View Full Version : What were those mountains?
08-07-2006, 01:15 PM
In my trip report from the hike I did on Saturday ( http://www.adkhighpeaks.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1894 ), I noted seeing some mountains from Gothics on the horizon that I have never seen before. I recall seeing three mountains on the horizon that were north-northeast of me, I didnít pull out my compass, but if I had to guess they were somewhere between 0 and 20 degrees to the northeast closer to 20 than 0. What I found most interesting about these mountains was the fact that they sat separate from everything with no connecting ridges (that I could see) between them or any other mountains. They seemed to be just sitting on a plain by themselves. Iíve been studying maps ever since. Does anyone think it is possible that I saw Mont Saint-Hilaire, Mont Rougemont, and Mont Yamaska in Quebec? I wouldnít think you would be able to see over 100 miles away, but after reading comments from the Mount Washington Observatory of observers being able to see the Adirondacks on Sunday, which would be 20 to 30 miles further, Iím thinking it might be possible. Is this even plausible or am I try to think I saw something that I could never see from there? Does anyone else have any other suggestions as to what these mountains were; Iíve thrown out Jay Peak in Vermont, because Iím pretty sure that the Lower Great Range would have blocked my view of that mountain.
08-07-2006, 01:58 PM
It's hard to see exactly which ones your talking about (the pic I saw was small) and that far out the detail was hazy, I see the 3 distinct peaks beyond the Moose/McKensie, Whiteface/Esther and Sentinel Range complexs. Unless your looking at peak I can't make out, I doupt those peak are in Canada. If I had to guess on the peaks I can see, the big peak(s) just between Kilburn & Sentinel (right of Whiteface) is undoubtedly the Lyon/Averill massif (40 miles away). If I had to guess, I would say the peak on Moose's right shoulder would be Lookout Mt. (~31 miles) and the peak between Moose / Mac would be the Loon Lake range (~32 miles). They may appear farther away, but they are lesser peaks that for the most part stand alone and are 3800'+, 3200'+ and 2800'+. All sizable when standing apart from the surrounding low areas.
I haven't triangulated (cept by eyeball), but that's my guess. I'm pretty certain about Lyon/Averill though.
08-07-2006, 02:24 PM
Lyon/Averill - Certain on that one.
Loon Lake Range - Almost certain, 98% :D .
Lookout Mt. - Process of elimination, it has to be it. everthing else matches, sooo :tup: .
08-09-2006, 07:38 PM
Zac, I spent about 10 minutes looking at the topo after reading your TR and came to the same conclusions as Tim - I don't know for sure. lol
I've stared out there too and also Northwest of the high peaks and there's definitely some exploring I need to do up north.
08-09-2006, 09:24 PM
I'm glad you chimed in. I meant to check back in here. I was wondering if anyone saw, agreed, disagreed, or whatever with my conclusions.
08-09-2006, 09:25 PM
Thanks guyís the only problem is all three of the mountains I saw were east of Whiteface, between Whiteface and Armstrong. I didnít get a picture, because my camera wasnít sensitive enough to pick up the subtle difference between the mountains and sky. Although maybe Iím just confused and am not remembering things correctly. Maybe it was Champ swimming in Lake Champlain. :D
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