ADK Chapter 2: Retracing Those Same Steps

If I'd known then what I know now....

My second trip to the Adirondacks. Confirmation that this was a new thing in my life. The planning stages consisted of many late nights making spreadsheets, researching the area, Youtube-ing some techniques – you know, basic nerd stuff. From the moment we got home from the Cascade trip, I was itching to get back. Honestly, I’d talked so much about it, Lauren was probably wishing I’d go to the mountains and not come back. How annoying I can be sometimes.

 So many folks on our way up Cascade Mountain had asked us if we were doing Porter Mountain at the same time. It just wasn’t in the cards for us that day. One mountain would suffice for our first trek. But returning to the exact same trailhead, same trail even, and realizing how close and easy Porter is while you’re doing Cascade, made me think we really should’ve just bagged that peak while we were there the first time.

Of course, I’d learned this in my recent planning stages. Thinking I had 45 High Peaks left after my first trip, I honestly thought I’d have to make 45 more trips to the ‘Dacks to complete my quest. But – and this seems obvious now – there are so many of these mountains that can be done in a single day hike. What a relief, who has that kinda time?

That bare rock slide looking thing in the distance is Cascade, the mountain from our first hike.

To be truthful, the only part of me that had any hesitation for this second hike was my hiking partner, Kris. Not that he’s a bad dude or anything, he’s actually a great guy. I am also a self-proclaimed great guy, I just suck at being around other people – especially in a one-on-one setting. Kris is younger, active, a hockey player who runs a great start-up business. Besides his girlfriend, Shannon, being best friends with my wife, we don’t have a whole lot in common. But we always have a great time in a group setting. There is usually food to keep us entertained. I worry about uncomfortable silences and lame conversations in these types of situations. I’m not a big talker. I worry my personality is too bossy and annoying. This turned out to be a non-issue. Obviously, like I said, I am pretty awesome. Kris was great to hike with. He had previously done a couple of the 46, Marcy and Skylight maybe. I don’t remember. We had a few great conversations, a few great silences. And neither of us minded one bit.

"If I can't do it, homie, it can't be done."

-50 Cent

I took far fewer photos on this trip. I don’t know why. Because it’s the same trail as Cascade, maybe? I dunno. We didn’t even take a photo of the two of us together. Idiots. It also ended up being a much quicker trip. We didn’t spend much time at the summit, mostly because there aren’t a whole lot of views from this one. I guess most folks who aren’t trying for the whole 46 don’t really do Porter much. But I had a great day. Bagging a second peak just continued to build my confidence, even if my first two were the two easiest. I knew already that my next hike was going to push my limits. Bring it on.

Check out Kris and Shannon’s Facebook where you can get info on the start-up business and app they have created to save sports fans some money in their favorite places.

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So many views on a clear blue sky kinda day

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Besides hiking mountains and now rock climbing too, what else is there to this sexy entity known as Joe Wilderness? My real name is Jaymie. I’m from Cornwall, Ontario, Canada. I love hip-hop. I love Star Wars more than you love breathing. Yes, even the prequels. And sequels. And cartoons.  I’m married to the love of my life, Lauren. We have two kids – of the cat variety. My family and friends are all super supportive. I’m bearded and tattooed. Check me out on FacebookInstagramYouTube and Peakery to keep up to date with all my antics and adventures.

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