Adirondack Peak Experiences

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  • Copyright: 2009-03-19
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Eighty-six true tales by more than 75 hikers including Forty-Sixers and members of the Adirondack Mountain Club about the dangers, challenges, and joys of all-season hiking and backpacking in the Adirondacks. Included are unforgettable climbs, extreme weather, animal encounters, getting lost, accidents, injuries, rescues, inspirations and enchantments in an awe-inspiring wilderness. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Carol Stone White compiled and edited Catskill Peak Experiences: Mountaineering Tales of Endurance, Survival, Exploration & Adventure from the Catskill 3500 Club (Black Dome Press, 2008), a collection of true stories of adventure in the quest to summit all 35 Catskill Mountain Peaks over 3,500 feet in elevation. Carol is also the editor of Women with Altitude: Challenging the Adirondack High Peaks in Winter, published in 2005. She and her husband David are authors of Catskill Day Hikes for All Seasons, published in 2002, and are editors of the Adirondack Mountain Club's comprehensive guidebook, Catskill Trails, 3rd Edition, volume 8 of ADK's Forest Preserve Series.Carol and David are regular and winter members of the Catskill 3500 Club. They are also members of the Adirondack Forty-Sixers and became Winter Forty-Sixers in 1997. Carol served from 2003ű2007 on the Executive Board of the 46ers Club. They are also members of the Adirondack Mountain Club, David serving as a Director from the Iroquois Chapter. They are members of the Four Thousand Footer Club of the White Mountains, having completed climbs of the forty-eight peaks over 4,000 feet in summer in 1999, and in winter in 2006. And they are 111ers of Northeastern USA, having completed climbs of the New York-New England 4,000-footers in September 2000 (then 113 peaks). They have climbed eight of the 14,000 footers in Colorado.Carol received the Susan B. Anthony Legacy Award in 2007 at the University of Rochester with polar explorer Ann Bancroft and long-distance cold-water swimmer Lynne Cox. They spoke on the theme, ˘Daring the Impossible: Strong Women Take on the World,÷ on how they draw attention to causes larger than their own ambitions.

