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  • Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge

    I hit these two peaks on the last day of September. After my last sets of peaks being the Sewards and Santanonis, the Giant RPR combo was a pleasant and rewarding hike. I was impressed with the continuous views climbing and descending Giant along the Giant Ridge and RPRs open summit with great views into VT are equally nice. I have the full TR and lots of photos at the link below.

  • #2
    Great peaks! I was just up there yesterday (New Russia to Chapel Pond). Perfect weather, great views, tons of people enjoying it. Really nice day out.


    • #3
      Great pictures! Next time, do the through hike to New Russia.

      ADK 46r #8003; 6W
      2nd round: 16
      SL6r #596
      Catskill 3500 21/39; 11W


      • #4
        Nice report, thanks! I'm thinking about climbing RPR from New Russia in the next few days.

        very minor comment: "I believe the Santanoni Range in the distant right" - actually that looks to be the Macs, with maybe Seward pointing on the right of them


      • #5
        Great write up and really awesome pics. I don't get up to the adk in sept/oct/early nov, so I love seeing the pics with the colors and cant imagine what it would be like to see them in person. The ocean of orange and red leaves is amazing. Great cloud pics too.
        "Who's a good boy?" I might have even said that out loud a few times with the pics of choya. When we went up Giant and RPR with Rory last year we used a bungee leash also, but I found it to be too short and potentially dangerous on some of the scrambles and other sections unless we momentarily unclipped her. I think I always go with a 15-20ft retractable now.
        "...don't assume you can't do it...we all make mistakes and sometimes fail. Keep working and learning, and be committed to improving fitness, and there is no limit to what you can do." Joe Bogardus
        "I believe it is in our nature to explore, to reach out into the unknown. The only true failure would be not to explore at all." Ernest Shackleton


        • #6
          I would have love to hike the traverse East to west but my dog didn't want to drive the shuttle unfortunately. The ridge heading east looked like great terrain. As far as the bungee leash, on a few sections, I will unhook him and let him do his own thing so the leash doesn't cause a problem, such as reclimbing the slabs toward Giant coming from RPR.


          • #7
            You need a specially trained dog!

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            Another approach for the "solo shuttle" (if you don't bring Choya) is to spot a bike at the Chapel Pond end. Easy roll down to the New Russia trailhead; it's a popular option.

            Also, leashing the dog is not required in the Giant Wilderness, except above 4000'. Most of the dogs I saw the other day were off leash. All dogs were having a good time and not doing any damage.


            • Fat Man Hiking
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              Those dogs drive better than some of the people around here.

            • bikerhiker
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              Kiwi Dog Uber. Pay in cash/credit/bitcoin, or biscuits

          • #8
            More fun in the winter but autumn sure is prettier. Thanks