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Monday, February 1, 2010

2/1/10 Champlain

Cold, strong winds, dramatic clouds, brilliant sun. I didn't think we would make it to the top but wanted to at least get part way up. We parked at the nature center and walked to the loop road and took that to the Champlain N. Ridge Trail. No one had preceded us and the trail was not always clear ( even Kelley was having difficulty and she is quite good at following trails). There were lots of icy patches and some sections of deep snow. As we climbed the wind became stronger and I thought we might almost be blown off the mountain. We did reach the summit and it was exhilarating- the wind,the beautiful view, and it was all ours. We returned to the loop road and had a bit of lunch and then walked the loop road past where we had come in, on to the Hemlock Trail, and that to the Jesup Path and back to the nature center. 3 hours



Champlain North Ridge Trail


The Summit and Views From It



2 comments:

  1. Victory!

    The trees look a bit stunted around the peak. I've noticed the same effect on cliffs close to Lake Superior and on the rims of the Grand Canyon.

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  2. Yes, they are and probably for the same reasons. The mountains in the western part of the park are mostly wooded at the summit. I'm not sure why.

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