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Brian KaletSouth Meadow  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2008

Brian Kalet

3 h up.
Posted Aug 13, 2008 1:44 am

TahawusMount Marcy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 22, 2005

Tahawus

Climbed via the Van Hoevenberg Trail from the Adirondack Loj. Stabilicers were a must this time of year. Made it up to treeline in shorts but was blasted with cold winds and freezing temperatures upon reaching the alpine zone. My first mountain over 5000' and my first state highpoint as well!
Posted Aug 11, 2008 1:49 pm

pyergerfirst mountain ever climbed  Sucess!

pyerger

My very first mountain. Climbed in the middle 1980s. I have been hooked ever since!
Posted Jul 30, 2008 11:09 pm

EastcoastMikeSolo
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2008

EastcoastMike

Solo hike from the Loj - car door to summit 2 hours 40 minutes.
Posted Jul 25, 2008 6:31 pm

kheegsterVan Hoevenberg in winter  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 13, 2008

kheegster

Winter climb, at least 4 ft of snow even on the trails. Didn't have snowshoes so was a tough slog to the top. Was about -10 and 20mph winds on summit, didn't get much of a view!
Posted Jul 19, 2008 2:18 am

ChinigoMarcy via Van Hoevenberg  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2008

Chinigo

Trip report written and filed. It was a wet and muddy slog to the top and back!
Posted Jun 26, 2008 10:04 am

jcat60winter solo
Date Climbed: Feb 15, 2008

jcat60

Finally got around to posting.
I had never hiked the ADKs and never hiked in snowshoes. That said, here's my account of the hike.
I had seen a "life list" hike for Marcy in a mag. and decided to do it. Signed in at the trail head at 5am and started out. 0 and snowing. After about a mile I had to stop and strip down, way over dressed, I wore only Lifa top and bottom under snow pants and jacket for the rest of the hike. The trail was only broken about half way and that hadn't been hiked since the last snow. I was only able to take 10 steps without stopping once I got to the 3500ft mark, it was steep and deep and still snowing. Didn't get to take as many pics as I wanted to since I neglected to buy base layer gloves for under my mittens, plus it was a gray day. Close to the tree line two skiers skinned passed me and then started down(I was a little jealous because it must have been a blast). The wind was blowing between 25 and 40. Stopped to put crampons on for the rest of the way. I could see the top but not the trail although the cairns did help. Making my way up the snow got worse and visibility went to zero. I kept going till I got to the top but turned right around to GET THE HELL OUT OF THERE! Back at the spot I had put my crampons on(I found it by the orange tape I tied to a rock) there was no sign of my tracks or the trail. After 15 min. of looking I just head down. Bushwhacked for 40 min, crossed my own tracks, and decided to take the map and compass out. Found out I had gone too far to the left and ended up in a valley with a stream with the trail on top of the mountain in front of me. 2 more hrs of bushwhacking and I was on the trail with about 5 miles to go. Back at the car at 8pm. I thought I was staying the night, which would have been fine, but was glad to be back at the car. 15+ miles, 15 hrs, 40 lb pack and I can't wait to go back
Posted May 26, 2008 9:23 pm

SpindleGreat day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 24, 2008

Spindle

Windy but beautiful day with great views. Just a few people at the summit including the Summit Steward who was roping off the delicate vegetation areas.

A very wet and slippery ascent up the Van Hoevenberg trail. Some snow/ice remaining.
Posted May 26, 2008 7:47 pm

Moose023Crowded...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 30, 2006
Five of us made the trek down to bag Marcy. It was two of my buddies first time in the High Peaks. Had a perfect day with great views but very crowded on top...
Posted May 25, 2008 9:08 pm

Sam PageRain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2006

Sam Page

I forget the exact date. It drizzled most of the day and the visibility on the summit was about twenty feet.
Posted Apr 20, 2008 10:05 am

StegerNew Year's Eve  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 31, 2007

Steger

One of my favorite winter summits experiences. We were backpacking over Mt Marcy, intending to continue to Mt. Colden area. Descending by glissade to treeline on the other side of Marcy, we found impassable trails - sinking into snow up to chest deep, even with snowshoes. Facing either many miles of this slog or a return the other direction, we chose to turned around. We summited for the second time at dusk, just as the clouds cleared and the sun set. Amazing view.
Posted Mar 27, 2008 5:59 pm

SarahThompsonRewarding Winter Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 28, 2007

SarahThompson

I grew up in NYS and after moving to Colorado and becoming a hiker I was ashamed to admit that I had never been to the Adirondacks. Finally remedied this on my last visit home for Christmas with a climb of Mt. Marcy. It was gray all day, but the summit was actually above the clouds! Amazing. Had the summit to ourselves.
Posted Mar 4, 2008 3:58 pm

GrampahawkI went from summer to winter in one day

Grampahawk

My partner and I were coming in from two different locations and got our trailheads mixed up. So by the time we finally got together, we got a late start. It was in the high 60's and cloudy when we left. We set up camp early and as the day went on and the sky cleared the temp dropped down into the 30's. We summited the next day in a snowfield. Great views though!
Posted Feb 25, 2008 7:20 pm

jimeganMT MARCY  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 25, 2006

jimegan

SOLOED THE VAN HOEVENBURG TRAIL WHICH WAS ROUGH GOING FOR A DESERT DWELLER...LOTS OF MUD AND ROCK HOPPING
Posted Feb 7, 2008 12:11 pm

JonWFirst Time in the Daks  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2002

JonW

We did Marcy as part of a 3 day loop in the 'Daks. Great fun.
Posted Jan 24, 2008 11:49 am

KobaLove the transition to snow in the fall above 3500'  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2007

Koba

My third 46'er, from the Loj. Light snow, full overcast (of course ungodly perfect weather the day after) didn't see a single person most of the way up until I shared the summit with a crazy peak bagging couple and their baby who also had neither crampons nor stabilizers on. Round trip in a little under 8 hours. Make sure you check out Indian Falls!
Posted Dec 19, 2007 2:56 pm

MattGreeneBest of the ADK  Sucess!
I've climbed Marcy several times, and put it as the best in the ADKs because of the awesome ski trail descent. You have to be patient to catch it in good condition, but when you do, it's unbeatable.
Posted Dec 1, 2007 9:55 pm

eric-grizTheodore Roosevelt  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2001

eric-griz

Theodore Roosevelt was hiking on Mt. Marcy when he learned of the death of William McKinley. TR would become one of the finest presidents of the US.
Posted Nov 9, 2007 9:01 pm

MtnMagicClimbed several times  Sucess!

MtnMagic

Climbed this one several times although the peak has turned me back more than once. In fact, it is on Marcy that I have had the roughest weather and highest winds I have ever experienced on any summit bar none. On one particular december day in 1994 it was -25 celsius and the winds were howling to about 120mph = no summit. Then again, on one fine day in August of 1998 I was able to summit Grey, Marcy, Colden and Phelps. In other words, mountains, as easy as they may be to climb on the best of days, can easily shrug you off with foul conditions. Our passage on their summits is always dependant on nature's permission and Marcy, a trivial mountain technically speaking, is no exception.
Posted Oct 25, 2007 1:00 am

EastcoastMikeMarcy and Skylight  Sucess!

EastcoastMike

Climbed Marcy, went over and up Skylight, then back over Marcy as part of a weekend trip.
Posted Oct 17, 2007 10:32 pm

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