In 2005 we climbed our first mountain (Crane Mountain) together. I had climbed a few in the past but this was our first together. We were spending a week in the Lake George area and what better way to explore the region than from above?
While not the tallest mountain we’ve climbed, it was pretty intense with several incredibly steep rocky sections. One of the steepest sections even had a ladder, which was good because being our first mountain together… we didn’t exactly have scaling equipment.
As is always the truth in the Adirondacks, the views from the top were simply amazing. It was on this climb that we really learned how rewarding such a strenuous hike can be. On our way back down we passed by a little pond and it was so hot we were going to take a dip. However; when we took a closer look we realized it was infested with leaches. Nice!
It was really a good choice for our first Mountain Climb. The trail wasn’t that long, but intense, and the views were stunning.
We might go back some day, maybe with the little one.
Crane Mountain will always hold a special place in our memory.