Wright and Algonquin Early Spring
Decided to take a quick trip up Wight and Algonquin before the snowstorm that was due for Friday night. When I left the LOJ it was warm and cloudy. I made good time and reached the turnoff for the campsite in the first hour. The trail was in decent shape although there were from what I could tell a few bare booters ahead of me that were starting to trash things a bit. Around the intersection to Wright the sun started to make a few attempts to peak though the clouds and I started to think of the possibility of actually getting above the clouds on the summit. I started off up Wright and caught up to a couple after a few minutes. From there it was fresh tracks to the summit. I was in the clouds until just before the summit when a gust of wind came in and when I looked off to my right there was Algonquin rising above the clouds.
I spent about a half an hour on the summit in and out of the clouds taking pictures. I could see some of the higher summits sticking up though the clouds and it was an amazing view.
After getting my fill of pictures on Wright I ventured up Algonquin. Once I made it to the tree line I came out of the clouds into a warm spring day. There was a bit of a breeze but the sun was so strong it was quite warm.
The top of Marcy though the clouds
Whiteface off in the distance
I spent another half an hour on the summit taking pictures in all directions. The sun was so strong I actually got a light sunburn on my exposed skin, not something I'm used to with my complexion.
Shot of me on the summit
As soon as I made it down from the exposed summit to the tree line I was back in the clouds for the rest of the trip out. The trail held up well and I was able to make good time back to the LOJ.
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I needed my fix of Adirondack images and am a fan of your Adirondack photographs, so when you disappeared from Facebook, I was concerned. I am glad to be listening to a podcast from last March and it’s great to know that you are still climbing and hopefully still photographing. Over the years I became a fan of you and Vicky in addition to the spectacular Adirondack views. Hearing about the Denali trip is fascinating. You’ve convinced me that I don’t want to hike Denali, but I may eventually make it to the mountaineering school. Wishing you and Vicky a Happy, Healthy, Vibrant New Year!
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