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“Well there is a peak bragging thread, but I thought maybe I would start one for just the Adirondack 46.
Here is what I have to date starting with my first climb to my last.
1) Dix (4857)
2) East Dix (4012)
3) Marcy (5344)
4) Haystack (4960)
5) Giant of the Valley (4627)
6) Rocky Peak Ridge (4420)
7) Gothics (4736)
8) Armstrong (4400)
9) Upper Wolfjaw (4185)
10) Lower Wolfjaw (4175)
11) Cascade (4098)
12) Porter (4059)
13) Dial (4020)
14) Nippletop (4620)
15) Couchsachraga (3820)
16) Santanoni (4607)
17) Whiteface (4867)
18) Esther (4240)
19) Wright (4580)
20) Algonquin (5114)
21) Iroquois (4840)
22) Big Slide (4240)
23) Sawteeth (4100)
24) Colvin (4057)
25) Blake (3960)
26) Marshall (4360)
27) Donaldson (4140)
28) Emmons (4040)
29) Seward (4361)
30) Seymour (4120)
What I have left
South Dix (4060)
The last seven
“I'm stuck at 39, with seven more to go;
What a Longe Strange trip it's been.
So I guess the real score would be
Bobo - 39
Bears - 0!
knocking on wood!!!!”
Thanks for starting this thread. Good luck to you, and Bobo, and any other aspiring 46er here!
Not meaning to brag, but I have 5 more left:
- Rocky Peak.
I expect to finish these five remaining peaks on three separate trips this Summer/Fall.
Redfield and Gray (including a re-do of Marcy via herdpath from Gray) will be a four-day basecamp/dayhike trip ...out of Uphill Brook or nearby area.
Seymour & Seward will also be a four-day trip ...from Blueberry or Ward Brook leanto areas.
Rocky will be a one-day hike, using a nearby N.Y. state campground as my basecamp. My hope is to start from Route 9 and end at Chapel Pond, with a short side trip to Giant Mtn enroute, but I'll need someone to shuttle with for that itinerary. Otherwise I'll probably start and finish at Chapel Pond. I'd like to also do Noonmark (not one of the 46ers) on another day of that particular trip.
For the Redfield-Gray-Marcy trip, I might hook up with PhantomSoul on his Marcy trip in August -- if the weather is cooperative.
Otherwise, I'm flexible about when to do each of the three trips -- within the constraints of good weather windows.
The first of my three trips may coming up real soon -- sometime between July 17-24 (possibly even earlier). Not sure of the exact dates because, being a teacher and "off" for the summer, my schedule is flexible enough to allow me to plan my trips around the weather. From one too many rainy/muddy/mucky experiences, I've learned to take advantage of this privilege I enjoy to not hike/backpack in the Daks (or anywhere else for that matter) when the chance of rain is 40% or greater; 30% or less, I usually consider going). Accordingly, I wait for good weather before deciding what specific dates to shoot for ...usually about 3-4 days in advance ...but may still bail if the weather unexpectedly turns sour-looking. Yup, I'm a fair-weather hiker, I am.
If you've bothered to read this far and may want to join me for any or all of these trips (including any nearby peaks - on your own), you are welcome. Hit me back.
PS: Noonmark Diner stop after each trip may be required ;-)”
“"For the Redfield-Gray-Marcy trip, I might hook up with PhantomSoul on his Marcy trip in August -- if the weather is cooperative."
There ya go. I must just follow along on these 3 peaks to make them #'s 1, 2, and 3 for me. (I'm such a rookie [Insert bucktooth smile here])”
“Oh yeah, and for my Marcy/Gray/Skylight/Redfield/Colden/Cliff (choose any 2-3) grand master plan, see the Journey to the Top of the Empire State trip.”
“Not meaning to brag, but I have 5 more left:
But this IS a bragging thread!
Great to hear from you, Mighty M, and best of luck on your last five! Gray was a bugger of a bushwhack, what I remember is that we crossed over a beaver dam (that probably doesn't exist anymore) on the near-end of Lake Tear of the Clouds to find the bushwhack.”
“Hey! I left out Hough on my list!
Man, that's one peak everybody would like to leave off their list!”
“"Hey! I left out Hough on my list!
Man, that's one peak everybody would like to leave off their list!"
ignore this user
That's funny I thought it was Nye.”
“You guys got a head start on me, but I'm gaining on ya's. Mister M - LZ and I dined at the Noonmark yesterday. YUMMY!
