Fifty Plus (50+) Share the victories, challenges, successes and special concerns of bicyclists 50 and older. Especially useful for those entering or reentering bicycling.

Climbed a high peak

Old 05-31-10, 07:54 PM
  #1  
cyclinfool
gone ride'n
Thread Starter
 
cyclinfool's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Upstate NY
Posts: 4,051

Bikes: Simoncini, Gary Fisher, Specialized Tarmac

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Climbed a high peak

On Sunday my riding buddy and I climbed Whiteface, the forth highest of the 46 Adirondack high peaks (elev 4867'). The climb is 8 miles long and covers 3500' of vertical so it is a relentless climb. This is the elevation (and grade) from the GPS - however since my GPS does not have a true altimeter the grades are not quite right - The grade is a pretty steady 8.5%, a little worse at the bottom and very top - a few spots in the middle where it eases up a tad.


The road is the Verterans memorial highway - rather fitting for Memorial Day weekend.


Here at the bottom in the town of Wilmington (at the start) you can see the peak - it's the second one in the back - on top you can barely make out the weather station - that's where we will be shortly.



The first 3 miles of climb takes you up to the entrance gate. You need to get there after they close - no bikes are permitted when there are cars on the road. This is the gatehouse. It was the only break in the whole climb - getting me and the bike under the gate.



However - by the gatehouse is a lake with this sign - I wonder if the caught any, I didn't see any children bobing around in the lake.

This is the elevation at the gatehouse - 1/3 of the climb is done


Just around mile 4 is the first switch back - this is mentally the toughest part of the climb.
Then around mile 5 you see what is yet to come.


Continued on next post...
cyclinfool is offline  
Old 05-31-10, 07:54 PM
  #2  
cyclinfool
gone ride'n
Thread Starter
 
cyclinfool's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Upstate NY
Posts: 4,051

Bikes: Simoncini, Gary Fisher, Specialized Tarmac

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
At mile 6 you are on the spine of the ridge - on your right, Union Falls Pond (I think)


and on your left Lake Placid


About a 1/2 mile further you can see you are about there.


And then one more mile to go


And then finally at the very end of the road - 1 1/2 hours to the top - my buddy made it in 1 hr 10 min.





It was cold at the top as spring was just coming there, we took jackets up for the ride down. The road has swales and frost heaves so it was not an easy ride down - mostly riding the brakes, I stopped to take all the pics which actually made the ride down easier.
cyclinfool is offline  
Old 05-31-10, 08:10 PM
  #3  
cranky old dude
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 4,259
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I suspected this was what you were refering to in the other thread. http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...0#post10890060

I climb a bank of about 150'(?) in a 1.25 mile stretch when coming up from the Genesee Turning Basin and find it very tiring.

That folks can ride up mountains puts me in awe. I've driven that highway, damn dude...you da man!!

Last edited by cranky old dude; 05-31-10 at 08:14 PM.
cranky old dude is offline  
Old 05-31-10, 08:19 PM
  #4  
BikeWNC
Climbing Above It All
 
BikeWNC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Basking in the Sun.
Posts: 4,146
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I didn't get to ride up Whiteface when I was there on family vacation a couple years ago. The ride while the road was close thing never worked for my schedule. It seems like a great ride up but a tedious ride down with the frost heaves. I did ride the ironman circuit out of Lake Placid and it was a nice route.
BikeWNC is offline  
Old 05-31-10, 08:40 PM
  #5  
Gyro
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: lost
Posts: 318
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 41 Post(s)
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Been up whiteface many times by car. My family is from your next of woods. Near Malone, Chateaugay and Brainardville. Thanks for the pics
Gyro is offline  
Old 05-31-10, 08:47 PM
  #6  
godeacs
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Texas
Posts: 143

Bikes: 2012 Trek 7.2FX, 2014 Domane 2.3C

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Very impressive! Great pics too....brought back memories of our camping trips to the Adirondacks as kids. Still remember driving up (OK, my dad) that road to the top....awesome scenery......

Thanks for sharing!
godeacs is offline  
Old 05-31-10, 08:56 PM
  #7  
cyclinfool
gone ride'n
Thread Starter
 
cyclinfool's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Upstate NY
Posts: 4,051

Bikes: Simoncini, Gary Fisher, Specialized Tarmac

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by cranky old dude View Post
I suspected this was what you were refering to in the other thread. http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...0#post10890060
Yes indeed - I had left my USB cable at home and could not download the pics until tonight.
cyclinfool is offline  
Old 05-31-10, 09:11 PM
  #8  
doctor j
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Central Louisiana
Posts: 3,055
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 39 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 1 Post
Nice ride and pics, CF! That was a healthy climb. Well done!
doctor j is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.