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  • Rev sets the pace. Whiteface and Esther, 2013-01-15

    Whiteface and Esther
    2013-01-15
    Tuesday, January 15th, 2013


    TelemarkMike (Mike), Rev (Mike's canine personal trainer), and I, visited Whiteface and Esther on Tuesday. The weather was favourable, the trails paved in concrete-like snow, and the views were impressive. Rev set the pace and obliged us to complete the circuit in five and a quarter hours. The three major rest stops of the day (Esther, bend in the auto road, and Whiteface) added up to about 50 minutes. Rev chided us (it sounds like whimpering to human ears) whenever we appeared to stay in one place too long. However, keeping us moving was not Rev's primary motivation. The time we wasted at rest-stops, stood between her and the summit where she was rewarded with doggy treats.

    Observations:
    • A tremendous amount of snow has melted.
    • Trail's snow-spine was hard as concrete.
    • Conditions allowed for faster travel than in summer.
    • I wore Trail Crampons, Mike wore snowshoes, Rev went barefoot.
    • Post-holes were evident but diminished by the recent thaw.
    • Dogs, although loyal, prefer to always be ahead of you.
    • Large swaths of the auto road are no longer covered in snow.
    • The snow cover has deteriorated on the lower portion of the trail up Marble Mountain.
    • Met only two hikers (on Whiteface).
    • Mike led up. I led down. Rev allowed us to think we were leading.


    Personal Trainer Rev's Suggested Milestones
    (Concessions made for humans, like rest-stops, and only two legs)
    07:45 AM, ASRC.
    09:30 AM, Esther. 09:35 AM, Depart Esther.
    10:30 AM, Auto road. 10:35 AM, Depart along auto road.
    11:05 AM, Whiteface. 11:45 AM, Depart Whiteface.
    01:00 PM, ASRC.

    Next time Mike and I go for a hike, I'll ask that he put ankle-weights on Rev.


    Sample Photos


    Where sky, trail, and road meet.


    Castle in the sky.


    Tourist walkway.

    Photos
    Looking for Views!

  • #2
    Hi Taras. Your pictures look great as always and your summary of current trail conditions is right on. The snow pack is reminiscent of late April/early May conditions, definitely makes for fast travel. This weekend the peak bagging should be easier than it has been lately.

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    • #3
      Sigh, I hope someday I'll get to hike with Rev.....
      Limped thru the Northeast 115...

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      • #4
        Nice report and pics Rev was so fast on our hike up Redfield/Cliff the leash broke!
        ADK 46/46 4W CATS 39/39 8W ADK100 63/102 VT35 26/29 FT's 25/29 VT FT's 9/15

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        "We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us. Our flesh and bone tabernacle seems transparent as glass to the beauty about us, as if truly an inseparable part of it, thrilling with the air and trees, streams and rocks, in the waves of the sun, a part of all nature, neither old nor young, sick nor well, but immortal." John Muir from My First Summer in The Sierra

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        • #5
          You misspelled favorable. Sheesh...Candians!
          Nature we have always with us, an inexhaustible storehouse of that which moves the heart, appeals to the mind, and fires the imagination - health to the body, a stimulus to the intellect, and a joy to the soul. - John Burroughs

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          • #6
            Originally posted by PA Ridgerunner View Post
            You misspelled favorable. Sheesh...Candians!
            Let me rephrase the entire TR for my 'murican frenz: "Awesome day! "
            Looking for Views!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by PA Ridgerunner View Post
              You misspelled favorable. Sheesh...Candians!
              What about your spelling of Canadians?
              offonadventure.com

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Telemarkmike View Post
                What about your spelling of Canadians?
                Hmmm....I wonder if that was intentional?
                Nature we have always with us, an inexhaustible storehouse of that which moves the heart, appeals to the mind, and fires the imagination - health to the body, a stimulus to the intellect, and a joy to the soul. - John Burroughs

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                • #9
                  Great photos and TR. Thanks. Looks like a great hike.
                  ADK HP 46/46 ADK HPW 13/46 http://www.idratherbehiking80.blogspot.com/ My photos "There's no such thing as failure who keeps trying, coasting near the bottom is the only disgrace." - John Popper

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Trail Boss View Post
                    Let me rephrase the entire TR for my 'murican frenz: "Awesome day! "
                    Like, totally rad to the max.
                    Adopt a natural resource. Give back.

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                    • #11
                      I'm always surprised how fast conditions can go from pure winter to spring.
                      Love all wilderness!
                      Trying to hike and XC ski as much as possible.

                      ADK 46/46 still not official.
                      W 27/46

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