Awesome start to my hiking career. First of the 46! Preparing for Machu Picchu in 5 months.
Although I am not a huge fan of drive up summits there was also a restaurant in easy reach a few hundred feet down from the summit observatory so I'm a fan. Plus there are bicyclists there and you know they paid burning muscles to get there just like we do. Four hours and four minutes from the Marble Mountain Lane TH but that also includes tagging Esther and spending ten minutes there. Well constructed trail but it does go up quite sharply right from the beginning.
It was one of the best climbs with a great view. Def to many tourists on top with packed lunches looking at me like I was crazy for climbing up the long way.
My girlfriend and I squeezed the summit in before our hike of Marcy, Gray, and Skylight. We drove to the parking lot and took the "tourist's route" to the summit.
a bit of snow made this feel almost like a winter hike, especially with high winds on the summit. great views from the top.
Took my girlfriend as an intro to winter hiking right after the first snow. Great trail with great views despite the auto road.
I took the easy trail from the atmospheric station? It's part way up the memorial highway and it goes by the trail up Ester. I met two Quebecers in the parking lot and ended up hitched to them for a bit of the up and all of the down. Great people on the trails in the ADK park. The black flies were pesky when you got in the sun or stopped. There is a long section at about 3700 ft or so (according to my casio altimeter) that remains flat. When I was above the road/trail intersection and nearing the top I had a sudden onset of the worst cramps I have ever experienced in my legs. I sat down which meant I stopped....and I was above tree line so there was sun and of course all the black flies ever to live on the planet descended upon me. The funny thing about all of this was I couldn't move for about 10 minutes and so I donated several gallons of O pos to the swarm. I am embarrassed to say this but I believe it needs to be said, I didn't know they were black flies because I didn't know that black flies bite you without causing pain or a pinch. I only knew that black flies bite. By the time my cramps were sated and I reached the summit, I was a bloody mess. My ears were bloody and so were my ankles in a ring around my socks....I must have looked terrifying to all the people who were at the summit, sweat free and complaining of how difficult it had been to climb all the way from the parking lot (because the elevator was OOO). I learned a valuable lesson. Don't hike with just plain water. I have mixed the 32 oz gatorades with water in a 2 liter bottle for all my hikes since and have had far less cramping. I have also begun to eat guacamole and bananas in order to maintain potassium levels prior to hiking.
Skied the toll road on skinny skis very windy on turns and at top.. hard to stand. Nice ski out. But I lost my wedding ring either here or at Poko. $100 reward if somebody finds it. Please send me a message if you do. Thx.
Hiked up Whiteface Mt via the Connery Pond trail. I wanted to do this one for years and finally made it! The trail was easy to follow and rolled gently through the woods for the first 3 miles or so to the lean-to. From the lean-to up to the summit was the challenging part, but fun. The mountain was clouded in the whole time...until I started my descent. Made for an interesting experience. 8 hours round trip, with about 5 of that being from the lean-to to the summit and back to the lean-to. Took a lot of pictures and had a great time.
Solo. Beautiful Day.
Biked instead of hiked. From Wilmington below to the turnaround at the summit. Descent was fun, a bit rough on the pavement down the tollbooth. But past the toolbooth...WHOOOHOOOO!!!
Climbed Whiteface Mountain 4867' via the 11.6 mile round trip trail from Connery Pond. Very scenic route with dense, dangerous snow creating snow bridges towards the summit (One was at least 20 feet deep) Regardless, we managed to make it to the summit after about 6.5 hours of intense, 55-60 degree incline hiking and some bushwacking due to low hanging branches weighed down by heavy snow and ice. Cold weather around -10 F made the summit less hospitable than I thought it would be and forced us to head back down after a quick water/snack break near the observatory. Trek down was long but fun with some glissading. Was an intense and long, but fun hike and will go again once the weather is warmer.
Pretty straightforward hike. Cool views of the ski trails and lifts in the summertime. Top of lift about 3/4 way up trail is a good place to have a quiet break with a view. You can actually buy water on the top from a vending machine if you're running low ;)
Climbed with Ester. #36
A quick day hike on a clear summer day.
33rd ADK high peak after Esther earlier in the morning. Descended the south trail to Connery Pond. Very steep descent. Perfect early fall weather with great visibility. Trails largely deserted, crowded on top.
Hiked Whiteace then Esther on the way down. Started àt Wilmington Reservoir. Big day, tired ans sore afterwards. Nicest weather possible. Saw a cyclist going up on the Veteran Highway.
Awesome hiking in the snow.
I climbed this peak on the 1 year anniversary of my Dad, Len Sucheski's passing. This one is for you Dad. Clear skies all day, and a great sunset to end it.
A great peak to finish on. But no views that day!