@toesalad texting our kids from the summit of Mount Colden. This was the first cell reception we had since we arrived at the park the day before.
This was the first time we've left the kids home alone and I was anxious to check in and see how they were doing. (They were fine.)
I've never hiked in the Adirondacks before and I have to admit I had underestimated them. These are not easy hiking trails. The low lands trails, in-between the mountains, are quite wet, following and running parallel to brooks and streams.
The trails up the mountains are literally up the mountain, straight-up. For a significant portion of the hike up Mount Colden (half?) we walked on bare wet rock like this. Uncertain of my grip and concerned for slippery algae, other plant matter or mud I hugged the lower edges quite a bit until a hiker passed us, hiking confidently on the bare, wet rock. After that I felt a bit more surety in my footing but it was still really hard work with a full pack.
There are wooden ladders in some places which certainly help, especially, I imagine, on the descent.
We hike up Mount Colden from Lake Colden and I would not have enjoyed going back down this route.
@toesalad crossing the footbridge at the east end of Lake Colden.
All packed up and ready to roll. I still love my Gossamer Gear Mariposa pack, circa 2013. It saw me through the Appalachian Trail and is still going strong, though I probably don't need all the volume of this pack as @toesalad and I continue to streamline our gear for 2 instead of 5.