About to begin...
First up is Roostercomb, 2.5 miles to the base of RC, then a one mile climb to the summit.
Deb liked this...trees growing on a huge boulder.
Looking out onto the ridge where we're headed...the Wolfjaws dead ahead.
Deb took a shot of me standing on a huge cliff edge. This was hundreds of feet down, Deb couldn't even go near the edge.
Looking somewhere from Roostercomb.
Most of the peaks were in the trees, even though above 4000' - much different than the White Mountains.
Looking down towards Keene Valley from an outlook atop Roostercomb.
This is from lower Wolfjaw.
So in the first photo of the first sign, it said 5 miles to lower Wolfjaw, so we have 1.5 miles to Upper Wolfjaw.
I have no idea....maybe looking towards the south and Mt Marcy.
Looking south along the ridge.
A couple of peaks below us from Upper Wolfjaw looking SE...
Armstrong from Upper Wolfjaw
Again looking south from Upper Wolfjaw
This is a ladder going up to Armstrong. It was about 30 feet up, to give one a scale factor. This was our stopping point as Tucker could not go up this and it was all cliff everywhere around it.
Ok....after turning around at Armstrong, we took a side trail to John Brook Lodge and climbed up to Mt Marcy, a 5200+' peak. This sign was up near the top of the trail.
Meaning, we're now on the summit of Mt Marcy...
Top of Marcy...Deb with her dirty butt from sliding down boulders. Tucker is getting tired ;-)
Looking over at the Haystacks, where we were hoping to go next.
This is looking north along the Great Traverse ridgeline.
The trail on top lined with rocks to keep us off the alpine zone.
This is looking north towards Lake Placid.
OK, this is as far as we got heading towards Haystack. We've been going for 10 hours, it's 5PM and have 11+ miles back to the car. I see some nightime running in our future.
Anyway, we decided to turn around when we saw that the trail went way down before climbing up to the summit. No time for that.
Some pictures Deb asked me to take of the sun low in the sky coming through the trees.
Another looking back up the trail.
It was beautiful!
MOTS (more of the same)
Last photo....it going to be dark soon. We ended up running (well, walking) in the dark with lights on rough trail for about 1.5 hours. The whole journey took us 14 hours and we are guessing it is somewhere around 30 miles give or take...and around 10,000' of climb.
This was our basic route, mapped out on RunningAhead, which uses Gmaps.
The mileage here is messed up because we know it was 8.5 miles to Upper Wolfjaw, then another half mile or so to Armstrong, giving us about 9.5-10 to the trail we took, then 2.5 miles (by the sign) to John's Brook Lodge. So maybe 12-12.5 to there. The rest was 18 miles back to the car after going up Mount Marcy and the attempt of Mt Haystack and back. So we're calling it 30 miles with 10,000' of climb. Might be more, might be less.