Scott, Pat and I did Basin along with Mt. Marcy, Saddleback and Haystack from the Garden's parking lot. Did the last 3 miles the next day. Great climbing, most people went to Marcy, only saw a few people at the other 3 mountains.
Climbed with Haystack and Saddleback via the Range Trail from the Garden. Looked like it was going to rain for most of the way. Great views from the summit. A few miles away Marcy was still in the clouds but otherwise the views were unobscured.
This was part of an 18+ mile loop that included Upper Wolf Jaw, Armstrong, Gothics, Saddleback, and Basin. After 5000+ feet of elevation gain, the 300+ feet of elevation gain while "descending" the Shorey Short Cut was demoralizing.
First was in a snow storm in 1972. This was a part of many Great Range traverses, including at least 2 backpacks. Loved the old snowbird lean-to, slant rock lean-to. sigh.
I see why it's called "Basin". What a snow collector!
Hit Basin with Paul after summiting Haystack. Icy in spots, but good views from the top. Headed to Saddleback from there. 13/46.
Climbed en route to Haystack
Camped in a hollow in the spruce thicket just off the summit, back in the days when it was socially acceptable to do such things. The sunset is still burned in my memory.
Climbed with brothers Bob and Mike via Saddleback. Nice hike, nice day, nice views. Doesnt get much better. I dont recomend the Shorey Cut trail, it sucked LOL
great loop with buddy alain;
I had a nice nap on the top waiting for my friend!!
Hit this as part of a loop with Marcy and Saddleback. Spent the previous night at Slant Rock Leanto. Poured at night, but besides that, we had great summer weather. Great views.
Spent the night open air at about -20C under Slant Rock. Then a tough hike through knee-deep snow and over/under fallen trees to the summit. Increadible views and sunny skies, then off to Saddleback
camped near johns brook lodge. went up saddle back to basin and back. better in other direction
Spring 2006, solo. 1am start from The Garden. Summited Marcy at 6:30, then proceeded to Haystack, Basin, Saddleback, Gothics, Armstrong, and Upper Wolf Jaw. Decided not to go to Lower Wolf Jaw, so it wasn't a full Great Range Traverse (which arguably might include Skylight as well).
Climbed enroute to being blasted by wind and rain on Haystack.
I did this one in combination with Haystack and Saddleback, which gave me a nicely changing perspective of the Great Range as I went from peak to peak. Giant, Big Slide, Rocky Peak Ridge and Lake Placid are also visible under clear sky conditions. From Basin you get a magnificent view of Haystack, with Marcy and I think Slylight peeking out from behind. Can't see much to the southeast from Basin's summit. The approach from the west is somewhat arduous due to a long vertical ascent and shear rock faces near the top. Suggest you bring some glucose energy supplement and/or Gatorade as a pick-me-up.
Solo both times
Great winter climb and my 46th. Climbed with Mike F... we started early and made a day of it including Saddleback. Deep snow with a broken trail, the weather and views were great. Had a small bottle of champagne on top to celebrate my 46th. The scramble up Saddleback was a bit hairy... but worth the trip.
Was with hillman below during the lightning storm mentioned below. Been there several other times too. Basin is a special place for me.
Don't remember much about this one other than knee pain.