In early August, the ChaseDesign Adirondack High Peak Hiking Club scaled the heights once again, and two more members drew to within two peaks of becoming official Adirondack 46ers: Jonathan Fitch who has just Colvin and Blake to go, and Tanner Gjersvig, with only Esther and Whiteface remaining.
The Garden Trailhead is named for a vegetable garden that served as a landmark circa 1915, and is a popular jumping-off point in the Keene Valley.
A cairn at Johns Brook
In the course of one day, Tanner added Haystack, Basin and Saddleback to his list; Peter Quintana scaled Gothics, Armstrong, Upper Wolfjaw and Lower Wolfjaw; Jonathan Fitch climbed Sawteeth, Gothics, Armstrong, Upper Wolfjaw and Lower Wolfjaw.
A view of Mt. Marcy and Panther Gorge
In addition to sweeping vistas, there are small marvels to enjoy: Growing on exposed rock, lichens can survive in the harshest environments, but need unpolluted air to thrive. There are lichens in the Adirondacks that are more than a thousand years old.
Jon Cammarata and Andy Schweitzer have already summited the Adirondacks’ 46 highest peaks, but in reclimbing Haystack – shrouded in clouds on their first ascent – were rewarded with spectacular views.
Andy, Tanner & Jon atop Haystack
After successfully challenging the peaks, the hikers gathered at Johns Brook Lodge to challenge one another at Uno, and enjoy the company of Summit, the dog.
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Photos by Jon Cammarata, Jonathan Fitch and Tanner Gjersvig