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Rocky Ridge Planning - try 2

Submitted by RobbMLewis on Mon, 06/01/2020 - 19:27

My first attempt at Rocky Ridge was in combination with Giant peak.  It was my first hike of the year up in the 'Daks, and I encountered a lot of snow and ice on the trail.  In short, I was not really ready for that hike.  I've done 4 more mountains since, and am in slightly better shape now than I was then.  I have decided to take a different route to the top...

Cascade and Porter

Submitted by RobbMLewis on 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

Whiteface and Esther

Submitted by RobbMLewis on 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

Submitted by RobbMLewis on 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

Submitted by RobbMLewis on 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

Quest for 46er

Submitted by RobbMLewis on 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

Submitted by RobbMLewis on 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.