Rock Climbing --- 8/18/2014 - 8/25/2014 --- Acadia, Maine and Adirondacks

Week vacation with Erin.

Acadia

Erin and I drove to Acadia with a stop at the LL Bean outlet in Freeport. Our first day in Acadia we climbed above the ocean at Otter Cliffs. Each of the four routes was more fun than the previous. We climbed Yellow Wall, Outer Face (direct), Rock Lobster and the stellar A Dare By The Sea. We finished the day eating our pesto pasta while watching Hawk Henries amazing flute presentation.

The next day we biked the entire park. No, really. We rode pretty much every carriage path (some are off limits to bikes? WTF?!?!?) and most of the loop road. And we biked up Cadillac Mountain. And hiked the Beehive trail. And walked to Sand Beach. It was an awesome day. Non-stop action for ten hours.


Five facts about Aspen Trees:
  1. Aspen are clonal trees
  2. Rub your hands on Aspen bark and they will come away coated in a white powder which acts like SPF 5 sunscreen
  3. Native people called Aspen "grandfather trees" and thought knots in the trunk were eyes of their ancestors
  4. The bark contains a blood clotting agent
  5. The bark also contains dietary protein
Bonus Fact #1: Deer like to remove their antler velvet by rubbing on Aspen trees
Bonus Fact #2: When neighboring trees are taller conifers, set camp among Aspen for protection from lightning and rain

Adirondacks

Gamesmanship at Poke-o-Moonshine. We are the first party on the route which would see six ascents today. The party of three behind us is much slower, so we have the cliff to ourselves all morning.

The next day is a classic Adirondacks outing. We wake early and drive to the Loj. At 7am we start hiking to Avalanche Lake. At 9:30am we are at the base of Trap Dike. At 11am we are on the summit of Colden. From there we laze and make our way slowly back to the trailhead... which we reach at 3:30pm. Then a late lunch at the ADK Cafe. Shopping at The Mountaineer and the Mountaineer Garage. And pie at Noon Mark. What berries are in the Very Berry pie? I just hate that question!

Our last day of vacation. We head back to Ithaca. With a brief stop at Chapel Pond to climb the Regular Route (with the cave finish) on the slab. Good times.


Tip for people living out of their van: If you have both a propane coleman two burner stove and a white gas MSR simmerlite in the van, then the best way to bake a quiche is to drive to Tammy's cabin and use her oven.

LL Bean mothership (Category:  Rock Climbing)

LL Bean mothership    Freeport, ME -- 8/19/2014

LL Bean mothership (Category:  Rock Climbing)

LL Bean mothership    Freeport, ME -- 8/19/2014

Erin and a fish (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Erin and a fish    Freeport, ME -- 8/19/2014

Otter Cliffs (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Otter Cliffs    Acadia, ME -- 8/20/2014

Otter Cliffs (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Otter Cliffs    Acadia, ME -- 8/20/2014

Otter Cliffs (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Otter Cliffs    Acadia, ME -- 8/20/2014

Otter Cliffs (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Otter Cliffs    Acadia, ME -- 8/20/2014

Otter Cliffs (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Otter Cliffs    Acadia, ME -- 8/20/2014

Otter Cliffs (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Otter Cliffs    Acadia, ME -- 8/20/2014

Otter Cliffs (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Otter Cliffs    Acadia, ME -- 8/20/2014

Otter Cliffs (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Otter Cliffs    Acadia, ME -- 8/20/2014

Otter Cliffs (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Otter Cliffs    Acadia, ME -- 8/20/2014

Otter Cliffs (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Otter Cliffs    Acadia, ME -- 8/20/2014

Otter Cliffs (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Otter Cliffs    Acadia, ME -- 8/20/2014

Otter Cliffs (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Otter Cliffs    Acadia, ME -- 8/20/2014

Otter Cliffs (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Otter Cliffs    Acadia, ME -- 8/20/2014

