Friday, June 28, 2013

North, South, East, West

 Top of Macomb
 Top of South Dix
 Top of East Dix
 View of South Dix from East Dix
Lillian Brook herd path split to Macomb and South Dix

Last Sunday we completed the Dix range, climbing Macomb, South Dix, and East Dix. We started our hike at 6:30 from the Elk Lake trail head and took the first herd path up the Macomb slide. The trail was well maintained and easy to follow. Around 8:30 we reached the bottom of the slide. The slide had many carnes placed along the slide. Walking up the slide was like walking up a pile of sand and rocks. It wasn't too difficult to climb up but I wouldn't want to go down it. I enjoyed the slide, it was very different. It wouldn't be a good idea to climb with one person right behind another in the person in front lost their footing. We reached the summit at 9:30 and we were in the clouds. We then headed over to South Dix. The climb up South Dix had a lot of fun open rock climbing but the summit was in the trees. We reached the top around 11:00 then went over to East Dix. The walk over to East Dix was longer than we thought but it wasn't difficult. The views off of East Dix were by far the best of the three we did. We reached the summit at 12:00 and had lunch then headed back to South Dix and down the Lillian Brook herd path. The way down the herd path was steep but then once we joined up with the herd path that came over from Hough it leveled out. We got back to the car at 4:30. It was a successful and fun trip.
-ADK Gurl

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Santa Baby

 Top of Santanoni
 Santanoni Brook
Santanoni Brook... again.

Last weekend we set out on our third attempt on Santanoni. The first time we grabbed Panther and Couchsachraga and didn't want to have to go down the Panther Brook trail in the dark, and the second time,  in May, there was about five feet of snow that we were not prepared for. We started from the trail head at 6:30 am and headed down the private road then onto the trail. The first bridge on the trail was out and we had to cross the brook. There were many rocks that made crossing easy. The trail was very muddy but that was expected since there had been a lot of rain. We turned onto the Express trail and headed up to the summit. The trail wasn't too steep but was muddy from the rain from the day before. We reached the summit at 10:30 and had some snacks then headed back down. And reached the car around 3:00 pm. It was a good trip to begin with and I'm glad we finished the Santanoni range.
-ADK Gurl