Peak # 1- Wright Peak 5/25/12

Trail Marker

After arriving in Lake Placid and having a delicious pre-hike sandwich at 46 Sandwiches (See Video), Dave and I headed to the ADK Lodge.  This is where we parked the car, signed in on the trail log and began our hiking journey.  The first mile or so was on trails that I was used to (dirt/woodchip wide trails with barely anything I had to climb over like at Mendon Ponds).  At this point I was wondering if the whole trip would be like this.  The shoes I had chosen to wear- New Balance 101 Trail Running Shoe- were perfect on this type of trail.

Our Pre-Hike Meal

Unfortunately, this was short-lived!  Definitely need different shoes next time we go hiking!  This ‘easy’ trail soon changed into something a little more balance shoe Before I knew it, I was climbing up huge boulders.  My heart rate began to soar. Man, this was getting tough!  I guess I should have been doing some leg weights to prepare for this!  About 90 minutes into the hike, I had to take a break.  Although I had been sipping water the whole time, I was thirsty and hungry!  Using an altimeter, we had a good idea of where we were and how many feet in altitude we had to climb.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures hiking this trail.  I was having a hard enough time hiking, let alone looking for a good place to take a picture!  Looking back on the trail, it was really quite pretty.  We got to a trail head where we had to veer off to the left to get to Wright Peak.

The trail got a little narrow at points and a little more wet at this point.  The trees started to get shorter and shorter untiltrail marker for wright peak there were none at all.  There were a few false summits, but it was so windy and foggy that I couldn’t really see them.  Dave tried to trick me a couple times by saying we were at the top when we really weren’t.   This is where I first encountered what I like to call “rock castles,” otherwise known as cairns (more on this topic later!).  There were basically 50-70 mile-per-hour winds at the top so we didn’t stay long.  We did get s quick video of Dave and I at the top of my first peak.

Mary on Top of Wright Peak

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