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Ascent of Whiteface Mountain on 1996-06-26

Climber: Alan Bangel

Others in Party:alone
Date:Wednesday, June 26, 1996
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Whiteface Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4865 ft / 1482 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is my twelfth hike report. (June 25th, 1996 hike (originally written on June 29th 1996), report entered February 22nd 2010)
The new season has begun. As school ended this year I was hoping the last of the black flies would be dying off in the Adirondacks, and my hiking season would be starting. In the past I’ve tried to get a hike in before the end of school (I teach) but I made no plans like that this year. It’s been very wet so I figured the bugs would be worse than usual. This year my partners look like this: Shultz, partner of 10 peaks, would like to go again as long as it’s just a day trip. That’s OK, but getting more unlikely with each hike. J. Herbert, partner of 9 peaks, still wants to go but has problems with his employer of 27 years. Jim would like to move into a dispatcher’s position, from being a truck driver but his boss is looking to eliminate his position. My son still wants to try one more, really!
So school ended and I took my vacation in the Adirondacks, alone. I’m sure I know your thoughts on hiking alone. I’ve seen many others doing it and I did want that feeling of total solitude, so I was willing to give it a try. As it turned out I achieved my goal and got back safely. I attribute this to a little bit of woods sense, a fair amount of stupidity, and a whole heck of a lot of luck. Right now I’m getting a little ahead of myself. I kept a log and I know my story, but if I tell it all this report will be at least 10 pages long.
This is a shortened version.
I traveled to the Adirondacks on 6-25-1996. My plan was to hike on the 26th Wed. Esther and Whiteface. I felt I was climbing Esther for the solitude and Whiteface for its views and trail. I’d never been to Whiteface before. I slept in the van at the trailhead by the reservoir, and at 6:00AM started hiking. (The town and trailheads were empty this Wednesday.) The day was windy but clear and when I reached the canister on Esther at 9:00AM, Whiteface was in the clouds. The day did improve getting warmer and the cloud level lifted so when I reached Whiteface summit at 11:50 you could see Lake Champlain and beyond. Spectacular view. I found a little nook amongst the rocks and while I ate lunch the few visitors to the peak left and I was mostly alone. On the way down Whiteface I met another climber coming up. We spoke briefly and then continued in our own directions. When I reached my car at just after 3:00PM the other climber’s father was waiting at the trailhead for his sons return. We spoke, he was from Mechanicsville.
I then headed for the public beach in Wilmington to jump in the cold Ausable to clean off the hike residue.
I left the Wilmington beach at 5:45 and headed for Lake Placid for dinner. Ate at “Mama Lemas” and then took off for a place to spend a night. Now my plan was to take a day off from hiking, to give the legs a chance to recover, and then hike again on Friday, the 28th. I finally located a spot near the Lumberjack Spring on Rte 30 south of Tupper Lake. I wanted an out of the way place so I could sleep-in undisturbed. I also planned to spend part of my day at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Lake. I fell asleep around 9:10PM and woke at 6:30AM. I drove past the museum at 7:30 (found out it opened at 9:30), and drove into Indian Lake for breakfast. I was back at the museum at 9:00 and worked on my trip log until opening. I was in the museum until 4:30PM, then headed to a friends house in Indian Lake where I had been invited for dinner. MLV is an English Teacher, who with a friend owns a year round house on Abanakee Lake. We ate, we talked, and at 9:00PM I started the drive back up to Lake Placid and the Adirondack Loj for the next days adventure. At 11:15 I was settled and ready for sleep.
The rest of this trail report is found under the summit of Street.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:876 ft / 267 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Clear and windy Low clouds giving away to sunshine
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:876 ft / 267 m
    Trailhead:3989 ft / 1215 m
Descent Statistics



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