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Caroline and the Camplain Valley
Esther Mountain
Adelia makes the top.
The summit was an ice-encrusted wonder. The weather observatory, seemingly unoccupied, was half-coated in rime ice and hard snow. We loitered for a little while, enjoying the beautiful late afternoon views.
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Summit Sign
Adelia's frozen locks
Adelia's Proof
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Lake Placid
Bryan and Caroline (and Andrew)
It had become clear to us at this point that we were too far behind schedule to attempt Esther, which we could see clearly from our summit vantagepoint. Dang! That's 2 46er peaks missed so far since the beginning of this year! As an additional safety measure, given the time, we decided to hike down the Whiteface Memorial Highway (closed in the winter) down to the hike end-point. This was a boring but surefire way of getting back before things got too late.
Group summit photo
Descent from Summit
Descent from summit
The way down was relatively uneventful, long and boring... except for some horsing around where Pu and Caroline wrestle, resulting in the destruction of one of Caroline's snowshoe bindings.... so, the rest of the way down, Caroline had to bare-boot it - fortunately the road had good footing and was often solid enough to walk on easily. We arrived back at the car at about 6:40pm! A 30minute wait for the car shuttling to take place, and we were off to Saranac Lake for another victory meal at chez Pizza Hut!

Thanks again, all. Another memorable outing!

Icy portal
Descent via the road
Interactive trackmap with photo points - Whiteface Mountain Backpack - click map to view
to Whiteface Lean-to - Hike Data
Start Time: 5:04p.m.
End Time: 7:21p.m.
Duration: 2h17m
Distance: 6.69 km (4.16 mi)
Average Speed: 2.9 km/hr (1.8 mph)
Start Elevation: 1803ft (550m) *
Max Elevation: 2126ft (648m) *
Min Elevation: 1726ft (526m) *
End Elevation: 2126ft (648m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Total Elevation Gain: 452ft (138m) *
Total Elevation Loss: 133ft (41m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Elevation Graph
Whiteface Lean-to to Summit - Hike Data
Start Time: 11:20a.m.
End Time: 5:45p.m.
Duration: 6h25m
Distance: 7.18 km (4.46 mi)
Average Speed: 1.1 km/hr (0.7 mph)
Start Elevation: 2099ft (640m) *
Max Elevation: 4940ft (1506m) *
Min Elevation: 2098ft (639m) *
End Elevation: 3470ft (1058m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Total Elevation Gain: 2782ft (848m) *
Total Elevation Loss: 777ft (237m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Elevation Graph
Summit to Toll Road Gate - Hike Data
Start Time: 5:54p.m.
End Time: 6:43p.m.
Duration: 0h49m
Distance: 3.84 km (2.39 mi)
Average Speed: 4.7 km/hr (2.9 mph)
Start Elevation: 3459ft (1054m) *
Max Elevation: 3471ft (1058m) *
Min Elevation: 2254ft (687m) *
End Elevation: 2257ft (688m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Total Elevation Gain: 0ft (0m) *
Total Elevation Loss: 1148ft (350m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Elevation Graph
Annotated Topo of Hike (BIG!)
Elevation profile over distance
Elevation profile over time
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