Seeking Peaks

Simplicity and confusion
and 122 hours.

I knew this would be an epic year. Training and completing my first 100 mile. Running more than I ever have before, and my body putting up with it. I wasn’t quite sure what would happen after finishing my goal race. How do you top a 100 mile out west? 

The quick answer to this is — Mountains.

— This is a list of all the climbs I’ve done this year – Big or little. 

MAY

I agreed to join Mertsock and Strat in a Catskill Bushwhack. My first ever bushwhack. I was worried when it took us 4 hours to go 4 miles. And it was HARD hiking. Hardest I’ve done. But once on the trail from Big Indian, it was quick and easy and only 4 hours to go the rest 10+ miles.

May 20th 2018
 – Catskills – 15.6 miles – 8 hours and 15 minutes
1. Fir (Bushwhack)
2. Big Indian (Bushwhack)
3. Eagle Mountain
4. Balsam Mountain

The next weekend Strat and I planned to do a bushwack in the high peaks. But due to snow/ice/monorails, we opted for hiking the Seward range. 

May 26, 2018- ADKS
5. Donaldson +
6. Emmons +
7. Seward – 17 Miles – 9 hours 12 minutes 

May 27, 2018  –
ADKS
8.Big Slide – 7.7 Miles – 3 hours 34 minutes 

May 28, 2018 – ADKS- Tupper Lake Triad:
— 2 hours and 10 minutes (Including drive time)
— 7 miles
10. 8:47am Start on Mt. Coney
11. 9:24am on Goodman
12. 10:30am on Mt. Arab

JUNE

June 3rd, 2018 – Connecticut
13. Ragged Mountain +
14. Higby Mountain- Crewing Ben Nephew during The Cut

June 17 2018
 – Catskills – Devils Path – 25 Miles – 12 hours
15. Indian Head Mountain
16. Twin Mountain
17. Sugarloaf Mountain
18. Plateau Mountain
19. West Kill Mountain

June 29, 2018- ADKS
20. Seymour – 14.4 Miles – 4 hours 30 Min

JULY

Big Slide during Strat’s through hike

July 1st, 2018
21. Big Slide again for Strats through hike. – 7 hours

July 2nd
22.
Cascade finding Strat again during his through hike.

July 15, 2018 – ADK day trip
I met a boy and planned this epic date. It was indeed a great day – and wins best date ever – I think.
23. Panther Mountain
24. Blue Mountain
25. Bald Mountain

July 20, 2018 – White Mtns-  Presidential Traverse:
Strat and I had a perfect day in the Whites – by far my favorite hike–
— 10 hours 35 minutes
21 miles
– – – –3:28am start (No sleep/ drove straight to start from Rochester, NY)
– – – –Finish 1:32pm
26. Mt. Madison
27. Mt. Adams
28. Mt. Jefferson
29. Clay
30. Mt. Washington
31. Mt. Monroe
32. Mt. Franklin
33. Mt. Eisenhower
34. Mt. Pierce

July 21, 2018 – White Mtns – 9 miles – 4 hours
35. Mt. Tom
36. Mt. Field

Sunrise on Mt. Madison (Presi Traverse)

August

August 10, 2018 – Pemi Loop:
– With Strat and Mertsock – Counter clockwise
— 14 hours and 36 minutes
— 32.6 miles
– – – –3:14pm start — Drove straight to start from Rochester, NY
– – – -Overnight hike
– – – -Finish 5:32am (8/11)
37. Garfield
38. Mt. Lafayette
39. Mt. Lincoln
40. South Twin
41. Mt. Guyot
42. Mt. Bond
43. Mt. Liberty
44. Mt. Flume
45. Little Haystack
46. Bondcliff

August 11, 2018
47. Mt. Jackson – 6.3 miles – Still sleep deprived after the Pemi

August 25, 2018 – ADKS –13 miles – 6 hours
– Tackled these with Dan boy. He moved to NYC so were trying this long distance thing with some adventures in between.
48. Iroquois+
49. Algonquin+
50. Wright

August 26, 2018 – ADKS –
14 miles – 6 hours
51. Gothics+
52. Armstrong+
53. Upper Wolfjaw

Sunset on Pemi Loop

September

I’ve been away almost every weekend since May. Whether it was races or mountain adventures. I found myself craving some time relax – but when that time came around…. I couldn’t. 

I wanted to be outside. With nothing to do other than see how far I could go. And didn’t really want anyone else there. So I decided I’d venture to the High Peaks alone. And tackle Saranac 6.

September 15, 2018
Saranac 6: 
Solo – Self Supported
— 12 hours and 43 minutes (Including drive time)
— 29.5 Miles
54. 7:43am Start on Ampersand
55. 10:00am on St. Regis
56+57. 12:27pm on Haysack and McKenzie
58. 4:22pm on Scarface
59. 7:08pm on Baker
Finish 8:26pm at the Bell

September 21, 2018 – ADKS
60. Kane Mountain – 2.3 miles – quick run

September 22, 2018 – ADKS – 12.8 miles – 6 hours
– Met Dan in Albany and we drove up for some High Peaks.
61. Whiteface Mountain
62. Esther

September 23, 2018 – Lake George – 7 miles
63. Buck Mountain

September 29, 2018 – Catskills – 26 miles – 6 hours 57 min
— Cats Tail Marathon – Race
64. Panther Mtn
65. Slide Mtn
66. Cornell
67. Wittenberg
68. Cross Mountain

September 30, 2018 – Catskills
69. Hunter mtn – 2 hours – 5.1 miles

TOTAL: 72 Peaks
272.9 Mountain Miles
130 hours and 5 minutes
(5 days 12 hours and 5 minutes)

And still time for more – the years not over yet!

October

122 hours of some of the best days. Hours of simply walking on these rocks, that reward you for patience and hard work.

Hours of asking yourself – What am I doing? This feels terrible. Feeling like you can’t move, can’t catch your breath, and can’t slow your heart rate down. 

Hours that leave you drenched – not from rain, streams, or mist. But from your own sweat. 

Hours spent with the friends that make life so much better.
And couldn’t live without. 

Hours just so you can see something. Feel something.
And hear nothing. 

My First weekend home in a while. Months maybe. And all I am is confused. The rest of October is busy. Away every weekend. And It’s all planned. I cant tell which is my mind, and which is my heart. But ones telling me to ditch everything. And ones telling me to keep hangin on.

NOVEMBER (adding on 🙂 )

November 4th, 2018
– Strat and I attempted to hike the Lake Placid 9er – starting at midnight. It was also Daylight savings – So we relived 1am – twice. On 2 different mountains.

  • We bailed – I was sick. But we hiked:
  • Cobble Hill
  • Mt. Jo
  • Catamount Mountain
  • Big Crow Mountain

DECEMBER
Coming soon – A winter White Mountain Adventure.



The End.

Antelope Island Buffalo Run – My 100 miler to kick off 2018

What really matters? 
Nothing. Just do things
– and be happy. 

Me.