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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


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!


Posted Feb 3, 2009 6:08 pm

MtnLdrSo Close
Date Climbed: Dec 30, 2008


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


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


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


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


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

kavakVan Hoevenberg Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 25, 1999


Sometimes you have only one day to do a climb when traveling. My day included rain and then snow at the top. The visibility was 30 feet and the wet rocks on the trail nasty. But I persevered and was the only one on the summit. Strange for such a mountain. I descended the wrong trail in deteriorating conditions and had to reclimb 500 feet to find the correct one. Still it is a fond memory.
Posted Sep 3, 2008 10:18 am

BCJNasty conditions  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2007


Climbed it in a sustained, heavy downpour and wicked winds. The trail was more like a stream and we were completely soaked through. The views from the summit were nil and the wind was knocking us down. My partner and I agreed that it was the most miserable hike our our lives. Other than that it was great.
Posted Aug 30, 2008 8:07 pm

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


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!


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

Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2008


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


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


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


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

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