6) Upper Wolfjaw
11) Big Slide
12) Lower Wolfjaw
15) Rocky Ridge
Rocky Ridge, Giant, Cascade, and Porter were this past weekend with Lumberzak. 9000' of vertical gain that included Bald Peak, Eagle Pass and Hopkins.
Awesome hiking! There, that's my trip report. Where's yours, Zac?”
“Mister M - this weekend, I'll be in Ithaca but I'll be available the following 2 weekends. Yeah, I know you school teachers like weekday trips in the summer, but if you go on a weekend, I just might tag along if ya like.”
“What is the criteria for the 46ers? I thought they had to be above 4k. I see some that are below. Hopefully I can start tagging some 46ers over the next year. Marcy will be my first.”
“psst Pennsy it was 9837'
I hope to get my TR up some time tonight.
EarthNsky - The 46ers are the 46 peaks that were originally surveyed to be over 4000'. With modern methods of measure, 4 were found to be less than 4000', but they are still included to keep with tradition.”
“that's what I figured. They are still close enough to 4 anyway.”
“besides "The 46'ers" sounds way cooler than "The 42'ers"”
“That and I think everyone needs to descend to the summit of Couchsachraga.”
“9837? If I knew that, we could have turned around to get 10k. haha
Besides the 46'ers that are under 4000, there are the ones over 4000' that DON'T count. MacNaughton is 4000' and it dang near killed us, yet it doesn't "count."”
Just starting out...
“I've climbed Marcy before but I'm doing it again so my son and I can do it together.
Any suggestions, recommendation on starting slow and easy and building...”
“I heard that Couchsachraga is like the "gravity peak", in that you actually walk downhill to its summit. Only in New York...
I'll have to see if I can sneak in a peak or two other than Marcy on the trip next month. Also, LZ's trip to the Dixes in October sounds like an opportunity for 5 more peaks. (Can you say cha-ching?) Then there's Artex's buttkicker in September, which I don't know if I'll be able to make due to time off for Isle Royale...
Ahh, so many peaks, so little time. If anyone else is going to the High Peaks, let me know and I'll do everything in my power to be able to go...”
“Now that's an Xtreme hike. You guys are my new heroes...”
I Haven't Been There Yet This Year =8(
“I'm only 1/3 of the way to 46.
Of course, I live a mere 11-12hr drive from the place.”
“Yup buddur, it takes me about 8 hours to get up there, but it's worth the trip. It would take me about the same amount of time to get out to the Allegheny N.F. and I've been there zero times, that's how much I love the ADK.
Figuring I started bagging high peaks in 1990 (#1, Algonquin in May, 1990) using long holiday weekends (Labor and Memorial days, Thanksgiving, even Xmas!), you guys have definitely earned bragging rights to put up those kind of numbers in a short amount of time. Still, I wouldn't have wanted it any other way, every trip was worth it's weight in gold and I've even done a number of trips with repeat climbs (Marcy, Algonquin, Gothics, Panther...) It's that good. But I've also gotten to see the ADK become "loved to death" over this time, so please y'all... tread lightly!”
Yeah, I did my first 46er back in 1989 -- Giant -- after which I swore I'd never climb another one as long as I live. But my brother Joe kept twisting my arm to join him once or twice a year. I gritted my teeth and went, but gradually the spell took me over. Still, I never had any intentions of completing them ...until about 3 years ago when I finally got around to counting (23 at that time, with several done two-three times each from different approaches). So I thought what the heck -- halfway there -- might as well finish 'em so that like my brother, I too can have the 46er sticker on my car window. Now with only five more to go, I'm chomping at the bit. I've been smitten I tell ya.”
“wouldn't be neat to have all the Southern Sixers, the NE Fivers, Adk 46ers, the NH 4kers and the Cats 3500ers. That would be a feat. I wonder if anyone has done that.”
“There's 36 3500' peaks in the Catskills. I believe the NY-NJ Trail Conference might have more information on them, as they're the ones who map the trails in the Catskills.
Don't forget the Northeast 111, which I believe are the peaks in the Northeast above 4000'...”
ditto on everything you just said!
It's how the Siren of the Adirondacks draws you in.
I was also never into it for the "46er patch" until I started getting close to the end. Also, most 46ers I've met who wore the patch have seemed just a tad snooty.
Am I snooty?”
“Am I snooty
Do you wear the patch?
