Ascent of Mount Marcy on 2013-04-21

Climber: Nick Goumas

Others in Party:Patrick Huegel
Date:Sunday, April 21, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Marcy
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:5344 ft / 1628 m

Ascent Trip Report

Pat and I parked at Adirondack Loj and set out at 8:45am, little later than we had planned. On the way in it seemed that snow was pretty deep in some places, possibly 2' but the surface was frozen over and we never post-holed.

Making our way in we went over the dam and the pond was completely frozen over. Temp was still around freezing, about 10am I guess.

Nothing too exciting except there was not a single cloud in the sky. Made it to the summit by 1pm. Passed a few groups coming down, those who had done Marcy before all said this was a once in a lifetime experience to have this beautiful weather. The summit was amazing, little wind and a lot of sun allowed us to sit against a rock and have a good lunch for maybe 10min.

On the way down we passed a few groups and made it back down to the dam. Coming across the dam at around 3-3:30pm we realized all the ice had melted and most of the water had drained out... Maybe the ice buildup had let out and the pond drained while we were on the mountain? Whatever happened, the whole day was strange, it was as if it were winter on the way in and summer on the way out. There's no way a day like this could have been planned. Amazing.

On the way up I used crampons which were great for the last few hundred feet leading up to the summit. I also had an ice axe with me, more for getting used to using it than actual need. Pat got by with micro-spikes and neither of us had or needed snowshoes.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4684 ft / 1427 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:4684 ft / 1427 m
    Route:Van Hoevenberg
    Trailhead:Adirondack Loj  660 ft / 201 m
    Time Up:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:3 Hours 30 Minutes

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