The Highest Mountain

I came across the Life of Justin blog the other day. He had a great post about climbing the highest point in Arizona, Humphrey’s Peak near Flagstaff. It’s 12, 633 feet high. The photos are great and I enjoyed his post.

The highest peak in New York State is Mount Marcy, at 5,344 feet, so Arizona has got us beat. But, wow, that’s a lot of feet to climb up, either way! Mount Marcy is in the Adirondack Mountains, the largest national park in the world. I found this tidbit from Wikipedia:

The mountain is named after former governor William L. Marcy, who authorized the environmental survey that explored the area. Mt. Marcy is sometimes called Tahawus — an Indian name that means “the cloud splitter,” however, the local Indians, who were few in number, had no name for the mountain. “Cloud Splitter” was an Indian name that Caucasians invented for the mountain. The name “Tahawus” has also been used for other Adirondack features.

The first recorded ascent of Mount Marcy was in 1837 by a large party led by Ebenezer Emmons. Today the ascent is easier due to existing trails that require no technical skills, allowing ascent and descent to be made in a day.

I looked for a few videos of Mount Marcy online, and found a few. Most of them have breathless people taking panoramic shots, with wicked winds.

Someday we hope to climb Mt. Marcy. I think it’s an 8 mile hike, all the way up!

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I've been traveling throughout New York State since I got the travel bug after touring the Herkimer Home on a school field trip as a youngster. We've been blogging about our travels since 2006 and have visited over half of New York's 62 counties so far.

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