Showing posts from January, 2016

Giant Mountain & Rocky Peak Ridge (NY,USA) - 4,636 ft & 4,390 ft (1,410 m & 1,338 m)

On January 31st 2016, we decided to hike two more 46er peaks: Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak. At 4am, we left Montreal in our super awesome Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara (a free upgrade from our rental car company) and started our hike at exactly 7am from Chapel Pond Trailhead. The weather was forecasted to be just above 0°C. However, the last few days, about 6 cm of snow fall onto the trail. Two of us were wearing small ice spikes and two had their snowshoes strapped on after 5min as the path was quite icy. The snow in the lower part was packed with icy patches and fresh snow was covering the trail in the higher region. The first part of the trail goes up the ridge towards the Giant washbowl. From there you hike up very steep to moderately steep section towards Giant. About halfway through the hike, the other two switched to snowshoes as well. Parts of the ridge trail has exposed rocky sections covered with a dense layer of ice. With the snowshoes however, these section were manageab…