Peaking Mountains A sequenced tracking of the mountains peaked within the past year.

In order to show the significance of peaking mountains and the adventure that partakes every time I endure one of those hikes, I have arranged images that correlate directly with the thoughts that run through my head around that part of the hike. The mountains each hold pieces of me and my past that I’ve conquered. The photographs are a mix of picturesque and the less noticed sides of nature; the beauty in the eye of the beholder.

The added insight comes into play with the rollercoaster of emotions that entail throughout the process of the hike. The images are shot digitally with a DSLR and are arranged in order of when they were taken on which hikes were done first and which mountains were peaked first. The arrangement of a slideshow acts as a map tracking my past whereabouts through the mountains I’ve peaked within the past year. The project is a tracking of the progression of myself with the comparison to the progression in elevation and conquering of mountains.

Mount Tammany

At an elevation of 1,526 feet, I considered Mount tammany one of the first mountains that I have peaked. Located in the Delaware Water Gap in New Jersey, it is one of the few challenging hikes left in the New Jersey area.

Breakneck Ridge

Breakneck Ridge is located In the Hudson valley in new York. It hits a total elevation of 1,457 Feet, the first 1,250 feet are covered within the first 3/4 mile. The steep trail is considered a rock scramble and hikers are advised at the beginning that it is only for experienced hikers.

Sam's Point

Sam's point is a preserve located in the Hudson Valley in ny. It has recently undergone preservation efforts due to a devastating forest fire that occurred in june 2016. the majority of the park has remained closed to sustain and regrow the forest and the dwarf pine trees that call the ridge home.

Ash Cave

Located in hocking hills ohio, ash cave and hocking hills are not a mountainous area but hold a beauty in the local caves.

Bright Angel/ South Kaibab trail

images from both the south Kaibab trail (4,820 feet) and the bright angel trail (4,550 feet) are located on the south rim of the grand canyon. They both have great elevation changes and with the shape of the canyon, heat builds in the center. This means that the further you hike down, the hotter with the bottom of the canyon often exceeding temperatures of 100 degrees Fahrenheit. signs along the trails warn hikers of the reminder that what you hike down, you must turn around and hike back up.

Half dome

Located in Yosemite California, the Half dome hike hits a total of 16 miles and an elevation gain of 4,800 feet and lands you at 8,800 feet above sea level. it is an all day hike for experienced hikers and requires cables to ascend the last 400 feet.

Tuolumne meadows

Classified as a high elevation meadow, Tuolumne meadows hits heights of 8,600 feet. Due to the increased elevation, the temperature change from Yosemite valley is usually about 20 degrees Fahrenheit lower.

Wright peak

As one of the 46 high peaks of the Adirondacks, wright peak totals 4,580 feet for its peak. it can be combined with Algonquin peak (shown below) for a challenging day hike. In the winter, crampons and snow shoes are required.

Algonquin peak

The second highest peak in New York, Algonquin peak hits heights of 5,114 feet and is also the only peak that totals over 5,000 feet. Considered to be the most difficult hike in New York and of the 46 High peaks, there is considerable steepness especially in the final ascent of the mountain. When done in winter, the high level of snow ices over. Snow Shows and Crampons are also required.

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