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overnight backpack, on/near summit

Postby anita » Wed Sep 04, 2013 12:59 pm

looking for suggestions for an overnight in the high peaks (or other area) of the ADKs.
ideally would like to bivy on or near a summit, but that may be difficult in terms of water availability. or I can just fill up and go minimal in terms of food (no stove required) and deal with it until heading back down.
has anyone done something like this? no lean-to's, would rather be up as high as possible.
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Re: overnight backpack, on/near summit

Postby Catamount » Wed Sep 04, 2013 6:15 pm

You will be arrested and imprisoned if you camp above 4,000 feet.
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Re: overnight backpack, on/near summit

Postby Catamount » Wed Sep 04, 2013 6:17 pm

... although the Lake George area offers some interesting possibilities if you want to do it legally. Buck Mountain, Sleeping Beauty, Tongue Mountain Range.
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Re: overnight backpack, on/near summit

Postby anita » Wed Sep 04, 2013 6:59 pm

Catamount wrote:You will be arrested and imprisoned if you camp above 4,000 feet.



bring it on!
you know I'm a maverick, I don't care!
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Re: overnight backpack, on/near summit

Postby fsclimb » Wed Sep 04, 2013 9:30 pm

The Santanoni Range?
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Re: overnight backpack, on/near summit

Postby Catamount » Wed Sep 04, 2013 11:00 pm

Well, if one were to knowingly look for a 4,000-footer upon which to illegally camp, Panther (in the Santanonis) wouldn't be a bad choice. Open, flat summit with good everything. Views, backcountry experience, no crowds, little chance of encountering a Ranger to throw you in jail ...
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Re: overnight backpack, on/near summit

Postby anita » Wed Sep 04, 2013 11:50 pm

hey aren't you a cop?
woops!
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Re: overnight backpack, on/near summit

Postby MoapaPk » Wed Sep 04, 2013 11:59 pm

I slept on top of Roosterscomb Peak 41 years ago. It's not too far a hike, gets you up to a bald with a view of the Great Range. You can then hit the GR the next day.

http://www.summitpost.org/view_object.p ... _id=170855

I also backpacked the east trail to Rocky Peak Ridge, and spent the night just east of Lake Mary Louise. You can get up early and be on the summit by sunrise. However, I do remember waking up with my flysheet covered in slugs.

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Re: overnight backpack, on/near summit

Postby Catamount » Thu Sep 05, 2013 12:01 am

anita wrote:hey aren't you a cop?
woops!


Past tense.

Every day, I try to forget. 8)
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Re: overnight backpack, on/near summit

Postby anita » Mon Sep 09, 2013 2:01 am

santanoni bivy... what a shitty trail. I got spoiled in the sierra so I opted to wear light trail runners... yeah, bad idea.

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Re: overnight backpack, on/near summit

Postby anita » Mon Sep 09, 2013 2:41 am

oh the adirondacks... how I did not miss thee
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Re: overnight backpack, on/near summit

Postby Catamount » Mon Sep 09, 2013 9:09 am

You should see what it's like back there during mud season. Did you get all 3 peaks?
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Re: overnight backpack, on/near summit

Postby anita » Mon Sep 09, 2013 12:59 pm

mud season? it's always mud season it seems. yikes!
no we did not get 1 peak! packed up and left sunday, rained all night saturday. my shoes were finished.
I think we will go back though this fall (with boots) and do the same thing... really nice area. I'd never been there until this weekend.
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Re: overnight backpack, on/near summit

Postby Catamount » Mon Sep 09, 2013 5:20 pm

It is a nice area. From the second picture, it looks like you guys were right near Bradley Pond. Definitely worth a second visit. I've been back in there just twice ... hit all 3 summits in 1994 and climbed a different route to Santanoni and then Panther in 2010. Couchsachraga apparently translates to "dismal wilderness," but I kind of thought it was anything but dismal.
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Re: overnight backpack, on/near summit

Postby mancopa » Mon Sep 09, 2013 8:57 pm

Isn't there a small backcountry campsite pretty high up on the way up to Wright / Algonquin? If my memory serves me well, I think it was fairly high up just before you get to the Wright side trail. Just below the dreaded 4,000 foot mark.

Might be worth looking into?
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