|Inga posing on Esther's summit. The clouds were thick, |
there was a little bit of sleet, views non-existent, but that
was all secondary to making it up in the first place.
This 6.5 hour excursion, featuring over 3,000 feet of elevation difference, I did with a 40 lb backpack - for training purposes; made the gluteal muscles take note as well as the knees, while merely 'massaging' the feet and ankles.
|Summit plaque commemorating Esther McComb's first|
ascent in 1839 at 15 years old. Just for the joy of it.
|Jan provides gorgeous scale on open ridge|
below Giant's summit.
|View from Giant's summit across into |
the Dix and Great Range.
Esther is our 19th 46er. Giant was our first in 2007 just ahead of our trip to Argentina and our first foray into the higher altitudes with a trek to Aconcagua's Plaza de Mulas. That feels like such a long time ago considering our varied trekking and mountaineering ventures covering much mountainous ground in North and South America and even a challenging foray along Germany's Rhine river. Still the Adirondack's High Peaks are our best training and proving grounds, where miles and miles of steep, technically demanding climbs - usually more difficult than anything we've encountered on most other routes - help us get trail fit for our further afield adventures.