“I have to say that the draw to the Adirondacks is much more than the mountains. I've been going up there since I was the age of 2. I didn't even like climbing the peaks until 2000. I am quite lucky, because it only takes me 5 to 10 minutes to enter the park and about 1.5 hours to get to Keene Valley. It's because of my location that I have been able to climb as many peaks as I have in a relatively short time. I go up there at least 2 weekends a month and sometimes more.”
“I'd be happy with 1 weekend a month, but with a 5 1/2 hour drive to Keene Valley, that might just be less than possible, especially with all the other plans I have this year. The official buttkicker looks like it's getting away from me due to being tapped for time off (and that really hurts, too), and I'm fighting real hard to stay with the Dix trip in October. It looks like I may have to dump the Pharoah trip, but that's because there's no official peaks involved there.
Hopefully next year I'll be able to nail down some steady visits to bag some serious peaks...”
“Just keep in mind that the Dix range trip will be over 5000' elevation gain with full packs.”
“Just got back from one of the best and toughest hikes I've ever done. I made a traverse on the Great Range from the Rooster Comb TH on Rt 73 and added two more high peak to my completed list with Saddleback (31) and Basin (32). Couldn't ask for much better weather.”
“Just got back from some of the toughest hikes I've ever done too: Seward (42) and Seymour (43) ...from Ward Brook; basecamped at one of the Camp Four leantos.
Seward was particluarly strenuous ...very wet, very muddy and slippery most of the way. Very steep too... took me three hours to go less than two miles. Seymour was not as long, but just as steep and strenuous. Weather was very humid each day, but I was happy to be blessed with back-to-back rain-free hikes in the Daks.
Three more to go, then some lady will be singing a Bluegrass tune.
If interested, some photos are posted at >>> Seward-Seymour Pics”
“Great pictures M Silver”
Yeah, by the way... good on ya hitting 32! ...halfway to 64 ...ummm 46 ...ummm nevermind. (numbers easily confuse me).
“Actually the most satisfying portion of the trip was Finally getting to see the views off of Lower and Upper Wolfjaws, Armstrong, and Gothics. Also a return trip to one of my favorite peaks, Haystack, was great. Nothing beats a weekend in the mountains.”
“Congrats to lumberzac and the Mighty_M, sounded like an Ausable weekend!”
“Added Skylight and Gray to my list. I've now completed 34 of the 46.”
“Forget the trails (after much experience). Do those mountains (year round) on multiple sides (bushwhacking)for some really unique backwoods knowledge & adventure.”
“I prefer to hike the trails in the high peaks to keep the impact on the peaks down to just a small area, though I would like to do a few more slide climbs.
There's always the ADK top 100, which is a bushwhackers paradise.”
“It's not a race, young man.
or is it?????”
“No it's not a race. I'm just up there almost every weekend. Ive rehiked more mountains this year than hiked up new ones. I think of it more as playing in the back yard.”
“But if you look at it in a metaphysical sense, maybe it is a race. The race of life. Man against Nature, man versus himself. Man racing towards his destiny, Climbing the mountain of life, the race against death, entropy, chaos.......”
“How about for the joy of hiking.”
“Here is what I've done in the High Peaks so far this year.
New Mountains this year:
Rocky Peak Ridge
Giant of the Valley
“Oh man! I've actually got a spot on here now (albeit a small one...)
...and many more to come!”
Lookout Zac, here comes the Pennsernator!!”
“Bring it on Pennsy. Of course maybe I need to stop repeating peaks so I can finish. I climbed the entire Great Range just to get two mountains that have relatively easy access from the Johns Brook Valley. Oh well at least I had fun.”
If We All Could Only Live Close To The Area
“It's not a race, young man.
or is it?????"
For some of them it is, Bob'O. Of course, if you lived nearby, it only makes sense that the feat be accomplished sooner or later.
The Santanoni's next month will be my #16-18.”
“I can't wait for the muck.”
“Did I miss something here? Since when is Trenton, NJ close to the Adirondacks???
I don't mind the drive though, and I've already kinda accepted the fact that every trip to the Adirondacks results in getting home insanely late. Eh, what are you going to do?”
“Very FEW folks hike trailess mountains & even less off-trail in the ADK. Impact is more prevalent on the high peaks near the trail over 4,000 feet. So hike off trail below 3500'? The ADK has a lot of scenery away from the touristy high peaks. Slides are basically a rough-unstable path. If you need trails, try game paths. I'm not saying it's for everybody, but it will definetely open up some horizons.”
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