Hiking: Mount Marcy

Last weekend, I hiked to the highest point in New York state.

It went well.

We got there a little bit later than planned, around 10am, and the Adirondack Loj parking area was full, so we had to park further away and extend our hike by a few miles.

The hike up the mountain was not bad. I think there were probably as many people on it as were on Cascade Mountain, but we did not see as many, since people were more spread out.

I tried to record GPS data as usual, but when I checked on it, I realized it never actually acquired a GPS signal the entire hike. There seem to be bugs with this that I have somehow never encountered before. I see some reports that Motorola devices especially have a bug preventing them from acquiring a GPS signal when they are not able to transmit. This has to be a recent issue. I was recording on a Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX running Android 4.1.2 with Google Play services 4.4.52 and My Tracks 2.0.7, on Verizon Wireless. The lesson is: do not rely on the "Now Recording..." message to indicate that you are recording GPS data. Wait to see that GPS data is being displayed.

I recall especially that we encountered a sign marking 1.2 miles to the summit near a clearing. This was probably the biggest mental setback of the climb, because we could see the summit off in the distance, and it still looked quite far. Also somebody actually ran past us at this point.

I think we started hiking around 10:00AM, reached the summit around 1:40PM, started down at 2:30PM, and got to the car at about 6:00PM. The data my phone did record says that 8 hours is just about right. Judging by the signs, I believe our total distance was about 15.2 miles.

The mountain also did funny things to my breathing and circulation beyond just the normal tiring me out.

The view at the summit was pretty great. It was a bit busy, windy, and cold, but we found a nice quiet rock to sit behind to eat lunch which solved all of that.

More wallpaper material:

The mostly level path back to the car was maybe the most mentally challenging part. It was longer than I remembered going out, and the insects had come out.

In summary, the hike looked like this:

  • Posted: 2014-06-28 10:09 (Updated: 2014-07-06 14:18)
  • Categories: hiking

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