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Ascent of Algonquin Peak on 2010-06-29

Climber: Jesse Quonce

Others in Party:Erin LaFave
Date:Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Algonquin Peak
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:5115 ft / 1559 m

Ascent Trip Report

Left the ADK Loj at 9am sharp en route to Algonquin, Boundary, and Iroquois. 20 minutes on the Van Hoevenberg then onto the Algonquin trail. Made great time on the way up, stopping here and there for short water breaks. Made it to the Wright/Algonquin junction, stopped for a snack. Chatted with some hikers both descending and ascending our destinations. Mind you, the weather.com forecast called for "Scattered Showers" from 11am through 1pm. We could see from several spots on the trail that it was raining heavily in Lake Placid, but it didn't appear to be heading our direction too quickly. Reached the summit, talked with summit steward Julia, and ate our peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. The wind really picked up when we reached summit. Just as we took off toward Boundary, a sheet of rain began to fall, as well as thick, dense fog/low clouds. We reached the Boundary herd path, and slogged our way onward. As we reached the col, visibility had been reduced to near zero, and the rain fell horizontally. We decided to turn back. Back up and over Algonquin, the footing was treacherous and the wind was howling. Not too long into our descent, the rain relented. Disappointed, we made our way back to Heart Lake, tails between our legs. We'll be back, that's for sure!!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2936 ft / 895 m
    Distance:8.6 mi / 13.8 km
    Route:Algonquin Trail
    Trailhead:Adirondack Loj  2179 ft / 664 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Thunderstorm, Cool, Extremely Windy
Strong winds, horizontal rain, dense fog, zero visibility
Ascent Part of Trip: Algonquin Washout

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Algonquin Peak2010-06-29
2(Attempt) Boundary Peak2010-06-29



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