Greeting from another planet! Earlier this week, iPhone weather told me that the mountains would be V sunny today with a high temperature well below freezing. 46er be damned, I decided to go hike Algonquin to get them #viewsfordays The sun was bright, the wind was minimal’ish, and the snow was manageable. Not many days are this nice up here - and rarely ever on a weekend for whatever reason - that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to stand nearly a mile above sea level on New York’s second tallest point. I hope everyone is having a great weekend, don’t let a lil cold stop you from being outside.
Three years, two months, and twenty-nine days. That’s how long it took me to complete the 46 high peaks. Granted, when I entered the woods from the Loj a few days removed from my 27th birthday in 2016, I really didn’t know what to expect or really what I wanted to accomplish. I certainly did not enter those woods with the expectation that I would have summited 46 mountains a few years later. *
In fact, my goal was simply climb the highest peak and escape into nature for the weekend. I certainly had no idea what I was doing. Irrespective of any confidence I may have had, and I was never short of that, I was humbled immediately. Nothing will humble you quicker than sucking wind going up in elevation on what you thought was the “steep part.”
Some 384.3 miles, four pairs of hiking boots, two pairs of microspikes, five pairs of trekking poles, more pieces of technical clothing than I am willing to admit, countless blisters, cuts, sprains, bruises, tears of frustration, and one flat tire later, I have completed a goal I didn’t think I’d be able to physically meet. I lost some weight in the process and learned that I could hike quicker. I learned more about myself on this than I ever thought I could. I saved a man’s life by simply hiking out with him when he was lost and without the proper gear.
All of this is because of these mountains. These mountains speak to me more clearly with each passing day. The clarity I sought was found with each step upward. I’ll never begin to describe why this is true. There is a magic to them. I know, with certainty, that I came across a bear or two. I have the chewed bear canister to prove it. *
I want to thank each and every one of you that has ever commented, liked, asked me in person about the Adirondacks, or even aware that I was so obsessed with this goal. All of the encouragement was always appreciated. I especially want to thank @dandymandipandy for encouraging me to keep going when I just wanted to quit usually when on the trail. I encourage anyone who has any interest to reach out for any tips or suggestions. Everyone should go explore. Carry only what you can carry & to quote Jack Keuroac: go climb that goddamn mountain
I set an alarm for 2am to try to get to the summit of whiteface for the the sunrise. It was a good plan but I wanted to sleep instead. Alas, I started hiking at 415 in pursuit of whiteface. I made it there by 7 and had the summit to myself. I’m now down to five mountains left. I remember when I started this journey, I never thought I’d even get to thirty. Here I am with 41, ever so close to the end that I can taste it. But those can wait. I’m heading back to to buffalo to spend the rest of this LDW with @dandymandipandy because she’s awesome, I love her, and miss her. Oh and she made cider donuts. Gotta go hard for fall. Whiteface Mountain, 4,867 feet. 41/46 #legggooo
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Sunrise burning up the night sky in the mountains #optoutside
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Once again we see the Salt Flats bring out the creative side of this group of travellers! Great idea and video by @sociflaaaar #BoliviaHop
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‘Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars’ This incredible Bolivian salt flat is most famous for its jaw-dropping ‘mirror effect’ and crazy perspective photos. Have you witnessed heaven on earth? #boliviahop