2 more high peaks down

Last Saturday we were camping at Wilmington Notch in the Adirondacks. I must say it is a great campground – Nothing fancy, simple and cheap ($18). We had a group of 7 people and 2 sites. We all gathered at one site for food and campfires. We lucked out on the weather too. I had been watching the weather all week – and all I saw was rain. The drive up to the ADKS was all rain…. but then we got to the campsite, and NO RAIN! Saturday was our hiking day, and it was a bit cloudy, but we still had great views. Most importantly no rain!

We hiked from Marble Mountain road, up to Esther (4240 ft), then up to Whiteface (4867 ft), then down to Connery Ponds. The hike took about 10 hours –
8:30 am – 6:30 pm, and about 12 miles.
Here’s a map – Not the correct trail routes, but just to give you an idea of the path we took.
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Here’s some more pics…

Esther Summit

Esther Summit

Me and Kyle on the way up to Esther

Me and Kyle on the way up to Esther

Nearing the top of Whiteface - Apparently you can drive to the top...

Nearing the top of Whiteface – Apparently you can drive to the top…

The top of Whiteface in sight

The top of Whiteface in sight

Whiteface Summit

Whiteface Summit

These stairs go down to a parking area... we went down them looking for the trail.... then discovered it was up and over the other side

These stairs go down to a parking area… we went down them looking for the trail…. then discovered it was up and over the other side

Still on whiteface

Still on whiteface

Going down was steep and Rocky. Also see those lakes? That's where we had to go.

Going down was steep and Rocky. Also see those lakes? That’s where we had to go.

Kyle and I getting ready to descend Whiteface

Kyle and I getting ready to descend Whiteface

Hiking up a mountain seems hard, but nothing compared to hiking down! Going down just seemed endless, and steep, and rocky! I fell a couple times. Other people fell too. By the bottom, my knee was killing me, and my feet were aching. Which I totally expected, but it was all from the downhill.

Sunday morning we had to drop our friend Nick off at the Adirondack Regional Airport. I had no idea how small it was!

ADK Regional Airport

ADK Regional Airport

They pretty much only fly into and out of Boston. Lucky for Nick!

Nick and Kyle

Nick and Kyle

5 high peaks down – 41 to go! The end.

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