New Meetup: Great Range Traverse

From: TaniaP
Sent on: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 2:43 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for DC Mountain Madness!

What: Great Range Traverse

When: Saturday, July 31,[masked]:30 AM

Great Range Traverse

Webb, NY 13472

Backpacker magazine rated this the third hardest hike in the US. And we're going to do it in high summer when there will be lots of bugs and humidity. [DATE MAY CHANGE]

Great Range Traverse
Adirondacks, NY
Miles: 25
Elevation Change: 17,600 feet
X Factor: Endless ups and downs

There's no small irony in the fact that New York's tallest peak is merely the last challenge on this classic loop-and far from the toughest. The route scales nine peaks, including six 4,000-footers and the aforementioned 5,344-foot Mt. Marcy. But numerous cols and false summits, plus heinously eroded trail beds, wear you down physically and psychologically. From Keene Valley, the murderer's row of peaks includes Rooster Comb, Hedgehog, Lower Wolf Jaw, Upper Wolf Jaw, Armstrong, Gothics, Saddleback, Haystack, and Marcy, from which you descend the Phelps Trail. Gut-check moments include a half-mile of teetering above a 700-foot drop on a knife-edge between the Wolf Jaws-inevitably followed by a steep climb-and the southeast face of Gothics, a scary-steep, exposed descent over open slab rock. (The face used to have cables to aid hikers, but, fittingly, they've been removed.) There are long stretches of scrambling and ladder-climbing, and you'll need to carry enough water for the day.

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