Big Slide and Porter Mountains. May 1,2004


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This was an ambitious day that started at 4:00 am in Laval. Our plan was to do two medium sized hikes. We left the house at 4:30 and for some reason encountered no traffic anywhere on the way down including at the border.

We started the hike at 7:00. Here you see Dominic signing us out. These registers exist at all trail heads in the Adirondacks.

Our first destination, Big Slide mountain is a 3.9 mile hike each way. The most important bit of data on the sign, though, is the total ascent of 2800 feet.

Chewing up those 2800 feet, Dominic leans on his poles to spread the work load. It's late spring in the Dacks but still no new growth. The leafless forest gave us a feeling of being in the open.

The summit view. I doubt too many people would walk uphill for two or three hours if there was no view.

Do I feel good or what?

More summit views. Note the snow on the high peaks.

After snacking on the summit of Big Slide we headed over to Yard Mountain. We thought this peak was on the list of 46 peaks over 4000 feet that one must climb in order to become a 46er. Well, it turns out that there isn't sufficient elevation loss (only 400 feet in this case) between Big Slide and Yard. So Yard dosn't make the cut. Allthough the three mile round trip was pleasant, the summit itself didn't offer much in the way of views. In this picture Dominic is sitting on the summit.

While we were on the trail we bumped into Robert Plant. He was kind enough to let me take his picture. The forest we went through was absolutely stunning. The trail had quite a pitch to it although it dosn't look like it in the picture. Those 2800 feet had to be down-climbed! My knees still feel it.

Now look who's feeling good!
At this exact moment we weren't sure whether or not we wanted to do the second hike. It was 2:30 and we had 11 miles and a total of around 3400 vertical feet behind (under?) us. At the very least however, we figured we should at least drive over to the other trail head and see how we felt.

We decided to do the second hike. This picture taken on the summit of Mount Porter (elevation gain equals 2200 feet) sums everything up quite nicely.

From the summit of Porter we got a great view of Big Slide, the mountain we hiked up just a few hours earlier. It looks like a piece of cake from this vantage point.

All that was left was an hour and a half of downhill hiking back to the car and the drive home.