The title comes from the dire warning from the NOAA weather advisory, and is in response to the near-zero (Fahrenheit) temperatures and high winds across the Adirondacks. The rest of the title is, of course,…
Conditions in the Adirondacks in spring are usually variable and can present a different set of challenges to winter or summer hiking. This day was warm (for April) and changed from sunny to snow to ‘wintry mix’ to light rain to sunny again — fairly typical.
I know this will sound strange to all you frigophobes: 6 hours tromping around the snow in sub-15°F (sub-minus 10°C) is really quite fun. The hardest part is getting from the house to your car; once you’re stomping down fluffy white snow, and especially once you start climbing a mountain, you barely notice the temperature.
I took advantage of the last sunny forecast for a few days by hiking Colvin & Blake, two peaks which aren’t known for their views. As always, Colvin proved to be quite nice but Blake…
It was part photo trip, part photo lesson. It didn’t take long, and Kayla’s pictures are stunning. We both gravitated towards the darker images, helped by the cooperative overcast.
It was a beautiful day for this hike, a nice little gem of a mountain.
We started down the South Kaibab trail at 5:45AM and because of shifting clouds got to enjoy two sunrises on the way. The views were stunning. It looks very different and, strangely, smaller from inside the canyon versus from the rim. The varying waves of different-colored rock made every turn breathtaking.
The trail to Big Slide was hard-packed snow the whole way. Perfect for snowshoes. No ice the whole way.
Today was an absolutely perfect day to hike. It was chilly (14°F at the start), not so cold that your sweat freezes your zippers but cold enough that snow didn’t stick to your clothes. Or…
This hike will always be a favorite of mine, especially on perfect-weather days like this one. It was a great way to spend an afternoon!
This hike was supporting Neil Luckhurst and his Project 100, which is raising funds for the ADK High Peaks Foundation.
Yesterday perfectly encapsulated shoulder season: A nice 3-4″ of cool snow on the way in; about 6″ of snow (drifting in places) at elevation; icy steep pitches, sometimes hiding under powdered snow; warming sunshine melting low-lying snow by the end of the day creating wide mud swaths.