Ascent to Wright Peak-Above Trail Jct on 1997-07-07

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Grandsons Patrick
Stephen and Marcus. Weekend stay at Heart Lake.
Date:Monday, July 7, 1997
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Wright Peak - Above Trail Jct
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4350 ft / 1325 m
    Remaining Elevation:237 ft / 73 m (10% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

A weekend hiking trip to the ADK with Rose and the Grandchildren (6-9 years old), Stephen, Marcus, Patrick and Matthew. We rented a lean-to on Heart Lake.

We set out from the lean-to at 8h30 hours and got to above the main trail junction, within a few hundred feet of the summit, where the decision was made to turn around ..... Marcus had developed stomach cramps and was not feeling well.

Throughout the climb the boys had great time but argued continuously as to who should be the leader, the older ones taking advantage of the younger ones, calling them names "like your too fat and slow".

When the decision was taken to turn around Patrick was really pissed, crying, "I came here to climb this mountain and I want to do it, I don't want to turn around."

The grandchildren were told and learned of two life's lessons on this day..... 1) when in a group we take care of each other, and 2) one doesn't have to like the leader's decision but he has to accept it.


Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2171 ft / 661 m
    Distance:7.5 mi / 12 km
    Route:van hoevenberg trail/algonquin trail to wright tra
    Trailhead:heart lake lean-to #7  2179 ft / 664 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail

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