My brother and I decided to take on Phelps and Tabletop Mountain in the Adirondacks this past weekend. The hike was quite the adventure and as always, many memories were created. Hiking in twenty degrees or less will make your eyelashes/ facial hair freeze in a quick amount of time. With this, comes a lot of preparation because it’s much different than hiking during the summer. You’ll realize this throughout our trek and sometimes you’re bound to find some slippery sections. In my case, it was a rather new perspective instead of ice. Anyways, let’s get right into this gorgeous journey in the Adirondacks.
The next 4 hours
Oh, where I realized I made some mistakes. Number one, never put gear between your back and backpack unless you know it’s 100% stabilized. Number two, you’re going to need hiking snowshoes…not a pair for cross country. Lastly, always have a balaclava to cover your face during hikes under 30 degrees. I’ll get to these very soon but I thought I might as well mention it beforehand. After starting the trek, we reached a split in the trail. We went to the left towards Marcy Dam which was actually stunning. As mentioned from earlier, lesson one was due to my eyelashes starting to freeze. When this happens, I constantly rub my eyes so nothing else freezes over! Once we crossed the water bridge near the dam, we kept pushing forward. Climbing over icy streams and rocks, we came to another split on the trail. We took a left at the sign and the last mile was basically straight up. Afterwards, on blue bird day…we laid eyes on a beautiful moment in the Adirondacks.
Views upon views!
My brother and I enjoyed numerous lookouts before we eventually reached the summit of Phelps Mountain. I downed two PB & J’s on the summit while enjoying the views. Since it was such a clear day, it was one of my favorite hikes in the Adirondacks. We took plenty of shots and obviously created some videos for TikTok too. Once we began to descend, this is where I learned lesson #2.
Descending with cross country snowshoes!
This is where the fun really started. Descended over large rocks was going well but the tree roots…they were my enemy. After awhile, I reached a root and that’s where I was very lucky. My brother was farther down the trail, and I totally ate it. My snowshoe caught onto the root and I fell face first. Luckily, I didn’t fall into any rocks which were a few inches in front of me. Trekking around 10 miles in cross country snowshoes was no joke. My feet were extremely sore and I’ll be investing in hiking snowshoes soon enough!
The other lesson…
Ah yes…the snow pants! We were just about to reach the summit, when something crossed my mind. “Ant, did you put my snow pants in my backpack?” Once I realized they were lost, I knew there wasn’t much of a possibility finding them. We kept our eyes out for them but either someone brought them to lost and found or decided to be a savage. Well, if someone took them…I hope they’re put to good use. Either way, I’ll get a new pair soon but I learned a couple lessons on this day!
Thank you so much if you took the time to read this because I’m very passionate about the outdoors. Whether it’s capturing those freezing moments in the mountains or enjoying the journey, it really is a lifestyle. Once hiking takes a grip on you, I can promise it won’t let go. My brother and I are hoping to become 46er’s by the end of 2020 so I’ll have many stories to tell. Keep adventuring my friends!