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Dix Range RobbMLewis Sun, 09/06/2020 - 11:58

Friday, I went up to the Upper Elk Lake parking area and found that it was full, and a half dozen cars were already parked on the shoulder....

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

The quest has been completed at 1:02 PM, September 5, 2020.

The Dixes - Planning RobbMLewis Thu, 09/03/2020 - 21:36

This is it, I'm down to the final 5 peaks of the 46'ers.  I started May 15, and I will be finishing up, if all goes to plan, September 5.... so just over 3.5 months, 255 miles, and 84.8K feet of elevation gain and loss.... if all goes to plan.

Colvin and Blake RobbMLewis Sun, 08/23/2020 - 07:58

Saturday, I went and did Colvin (4057', #39) and Blake (3960', # 43).  These are by far not the tallest peaks in the park, but they are relatively remote in that the shortest in and out hike is 14.5 miles with nearly 4000' of elevation gain/loss.  So, they aren't easy by any means.  I arrived about 615 to find the Ausable Club parking lot full.  I had to go park again about 1/4 mile up hill from the lot....

Colvin and Blake RobbMLewis Tue, 08/18/2020 - 08:45

This weekend will be Colvin(4057', #39), Blake (3960', #43), and back over Colivn.  I've heard that the trail between Colvin and Blake is a slog, and not fun...

Central High Peaks from Loj - 13 peaks RobbMLewis Sun, 08/09/2020 - 14:59

Wow, what a trip...

Central High Peaks from Loj planning RobbMLewis Sun, 07/26/2020 - 15:28

My next trip will have a lot of hiking and hit 13 peaks over a week.  The first 3 nights I'm saying at ADK Loj, so I'll have a soft bed and shower available each night.  The next 3 nights, I'll be in the backcountry, hopefully at Lake Arnold, camping.

The current plan is this...

Monday: get up there early (so leave here like 430) and do Street (4166', # 31) and Nye (3895, # 45).  These are not supposed to have great views, and they are herd paths to get up.  The total mileage is 8 miles and 2531' elevation gain.  When I get done with them, I then check in to Loj.

Gothics and Sawteeth RobbMLewis Sun, 07/26/2020 - 14:53

Saturday, I went up and did Gothics (4736', #10) and Sawteeth (4100', #35).  The day started off rather poorly.  When I got up there, I realized how tired I was, not having a great night's sleep along with getting up at 4.  On top of that, the AMR and Roaring Brook parking lots were full!  According to the ranger I talked to on my way out, they were full at 530... I got there at 605.  WTF?  Well, it was a perfect day for hiking, so everyone went up there I guess.  I ended parking in a pull off about 1/4 miles up (and I mean up) the road.  I hate walking along roads, and Rt.

Two Hikes from AMR RobbMLewis Mon, 07/20/2020 - 07:48

So, the last 2 weekends I have left undone peaks.  Specifically 2 weeks ago I left Colvin (4057', #39), and Blake (3960', #43) when I did Dial and Nippletop, and this last weekend I left Gothics (4736', #10) and Sawteeth (4100'. #35) when I did the Great Range.  My goal is to get these 4 peaks done before I go in via ADK Loj for a week of hikes.  That means that I will do them this weekend, or maybe, depending on weather, a pair next weekend.

The Great Range... mostly RobbMLewis Sun, 07/19/2020 - 18:11

This weekend, I tackled the Great Range of the Adirondacks High Peaks.  Thursday, just after work I headed up to the Gardens parking lot.  I had a fear that there would be no parking as it was marked as full about 9 in the morning, but when I arrived around 530, there were a dozen or so spots.  I hiked in about 3 miles and set up camp on Howard Hill, just shy on the trail from the DEC interior outpost (aka rangers).  I was surprised when I hit the trail to see a party of 10, about half of which were pre-teen, getting on the trail to go to Johns Brooks  Lodge, an interior lodge run by the Ad