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Tim_KroezeLong But Worth It  Sucess!
Total Hike time was just under 9 hours. 360˚ view worth the time and effort!
Posted Feb 17, 2016 10:35 am

MarlinHP #37  Sucess!


My 37th HP. Hurricane Nicole followed me everywhere. Hiked to the summit via the Van Hoevenberg Trail, the shortest and most frequently traveled route to the Empire State's highest parcel of real estate. It's 7.4 miles from the trailhead to the summit. The views at Marcy Dam and the beautiful fall foliage made this all worthwhile. Encountered one other individual on the summit.
Posted Feb 1, 2016 6:40 pm

TheWolfIsLooseFirst ADK Peak.  Sucess!


We made the summit in a full-on whiteout... couldn't see more than 5 feet in front of me. On the way down, I tore my hamstring and still had another 6 miles out... Good times!!!
Posted Oct 30, 2015 10:49 pm

themickfromjerzWinter Hiking  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2013


I did a hike in June a few years ago I am interested in doing a winter ascent of Mount Marcy. Two or three friends and I would be looking to do this anywhere from December to March.

What do you think would be the best time do this? What Equipment is necessary? Crampons, snowshoes, beacons or radios?

We would be intermediate experienced backpackers and outdoorsmen.

Anyone have any suggestions?
Posted Sep 22, 2015 11:56 am

BobbollHp#2  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2015


Great hike we started out from the parking lot at about 6:30 am a little chilly 35* the vanhoevenburg trail easy until you get past Marcy dam than rocky and wet up not to bad made it to the top a little after noon time had a nice lunch than started down this was the most challenging part by the time we reached the dam our legs were burning the last 2 miles of relatively flat trail seemed to never end but it did and we made it back to the car by 6:30 pm it took 3 more days for our legs to feel better it was awesome give me more!!!!!
Posted Sep 16, 2015 5:32 pm

JRaphaelsonGreat Range Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2015


Brutal hike. But well worth the effort.
Posted Sep 6, 2015 11:42 am

JenniferzivicAdventure Travel Gal  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2010


Not sure when I did this one but it must have been somewhere in 2010. I am from New York and climbed a lot of those in the Adirondacks and Catskills. Just decided to do the 50 peaks so figured I should log this. It would have been my first I think.
Posted Jul 21, 2015 12:54 am

punchlineHP #31  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2015


Thought that starting at 6:00am I would beat the crowds ... boy was I wrong - definately a favorite route (Van H. from the Loj) and a favorite summer climb in the area. The summit steward estimated there would be easily several hundred to summit by afternoon. Didn't spend a lot of time on top but the views were amazing. A few idiots on the trail, especially the party of four that ran out of water about 0.1 mile from the summit so they all stopped, took off all their gear and sat in the middle of the trail and were pumping/filtering from the muddy, algae-ridden trickle that was running down the middle of the trail - UGH!
Posted Jul 14, 2015 5:21 pm

islandborn11First on the trail that day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2015


Set off at 6am from the Loj. Long, strenuous hike that never got totally oppressive but tests your constitution throughout. A little light scrambling but mostly upright. Really enjoyed talking to the steward at the top. Knowledgeable and friendly. Fantastic views but I was on a time limit. Total hike took just under nine hours.
Posted Jul 12, 2015 12:17 am

mnaturesonSpringtime Climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 2, 2015


Half the trail was covered in 2-2.5 ft of snow. The center of the trail was mostly well-packed but severe postholing on either side the entire way up. We climbed in only hiking boots but snowshoes would have helped a ton. Great spring weather!
Posted May 3, 2015 4:47 pm

Hiker4life2nd attempt  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 21, 2009


After my 1st attempt was thwarted by stormy weather, I came back a year later to finish the job. Weather was ideal this time with great views of the fall colors from the peak.
Posted Feb 28, 2015 10:26 pm

siekkidState HP #10  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2012


Solo hike. Beautiful weather... hiked in from the South Meadow trailhead. I met a group of very nice University of Mount Union students at the top.
Posted Jan 7, 2015 1:54 pm

Brads79Hike from Loj to Marcy Without Summiting
Date Climbed: Mar 22, 2014


The snowshoe ascent was uneventful despite the weather being ugly. Snow fell most of the day. I estimate we were approximately 300 meters from the summit with 3 to 6 meters of visibility. Whiteout conditions above tree-line. We "rescued" a hiker who had been stumbling around near the summit for 45-minutes. My buddy and I decided to turn back rather than risk getting lost. Overall, a nice but cold weekend in the Adirondacks.
Posted Dec 23, 2014 11:00 am

mdouWinter Adirondacks  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 9, 2012


Very nice hike. The wind was a bit mean on top! No snowshoes required on the trails, but summit somewhat icy.
Posted Dec 15, 2014 4:23 pm

VtownStriderHigh point (18)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 6, 2014


Great climb with my buddy Supertramp with me. Hiked into Marcy dam and camped for the night. Temps got down into the high 20's, good way to start. Took about 4 hours to summit but we stopped at Indian falls for a bit. Great weather but wanted to see a bear. Oh well!
Posted Oct 7, 2014 7:27 pm

jeffh25HP # 43  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 20, 2014


Incredibly strong winds at the summit, maybe 70-75 mph. Enough to push me around and make it hard to stand but just a really great hike. No views that day but the Maples and Fall colors helped make up for it.
Posted Sep 30, 2014 10:14 am

Lenny72Mount Marcy Climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 1, 2005


Climbed this and made it to the summit with my best friend and climbing partner Chris and his sister Kimberly under perfect weather. I don't remember the exact date except that it was in October 2005. We lost all of our pictures. :-(
Posted Aug 26, 2014 5:54 pm

SEWallaceLong time coming..  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2014
Been trying to get to this for a few years.. finally had a chance to stop by on trip home from Canada. While the summit was socked-in as I headed up... I was lucky to find the low clouds had lifted by the time I got to the top! Was a bit cold & windy at the top.. but the views were great! Bagging Marcy (#37) leaves 13 peaks... all west of the Mississippi...
Posted Aug 10, 2014 8:26 am

jm141302First hike in the Adirondacks   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2014


Parked at the Garden parking lot which was almost full at 6:40am on a Saturday. Paid $7 and left on on the John Brook's trail at 6:50. Got to the top by 10:00, stayed a half hour and got back to the Garden lot by 13:30. Had perfect weather.
Posted Jul 5, 2014 11:28 pm

Bluebell08Highpoint #23  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 10, 2014


Van Hoevenberg Trail with approx 8 am start time. We got very lucky with the weather - never got rained on despite the forecast. Very windy on top but beautiful views. Quite muddy and a lot of high water down low, snow conditions pretty favorable up high. Used microspikes and some postholing was unavoidable. Long day, 9.5 hours total.
Posted May 12, 2014 10:57 am

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