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dspalRoute Climbed: Van Hovenburg trail to Algonquin/MacIntyre trail Date Climbed: May 2000  Sucess!

dspal

steep, with 3 feet of packed snow and ice, slow pace and care required without crampons
Posted Jul 31, 2004 4:46 pm

hekki6Route Climbed: Adk to summit Date Climbed: June 2004  Sucess!
Took my good buddy Chris for his first high peak hike.

He was a bit overwhelmed at some of the steeper parts of the trail, but he was a good hiker, and was really amazed at the beauty of the view from the summit. We spent over an hour on top, and he did a lot of photography of the surrounding peaks. At the Wright junction where we stopped for a snack on the way up, we were entertained by a pair of fisher, who ran around and peered at us from a distance of only 10 feet.Chris wants to climb more of the"46". I think I created another potential 46er.
Posted Jul 7, 2004 9:06 pm

JoshDate Climbed: 2nd July 2004  Sucess!

Josh

Reached the summit at 3 pm. It was a beautiful day except for the wind which made the summit a bit cold.
Posted Jul 6, 2004 7:07 pm

Brian PierzRoute Climbed: From the Loj... Date Climbed: January 30, 2004  Sucess!

Brian Pierz

My first foray into more serious winter hiking, and one of the most challenging things I've ever done. I believe we were the only ones to do Algonquin that day, as we were hiking through fresh powder the whole way once we broke off the trail from the Loj.



We were fine in boots until we reached the tree line. At that point we downed some of our buddy Mike's trusty hot green tea, threw on our extra layers, and put on our snowshoes for the final (and most difficult) ascent. The snowshoes worked fairly well, but in spots crampons (or shoes with bigger "teeth" would've) would've been much more effective. There were several times where there wasn't much for the snowshoe teeth to grab onto, and I slid down several feet on my stomach. This was fun at first, but after the third or forth time it was just exhausting me.



We didn't spend much time at the top, as our eyelashes were literally frozen (see ChrisPierz's entry below). If you're going to do a winter hike, people aren't joking when they say make sure you're well prepared. Layering is important, as you'll go from hot and sweaty to colder than you've ever been in the span of 5 minutes. Have fun!
Posted Jun 14, 2004 8:10 am

MrOysterheadRoute Climbed: From Heart Lake, Decent to Avalanche Pass Date Climbed: July, 1999  Sucess!

MrOysterhead

Summit was partially clouded in by the time we reached it, it didn't start raining until we began our decent on the other side towards Iroquois Peak.
Posted Jun 1, 2004 5:15 pm

MrOysterheadRoute Climbed: From Heart Lake Date Climbed: May, 1998  Sucess!

MrOysterhead

Beautiful day with no clouds in the sky. Summit was windy on the North side as you approached above treeline, but totally calm on top.
Posted Jun 1, 2004 5:13 pm

MrOysterheadRoute Climbed: From Heart Lake Date Climbed: August, 1994  Sucess!

MrOysterhead

Conditions at the Loj were clear and warm. Above treeline visibility was about 20 feet, the winds were gusting, and it was very cool (probably in the 40s). Summited and then left in a rain storm.
Posted Jun 1, 2004 5:11 pm

DaveCRoute Climbed: N side from Adk Loj Date Climbed: Summer of 1991  Sucess!

DaveC

Climbed this one with an out of shape cigarette smoker who passed out at the top. He was so beat coming down the other side (we were carrying frame packs) that we had to bivvy on the one flat spot in the trail. Otherwise a nice experience.
Posted May 20, 2004 7:36 pm

hekki6Route Climbed: Adk. Lodge To Summit Date Climbed: October 2003  Sucess!
Actually, this was to be a trip to Iroquois. At the jct. to Wright, we were forced to don our crampons, as the trail turned to a gigantic ice sheet.The climbing wasn't bad, but the winds at the summit actually blew two of our party off their feet. After a quick conference. we decided to save Iroquois for a less blustery day. We later found out that the winds at the summit that day were in excess of 50 mph. Still a good trip!!!
Posted Apr 20, 2004 6:04 am

rolkamonDate Climbed: 24 August 2003  Sucess!

rolkamon

Great hike with Maragaret.
Posted Mar 28, 2004 12:32 pm

mikethehikerRoute Climbed: avalanche pass trail Date Climbed: june 2003  Sucess!

mikethehiker

Wonderful scenery, but tough conditions because of the bugs at that time of the year
Posted Feb 23, 2004 7:39 pm

ChrisPierzRoute Climbed: From Adirondack Loj Date Climbed: 1-30-04

ChrisPierz

Three of us hiked with just boots most of the way and near the top around 4,000ft we used snowshoes. There was around 5-6 inches on the ground. It took us 4.5 hours to get up and two hours down. We did not reach the true summit and were 200ft short because of the wind and cold. We guessed it was -40 at our summit. Once we got down we found out that they closed Whiteface because of the cold.
Posted Feb 10, 2004 11:28 pm

cragRoute Climbed: from Lake Colden Date Climbed: August 19, 1994  Sucess!

crag

Camped for several days at Lake Colden. We hiked up the pretty rugged trail to the summit of Algonquin, then missed the the use trail leading to Iriqouis on the way back. So we hiked back up a few hundred feet and hit Iroquis too. I grew up in northern New York, and wherever I go, the Adirondacks will always be "home."
Posted Jan 23, 2004 2:36 pm

TweezerRoute Climbed: standard Date Climbed: Aug 1997  Sucess!

Tweezer

fun hike!!! MY first climb over 4000ft! Lots of people though.
Posted Nov 26, 2003 10:55 am

franbelDate Climbed: August 30, 2003  Sucess!

franbel

It stop raining but still sleepy.
Posted Nov 15, 2003 8:55 am

franbelDate Climbed: november 6, 2003  Sucess!

franbel

Hot day for November. And a picture to remember for a long time.
Posted Nov 15, 2003 8:43 am

SMILLERRoute Climbed: MCINTYRE TRAIL Date Climbed: AUGUST 5,2003  Sucess!

SMILLER

STEEP TRAIL/GOOD CLIMB/VIEW IS WORTH THE

EFFORT.ALWAYS THE MOUNTAINS !!!!!!!!
Posted Oct 23, 2003 7:57 am

hillmanRoute Climbed: from loj Date Climbed: june 20 2002  Sucess!

hillman

Great views of coldens slides
Posted Sep 23, 2003 9:18 pm

kevsmithRoute Climbed: ADK Loj, standard Algonquin trail Date Climbed: 31 August, 2003  Sucess!

kevsmith

Temp. low-50s to start. Trails in fine condition, quite rocky but nothing too arduous. Encountered a moderate number of hikers, still a very comfortable hike. Reached summit in about 4 hours, including Wright peak en route.



Windy and cool at summit, felt like low-40s. Recommend several light layers and something warmer for summit if you plan on resting. Busy at the top, much more so than the hike. Gorgeous views, nice clear day. Return trip much quicker. Overall very enjoyable, well-worth it.
Posted Sep 2, 2003 3:12 pm

nuclimberRoute Climbed: avalanche pass Date Climbed: july 2000  Sucess!

nuclimber

i STRONGLY suggest going through the pass. the backside is much more difficult, but well worth it.
Posted Aug 8, 2003 1:03 pm

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