Eric Batty

Birthday Weekend!

This past weekend was my Birthday and all I wanted to do was to be outside with my wife (Eden) and dog (Rambo). We only had two days so the choice to head to Adirondacks was obvious. We were treated to crappy rain, cool temps and even some snow on Sunday morning. None the less we had a blast getting two solid days out in the High Peaks region. On Saturday we hiked up Giant and Rocky Ridge and on Sunday we made a quick hike up Cascade in winter like conditions. Here are a few pics from the weekend.

4 Days in the Dacks

I just got home from 4 days in the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks and I was accompanied by my buddy Ryan Atkins. We ended up bagging 16 4000ft peaks with roughly 7000m total ascent and over a distance of 110km. We were treated to nature’s wonderful fall colour display and great weather. We started our trip Tuesday morning driving from Brooklin (Ontario) to Keene Valley where we made a usual quick (not really quick at all) stop at the Mountaineer to see if we can find anything new that isn’t available up in Canada. After our visit there we drove to the parking lot at Round Pond, which is the access to the Dix Range. We loaded our packs and stuffed 3.5 days worth of food and supplies in our packs and hit the trail.

The peaks we summited are in order of: Dix 4857ft, Hough 4409ft, South Dix 4060ft, East Dix 4006ft, Macomb Mountain 4405ft, Gray Peak 4840ft, Mt Marcy 5344ft (highest point in NY State), Basin 4827ft, Saddleback 4515ft, Gothics 4736ft, Sawteeth 4100ft, Mt Colvin 4057ft, Nippletop 4620ft, Dial Mtn 4020ft and Bear Den Mountain 3399ft. We hit the trailhead just after dark on Thursday evening a bit ahead of schedule (our third day out). On Friday we were headed back to Ontario but before we hit the road we opted to summit 2 more peaks before leaving. We hiked up Nye Mountain 3895ft and Street Mountain 4016ft. After this trip I have summited 32 peaks of the Adirondack 46 High Peaks Checklist.

One of the most exciting pieces of gear that I was bringing along was my new Fuji XT1 with a Fujinon XF 14mm F/2.8R lens :-). I was very excited to give this sweet little rig a run through the gears. I think the images that it captures are above and beyond what I expected.

Please see below for 16 images of our trip.

3 weeks in the Rockies.

We had roughly 3 weeks to pack in as much adventure into that time that we were able to, without losing too much sleep. We drove, hiked, backpacked, hiked more and tried to squeeze every last bit of the beautiful Rockies scenery into our summer visit. These are a select handful of photos from our trip. A more detailed trip report will follow. Enjoy!

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