4,840 feet | ranked 8/46 in height | 22nd peak climbed
4,580 feet | ranked 16/46 in height | 5th peak climbed (repeat)
Since we were both staying in the Adirondacks over the holiday weekend, Erin and I planned to meet up for a High Peaks hike. Erin and her husband Brian were campering in Wilmington, while Erwin, Frankie, and I were staying in the Notman Suite at the Keene Valley Lodge (which is perfect for traveling with a little one – it’s so handy to have a kitchen, and a separate living room for nap/bed time). Jason and Susie and a big group of their friends were staying at the Phelps Cottage next door, a big house that is part of the Lodge property. When he found out I’d be meeting Erin for a High Peak hike, Jason was super excited to join in on the fun; Susie and an indeterminate number of the larger party also expressed somewhat lukewarm interest. Erin and I are pretty slow hikers and were somewhat intimidated by the prospect of hiking with much fitter companions. That consideration weighed heavily into our peak selection – we didn’t want anything too long or too challenging. We also wanted something with impressive views, to wow Jason on his first official Adirondack High Peak.