So much hiking lately, very little time to share!
A question that I get a lot as a 46er is “what’s next?” Well, being a constant list checker-offer, I’m always working toward something. With a recent trip up to the White Mountains, I checked off a couple of mountains toward becoming an AMC 4000 Footer Club member (there are 48, similar to the 46 in the ADK). I’m officially a third of the way done! But there’s a challenge closer to home that I’m now actively working toward, the Fire Tower Challenge via the Glens Falls – Saratoga Chapter of the ADK.
These hikes are typically shorter in distance and easier technically, which means I can bring friends who are newer to hiking and can make a day trip out of it. There are 5 in the Catskills, and you only need to hike 18 of the 23 in the ADK. Hadley Mountain, the first mountain I ever climbed back in high school, is a fire tower and counted toward this challenge.
Now that you know a little more about what I’m working toward, on to the trip reports! I’ve hiked a number of fire towers over the past couple of months – enjoy!
I hiked this peak with Jen about two months ago now and it was a gorgeous spring morning. We chose the easiest route up on Spruceton Road because I had a prior work commitment that Monday afternoon, which worked out perfectly. Most descriptions say this is a moderate hike, I thought it was fairly easy, as you’re hiking up what looks to be a service road. While it’s not technical, the grade does increase significantly the further you climb.
There aren’t any views on the summit, but I heard the views are great from the tower …I started to climb this tower but turned around probably halfway up. I don’t like it when the tower is near trees; when I can see that I’m on top of them, I get nauseous and the fear of heights kicks in. Because the sun was shining and we were ahead of the mental schedule we set for ourselves, we set at the picnic table and enjoyed a bite to eat before heading back down.