|Summit of Cascade Mountain|
|View of famous Red Barn in Keene on our way to Cascade-Porter trail-head|
A pretty and enjoyable climb of around 7 miles with no real hardships encountered on these just over 4,000 footers. Except for frozen water lines on our camel backs, which was not a big problem as we had clear water lines up til we made the 2nd summit which was Porter, we had a thoroughly wonderful climb. Cascade & Porter were our 15th & 16th official Adirondack high peaks this year, and Nolan and I both felt this was a great prep for some of our upcoming winter climbs. Like Cascade & Porter, we climbed Big Slide and Lower Wolf Jaws in early spring snowy wintry conditions. We did do our first official high peak; Giant Mountain in February along with Snowy Mountain and Blue Mountain in January, which are both Adirondack top 100 highest peaks.
Met and chatted with some really cool hard-core 46er's on Porter Mt. We shared a few adventures, exchanged good tidings and went our separate ways. I have to admit though, that I was taken aback and dismayed by some other hikers that day. From stressed doggies, to tired children and hikers. Some labored to clambor up the mountain without spikes or proper gear. Others physical fitness were obviously at play. Cascade is probably one of the heaviest travelled peaks, especially in summer and fall. So, we were glad we were blessed with a beautiful late autumn day, albeit a very cold one,
to enjoy this spectacular pair of mountains! These two mountains and climbs also confirmed the special love and relationship Nolan and I are building with this amazing place called the Adirondack High Peaks.
|Whiteface Mountain from Cascade|
|My trekking Poles & Cairn atop Cascade Mtn|
|Nolan beats me to the summit of Cascade|
|Flyin high atop Cascade|
|View from Cascade|
|view of Cascade from Porter Mountain|