Showing posts from January, 2016

Giant Mountain & Rocky Peak Ridge (NY,USA) - 4,636 ft & 4,390 ft (1,410 m & 1,338 m)

On January 31st 2016, we decided to hike two more 46er peaks: Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak. At 4am, we left Montreal in our super awesome Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara (a free upgrade from our rental car company) and started our hike at exactly 7am from Chapel Pond Trailhead. The weather was forecasted to be just above 0°C. However, the last few days, about 6 cm of snow fall onto the trail. Two of us were wearing small ice spikes and two had their snowshoes strapped on after 5min as the path was quite icy. The snow in the lower part was packed with icy patches and fresh snow was covering the trail in the higher region. The first part of the trail goes up the ridge towards the Giant washbowl. From there you hike up very steep to moderately steep section towards Giant. About halfway through the hike, the other two switched to snowshoes as well. Parts of the ridge trail has exposed rocky sections covered with a dense layer of ice. With the snowshoes however, these section were manageab…

Phelps and Tabletop Mountain (NY, USA) - 4,160 ft (1,268 m) and 4,413 ft (1,345 m)

On January 17th 2016, we went on our first hike of the new year. Two more 46er peaks were on our agenda, Phelps and Tabletop Mountain.

We left Montreal at 5:30am and started our hike at 8:35am and came back at 4:00pm. Everything was well within the sunrise/sunset times. Weather was a bit cloudy with -12°C (-20°C windchill). We had our snowshoes with us, but the snow was packed enough that micro-spikes were perfect.

The trails to Phelps and Tabletop are well-marked. New signs for Tabletop were added this season, so it was easy to find. We reached the top of Phelps Mountain at 10:50am and the top of Tabletop at 1:20pm.

Here our stats: 

Hiking time: 7 hr 25 min
Distance: 20.5 km (12.7 miles)
Elevation gain: 1,616 m (5,301 ft)

We got a pretty sweet car upgrade for the weekend (for the same price).
This was just after Marcy Dam. Quite some snow next to trail, but the snow on  the trail was nicely packed. No snow on the trees below 3,000 ft. 
Some super icy patches. Thanks mini spikes!
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