Holmdel Village, NJ
Adventurer | 457 pts
After a night celebrating in Stowe after hiking Mount Mansfield, we drove due west to the ferry across Lake Champlain. Our destination was Mount Marcy, the NY high point. We arrived early enough to set up camp at Marcy Dam. The night was interesting as a friendly bear tuged at our tent. Needless to say I was a bit juiced once daylight broke!
This trail is long, wet, and arduous. There are multiple vantage stops that are well timed, actually. Indian Falls is probably the last place to filter water, though the climb from there was pretty overcast.
We ran out of water as we approached the final ascent. Not knowing for difficult the climb would be ahead of us, we chose to press on, knowing we needed to hike another 2 miles before getting back to Indian Falls. The rocks were very slippery upon approaching the first summit, and the howling winds were about us all the way to the true summit. The nasty weather prevented us from taking a picture at the summit, and I have since bought a waterproof case for my ancient camera. There were few visitors that time of day with us, but we saw more folk on our way down.