Ascent of Whiteface Mountain on 2009-08-22

Climber: Douglas Kemp

Others in Party:Elizabeth Grogan
Date:Saturday, August 22, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Boat
Peak:Whiteface Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4865 ft / 1482 m

Ascent Trip Report

Well, to say this outing was a challenge would be an understatement. In order to mix things up a bit, we decided to canoe from the south end of Lake Placid some 3 miles to Whiteface Landing, where we tied off our canoe and began the 3.5 mile hike to the summit. The canoe ride brought out some unrealized anxiety over being in a small canoe in the middle of what seemed like a big lake. But, I survived. My partner, of course, had no anxiety whatsoever, which helped even out my own.

The canoe ride to Whiteface landing took about an hour. The hike to the summit was another 3 hours 45 minutes. The ascent was a challenge, with a fairly steady grade that was quite draining after a while. Yet, the views from the top were beautiful, as were the cheeseburgers in the restaurant at the summit. (It's the only high peak with a road leading up to the summit.) The descent only took 2 hours 30 minutes. The canoe trip back was bit more challenging. The wind picked up and it seemed like a storm might be on the way. It seemed like we'd never get back to the docks. But we both made it long before the storm hit. All in all, a decent trip.
Summary Total Data
    Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy

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