Otter Cliffs (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Otter Cliffs    Acadia, ME -- 8/20/2014

Otter Cliffs (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Otter Cliffs    Acadia, ME -- 8/20/2014

Ginger Beer... show your id! (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Ginger Beer... show your id!    Acadia, ME -- 8/20/2014

Biking (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Biking    Acadia, ME -- 8/21/2014

Jordan Pond (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Jordan Pond    Acadia, ME -- 8/21/2014

Biking up Cadillac Mountain (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Biking up Cadillac Mountain    Acadia, ME -- 8/21/2014

Atop Cadillac Mountain (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Atop Cadillac Mountain    Acadia, ME -- 8/21/2014

Atop Cadillac Mountain (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Atop Cadillac Mountain    Acadia, ME -- 8/21/2014

Hiking up the Beehive trail. (Category:  Rock Climbing)

No touching the metal!

Hiking up the Beehive trail.    Acadia, ME -- 8/21/2014

Atop the Beehive trail. (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Atop the Beehive trail.    Acadia, ME -- 8/21/2014

7/12/2014 - Swimming in the Caribbean (Category:  Rock Climbing)

I like big oceans and I can not lie...

7/12/2014 - Swimming in the Caribbean
8/1/2014 - Swimming in the Pacific Ocean
8/21/2014 - Swimming in the Atlantic Ocean    Acadia, ME -- 8/21/2014

Feet (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Feet    Acadia, ME -- 8/21/2014

Erin climbing Gamesmanship (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Erin climbing Gamesmanship    Adirondacks -- 8/23/2014

Erin climbing Gamesmanship (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Erin climbing Gamesmanship    Adirondacks -- 8/23/2014

Erin climbing Gamesmanship (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Erin climbing Gamesmanship    Adirondacks -- 8/23/2014

Erin climbing Gamesmanship (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Erin climbing Gamesmanship    Adirondacks -- 8/23/2014

Erin climbing Gamesmanship (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Erin climbing Gamesmanship    Adirondacks -- 8/23/2014

Moooooooose Muuuuuuuugs! (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Moooooooose Muuuuuuuugs!    Adirondacks -- 8/23/2014

Erin at the former Marcy Dam site. (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Erin at the former Marcy Dam site.    Adirondacks -- 8/24/2014

Me and Erin at the former Marcy Dam site. (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Me and Erin at the former Marcy Dam site.    Adirondacks -- 8/24/2014

Avalanche Lake (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Avalanche Lake    Adirondacks -- 8/24/2014

Hitching up :) (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Hitch Up Matilda!

Hitching up :)    Adirondacks -- 8/24/2014

Erin at the base of the Trap Dike (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Erin at the base of the Trap Dike    Adirondacks -- 8/24/2014

Me climbing the Trap Dike (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Me climbing the Trap Dike    Adirondacks -- 8/24/2014

Erin and I in the middle of the Trap Dike (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Erin and I in the middle of the Trap Dike    Adirondacks -- 8/24/2014

Erin climbing the Trap Dike (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Erin climbing the Trap Dike    Adirondacks -- 8/24/2014

Erin climbing the Trap Dike. Avalanche Lake far below. (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Erin climbing the Trap Dike. Avalanche Lake far below.    Adirondacks -- 8/24/2014

Done with the Dike and hiking up the Colden Slab. (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Done with the Dike and hiking up the Colden Slab.    Adirondacks -- 8/24/2014

Me and Erin atop Mt. Colden (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Me and Erin atop Mt. Colden    Adirondacks -- 8/24/2014

Erin atop Mt. Colden (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Erin atop Mt. Colden    Adirondacks -- 8/24/2014

Noon Mark Pie (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Noon Mark, turn that frown upside down! Seriously. Please?

Noon Mark Pie    Adirondacks -- 8/24/2014

Erin on Chapel Pond Slab (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Erin on Chapel Pond Slab    Adirondacks -- 8/25/2014