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Old 09-05-2018, 11:56 PM   #1
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Start the46ers from the north in September

Apologies in advance for leaning on y'all and not doing more research, but we'll be in the Saranac area in early September (like, 48 hours from now). Last weekend we climbed Ampersand in the rain, heh. Great view, and rainbows, in your mind.... The plan is to make a start on the 46ers. Would anyone please advise us on a way to cross one or two peaks off the list this weekend? The other weekend day is to be spent paddling.
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Old 09-06-2018, 07:43 AM   #2
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I'm sure you know Cascade and Porter are probably the easiest duo to cross off the list. It's a good way to start. 360 degree views from the summit of Cascade. Decent view from Porter. Whiteface and Esther is another duo to attempt for someone with good fitness. Giant and RPR a bit more strenuous. You could even get three this weekend if you went for the MacIntyres(Wright, Algonquin, Iroquois). If you're going to begin the 46, I'll suggest signing up for a correspondent with the 46ers for advice from a vetted person and not risk errors due to bad advice from random strangers on the internet! :P http://talk.adk46er.org/
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Old 09-06-2018, 11:49 PM   #3
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Thanks gebbyfish. Signed up for a correspondent. If anyone else is considering Cascade & Porter this weekend check this from DEC: "Road closures will affect roadside parking areas on Route 73 between Lake Placid and Keene, as well as roadside parking areas between Lake Placid, Wilmington, and Ausable Forks". Half iron man 2018-09-09.
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Old 09-07-2018, 07:39 AM   #4
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Oops! Sorry about that Titanium! Totally forgot there is that half Ironman race. It will be pretty bad. The 46ers won't have a Trailhead Steward there this weekend as a result of that! SO, Giant by itself, or if you feel really strong you could add on RPR. Just know that if you go for RPR, you lose quite a bit of elevation in to the col on the way over from Giant and will have to regain it on the way back. So, with Lake Placid being a congested place this weekend, you could look at Upper Works and go for the Santanonis or maybe Marshall. Maybe Whiteface and Esther will be do-able, but the bike course does include some of the road to the Atmospheric Research Center.
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Old 09-09-2018, 06:56 PM   #5
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Hiked Porter / Cascade on the 8th. There were stewards at the trailhead, and one at the peak of Cascade encouraging hikers to stay off the vegetation at high altitude. Those guys are doing a great job.

The highlight of the trip had to be seeing a guy actually portaging a canoe to the top of Cascade and back. It wasn't even a hiking canoe! Just a regular 50+ pound tandem with a piece of wood for a yoke. It's a fundraiser by a group called 46Climbs for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).

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