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“Morale was the lowest once we finished the steeper side of the front side coming down Colden. We hit the pretty much flat portion and had five miles left at that trail junction. I sat down for a second and I got rid of one of my layers and Ryan’s like ‘we should probably take our headlamps out now’. We were looking at five or six miles in the dark. Oh boy.” – Roger Laistner
“I was definitely thinking about daylight waning away and it was definitely in my mind in terms of setting the pace that I was going at. I really wanted to see how far I could get. I got going real fast on the rocks and at that point it was just like sort of a process of just skipping from rock to rock and keeping momentum forward and letting the trail just guide me wherever it wanted me to go.” – Wil Nagengast
In this episode, I have a great conversation about the Adirondack High Peaks and our most recent adventure with friends and adventurers Roger Laistner and Wil Nagengast. I met Roger and Wil in college and we began going on Adirondack adventures shortly thereafter. The weekend of Saturday, October 13th, 2018 was another Adirondack weekend where we were planning to hike Mount Colden via Avalanche Lake. We had a large group of 9 hikers and the three of us split off to try and do Mount Marshall in addition to Colden. We were unsuccessful. This is the story of a hike that could have ended a lot worse than it actually did.
We talk about:
1. Our late 10AM start on an October weekend and how that affected our hike of Mount Colden.
2. The challenges and upside of hiking with a large group.
3. The importance of doing research prior to a hike and communicating a clear and logical plan.
4. The issue of overpopulation in the Adirondacks and what we experienced on peak foliage weekend in the High Peaks Region.
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‘Getting lost was not a matter of geography so much as identity, a passionate desire, even an urgent need, to become no one and anyone, to shake off the shackles that remind you who you are, who others think you are.’
~ Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost
I will always seek out the Outdoors and live a life of Adventure. A life of always keeping the end in mind and tuning out the noise. Today was by far the chilliest day but I knew the reward would be worth it. I get an extra adrenaline rush in my veins when outside. This park is referred to as the “Grand Canyon of the East” and it did not disappoint.
I was blessed to get to spend some time on the trail this morning. Man, y’all, being out there sets me right. I left heart-full of joy and gratitude. In my life, everything isn’t perfect, but the God I serve and love is perfect. I am full of joy not because of an absence of struggles, but because of the presence of people I adore and cherish that help me navigate them. When I simply stop and lift my eyes to look around once in awhile, it never fails to amaze me the way creation reveals the Creator. .
Not all adventures have to be long trips to far away places. My mom and I recently spent the weekend camping at #cliffsoftheneusestatepark - it's barely 1.5 hours from our house... we left Saturday morning and came home Sunday evening. We hiked. We paddle boarded. We campfired (always). It was simple, refreshing, and just enough to feel like we "got away." .⠀
(PS: Don't tell my mom I posted a picture of her on IG! 😂)
If your head is in the clouds, let your feet be in the dirt...it is in the grit and grace you will start to find your place. Under blue skies and grey, you are still well on your way// Morgan Harper Nichols