprised when I found out that “George” was their goal. I volunteered to go along because I had so much fun on my hike in January and wanted to revisit the area. (I also hoped there might be a little less snow this time.) Six of us met at MetLife at 8:00 AM and began our trek by sliding down the first hill toward the brook (conditions were just as snowy and almost as icy this time). A bad knee forced one member of the team to turn back early on, but the five remaining members continued with a minimum of complaints (at least at this point). After a stream crossing that was uneventful for everyone but me, we made our way along Ore Mine Road to the base of George's mountain. Up we climbed, led by Rich's GPS and stellar sense of direction, through deep snow. (Some of us endured taunts because we were able to walk on top of the snow more often than we sank down.) Dave brought up the rear, but enthusiastically; he's learned to wear something other than jeans next time. Once at the top, the MetLife boys went off to celebrate with a beer or two, and Rich and I shared a blueberry Tastykake pie and poked around in the snow for the benchmark and reference marks. (Now, of course, we're aware that our packs were sitting right next to George and that we cleared off the boulder [i]next[/i] to the rock holding RM2.) As is obvious, we found nothing that day, but we did take some photos of the MetLife boys with their office building in the background as proof of the success of the venture (although I've heard there was still some disbelief among coworkers). The walk back was easier, wasn't it, guys?!
Zhanna, Rich, Joe, Brian and Dave
[last edit: 6/23/2003 9:01:40 AM PST]
[Photos:]He missed all the fun! (Or, most of it.)
Yeah, we're sane.
Careful, Zhanna, wet rocks are slippery.
“Yeah, yeah, you're laughing now, but I'll make it... just a little further...”
“See, that was nothing.”
Musings at the top...
Joe: Now where did I put the beer?
Rich: Now where's that stupid benchmark?
Dave: I can't believe I made it!
Brian: This is too amusing for words.
Zhanna: I should've used my own camera!
Zhanna enjoys the breeze and Rich looks surprised, but amused.
And it's lunchtime for everybody else.
The polar explorers rejoice...
Thanks to Brian and dad for the above photos!
“I'm not going to do anything like this again for a long, long time.”
Regaining our composure.
Proof! MetLife building in the background.
Thanks, R, for these photos!
||Zhanna posted a note for LY2724
I took a very long and wonderful hike on a beautiful sunny day, and didn't find the benchmark but came away with some great memories. I'd planned only to walk from my house down to Ore Mine Road, do some exploring and then hike back home. But as soon as I reached the road, I saw that George was only two-thirds of a mile away, so I decided to go for it. Hiking straight up the mountain in snow that was soon over my knees was both exhausting and exhilarating, and at times I really had to push myself to travel more than a tenth of a mile at a time. I finally made it to the spot, though I'd realized long before that I'd probably have trouble locating the mark under two feet of snow. I did probe a bit with my trowel, but I hit more ice than rocks and found nothing of much interest. The view from the top was pleasant, though, and I had to call Rich to tell him where I was. He advised me to walk out Ore Mine Road to Lake Scranton and walk home from there, which was a good idea, and that's what I did. As soon as all this snow melts, I'll be back.
[last edit: 6/23/2003 9:01:18 AM PST]
[Photos:]Beautiful sunshine to start my hike ...
Several inches of ice are visible under the snow ...
Themes for the day: ice and snow!
No one here but me and the deer ...
There were gorgeous views along the way.
Some spots were way too steep and slippery for walking, so I had to sit down and slide!
Almost there ...
George is somewhere underfoot, but who knows where?
Ore Mine Road. I saw plenty of this.
Civilization nears ...
My tracks (thanks R for helping me clean it up)...