Snowy Mountain Summit Virtual Tour, Adirondacks, NY

November 11th, 2008

After we made it back from the summit of Blue Mountain, Edward and I decided we could make it up Snowy Mountain. Snowy Mountain is a 3.9 mile hike with a 2100 foot climb. We brought lunch and plenty of water this time (we overlooked water on our hike up Blue Mt, not smart) and planned on breaking for lunch halfway up for a nice rest. The beginning of the hike was nice and easy, with a few minor climbs here and there, but generally just hiking to the mountain. Around halfway in, the trail starts climbing, getting steeper and steeper until a level spot, which we took wrongly for the top. It turned out the *real* climb was yet to come. I will never forget after thinking we were just crossing the ridge and would be coming up to the fire tower soon, looking up through a clearing in the trees and seeing the real summit another 800+ feet above us. This last part was probably the steepest climb I have ever hiked. After a couple stops for water, we made it to the top of a rock outcropping with a fantastic view. A short walk led us to the fire tower, which was at least twice as tall as the one on the top of Blue Mountain. Blue Mountain had a large clearing at the top, with the fire tower in the middle. Snowy Mountain had no clearing, so the fire tower had to be tall enough to clear the trees. After another inner battle of will, another climb to the top of the tower, I took this virtual tour.

Snowy Mountain Summit Virtual Tour

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Blue Mountain Summit Virtual Tour, Adirondacks, NY

November 8th, 2008

This past August, I took a trip to the Adirondacks with my long-time friends, the Ritter family. This trip in particular, I spent some time beforehand researching possible photo locations and trails to hike. I found two summit hikes with fire towers at the top that seemed to have good views. The first was Blue Mountain, right near the Adirondack Museum. It was a relatively short hike, 2.2 miles to the top, but with the largest climb I had done at 1500 feet. I talked my friend, Edward, into climbing it with me. It turned out that 2.2 miles is quite long when you are climbing the entire time, but we pushed through it and made it to the top in good time. I am not a fan of heights; it took an internal battle to will myself up the rickety-looking fire tower. I took this virtual tour from the inside.

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Blog Re-Kick Off!

November 7th, 2008

Hello Everyone. After a long break, I am re-kicking off my blog. I have spent the last summer and early part of fall in an uninspired slump. I have not completely broken out of it, but I was able to take a few trips to get some new photos. Over the next couple weeks I am going to cover my trip to the Adirondacks in August, my trip to the Poconos in September, and my trip to Shenandoah National Park this past October.