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PhenomenalWomanHardest Thing I've Done To Date!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 15, 2009

PhenomenalWoman

Set out on a sunny morning hoping for a relatively easy climb. We were warned there would still be snow at the top, but we were not prepared for what we encountered! We took a wrong turn and ended up on a ski trail that added at least an hour. Reached Indian Falls around noon to a breathtaking view of Algonquin. Trail to the top and back down through Tear of the Clouds was covered in 4 ft of snow and ice, making the already difficult trail nearly impassable in places. Elated, we reached the summit around 3pm but worried we would not make it to the leanto on the Mt Colden side before dark. Exhausted, we finally made it right as the sun was setting. Hardest hike I've done yet, but the feeling of accomplishment was worth every step. :)

Climbed with Eleutheros
Posted Aug 1, 2009 12:46 am

ericwillhiteCrazy Lightning Storm  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2007

ericwillhite

Just about died when we had to sit out a lightning storm near the summit. Story and pictures at http://www.willhiteweb.com/state_highpoint/new_york/mount_marcy_107.htm
Posted Jul 24, 2009 3:59 am

osatrikMy first solo SHP - # 22  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 1987

osatrik

Nearing the end of the second year of my highpoint quest with my oldest daughter Vanessa. Unfortunately she was suffering from an asthma attack when our family vacationed in the Adirondacks, so I did this SHP alone. Hiked Marcy Dam to Avalanche Pass to Lake Coldenn, Opalescent Creek to Feldspar Leanto where I spent a wonderful night singing Beatles songs with the other campers. Came down from the summit via the Van Hoevenberg Tail past Indian Falls. I was sad for Vanessa, who eventually got to 39 state highpoints. I recently visited my 49th and final SHP, having no intent to do Denali.
Posted Jun 29, 2009 5:18 pm

jtellisfrom adirondack loj  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2009

jtellis

got a late start--did this and table top quickly, but had to bypass phelps so i could catch the last ferry back to vermont. very muddy and crowded; probably much more enjoyable during the non-summer months.
Posted Jun 18, 2009 7:27 pm

SLinehan88First Up  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2009

SLinehan88

Spent half an hour on the summit by myself.
Posted Jun 7, 2009 2:36 pm

BlackForrestwinter ascent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 4, 2008
Very cold wind on top
Posted May 30, 2009 5:09 pm

EleutherosDangerous Melting Snowdrifts  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 15, 2009

Eleutheros

Climbed the blue trail through Indian Falls and descended the yellow trail through Tear of the Clouds Lake. Both sides were drenched in feet of mud, torrential runoff and dangerously weak snowdrifts that made this trip slow, dangerous and challenging - much more than expected for a peak this size! The Adirondacks in May can be nothing short of WILD.
Posted May 17, 2009 12:04 pm

VermontMikeAvalanche Pass is great  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2003

VermontMike

When I'm back in the 'dacks I'm heading for the Gothics . . . looked fun but didn't have time last time
Posted May 16, 2009 1:10 am

HotovenBest Weekend trip ever!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2006

Hotoven

My dad brother and I had a nice weekend trip to the Dacks. The hike was great but rained almost the whole day. It was worth the trouble though. Great fun hike. It was fogged in at the top. I would do it again any day though.
Posted Apr 20, 2009 2:14 pm

BAMFclimberwinter ascent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 14, 2008
Beautiful, clear day with great views from the summit. Was able to wear snowshoes all the way to the top.
Posted Apr 1, 2009 10:10 pm

adventurebugFun!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2008
Took Avalanche Pass up, Van Hoevenberg Trail down. Great climb.
Posted Mar 25, 2009 6:38 pm

fridayScary fall during icy conditions  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 14, 2009

friday

Great day of weather. Not a cloud in the sky with views as far as Mt Washington from Marcy's summit. The summit was very icy due to ice storms a few days earlier. Winds were strong, but not intolerable.

I fell. On my descent, right after the summit top, my snowshoes slipped, causing me to slide down the ice in a northerly direction from the trail towards the steeper northern slope. I was flipped over after hitting a rock (or a tree, dont quite remember) and became airborne for a few feet (from what others said. I don't remember this either). After sliding at a very quick rate for 15 seconds or so, attempting to grab anything I could to stop my fall, I ended up being miraculously stopped by a small, ice covered tree. If I slid any further, I would not be typing this now.

I want to thank the hiker who came to me right after I stopped and helped me get back up on my feet. He also helped me find a glove that had slipped off during the fall and he found a ski pole of mine. And, thanks for the motrin, it really helped. I owe you a million.
Posted Mar 15, 2009 11:49 am

Dartmouth HikerWinter climb with PERFECT weather!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 28, 2009

Dartmouth Hiker

Came back 8 years after my first time up Marcy, this time with a college group. 5 hours up, 3 down. Had a scary experience or two near the summit thanks to not having the right equipment on at the right time. Nonetheless, had an amazing time, and views that extended all the way to snowcapped Mt. Washington 130 miles away!!

May post a TR soonish...
Posted Mar 5, 2009 6:44 pm

RockscalerHp#3  Sucess!

Rockscaler

ROLLIN ALONG!!!
Posted Feb 3, 2009 6:08 pm

MtnLdrSo Close
Date Climbed: Dec 30, 2008

MtnLdr

Made it as far as the saddle between Marcy and Haystack. Late day, shitty conditions, and stopping to smell too many proverbial roses added up to make it more enticing to head back and get in the sack, then to face 50+ mph gusts and a long walk back in the dark. I'll be back this winter!
Posted Jan 4, 2009 1:10 pm

NarendraSolo  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2004

Narendra

Great day hike with a long approach. Suggest bagging this one during a weekday to avoid the crowds
Posted Dec 21, 2008 10:19 am

Patrick BGreat Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 12, 2008

Patrick B

Slept in the car after a four hour drive with my dad. Got up at 7:00, made it to the trail head, and got on the trail at 7:40. Made it up in an easy four hours. Great views from the summit. The fall foliage was amazing. Made it down in another 3 1/2 hours. Total time - 7 1/2 hours. Distance - 14 miles HP #8
Posted Oct 13, 2008 7:42 am

AlpinistVan Hoevenberg Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 11, 2008

Alpinist

Climbed 8 hours R/T from the South Meadow TH. I couldn't ask for a better day with clear skies, temperature in the 50's(F), and the autumn leaves in full color. Met fellow SPer Palflax near the summit. My 27th state HP.

Note to self: Never, ever, ever drive up from NYC on a Friday afternoon. The 5 hour drive took 8 1/2 hours.
Posted Oct 12, 2008 3:17 pm

Lips74Perfect first day in the Daks  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2008

Lips74

Got a very late 1PM start on the Johns Brook Trail but made excellent time and was on top by 4:30PM. Planned on camping at slant rock but was moving so fast that I continued back to my car which I reached in the dark around 8:30. Kind of upset I lugged 30lbs of overnight gear up and down but the day was ideal. Extensive views with temps on top around 50F with warm late afternoon sunshine.
Posted Sep 28, 2008 8:11 am

sskeepMT Marcy - John Brooks  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2008

sskeep

Great day climbing, We could hear thunderstorms on other mountains but no rain on us! After Mt. Marcy we summitted Haystack, Basin and Saddleback. Long day but a lot of fun.
Posted Sep 9, 2008 8:58 pm

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