Sunday, April 29, 2012

Snow Dial

 Great Range from Noonmark's shoulder
 Dix from the trail to Nippletop
 Top of Dial
 Top of Nippletop
 Hiking down Nippletop
Giant from the Ausable club

Yesterday we hiked Dial and Nippletop. It was a very chilly morning to start and there was snow everywhere starting around 2,400 feet. I was cold for most of the trip which is a shocker because usually I am super warm. We reached the summit of Dial around 11:00 and then started to head over to Nippletop. We reached Nippletop around 1:30 and had lunch. Nippletop had a very good view of the great range and Dix on the other side. When we hiked down we came down through Elk Pass which was supposed to be very steep since we had to drop 1,000 feet in one mile. Since it was snowy there were only a couple difficult sections. We came down the trail we took when we did Colvin and Blake. It was definitely a nicer trail without the rain. It was a gorgeous day in the end and we finished our hike around 7:30. A long and hard day for the second hike of the season.
-ADK Gurl

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Snower Wolfjaw

 Mini, buried in snow.
 Top of Lower Wolfjaw.
 Giant Mtn.
 Ausable Club.
 Ice on the trail.
Me hiking down.

Yesterday we started our adventures yet again on Lower Wolfjaw. There were a couple mishaps like my Dad bringing one of his hiking boots and one of my old ones so he had to hike in tennis shoes and how I forgot my wool socks...It all turned out to be a good hike in the end. We started out around 6:30 AM and it was very chilly. We hiked up through Ausable Club and took the West River Trail up. Exactly around 3000 ft the snow started to appear under shady spots off to the side of the trail. Later on it started to come on to the trail along with ice. We summited around 11:10 AM and had lunch. We decided to make our decent in a loop that was a more gentle trail along the ridge, not only was it more gentle it was a couple miles longer, it was not as tracked, and it was a whole lot more icy on this side than the other. My dad had tried to do a controlled slide down part of the really icy and steeper parts but got out of control cut his knuckles really bad on the snow crystals. In the end it was much more pretty with a couple outlooks. At the end of the trail we had to hike down an old fire road which felt like a death march. It was a fun, icy hike and I can't wait for the next one a couple weekends from now.
-ADK Gurl