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Old 01-03-2022, 12:43 PM   #1
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Stewart, Green, Slide, Pitchoff and Morgan this past weekend

I stayed in Lake Placid over the long New Years Eve weekend and climbed Stewart, Green, Slide, Morgan and Pitchoff.

Stewart - Rain down below, snowing a bit high up. Not very cold. I am always super mindful of safety so I brought enough gear to give FEMA emergency relief, opposed to the other way around.
I was carrying a huge amount of backup stuff, and my satellite phone. I also gave my wife my route.
The last 100 meters were apocalyptically thick and also very steep. Although one of the steep sections afforded a beautiful view of fog and snow. I could close my eyes and imagine what the view might have looked like. Hahaha. This part of Stewart made me feel like a lobster dragging the Transatlantic cable across the ocean.
Thick, tight and tangled. 7.7 miles and took 6 hrs and 35 mins RT. 2775' of vertical gain. I burned all my hiking gear after this climb in a giant sacrificial bonfire to the God of Open Woods hoping for better whacking next time.

Green - And Green it was - as in Green Conifer boughs attacking you at every turn. I felt like an Egyptian sarcophagus wrapped in balsam Mummy bandages trying to get out. I took a fairly direct line up Green from 9N between Knob Lock and Tripod. Generally followed the drainage. Bad footing, tons of blowdown and matchstick woods made for a world-class wilderness beatdown. The terrain was chaotic which made navigation a challenge - especially higher up. The respite came though in the form of open woods on the back north-westerly side of Green from about 3500' to the summit. This was a welcome relief for the final push to the top. Bad weather all day. Most of this weekend felt like being on the set of Stephen King's "The Mist."
6.2 miles RT. 6 hrs and 15 minutes. 2326' of vertical gain.

Slide - I made great time on this one. 4 hrs and 30 mins round trip. Much better woods than Green and Stewart. I took the traditional approach from the jackrabbit trail and then followed the drainage that is southwest of Black Mountain. High up on the east flanks of Slide were pockets where there was two feet of snow, which was odd since this was much greater than any other snow depth I experienced the whole long weekend. A couple obstacle course gymnastics sections, but by-and-large good woods when compared to the conifer shellacking I endured the previous two jaunts.

Pitchoff - I definitely saw the monsters from Stephen King's the Mist on this one, but otherwise a walk-in-the-park compared to everything else.

Morgan - Snowing steadily yesterday during Morgan. Nice hike and definitely parts of this climb are readily skiable on the trail section - especially at first when The Copper Kill trail is also a Snowmobile trail. The Morgan hike had the ease and tranquility of Morgan Freeman's narration voice, which must be how the mountain got its name.
Even though there is a short whack at the end, it was still like playing with kittens and eating pretzels at the Mall. (in comparison to the first 3 bushwhacks).


At summit of Stewart, December 31st. Abandon all hope of your clothes ever drying:


Look at this paved bike path. Great route to bring your unicycle while juggling:
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That's a lot of work!

"Green the hard way." Did you seek out the hard way intentionally, or just not know of the easier ways? The terrain in that area is very variable. On all those mountains (Green, Tripod, Knob Lock) you can take a terrible route, or a pretty reasonable route, only a couple hundred yards apart.
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I wanted to take a different route than I did for the 770.
But also, the other routes are very long trail approaches and you still have to bushwhack anyways.
So I thought I'd test this route out. I am not sure I would recommend it, but it was cool to try a different approach.
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Yes, it's always fun to go a different way, for variety.

I can't remember which way you went for the 770. The easiest way is take the trail past Owl Head Lookout almost to the lean to. About 5 minutes before the lean to there is a fairly noticeable open area to head up, and the woods stays open all the way to the ridge.

I've also been up Green via the long ridge walk from near the lookout, which used to be pretty open, but has gotten a lot of blowdown in the last 20 years; and from the west, from the trail near Hopkins, which would seem to be the short route, but has always been terribly thick.

Coming up from between Knob Lock and Tripod, did you pick up the very good path that leads to their col? Or did you bushwhack the whole way?
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I went over Hopkins and then onto Green for the 770.
Even though it's a trail, the Owls Head route is super long and you still have around 1,000 vertical feet of whacking to the summit of Green.
I wish I could have found a very good path to the col between Knob Lock and Tripod, but all I found was chaos. LOL
Nonetheless, it was still an interesting direct route and I was elated that the upper north westerly side of Green after 3,500' was open woods to the summit on this route.
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