Feb 21, 2011

Breakneck Ridge

Chris and I took a Metro North train about an hour and a half north of the city to hike at Breakneck Ridge. As I write this, I am thoroughly exhausted, so I will keep it brief. We were both surprised that there was snow on the ground. Not only was the ground covered, but there was a solid 10 inch foundation, glazed over in ice with 4 inches of fresh powder on top of it. A few hundred yards into the hike I stopped and put on my microspikes. The spikes dug in nicely and I had no problems getting footings. The views were pretty amazing from the 1100' purchases on Breakneck Ridge, Sunset Point and Sugarloaf Mountain. You could see the Hudson Valley, the Hudson River and the abandoned ruins on Bannerman Island. We hiked from 9:00am till 3:30pm, saw nobody else out enjoying the woods and had a great time. There were some comical moments. Most noteworthy was Chris' bold attempt to boulder a snow-covered rock pile in his climbing shoes. I had to fire up my stove to warm him up afterwords. (I have some ridiculous video footage that I'll have to post up sometime in the future). In the end, I would estimate we only hiked about 6 miles, but it was certainly slow-going for a lot of it. I'm really whooped! For now its off to bed.

Above: Chris warms his frozen feet and one of the many streams we crossed.
I will be in Baltimore for the rest of the week. My old stomping grounds. I'm looking forward to seeing Charm City once again and have plans to meet a friend for dinner tomorrow night. I'll see if I can't get out and snap a few Bmore snapshots while I'm there.

Above: Myself on the ridge and a map of the route we took for the most part.

5 comments:

GTS said...

Awesome! You're inspiring me dude!

Michael O'Hara said...

GTS:

Yeah you ought to check it out sometime. It's fun getting dropped off by train and starting your hike right at the tracks. Lots of ups and downs and lots of good views on this hike.

Whitney Erin said...

Beautiful, it almost looks like home! Sounds like you are getting out and doing some really fun things, I'm jealous! Besides biking to work, I haven't been out enjoying AK too much...

Michael O'Hara said...

Thanks Whitney, I think you're a pretty active person in general. You should take the camera with you on your commute to work and post up some pictures of where you ride. Bet it looks great in the snow!

recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

Pretty much nailed it with that first photograph. Awesome work Mike.