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Rocky Peak ridge /Giant mountain Guided traverse

  • Sep 20, 2014 · 8:00 AM

Partnering up with Mountain guide Personal trainer Seth Thomas from the Albany Movement and Fitness gym we are setting up a series of guided mountain events for all levels. Fall is an exceptional time to hike in the High Peaks..No worries about bugs and the temps are favorable. This trip we are going to do an 11 mile traverse from route 9 to rt 73 climbing perhaps the best hiking route of the entire High Peaks! 

We begin our climb at the route 9n trailhead which we will shuttle hikers to from their cars along route 73. Our first High Peak RPR is just over 6 miles to the summit with more than half of that being open and exposed yet non technical! We will hike through the Blueberry Cobbles route and over the sweet summit of Bald Mountain..Along this trek towards Rocky Peak  you'll be blown away by magnificent views over the Champlain Valley at Vermonts Green Mountains. The backside of Giant mountian stand within view the entire time showing its rugged granite slides. At a group pace we will spend as much time needed for breaks and picture opportunities. Rocky Peak Ridge ,New yorks 20th ranked mountain standing at 4,420 ft is our first High Peak for the day.. This summit is fantastic! 360 degree views with a rocky summit. At this point we'll be 6 miles in and have ascended almost 4,500ft total elevation gains! We'll do lunch here while marvelling at the surrounding peaks and majestic beauty of our Adirondacks! From here we descend 600 ft into a small col and begin our 800ft ascent up Giant Mountain!

Giant ranks 12th standing at 4,627ft! There are many routes up this mountain which our traverse will allow you to see most of what this grand mountain has to offer. Along the ascent is a short side herd path leading to the massive granite slides as seen from RPR. We'll make a quick trip there so everyone can see a slide without actually having to climb one. Then its short work to the Rocky summit. Giants front row seat at the entire High Peaks is one of the most photogenic spots in the peaks. The Dix Range,Algonquin,Whiteface and many others can be seen here. One can trace virtually the whole Bottle slide down to Roaring brook from here. A magnificent mountain with enough challenge to fullfill anyone mountain hunger..We will descend via the Roaring brook trail visiting the majestic roaring brook waterfall on the descent! Upon finishing we'llhave some of the local Lake Placid brewry beers on hand to sample

This is a full guided event.. The cost is $75 per person with a discount available for multi sign on..This is a great opportunity for anyone wanting to step up into climbing 46ers. If your just getting started or you are advanced this is going to be a great time.We'll move at a pace that everyone can manage and do our best to get everyone out before dark. There are people meeting at the GYM in Albany,but you can just meet me at the rt73 parking if you like.

To sign up you must get onto the Albany Movement and Fitness website

It is AlbanyMovementand fitness.com

Any fitness questions owner Seth Thomas can help . He offers a wide variety of training to get anyone into mountain shape. If you have any questions about the hike at all feel free to email me through the meetup here or text me at[masked] 0283..Its time to get off the couch folks and climb some mountains!! This is the best  hike in the High Peaks..Come get inspired!!!See you there........Jim Wallace

 

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  • jim w.

    Thank you to all that attended! A great job by everyone ! It was a challenging day and alot of fun as well! Despite the crummy weather the rock scrambles and trail features kept spirits high! Solid work!!!!!

    1 · September 22, 2014

  • jim w.

    Thank you to all that attended! A great job by everyone ! It was a challenging day and alot of fun as well! Despite the crummy weather the rock scrambles and trail features kept spirits high! Solid work!!!!!

    September 22, 2014

  • jim w.

    We will be in the GOLD PONTIAC AZTEK SUV at the Roaring brook trailhead. This is a busy parking area. Just look for odd looking suv with stickers all over the rear.. My cell once again is (315) 529 -0283 if any questions. Will be at Keene stewarts around 7am . Thats the last phone service in the area..Thanks.., Jim

    September 19, 2014

  • Mike K.

    The meetup says to meet at 8AM, but on the Albany Fitness site it says 'If you are meeting us at the Roaring Brook trail head be there no later than 10am'. Which is correct?

    September 19, 2014

    • jim w.

      At the roaring brook trailhead at 8 am. Sorry for the confusion. Seth hasnt updated the Albany website yet

      September 19, 2014

    • jim w.

      Website had been corrected

      September 19, 2014

  • jim w.

    We are heading up Friday night and will be camping at Roaring brook area on Giant. It is free to camp there ,but is backpack style camping as you have to hike up to roaring brook. Pokomoonshine campground which has been closed is nearby ,but primitive car camping is still available. Another great option in the area is the Brookside motor Inn located in Upperjay. The phone number is [masked]-8369. Weather is going to be great and fall is in high gear. Going to be a fantastic hike..

    2 · September 18, 2014

    • Mike K.

      I abandoned my camping plan and decided to opt for the comfort of a warm bed. I booked a room at the Brookside. Thanks for the recommendation.

      1 · September 19, 2014

    • jim w.

      Great. It is a great place to stay while hiking up there. Sometimes there is live entertainment across the street as well on fridays

      September 19, 2014

  • Marj

    The news just said fall foliage will be at 40% there this weekend! It will be a beautiful view!

    September 19, 2014

  • Alena

    What's the lodging situation, or are we kinda fending for our selves?

    September 16, 2014

    • Tomek F.

      I would be interested in carpooling as well.

      September 18, 2014

    • Mike K.

      I'm a late comer to the party, but I just signed up for this hike. I'm coming from Syracuse as well. I'm thinking of camping Friday and Saturday night somewhere close to the trail to cut down on the driving. Paradox Campground is only 30 minutes from the trailhead and looks like it has plenty of open sites (although, they're Walk-Ups since you can't book within a day on ReserveAmerica).

      September 18, 2014

  • jim w.

    WEATHER FORECAST FOR SATURDAY IS EXCEPTIONAL!!!!

    1 · September 16, 2014

  • jim w.

    Make sure you have appropriate layers for above timberline folks. We will be above treeline for approximately 3 to 4 hours. A windshell,hat and gloves may be needed . Please have these items in your pack. If there are any questions you can call me anytime...Thanks..,jimW

    1 · September 6, 2014

  • jim w.

    The Albany Movement and Fitness.com website has been updated with info for this hike

    1 · August 11, 2014

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