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Ascent of Allen Mountain on 2017-06-18

Climber: Michael French

Date:Sunday, June 18, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Allen Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4347 ft / 1324 m

Ascent Trip Report

Here's a video of our trip. https://www.facebook.com/cameraperson/videos/vb.672766354/10155182702001355/?type=2&theater

We did ADAMS, me and Todd.
We did ALLEN, me, Todd, and Frankie!

My trip report: We met at 4pm on a Saturday afternoon at the upper works trailhead. We hadnt seen each other in 20 years, but we were immediately back where we left off. Todd rules. We're both admins on the Aspiring Adirondack 46ers page, and it brought us back together!! So after a half hour of chatting, Todd says "Wanna climb Adams to the firetower?" I shuddered. Inside I was like "Uhhhh NO because we have big, bad, SCARY, Allen tomorrow. All day!!! You crazy fool!!!" But on the outside, I was like "yeah sure, sounds ok." And Todd "pulled a Frenchy" - for those who know me, I always sucker people into taking the long-cut, or the long way around, or I get them to do a 15 hour hike but said it would be 5 or 2. So I got "Frenched." That's cool. I loved it. We went over the river and by the cabin and then, up, up, up! It's steeper than we expected, but the firetower is in great shape and the view at dusk was perfect. Low clouds. Saturated colors. Realllllly great. Then we went back, leisurely, and made camp. Frank would come in during the night.

So sometime in the night, Frank found us, and threw down his camp. BAM. Camp!

We got up at 6, and started moving at 7. We knew it was a big day, so we went pretty fast. You can see we were worn down by the 7th mile. But then it starts gaining elevation. Up. Up. Up. Up. UP. Wow. It's steep. Red slime is very slick. I'm sure there will be injury on that. We were careful. So I had bought a fancy "sawyer" water purifier. It worked well. I drank 5 nalgenes of water, and not sick..... so. Yeah, worked great. I'll never carry water again if there are water sources. Why bother!! We all drank up the cold water. 7 hours later, we summited. Hung out. Enjoyed the place. And headed back. It's uneventful except for the last mile or so... when a MAJOR storm moved in fast. We had to run. Lightning was making the droplets freeze in the air in front of our eyes like flashbulbs. We were scared because hiking poles are metal, and the trail was now ankle deep and connected to the river and the steel bridge!! OH NO!

But we made it. My feet felt like there were pebbles in my boots, but there werent. Todds feet looked like they had been in a fishbowl all day. I Didnt see Frank's feet.

I had climbed 13 hours all day, and it was a much better experience than the last climb- Marshall. I was OUT of shape. Now I'm back IN shape. Lost weight too. Great lungs.

Cant wait for Oskar to join us.... it was Frank's first Father's day and sorry, Oskar, we stole him from ya!!

Now... Todd's trip report: "Allen, #24/46 (06/18/17), is in the books for me and the hike was everything and then some that people have posted. This was memorable since it was a mini college reunion of sorts. It's been 21 years since I've hung out with Mike and about 11 years since I've hung out with Frank. You know that you have good friends when you can pick up where you left off after so many years. Here's some random shots and take care of your feet. Oh, and I will say this. The 9+ mile hike to the summit was fun. BUT the last 6 miles on the 'flats' was horrible. I would have paid $100 for a bus service from the Allen registry to the parking lot and I'm sure that I'm not the only one. ??"

I tried 2 different APPS. https://www.facebook.com/groups/aspiring46ers/permalink/10155056868284998/?match=YWxsZW4%3D
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MOUNTAINEER BANDANNA! (2017-06-18). Photo by Michael French.
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Summary Total Data
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Cloudy, cool in shade, hot in sun
Ascent Statistics
    Time:7 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:6 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Michael French
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Other Photos

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DATA for ALLEN (2017-06-18). Photo by Michael French.
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Frank on a bridge to Allen (2017-06-18). Photo by Michael French.
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Allen! (2017-06-18). Photo by Michael French.
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Allen (2017-06-18). Photo by Michael French.
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Allen (2017-06-18). Photo by Michael French.
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Allen (2017-06-18). Photo by Michael French.
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thats Allen.... from Adams firetower... (2017-06-18). Photo by Michael French.
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Allen (2017-06-18). Photo by Michael French.
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