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Ascent of Mount Marcy on 2010-08-28

Climber: Mike Tangolics

Date:Saturday, August 28, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Marcy
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:5344 ft / 1628 m

Ascent Trip Report

I started out from Rochester, NY at 3am, drove to the Adirondack Loj trailhead and started my ascent at 9am. It was a temperate, sunny day so there were plenty of other climbers ascending along with me. I took the Van Hoevenburg trail through Marcy Dam, and followed it up towards the peak. The hiking trail was consistently marked with blue 'Foot Trail' tags. After approximately 2-3 miles of hiking, I reached what I believe was the foot of Mount Marcy itself. From there it was mostly rock scrambles the rest of the way up. The hardest part of the trail was the last 1/2 - 1 mi of the ascent to the peak, where you have to climb at a fairly steep angle from rock to rock. From there to the proper summit, the trail is marked with yellow paint on the rocks since there are no trees available for tagging. I reached the summit at 1:30pm which luckily happened to be 1/2 hr before my personal turnaround time. I relaxed on the summit with the other climbers until 2pm, and then started my descent down the same route. I arrived back at the Adirondack Loj at 5:30pm. Marcy was my first real mountain climb, and is certainly a challenge for novice hikers like myself, but the view alone is worth it.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3162 ft / 963 m
    Distance:14.8 mi / 23.8 km
    Route:Van Hoevenburg Trail
    Trailhead:Adirondack Loj  2182 ft / 665 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:4 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:3 Hours 30 Minutes



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