The team on the summit of Algonquin:
Today the team slept in a bit, so as to allow some of the thick frost to melt and wait for the temperature to rise above freezing. The workout-du-jour was a hike up Algonquin, which is the 2nd largest mountain in NY. It was really cold last night, but the day turned out great. Some snow and plenty of ice made parts of the ascent and descent slick, but it was still manageable. The gals hiked with JB and Sabra up to the summit and back to the Adirondack Loj. I went with the boys up to Wright Peak (a spur off of the Algonquin Trail that added 1.6 miles), then we met the gals at the summit. From there, the boys continued down the South side, and followed another spur trail out to Boundary Mtn. From there we descended to Lake Colden, through Avalanche Pass, out to the Marcy Dam and finally back to the ADK Loj.
The coaching staff was psyched:
The boys making their way down to Lake Colden:
It was only about 13 miles total for the boys, but we were out for about 5 hours or so. It was a great day once things warmed up — upper 50’s or maybe low-60’s, and sunny. From the summit of Algonquin, we had a clear view over to Mt. Mansfield and Camel’s Hump, not to mention a 360-degree view of the Adirondacks (including Whiteface, where the kids raced yesterday). All in all, a good day. Now we’re working on supper, then some classic ski technique videos.