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I haven't written a run report in a million years but yesterdays outing merits a couple of lines and maybe photo or two<img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
the plan was to meet with chops & truxx at the nun's island provigo @ 6am and head down to the adirondacks for a day of hiking/snowshoes... and maybe a little crampon type hiking if it got really icey..... truxx couldn't make it... so we were down to 3..... Grom1.1 had been snowboarding the night before and was looking a little weak (dad was bracing himself for a day of adolescent whining:roll_eyes<img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> .... got to boarder greeted to the states by some total wanker in his badly fitting unifom who questioned me like i was I was AK47's for al quaida.... ho humm<img alt="roll_eyes.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/roll_eyes.gif"><br>
chops had decided on <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gothics" target="_blank">Gothics</a> as Algonquin would've been too busy and too... dare I say easy.<br><img alt="" src="http://i25.tinypic.com/30lcd2q.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br>
we parked.. fiddled with our snowshoes/crampons... and set off(snowshoes are mandatory ... i guess so the trails dont get broken & messed up). At this point the weather was perfect... clear and mild with no wind, no coats just fleecies ('cept for 1.1 who was regret his fashionable but totally useless choice of outfit)<br><img alt="" src="http://i32.tinypic.com/2exbhhw.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br>
.. you know the way boarders manage to walk with the crotch of their trousers marginally above the knee level ..... well it dont work on snow soes<img alt="uhoh2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/uhoh2.gif"> ... so off came his snow pants after about 3 miles of moderate up hill through the woods. Underneath he had cotton sweat pants which became instantly wet and froze stiff as board.... how he made it to top like that I do not know, with minimal complaint!<br>
The snow started about an hour into the hike and never really stopped, nothing serious just light flakes... beautiful... just the three of us and mother nature<br><img alt="" src="http://i25.tinypic.com/25pmo2v.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br>
At about 3000 feet, 3 hours into the day, we stopped, ate, regrouped and at that point chops informed the <b>FUN</b> would start. Up until that point the trails had been steep and snow covered but the footing was generally pretty good... we'd all worked up good sweat nad nobdy was really suffering ('cept maybe 1.1's legs!)<br><img alt="" src="http://i27.tinypic.com/kdakg3.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br>
The climb then became more of a climb.... although the footing was still very good.... at about 4000' that all changed. We were then more exposed as the trees turn into 3 ' bushes on the side of a cliff. The wind had picked up (dah!) and the snow was coming down with a little more gusto.... so I'll stick in a few pics here and you'll get the idea. Sorry about the quality but this is my phone... not a hassleblad<br><img alt="" src="http://i28.tinypic.com/2v8sgmc.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><img alt="" src="http://i26.tinypic.com/2nlzuaw.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><img alt="" src="http://i31.tinypic.com/hulw1e.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><img alt="" src="http://i27.tinypic.com/x2vs5y.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><img alt="" src="http://i30.tinypic.com/723j1w.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br>
Well about 200 metres from the top things got really nasty...<img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif">.... sheet ice and rocks with about a foot of powder covering them.... we stopped, regrouped and decided that we should put our crampons on before we lost somebody off the side of the mountain<img alt="uhoh2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/uhoh2.gif"> ...... I should mention that the hundred metres before had this rubber/steel hand rope to drag yourself up through the 2' drifts of virgin white drifts..... totally effin sublime!!<br><br>
so we put the crampons on and went about 10 metres when we met 2 "experts"..... man did they ever have the good gear.... we must've looked pretty "newbie" ... specially 1.1 in his white frozen sweat pants... anyway these 2 dudes had just come down from the summit and gave us the heads up that the crampons wouldn't get us there as the snow was just too deep! we changed back <<<< insert groans for our frozen fingers here>>> except for chops who pressed on........and got there a couple or five minutes before us.<br><img alt="" src="http://i30.tinypic.com/5luex2.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
So the trip down..... chops stopped to put his snowshoes back on and told 1.1 & me to push on and that he would find his own pace and see ua the bottom.... Tom & I found the most effective way to get down the very steep climbs was slide on our arses, dodging the trees..... woohoo<img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif">..... frozen testicles anybody? <img alt="sad2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad2.gif"><img alt="sad2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad2.gif">.... at this point Jr. took off the sweat pants (undressing in these conditions is not advised!) and put his snow pants on the slide faster....<br>
as it leveled off and light started to fail... we seriously wondered who had measured the never ending last 3 miles it just kept going. Chops was about 15 minutes behind us.... I worried but he turned up at the car park just after us with a grin from ear to ear.....<br>
Wow what a day!<br><br>
Who's in for the next outing?<br><br>
how was your run yesterday? we only managed a tiny 25kms in ....... <b>8hours 7 40 mins<img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"></b><br><br>
Cheers<br><br>
Grommit<br>
the experiment continues...
 

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Thanks for the report - what a friggin' amazing climb! Just loved the comments about lil' Grommit. I'm in for next year ... gotta get some hiking in first ...<br><br>
Cheers,<br>
Sally
 

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Wow, very nice, thanks for sharing. How is everyone feeling today ? <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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looks epic. <img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif">
 

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..... a little tired but aches or pains worth mentioning
 

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Wow. Great report Grommit. But how comes you guys always pick the most challenging peak?<br><br>
Like you said : "chops had decided on Gothics as Algonquin would've been too busy and too... dare I say easy".<br><br>
Algonquin easy. Really?
 

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Great report, Gro. A couple of things to add: 1- plastic boots on snowshoes are amazingly tiring. 2- going out with the Gros is even more tiring. Thanks guys !!
 

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That looks like so much fun you guys! I'm jealous. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> Love the pics.
 
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