Ascent of Algonquin Peak on 2013-01-27

Climber: Austin Black

Others in Party:Chris Callinan
Date:Sunday, January 27, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Algonquin Peak
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:5115 ft / 1559 m

Ascent Trip Report

I picked up Chris Callinan, a new graduate student at Clarkson, at his house at 05:30 and set out for the high peaks. I had originally planned on hiking Marcy, but after learning that Marcy was the only Adirondack High Peak that Chris had hiked, we decided to change the plan. After looking at the map while stopped at Stewart’s, we decided on the MacIntyre range. Though Chris hadn’t hiked much in the Adirondacks, he had a lot of experience hiking in the Catskills while attending SUNY New Paltz for his undergraduate degree. We arrived at the High Peaks Info Center at 07:30 and began getting our gear on. My car read -5F as we shouldered our packs, and I noted the time to be 07:53 as we signed in at the register. We made good time on the hard-packed trail to the junction with the MacIntyre brook trail, where Chris shed a couple of layers. We continued up, along with another hiker who caught up with us while we had stopped. After about another half-mile, we stopped again for Chris to shed another layer and to flip up the ascension bars on our snowshoes. We continued to make good time, and though it was still chilly, the skies above were blue and without a cloud. We arrived at the junction with the junction for the Wright Peak trail and continued to ascent toward our first peak of the day. After arriving at the rocky section, we paused in the trees to switch from snowshoes to microspikes. We saw a couple of other hikers on their way down as we ascended, including one man who had hiked Phelps under the light of the nearly-full moon the previous night. It was very windy on the open summit, and we were quick to take pictures and begin our descent. The high temperature for the day was 15F, and I would guess that the gusts were around 30 to 35 mph. We descended and were glad to be out of the wind when we got below tree line, where we had a snack. Rather than changing back to snowshoes, we kept our microspikes on, as the trail was very hard packed and we knew that we would want to change again soon. We paused briefly after getting back to the junction before turning to ascend Algonquin. We made good time despite the steep trail, and were again blasted by wind as we ascended above tree line. After reaching the summit, we took numerous photos of the astounding views, noting the visibility of Mount Mansfield, Camel’s Hump, and Lake Champlain. Chris and I took shelter from the wind behind some rocks, and ate our lunch on the summit. It was a hurried lunch with the chilly temps even out of the wind, and we donned our packs after we were finished eating. As Chris had learned to ski the day before, and was rather sore, we decided not to continue to Iroquois. The descent was fairly easy; the bare rock was not particularly icy, and the microspikes provided sufficient traction. Chris and I chatted as we descended, and remained in our microspikes for the remainder of the hike. We arrived back at the car shortly after 14:30 and headed to the pub for an early dinner and a beer. Though it was chilly, it was a spectacular day to be on the trail.
Summary Total Data
    Trailhead:HPIC  -9999 ft / -3047 m

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