Mt Marcy

Mount Marcy is the highest point in New York State, with an elevation of 1 629 m (5 343 ft). It is located in the beautiful Adirondack National Park. The easiest way to the summit is to take the 11 km (7 miles) Van Hoevenberg Trail.

Out of the blue my brothers and I decided to hike to the summit of Mt. Marcy in May of 2009. Having done no serious hiking, we had no idea what to expect, nor did we realize that it was early in the hiking season and there was still snow on the mountain! After miserably trudging along slushy snow and ice, with non-waterproof shoes, we gave up with a mere 1.2 miles to the summit.

The story should have ended there but in July of 2010, even though I was living and studying in London, England at that time, we ended up back at Marcy with an additional person, my old high-school friend. July was a much better time in the hiking season, no snow on the mountain, and we also had proper waterproof footgear. We started up nice and early and by lunch time we were at the summit! Thus Mt. Marcy, highest mountain in New York State, became the first mountain we climbed and I hope this will be the start of many more hiking adventures.

Cadair Idris

Cadir Idris is a mountain in Wales, with an elevation of 893 m (2 930 feet). It is located in the beautiful Snowdonia National Park.

Two of my lab mates and I did this very easy hike in September of 2010. We stayed at a hostel at the foot of the mountain and the entire hike took less than half a day. You will see plenty of green and plenty of sheep on the path.

Snowdon and Crib Goch

Snowdon is the highest point in Wales, with an elevation of 1 085 m (3 560 ft). It is located in the beautiful Snowdonia National Park. There are many different paths to the top.

This was a continuation of the Cadair Idris trip in September of 2010. Matteo, one of my more adventurous of lab mates, convinced me to take the Crib Goch route to the summit. Crib Goch route, hardest of the trails to the summit, follows a sharp ridge from the summit of Crib Goch to the summit of Garnedd Ugain and on to the summit of Snowdon. It doesn't take long to get to the top of Crib Goch but it does require few handholds. This is something I would never have thought of doing but I am thankful Matteo got me to do it. Crib Goch route is also part of the horseshoe path but unfortunately due to poor visibility we did not complete the horseshoe trail. We ended up coming down the Miner's Track, a very easy and well travelled trail with no chance of getting lost.

Oslo

In the midst of the hustle and bustle of my cousin's wedding in Oslo, my brother and I decided to go for a quick hike. Oslo is great: you get off the last subway station and you are at the edge of a forest and within minutes you are in the middle of nowhere. Having only time for a quick hike, we did the first leg of a trail starting at the t-bane station (t-bane is Oslo's subway system). We did about 13 km in total but I really need more time to hike around in Norway!