Saturday, April 21, 2012

Frontenac Provincial Park Perimeter Trail Trip Report

SO I was just about to sit down and write a late trail report of the run Ryan Atkins and I did last weekend (a week late) and I see he has already written a very good recap on our experience on the trail! Sooo here is the link to our trip report of our sub 5hour run on the Frontenac Perimeter Trail. Enjoy.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

2 days: 53km, 18000ft of ascent and 10 Mountains Later...

Wicked trip to the Adirondack's this past weekend with Ryan Atkins and Peter Demos. We drove down after work on Thursday evening and grabbed a hotel 20 min from our trailhead starting point. After a good sized breakfast, we hit the trail towards our first four peaks Mt Wright, Algonquin, Iroquois and Boundary Peak. We made good time going over the first four peaks and made our way down 2500ft to only have to climb almost 3000ft up the other side of Mt Marcy (highest peak in NY). We summited Marcy just before dark and made our way part way down the mountain to where we found a nice place to set up camp for the night. We woke the next morning to a light dusting of snow and fairly foggy conditions. We had a big day ahead and got right to the money by running up Mt Wright and topping out before 9am. We then went back to camp, packed up and headed over towards Little Haystack and Mt Haystack, all in full winter conditions! We then headed over Basin Mountain and Saddleback and navigated a few sections that we had wished we has a small rope and a ice axe (all we had was lightweight crampons). After cresting Saddleback we had a 16km trek back to the car... Most of that was downhill, all except for one small pass up through Klondike Notch. We hit the car around 7pm after 11hrs of continuous forward progress. We hit a local steakhouse for a "all you can eat prime rib special" and packed as much pr away as we could. We grabbed a hotel for the night and made our way home Sunday morning (all 5.5hrs of it).