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Welcome to the Adirondack High Peaks section of my web page. This section serves a dual purpose: to provide a compendium of images and information about my exploration of these mountains, and to provide a log of the adventures that led to me becoming Adirondack 46er #5506!

The Adirondack Park of Northern New York State is a wonderful expanse of wilderness in the middle of a busy and populous region of the continent. In fact, it is the largest park in the whole of Eastern North America. This set of web pages focuses on the more mountainous northeast region of the park known as the "High Peaks" region. This is an area characterized by newly-uplifted but ancient-in-composition granitic rock, worn down over the millennia by erosionary processes into dome-shaped summits. Trails are often rugged, eroded and steep.

I hope you find this set of pages to be a good companion resource to all of the other Adirondack Mountain pages on the internet!

Most Recent Climbing Logs

Oct 20, 2017 : Ampersand Mountain
Andrew Lavigne
Last minute rush to the top of Ampersand Mountain on a mild October evening to take in the Orionid Meteor shower. The only problem was, I saw very very few meteors. However, the mild and slightly breezy open summit of Ampersand was a grea... [more] [image gallery]
Jul 30, 2017 : Indian Head
Andrew Lavigne, Rae McGhee Glen
A different sort of hike, focusing on watery things, along with a few great viewpoints. We stayed entirely within the lands of the AMR in Ausable Valley, heading up the East River Trail to the lower lake, across to Indian Head, then back ... [more] [image gallery]
Jul 9, 2017 : Jay Mountain
Andrew Lavigne, Jennifer Innes, Rae McGhee Glen, Trevor Kanaya, Claire, Tanya Ni
Newcomers to the Adirondacks! Four of them, and Jay was the perfect intro.

Wanting to give newcomers Trevor, Rae, Claire and Tanya a scenic but relatively easy ADK intro, I chose Jay Mountain: not too busy, super scenic, non-torn... [more] [image gallery]
May 21, 2017 : Gothics
Andrew Lavigne
A training hike for upcoming out-west mountaineering, and my first solo hike.

Wanted to get something >20km in, but not busy and away from the main trailheads. Gothics from the Ausable Valley seemed like the ticket. Started of... [more] [image gallery]
Apr 14, 2017 : Pitchoff Mountain
Andrew Lavigne, Sophie Huggins
A spring hike along highway-paralleling Pitchoff Ridge, with wall-to-wall sun and cool clear views.

We set up to do a traverse of Pitchoff (which is how I always do Pitchoff) from the eastern end. Only had one car, so I brought ... [more] [image gallery]
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