Ascent of Algonquin Peak on 1996-08-17

Climber: Alan Bangel

Others in Party:alone
Date:Saturday, August 17, 1996
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Algonquin Peak
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:5115 ft / 1559 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is my fourteenth hike report. (August 17th, 1996 hike (originally written on August 21st 1996), report entered February 26th 2010)
On August 16th I was off to the Adirondacks again. My summer vacation started on the 14th but New York weather was not cooperating as usual. The 15th and 16th were thunder shower days and the 17th was suppose to be nasty in the morning and clearing in the afternoon, I know how often they are wrong but we listen anyway.
I got to the Adirondack Loj parking lot a little later than expected and was asleep by 10:30 PM. At 5:30AM I awoke, prepared my gear, then took a stroll through the parking lot. There I met Cecil Torres from Maine and his son, familiar faces because we had first met the week before on the top of Sawteeth and then again on Gothics. This day they were planning to do the four peaks of the Macintyre Range. I was planning to do three peaks.
At 6:30 I started. The weather was cool, calm, with lots of low hanging clouds. I felt pretty good physically and continued to hike with only brief pauses until I reached the summit of Algonquin. At 9:30 I met Erin Donnelly the Summit Steward. (This was all new to me) We spent some time talking about hiking equipment (since I was wet and Algonquin was covered in a mist) then we talked about the summit plant life. I drank some water and ate a plum but started to get chilled. The best thing for me to do was to start hiking so I headed off to Iroquois. As I left the summit it began to rain.
With my head down watching the yellow blazes I completely missed the Iroquois Trail turnoff and continued down the trail towards Lake Colden. By the time I started to look for the turnoff I was well past it. As I continued I finally met a scout troop from Vestal (of all places, close to my home) coming in the opposite direction. With map and compass they showed me how far off I was and I joined them in their climb until I had retraced my position. One of the boys located the trail, and it wasn’t very visible. At 11:30 I was on the top of Iroquois.
The rain had stopped during my detour and on the peak I changed into some dry clothes and with the sky beginning to clear, ate an apple and got my first photos of the trip. After 20 minutes to a half hour, half my lunch was consumed and I prepared to return to Algonquin. The weather continued to improve getting warmer and somewhat brighter as the clouds separated. Back on Algonquin I was able to take some pictures and talk to Erin again about identifying the many peaks that we could now see. Soon after 1:00 I started my trip down Algonquin and at 2:45 reached my third peak, Wright. There were many visitors to Algonquin but on Iroquois and Wright I found plenty of time to be alone. I finished my lunch and the last seven frames on the roll of film in my camera, laid back on the rock and let the sun and wind dry the last of the rain and sweat out of my clothing. So far my best feelings have come while on Dix and Wright.
I left Wright peak slowly and knowing that I wasn’t all that interested in going. I felt good, not tired and the trip to my van was over at 5:30. At 6:35 I was back in the van headed for Oneonta, I had taken a dip in Lower Cascade Lake, and now I had to pick up my son who I’d left at my in-laws. At 10:20 I reached Oneonta and by 12:30 we were home.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2992 ft / 912 m
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Calm, Overcast
rain with later clearing
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2992 ft / 912 m
    Trailhead:2123 ft / 647 m
Descent Statistics

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