|Jul. 19, 2015 (Sun.)
|Elevation: 4580 feet; Order of Height: 16
|Participants: Andrew Lavigne, Jennifer Innes, Brian Connell
Wright Peak, on a muggy, hazy, and thunderstorm-forecasted day.
It isn't usually my thing to do an Adirondack climb when the weather is not particularly nice, or the views likely to be obscured. However, in light of an upcoming larger trip, we wanted to get more mountain hiking under our belt, so we made an exception today.
We started off under (surprisingly) sunny skies from the ADK High Peaks visitor center parking, soon becoming drenched in sweat in the 100% humidity. We made rapid progress up to about the 3000-foot mark on the sometimes good, often rough and tedious Algonquin Peak trail. Here, Brian had to take a bit of a breather. This was much less of a stop than the fairly big bonk he experienced on our Trap Dike climb from a few weeks before, and soon we were on our way again.
A minor thunderstorm rolled in around 9am, sprinkling us for about 20 minutes or so before gliding off to the east. After that, we had dry conditions for the rest of the hike.
Steep climb to summit of Wright was enjoyable as always: open alpine terrain and steep, grippy slab. We were mostly in the cloud, but a vigorous and refreshing breeze made it feel interesting and exciting. We topped out shortly before 10:30 a.m.
A trouble-free descent brought us back down to the trailhead at a very early pre-1pm. The clouds we had experienced at the summit had mostly blown away, and the day was - at least for the time being - mostly sunny. Overall, the weather was less bad than had been predicted.
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