Earlier this year, I hiked through the Adirondacks on my way to the Boreas Ponds, and its breathtaking view of the Adirondack High Peaks in the distance.
You know … this photo.
This is a great photo … certainly a shoe-in for Competition Season 2018. Look at that mirror-glass water. That subtle color change of the trees. Those High Peaks in the distance …
Which are …
You know … in all the time I took to observe the High Peaks, I never actually figured out which High Peaks those were. I can make out maybe five, six mountains in the distance of that photo… but I have absolutely no clue which mountain is which.
So I figured … let’s put a call in to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and have an environmental conversation.
Sure enough, I reached a DEC representative.
“I took this photo at the Boreas Ponds last autumn,” I said, “but I don’t know which mountain is which in the distance.”
“Can you send me the photo?”
A couple of e-mails later … he sent me notation as to which mountain was which.
So apparently …
Going from left to right, the first mountain in the distance is Allen Mountain (4,347 feet); this is the mountain whose waters fill the Boreas Ponds. Just next to it is Mount Skylight (4,925 feet), where apparently if you carry a rock to the summit, you allegedly will experience peaceful weather.
The next mountain to the right is Mount Marcy (5,344 feet), the tallest mountain in the Adirondack High Peaks. I know, it looks smaller than Allen Mountain from here, but that’s perspective and the curvature of the earth, so all you Flat Earth Society people take notice.
There’s a gap between Mount Marcy and the next peak, and that gap is Panther Gorge. Past Panther Gorge is Mount Haystack (4,960 feet), and to the distance behind it – and the final visible mountain in the chain – is Basin Mountain (4,825 feet).
Essentially, you’re seeing five of the tallest mountains in the High Peaks, five of the challenges that any hiker must complete to claim his right as an Adirondack 46er.
Trust me, though. My days of hiking up mountains are long past me.
But I can get a damn fine view of theHigh Peaks from this locale.
Much thanks to the DEC for helping me identify these mountain peaks.
And yeah, this picture is definitely Competition Season worthwhile, in my humble opinion.
In more ways than one. 😀