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Archive for May, 2009

We kind of spaced out on y’all for a while there.  Sorry about that.  To understand why, you might visit our other blog to see what we’ve been up to.  As a general rule, if one hasn’t been updated, it’s likely we’re working on the other one.

The reader’s digest version of our excuse is that we climbed Mt. Marcy on Saturday, September 20, 2008, and then closed on our first house 3 days later, on Tuesday, Sept. 23.  We moved the following weekend, and have been painting, de-wallpapering, shoveling snow, replacing appliances, gardening, and replacing bathroom fixtures ever since.  We’re finally settled and have the entire house painted (although work will of course continue), and did our first peak of 2009 about two weeks ago.  So without further ado, here’s the quick (mostly photographic) recap of Marcy and Phelps.  If the weather holds, we’ll be going back out tomorrow – cross your fingers!

Mt. Marcy – Saturday, September 20, 2008

5,344 ft. | Rank by height:  1/46 | Highest point in the entire state of NY

6th peak climbed  |  40 to go

As promised in earlier posts, we did this as an expanded team – Mom & Dad M joined us.  This was Dad’s second time up Marcy (first in several decades), and Mom’s first Adirondack adventure.  It was an incredible adventure, at that.  All four of us summited, and made it back down safely – no small feat.  We ran out of daylight on our way back down roughly around Marcy Dam, and had to make the last 2 miles (luckily the Van Hoevenberg trail from the dam is relatively flat) by way of one headlamp (shared between 4 people – a mistake we won’t make again).  We were never so thrilled to see the cabin…

We stayed in the cabin at the Adirondack Loj, which was pretty cool.  Tiny, but cool.  It almost felt like cheating, since there was a sink, toilet, shower (!), etc.  We joked that the roughest part was the mattresses on the 2 sets of bunk beds.  They felt more like giant versions of the “sit-upons” that I’d made in Girl Scouts as a kid (“padded” with newspaper in the middle) than mattresses.  Note to self:  next time, put the camp rest pad on the mattress for some real padding.  By Saturday night after the hike, though, they felt perfectly awesome.

Friday night, we climbed Mt. Jo (near the Adk Loj) for a warmup and view of Heart Lake

Friday night, we climbed Mt. Jo (near the Adk Loj) for a warmup and view of Heart Lake

Marcy Dam - Saturday morning

Marcy Dam - Saturday morning

On the way up to the summit

On the way up to the summit - above the treeline, and after Little Marcy

5,344 feet above sea level

Marcy's summit - 5,344 feet above sea level

It was a stunningly clear day

It was a stunningly clear day

On the way down, we saw that the sun was fading, and put the camera away!  We finally made it back to the cabin after dark, and barely had the energy to make dinner.  Some of us had a second wind and sat around the fire until later – man were we tired!

by Sunday morning, the clouds had rolled in

by Sunday morning, the clouds had rolled in - Heart Lake

I tend to prefer our multi-day trips to the day trips, but this one will be hard to beat!

6 peaks down – 40 to go!

Phelps Mountain – Sunday, May 17, 2009

4,161 ft. | Rank by height:  32/46  |  7th peak climbed  |  39 to go

The weather in early May this year was pretty poor, so we played this trip by ear, not sure if we could get it in between storms and bad weather.  We got really lucky – no flies, and no rain.  We took the Van Hoevenberg trail from the Adirondack Loj to Marcy Dam starting around 11:20am, and it brought back memories of doing it in the dark on the way back from Marcy.  Looking down at the roots and rocks, I had newfound respect for what we’d all done 9 months earlier!  From Marcy Dam, it was a relatively easy (but wet) hike up along Phelps Brook, up to the summit, and back down.  I’d hoped to do Tabletop as well, but that would have put us racing sunset, plus some clouds were already rolling in.  No thanks!  We made it out by around 6:15pm.  After this trip, though, we’ll look into gaitors for the future.  All in all, though, a really pleasant hike and a good break-in for the year.

To say it was a wet trail would be a gross understatement.  The trails looked more like stream beds in a lot of places.

To say it was a wet trail would be a gross understatement. The trails looked more like stream beds in a lot of places.

For their part, the stream beds were rushing.

For its part, Phelps Brook was "ford at your own risk."

Algonquin in the distance

Algonquin in the distance

Phelps Mountain summit

Phelps Mountain summit

7 down – 39 peaks to go!

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