Table of Contents

Geographical Index to the Storiesp. ix
Adirondack Mapp. x
Foreword by Neil Woodworthp. xii
Acknowledgmentsp. xiv
Prefacep. 1
The Adirondacksp. 3
The Adirondack Mountain Clubp. 5
The Adirondack Forty-Sixersp. 9
Adventures in the High Peaks Regionp. 15
Mother Nature vs. Record-Breaking Mountaineerp. 16
The Great Range in a Gale
A Windy, Cold Night at 4,500 Feet-The Cave Dog Adventurep. 22
Extreme Challenges in Extreme Conditions
A Moonlight Climb of Mount Marcyp. 26
A Mile-High Adventure
A Marcy Adventurep. 29
Intelligence: Not Making the Same Mistake Twice
Trek to the Top of New York Statep. 35
From Bears to the Bare Summit: A Marcy Backpack
Good Grief! Nineteen Years of Halloween Hikingp. 39
An Epic Epicurean Experience
The Trap Dikep. 43
Don't Leave the Dike Too Soon
Close Encounters of the Bear Kindp. 46
Bruin Buddies Too Close for Comfort
Of Mountains and Childrenp. 50
Wilderness through the Eyes of Children
Dome of Heavep. 55
Algonquin Peak Encased in Ice
We Shan't Be Longp. 60
A High Peaks Thanksgiving
Night on Bare Mountainp. 63
Below Zero in Your Birthday Suit
Bear Encounters on Johns Brookp. 65
Close Encounters of the Furred Kind
A Dog's Day in the High Peaksp. 67
A Puppy's Peak Experiences
Sleeping in the Snow, May 1943p. 71
These Girls Were Something Else
Algonquin Sunrise-August 1944p. 74
Adventure in the Night
Leadershipp. 76
"Toughing It Out"
The Dethroning of the Kingsp. 78
The Pride of Lyons
Climbers Follow Ghost up Mount Marcyp. 81
A Legend Tracks a Legend
A Ride to Rememberp. 87
Accident on Misery Hill
Into the Teeth of the Tempestp. 89
The Day the Weather Gods Used It All
Curse of the Four Cornersp. 91
The Legend Is True
The North Face of Gothicsp. 93
Like Clockwork
The Great Range in Februaryp. 95
Winter Mountaineering School Instructors Challenge the Range
Subzero Backpackp. 97
Overnight in a Cold Lean-to
Wallfacep. 100
One of the Hundred Highest You Pay For
The High Peaks Bear: A Love Storyp. 103
Three's a Crowd
My Taylspin of a Wedding on Whiteface Mountainp. 109
Why Get Married Anywhere Else? (Except for the Guests)
Johns Brook Trail Memoriesp. 112
Adventures of a Hutboy (Who Always Tells the Truth)
Spotted Mountain-Take Fourp. 116
An Elusive (and Spectacular) Adirondack Peak
Lost Pond Peakp. 120
Lost and Found
High Peaks Surprisesp. 122
K. Kong and A. Wolffe in the Mountains
For Want of a Flashp. 124
A Rookie Mistake
A Neophyte in Hermit Countryp. 127
Trial by Bushwhack
To the Summitp. 130
Cascading Emotions
A Sawtooth #1 Odysseyp. 133
In Quest of the Hundred Highest
Forest Burglarsp. 136
The Wild-and the Uncivilized
The Felonsp. 138
Camping Qualms
If a Tree Fallsp. 140
Does It Make a Sound if No One Is There?
In Quest of the Forty-Six High Peaksp. 141
An Unplanned Overnight in the Dix Rangep. 142
Injury Miles from Nowhere in Winter
Algonquin and Iroquois in Winterp. 147
Persevering through Extreme Conditions
Misadventures on the Way to a Winter Patchp. 151
Experience: The Best Teacher (If You Survive)
A Night on the Trailp. 156
An "Unforgivable" Lapse, and How Experienced Backpackers Survive
Street Walkingp. 158
Into Indian Pass Brook at Zero Degrees
Octogenarian Adventuresp. 161
Age Is Only a Number
The Day I Almost Diedp. 166
A Bad Day in the Mountains Beats a Good Day Anywhere Elsep. 168
Humbled by Nature's Raw Power
The Agony and the Ecstasyp. 170
No Secrets near Gothics
Having an Ice Dayp. 172
Into Uphill Brook
Pursuing the 46: The Darwin Award Methodp. 174
Tales from the Clueless Hiker Gene Pool
Icy Slide off Big Slidep. 178
Solo Danger
Families Rule, but Stupidity Reignsp. 180
Not Your Typical Backpacking Trip
The Curse of the Dixesp. 183
The Mountains Will Decide
Frostbite!p. 188
Nature Is Unforgiving
Nature Rulesp. 190
The Good Old Snow Days
The Water Hikep. 192
Weatherwise or Otherwise?
Cold Waterp. 195
Staving off Frostbite
The MacIntyre Range via the Wright Slidep. 197
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
In Quest of High Peak Slidesp. 200
The Saddleback Slide in January
Triumphs and Troubles in the Santanoni Rangep. 203
Don't Tempt the Elements
A (N)Ice Series of Adirondack Talesp. 205
Everything You Wanted to Know about Ice, Snow, Cold, and More
The Dix Rangep. 212
Five Peaks in a Twenty-Square-Foot World
A Long Winter's Day in the Santanoni Rangep. 217
Pay Attention to Your Body
Mount Marshall in Januaryp. 219
So Near and Yet So Far
Surprise on Allen Mountainp. 224
And en Route
A Memorable High Peaks Winter Circuitp. 226
... Wherein Mother Nature Cooperates to Make an Impossible Trip Miraculously Possible
What You Walk upon Growsp. 229
46ing the Buddhist Way
Calamity in Our Timesp. 234
Planting Good Seeds
Luck Counts in the Adirondacksp. 236
Waiting for that Telltale Crack
A Man-Killer Hike?p. 238
This One Shows "What a Man is Made Of"
A Three-Season Hike in Junep. 240
What If Adam's Group Had Turned Back?
Adventures in the Greater Adirondacksp. 243
Why Do We Hike?p. 244
Wilderness: More a State of Mind and Spirit Than a Place
Adventuresome Appetitesp. 248
Wild Experiences
A Fall from Gracep. 254
Just One Step from the Summit
The Pitcher Plantp. 257
The Lure of the Wild
The Northville-Placid Trailp. 263
Solo Through-Trip in Wet Conditions
Forty Years of Adirondack Hikingp. 267
Discovering the Adirondacks and the Fire Tower Mountains
On a Clear Day You Can See New Hampshirep. 269
With Two Boys and Dad, You See Much More
Lost in Winterp. 272
Chilling Out
I Won't Tell Anybody If You Don'tp. 274
Dreams at Sucker Brookp. 278
The Greater Web of Life
Northville-Placid Trailp. 281
Two Women on the Trail
Misadventures on Cranberry Lakep. 285
ADK Fall Outing in the Remote Adirondacks
Treadway in Octoberp. 287
Treadway Anytime
The Mysteries of 3,860' Blue Ridgep. 289
Trailless Explorations
Reflections on Raquette Lakep. 291
Growing Stronger in More Ways Than One
Firetowerp. 294
A Poem
Glossaryp. 295
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 296
About the Editorp. 297
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