Sunday, December  16, 2018
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This was the third in our 'Kili Prep Hike' series, and we were again constrained by bad weather to doing a short 1/2 day Adirondack hike. We were going to climb Mount Adams (and its fire tower), and Markus had also wanted to explore the ghost town at Adirondac. However, there were only five of us today, and Markus was displeased with the idea of using two cars for five people (Jenn was sick and wanted some space in the back seat to sleep), so he left and went home.

I figured since Markus had wanted to explore the ghost town that we should do something else today instead, and so I chose Ampersand mountain: it is scenic, short, and a relatively short drive from Ottawa.
Peter Happy and Ready to go
At the trailhead
A light dusting of snow
The weather was clear as we drove down, and mostly so as we started our hike. As we progressed, however, we could see clouds start to move in from the west. It stayed dry, though, and the temperature was not that cold.
Tilted Planks
Strange fungal growths
Jenn discovers icecicles
Trail and Boulders
The summit of Ampersand is very open and exposed (which is nice for such a low peak). The wind was howling and we could see all sorts of strange and dark clouds moving in. Other higher peaks were clearly experiencing little mini blizzards. The views were grand in all directions. Walking required some extra care due to the strong winds.
Summit area
Ominous Clouds
Final ascent
Dusted with snow
Peter records all
Follow the arrow!
Jenn and Middle Saranac Lake
Ranks of bleak peaks
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