Ascent of Mount Marcy on 2019-09-13

Climber: Lori S

Others in Party:Thomas Cook
Date:Friday, September 13, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Marcy
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:5344 ft / 1628 m

Ascent Trip Report

Took VanHoevenburg trail. Fairly easy to Marcy Dam, then starts to get rocky with gentle elevation gain. Muddy and wet. Stopped at Indian Falls, a minute or so walk off trail (there is a sign). Well worth it. Continued up, the last .7 mi is where it gets steepest and you're on the open rock face following cairns.
There is a section roped off to follow so you avoid the revegetation area. Super windy approaching and on the summit... could knock you over. Beautiful views, but spent so much energy trying to stay upright... Felt like the hike back was double long and extra rocky, but of course, it wasn't. Lots of campers at Marcy Dam. A summit steward was descending as we were approaching the final ascent; she stopped and chatted about the alpine vegetation and what to avoid, etc.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Mud/Swamp
    Gear Used:
Headlamp, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Extremely Windy, Partly Cloudy

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