Ascent of Whiteface Mountain on 2012-09-23

Climber: Elizabeth Sweet

Others in Party:Scott Duclos -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Sunday, September 23, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Whiteface Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4865 ft / 1482 m

Ascent Trip Report

30th ADK Peak! While sitting on the summit of Esther, Whiteface Mountain provided the feeling of "I have to hike THAT mountain? THAT far away?" But we had planned for a two peak day, so over to Whiteface we headed. Early on when beginning our 46 peak journey we began to think about which peak we would want to be our last and final of the 46. Whiteface was a strong contender as we knew if we wanted family/friends to join us to celebrate it would be an option. After having summitted Whiteface, and experiencing the summit in full "tourist" mode, I am glad we have decided to choose another peak- probably Haystack or Colden- to end on. Our journey of the peaks has been many things- most often peaceful, thought provoking and quiet. All others whom we have met along the way have been fellow hikers, whom it seems have shared a common love and respect of the peaks. To my surprise, standing on the summit of Whiteface left me with a strange feeling of sadness and invasion. While I was happy that those who had summitted in their vehicles were able to enjoy the spelendor and beauty of Whiteface, something did not feel right. I did not feel the common bond I have felt with fellow hikers along the other peaks and perhaps as a result we quickly found ourselves looking for a quiet place/rock far away from the many tourists where we could retreat to to find some solitude. On other summits we are happy to meet fellow hikers and share stories and learn about their journies. Perhaps a level of respect and love grows each time I summit a peak- through each step of the way- and I questioned if each of those around me had developed the same respect and love for Whiteface that I had. I left Whiteface feeling somewhat sad that many of those may not have had the opportunity to experience the peak for all that it is worth.

In the end, I clearly learned Whiteface is one of those 'somethings look worse than they are' hikes.

Highlights: hiting/getting hit by a black bear on the drive home!
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Autumn like, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Part of Trip: Esther/Whiteface

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Esther Mountain2012-09-23
2Whiteface Mountain2012-09-23
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Elizabeth Sweet
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