Ascent of Mount Marcy on 2015-11-08

Climber: Josh Brooks

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, November 8, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Marcy
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:5344 ft / 1628 m

Ascent Trip Report

As the first solo high point of this endeavor, I decided to take 4 days and head up to Lake Placid and climb Mount Marcy, the highest mountain in New York, as well as check off a few other peaks. Even more notable than Marcy was my solo ascent up the Trap Dike on Mt Colden. The Trap Dike is a brutal class 3-4 climb up a nearly vertical formation off Avalanche Lake in the High Peaks Wilderness.

Meanwhile, after waiting a day for the weather to clear, I set off to scale Marcy on 11/8. I left from South Meadows around 8:00 am heading to the Marcy Dam on the old truck trail. Once at the dam I took the Van Hoevenberg Trail the rest of the way up the mountain and reached the summit at 11:58 am. I was clear, but still very cold and windy. Overall though I was very surprised at the ease of the hike as it was probably one of the easiest big mountains I’ve climbed. The only real challenge was the distance traveled, clocking in at just under 17 miles. In the end though I still made it back to the car around 3:30 pm leaving me plenty of time to spare.
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My shadow on the summit of Marcy (2015-11-08). Photo by Josh Brooks.
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Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles

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