This peak has one of the better views in the ADK's. Saw a bush plane fly right under us through the valley. That was pretty cool.
Climbed from Pyramid/Lake Road/AMR. This is a good way to go for anyone who wants to avoid the steep, icy approach from the Saddleback trail juncture.
long day as I recall.....easy but long
This one was amazingly easy. I had expected more from what I heard. Plenty of snow, ice, and wind at this point.
I've been wanting to climb the cables route ever since seeing it from Basin/Saddleback several years ago. I stayed at Johns Brook Lodge for the weekend and had a perfect day to do Gothics/Armstrong/UWJ/LWJ. Blue skies and 70 degrees. The scrambling was fun near the top, didn't need to use the cables. Talked to two guys who had spent the night on top, under the stars. Awesome views of pretty much all the major peaks/ranges.
After always wanting to summit this thing, I was happy to be there.
Was still feeling good at this point - not sure at first if I was on Armstrong or Gothics, and not concerned either way. Not so confident as to join WWBF and Mudrat in a side trip up Pyramid, but enjoying a day on the ridge.
4am start, solo. 1st Winter 46 hike, and 1st time on these peaks. Hiked the packed snow on the road from the parking to the dam. Broke trail from the dam to Pyramid-Sawteeth col, saw sunrise from the col. Wow. Summited Sawteeth (1st W46 summit!) and then back down; still breaking trail most of the way up Pyramid. An ADK group from Albany caught up with me while I was taking a break and I summited Pyramid (sub-peak of Gothics) with them. They were grateful to have followed my tracks all the way from the dam. Then they broke trail over Gothics' summit and all the way to Armstrong's summit; I was taking my time snapping photos on Gothics so I got to follow a broken trail finally. I caught up with them again on Armstrong's summit. They were heading back down to the Ausable Valley, so I ended up breaking trail alone again, till I was taking a break sitting in the middle of the trail while descending Armstrong to Upper Wolf Jaw. It was then that Rejean glissaded (on his butt) into me. A great hiking partnership was born! We summited Upper and Lower Wolf Jaws together. We then parted ways again, as we were parked at different trailheads. I then proceeded to lose the unbroken trail after traversing LWJ, it got dark out, and I had to bushwhack out and down through thick spruce, between cliffs and down a rockslide, and finally down a steep, half-frozen creek for several miles. Sorry to write such a long log entry, but it was a helluva hike. Planning to write a trip report about it eventually - I learned a lot that day! Still hiking with Rejean - just did a Presidential Range (New Hampshire) traverse with him - one day, 20 miles, 9000' total ascent! Finally someone who can keep up with me;-)
Long but nice day from Ore Bed
Climbed the North Face of gothics solo. Had a great time. Read my trip report on my new page dedicated to climbing gothics north face. just search in SP for "Gothics North Face."
College days- probably my favorite peak in the ranges- steeper and more interesting than some of the other. Got 28 of 46 before heading West.
Brilliant climbing on the north face! Thin easy ice at the bottom with a snow gully in the center of the face. The topout was thin ice again and then an amazing big cornice right on top. We descended the ridge trail to the south and back to out skies for the ski out to the Garden.
Long approach up that dammned road.
Great alpine route. Lower fifth class for 5-7 pitches if you rope up. We did it ropeless and thoroughly enjoyed the slabs! I wonder if there is a direct route up the middle of the face? Would also make a stellar winter outing.
This was a doozy of a day. Came up from Roostercomb, Lower & Upper Wolfjaw, Armstrong. Got socked in beginning at Lower Wolfjaw and had a nasty descent down the cables (3 of our 6 fell). Cut our day short and skipped Saddleback and Basin, heading down to Orr Bed Shelter instead. Nothing but rain and slippery conditions with no visibility. It was great. Looking forward to getting back there in better weather conditions.
both times solo, both times crossing the summit on a snow field.
Lots of clouds on top, but still got some great views.The view from Pyramid was outstanding.This has to be the most spectacular view in the Adirondacks!!!!
Part of a long, 24-mile day hike. My favorite mountain out of all of them.
Long hike with good view of ADK's the whole way, scrambling, ladders and cables in some areas...
Nice range to hit Armstrong and Sawteeth as well. No other climbers met along the way. Bridge still out.