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Cascade and Porter RobbMLewis Sat, 05/30/2020 - 15:54

I got up to the mountain about a quarter of 7 and was on the trail by 7.  It was on and off drizzle/rain for the first hour or so.  Being that it was forested, I didn't get horribly wet.  The wind was also rather consistent and strong the whole hike up.  As you can see in the stats below, this was a relatively short hike, GPS tracked it as 5.44 miles, officially it's supposed to be 6.2 miles.  This is probably because I turned down the sensitivity of the mapper.  I decided to do Porter first as it is the smaller of the two.  The trail was a stream the whole way down to the col, swampy at th

46'er progress RobbMLewis Thu, 05/28/2020 - 15:45

Check back here to see what I have done so far in my quest for 46.

This year, 5 done, 41 to go.  All time, 12 done, 34 to go.

Whiteface and Esther RobbMLewis Sun, 05/24/2020 - 12:20

Saturday, May 23, I did go up to do Whiteface and Esther.  I started at Marble Mountain, which is an old ski mountain, and the trail literally goes up the old tow path for a lift.  It was steep and rocky.  Once at the top, great views though.  At that point I joined the Wilmington trail and it was a slightly less steep climb to the point the trail for Esther comes off.  At about 3500 feet though, about 0.6 miles from that point, it became mostly snow/ice instead of mostly mud/water.  Thankfully I had my spikes, and I wore the most of the rest of the hike up.  The views on the hike up were a

Cascade and Porter - the planning RobbMLewis Wed, 05/20/2020 - 10:46

If I'm really good, Monday I'll be doing another 2 peaks.  More likely than not, it will be next weekend though.  These two will be Cascade and Porter from Marcy Field.  The old approach to the peaks has been closed due to it's immense popularity and issues with parking.  Cascade was the sacrificial peak as it was only 4.8 miles round trip and not a horrible hike either.  We'll find out what the new one is after this eason as the approaches to Cascade are now significantly longer.  I'll be doing the one from Marcy Field which takes me over Blueberry mountain and Porter on the way to Cascade

Whiteface and Esther - the planning RobbMLewis Wed, 05/20/2020 - 10:41

This coming weekend, I will go out and attempt the northern most peaks of the high peaks, Whiteface and Esther.  These are both north of Lake Placid, and Whiteface was actually a major venue for the 1980's Olympics.   There is an observatory and a road to the top too.... I'll be hiking in from the old Marble Mountain ski area, going to Whiteface first, and then hitting Esther, which is an unmarked trail/herd path, on the way down.

Whiteface: #5 4867 ft

Esther: #28 4240 ft

Giant Peak - no Rocky RobbMLewis Sat, 05/16/2020 - 19:45

Today I took my first steps this year towards becoming a 46'er.  The hike was planned to be Giant and Rocky Ridge peaks.  I instead found that the trail was worse than I was expecting, and well, it took me 4 hours to summit Giant around noon.  On top of that, it was in the clouds.


Giant and Rocky Ridge Peaks - the planning RobbMLewis Thu, 05/14/2020 - 16:17

This weekend, May 16th, I plan to start my quest for 46er with Giant and Rocky Ridge Peaks.  The estimated mileage is 7.4 miles per the Locus app.

Quest for 46er RobbMLewis Thu, 05/14/2020 - 15:51

Decades ago, when I was in my late teens, I loved hiking and backpacking.  I had the aspiration to do the AT, PCT, and CDT all as true thru hikes.  I really loved hiking and backpacking.  Then I got a job and well, that stuff has fallen by the wayside.  One goal I have kept though is to become a 46'er.  What is a 46'er?  Well, that's someone that has climbed the 46 tallest peaks in New York, specifically, it's all 46 peaks over 4000 feet (1219 meters) as originally surveyed.  A couple have been found to be a bit shorter, and a couple shorter ones were found to be higher.  There's actually a

Resigning from ADF RobbMLewis Sun, 03/22/2020 - 10:08

In March of 1999 I attended my first ADF ritual for the Spring Equinox run by Bill Elston in Elmira, NY. When I attended that ritual and learned more about ADF, I was full of excitement. I felt at home with the ritual format and appreciated focus on scholarship. I saw an organization that had survived its first change in leadership as Isaac had stepped down only a few years earlier. I saw an organization that shared my values, and eventually I would start and lead a grove under that organization. In the subsequent 21 years, I would even serve in the highest levels of leadership.

LGBT+ and Cyberbullying RobbMLewis Mon, 05/27/2019 - 13:11

With pride month coming up in a few days, I think it was timely that I was made aware of another study, related to what I posted about in 2017.  This is a new study about LGBT+ people and cyberbullying.  The study can be seen at:

The topline results, per that link, are: