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Three Down, Forty-three to Go!

Last weekend I was back in the Adirondacks, hiking two more of the high peaks with a couple good friends. The weather was absolutely gorgeous – temperature no more than 60F, sunny, nearly unlimited visibility. We started out from the Adirondak Loj parking lot and headed south to Wright peak, elevation 4580 feet. As usual I brought along my Nikon D80 and all its paraphernalia. Here’s the view from Wright peak to the east (if I recall correctly):

Eastern View from Wright Peak

Looking the other direction, the peak of Algonquin still towered another 500 feet above us:

View of Algonquin from WrightWhile on Wright we had a quick lunch, then headed back to the trail for Algonquin. Again, the views were spectacular, and if anything the weather was even better. Here’s a panorama I stitched together with Microsoft Image Composition Editor (the peak just to the right of center is Colden, my very first):

Panorama from Algonquin
That 37.6-megapixel composite came from eight separate shots taken over about 200 degrees. I must say, ICE is a pretty impressive program. All you do is open it up, feed it a batch of images, and away it goes. I’ve been using it for a number of months now and it’s performed exceptionally fast and its stitching is accurate. It definitely tops Auto-stitch, which I used previously.

Our sum total for the day: eight miles, seven hours, 3000′ elevation gain, and so much fun. So for me, three high peaks down, another forty-three to go! 🙂

For a list of all the high peaks in the Adirondacks, try: http://www.adk46r.org/listf.html.