Ascent of Mount Marcy on 2010-09-12

Climber: Dennis Van Amburgh

Date:Sunday, September 12, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Marcy
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:5344 ft / 1628 m

Ascent Trip Report

Incredible hike with Mike S and Bob M.
No views due to weather, but great gradual hike up Marcy from Heart Lake. Since the climb is so gradual and the path so well maintained, we made good time. Due to low visibility we had trouble finding the cairns and yellow paint heading down the south side to four corners, so we stumbled around on the south side for about 30 mins, losing a few hundred feet then having to re-climb to find the cairns. The wind was so fierce, that at times when you lifted your feet, they landed in a different spot you intended! Was downright scary at times!! Rain and light hail set in as we approached treeline toward four corners. When filling up my camelbak at the last stream crossing toward the summit, someone mentioned that so many people discard human ashes on the summit that there are trace amounts in the upper streams. Very gross, not sure if thats folk lore or what but something to think about ;)
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3166 ft / 965 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Extremely Windy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3166 ft / 965 m
    Distance:7.4 mi / 11.9 km
    Route:Van Hoevenburg
    Trailhead:Heart Lake  2178 ft / 663 m
Descent Statistics

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