Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Adirondacks - Day2

Day 2 started with the promise of some sun.  It blew and howled all night long and again the tent and sleeping bags were a welcome refuge.  After some breakfast, the clouds started rolling in and Day 2 was not looking promising for some climbing and peak gazing.  We headed to Adirondack Loj with the hopes that things might clear on the hike up Mt Jo.

Wallface and Indian Pass from the road to Adirondack Loj

Ski jumps in Lake Placid 
The ride into Adirondack Loj was a bit disappointing in that much of the High Peaks were obscured in low clouds.  We parked at the Loj and then hiked up Mt Jo, which is a short hike but offers one of the best views of the High Peaks from the north.  As we climbed it looked as if things might clear by the time we reached the top.

View to Mt Colden and Avalanche Pass from Mt Jo

Mt Marcy on L, Avalanche Pass and the slides on Mt Colden now clearly visible 

Algonquin in the clouds, the second tallest peak after Marcy

Avanlanche Pass and Mt Colden.  The grey areas on Colden are massive
 rock slides some of which extend the entire length of the mountain

Wallface and Indian pass with some early fall foliage

Closeup of Wallface from Mt Jo
As morning passed toward mid day, we were able to enjoy some wonderful views from Mt Jo.  The great part of climbing this little mountain is that it puts you right in the heart of the High Peaks.  From Mt Jo it seems like everything is just an arms length in front of you.  With the clear afternoon, I had the opportunity to climb one more peak before we needed to head home so stay tuned.  In closing, I leave you with a panoramic from Mt Jo

Panoramic view from Mt Jo.  From L to R Marcy in the clouds, Avalanche Pass, Colden, 
Algonquin in the clouds, Indian Pass and Wallface

10 comments:

  1. Mark
    I love the mountains and this area is one place that makes mountain climbing worth it. Absolute beautiful images of some rugged but yet majestic mountains pecks; it is amazing how the Indians of the past survive in these mountains. I know the wildlife help sustain them, but still it must have been a struggle at times. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill - these are very unique mountains, and geologically distinct from the Appalachains. So rugged, wild, and cold that the Indian didn't actually live in these mountains but would come in to hunt and then return to their camps elsewhere

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  2. thanks for sharing Mark, you captured the beautiful scenery perfectly

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    1. Thanks LQN, your comments are always appreciated

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  3. Nice photos and details.
    I hope you visited the Olympic Ice Rink in Lake Placid.

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    1. Brk Trt - We drove all around the outskirts of Lake Placid, not so much in the town and I didn't visit any of the Olympic sites. It is pretty amazing that this tiny town actually hosted an event as large as the winter Olympics although I've heard stories of athletes staying all over upstate NY during those games

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  4. Mt Jo has always been one of my favorite hikes in the high peaks region. Great views for mini.although effort. The view from Algonquin is also spectacular. Beautiful pictures Mark!

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    1. Kiwi - thanks. This was my second trip to the High Peaks and I am falling in love. Would love to hear about any great hikes with wonderful views. Did Cascade the same day and it was amazing too!

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    2. Mt Vanhovenberg is a great hike also. The Olympic bobsled run is on the other side of the mountain.

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    3. Thanks Kiwi, I hear climbing up the slide on Colden is pretty neat too

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