Friday, September 27, 2013

Adirondacks - Day 1

We arrive at camp around 6PM, got set up and quickly settled in.  The temperature was dropping and the winds were picking up and the tent and sleeping bags were a warm refuge from what was going on outside. The wind howled all night and I was hoping for some clearing for a good day of hiking.

Rainbow over the town of Wilmington, NY the morning of day 1

Day 1 started out clear in the valleys but the cold and fog soon settled on the valleys blocking views of the High Peaks.  We opted to drive east and south to see if things would be clearer on the edges of the High Peaks.  As we drove south, we were able to get a clearer view of the mountains.

Noonmark, Dix, and Nippletop from Marcy Field; Keene, NY

Next we drove west to Newcomb, NY to view Tahawas (the Indian name for Mt Marcy which means "cloud splitter") and Indian Pass from the south.  Legend has it that the Indians came into the Adirondacks through Indian Pass to hunt but did not live in the mountains.  The distinctive structure of Wallface Mt and Indian Pass are landmarks that are easily seen from a distance.

Tahawas from Newcomb with the Autumn colors just starting to show

Mt. Wallface on the left of Indian Pass

We made one final stop in the abandoned town of Adirondac.  This town was built when iron ore was first discovered in the region in 1826.  A blast furnace was constructed of stone and operated successfully for around 30 years but eventually, the remoteness, brutal winters, and the presence of titanium dioxide in the ore which could not easily be removed with the technology of the day shut down the furnace and the town. It was in this town that Teddy Roosevelt, who was hiking on Marcy, learned of President McKinley's eminent death.  Roosevelt was rushed to Buffalo where he was sworn in as president.

McIntyre Blast furnace in Upper Works built in 1826 and still standing

Remains of the workings of the blast furnace

Red squirrels that have made a home in the walls of the blast furnace


  1. love how the leaves have changed, fall is really here!

    1. LQN - the best foliage colors are still on the way. I would guess this next week should be peak colors in Upper New York State

  2. Mark
    Beautiful images of the Adirondacks, especially with fall colors turning. It is surprising to know that iron ore was being mined in that area in the early 1800’s. That furnace is huge, and I am surprised it is still in great shape today. I am really into anything that relates to past history of this county and this post serves as an example. Thanks for sharing

    1. Bill - I would call myself a history buff, but I do find it fascinating. It's really amazing what people endured to live up in the Adirondacks in the early days. For more info about this area check out,_New_York

  3. High mountain fishing is so wonderful, especially in autumn.
    Great first photo.

    1. Brk Trt - Yes it is ! That rainbow was quite stunning