Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Queen Of New York

Lake Tear Of The Clouds (Start of the Hudson River)

Top of Marcy

Marcy Dam (the bridge is out from

Yesterday we hiked Mount Marcy the tallest peak in NY. It was a long hard hike but we met up with a guy who is attempting to get to the tallest point in each of the 50 states. The hike up was moderately steep but not bad. Once we got to the last mile to half mile it got steeper and we were on bare open rock. Almost at the top of Marcy we came across some ice. Winter is coming fast in the peaks we may only have one or two hikes left for the year but luckily all of the High Peaks are open from Irene a few weeks back. We started at South Meadows. South Meadows is a road that is used for emergencies only but people hike on it. We chose this route because we didn't want to pay for parking and since the Marcy Dam Bridge is out we were not sure how the brook crossing would be. Other than this it would make us walk an extra three tenths of a mile. My Dad said we would take the lodge is we ever do this again because we hated those last few tenths. The hike was a total of 15.3 miles and I'm still sore from all that walking.
-ADK Gurl

Friday, September 9, 2011

See More On Seymor...Kind Of....

Top of Seymor

Seward (right), Donaldson (middle) and Emmons (left) view from Seymor

the cairn that starts the Seymor herd path

memorial stone on Seymor

We hiked Seymor about a week ago. Seymor is one of the mountains in the Seward Range and it was one of the mountains that we were aloud to hike since Irene came through. We started early as always at a trailhead that only had one car at it. Hmm...strange since this was one of the few peaks that was open we thought that it would be more busy. There was a man that dropped by as we were getting ready to set off that talked to us saying that there were two trailheads and this was only the first one. The wrong one. We drove about 20 minutes farther to a very busy parking lot and continued to get ready and set off. Behind always. We got to the Ward Brook Lean-to at 10:00 when my Dad thought we would get there around lunch. A little ways on was the start of the herd path. And up we went. We gained most of our elevation in that last two-tenths of a mile and then went over a bunch of "fake-summits" untill we finally reached the marker where there was a 46er keeping the herd path maintained. He showed us a spot with a good view becuase the summit was just trees. Then headed back down and did the whole trip breaks and lunch included in only 11 hours.
-ADK Gurl