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Mar 1, 2010, 7:18 PM

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Re: [cush] mount marcy weekend of march 7th or 14th weekend
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For what its worth, Ive been up there three times already this winter and can offer the following advice:

If youre looking to avoid people and make your trip more pleasurable, I would consider going in from the Garden side. The opportunity (depending on recent weather) to break trail and actually use those snowshoes is higher and the trails themselves are more narrow and less like a highway.

If youve never been there before, I would consider spending at least one night out. The hike from either the loj side or the garden is long (especially if youre going to be breaking trail).

Slant rock shelter is a great place to make a base camp coming from the Garden side and sets you up for a nice steep hike to the summit the next day.

You shouldnt need crampons as long as your snowshoes have a decent crampon built in. I dont personally carry an axe for Marcy, as the terrain isnt too bad coming from the east (i believe) side.

I would recommend taking goggles, balaclava, and shell/parka in your summit day pack. You may not need them, but if you get negative temps and high winds above tree line, you'll wish you had them.

It goes without saying that the weather there can change very very quickly. If visibility drops and the winds are high, its easy to lose track of where you are on the top. Turn around before that point:

Im definitely biased toward the Garden side, but have fun no matter which trail you choose!

(This post was edited by gitarooman on Mar 1, 2010, 7:18 PM)
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