The day started beautifully. We got up early and spent the first hour hydrating and having a light breakfast. We then packed and headed to the Adirondack Loj. A very enthusiasming song was playing in my car (Storm, for violin by Vanessa Mae - I know, it is a Vivaldi cover, but she plays it magically...), the weather was good and the forecast was promising. Everything was perfect so far.
We made a quick stop at the Loj, filled out the registry and hit the trail shortly before 7:30 am. There was a thin layer of snow on the path, and the weather was just cold enough to ensure the mud was hard.
My friend took out his camera, and warned me that if I was to fall, he would keep shooting… It was close, I could feel my heartbeat increase when I almost slipped and fell in the icy cold water. But somehow, I managed to make it through the other side, and was really happy that our planned route was not coming back this way.
My friend headed to the log and in a weird quiet tone asked "How did you managed that?". Quite frankly, I don't know...
And then of course, I took out my camera too!
The snow on the ground was now about ½ foot deep, but it was still manageable since the base was still frozen, letting us avoid post holing. Before leaving, we decided to leave our snowshoes behind to increase our speed. The amount of snow closer to the summit made it slightly more challenging, but not enough to regret our decision.