Although the Equinox happened on Friday, Peakbaggers know that the official end of Winter 46ing is March 21. Thus, the Peru Nordic Peakbagging division turned it up to eleven with a fitting tribute to the Metal Gods by climbing Mt Marshall, named after the ultra loud wall of sound produced by stacked amplifiers piled up behind bands like Judas Priest, and Cliff Mt, named after the legendary original bassist for Metallica, Cliff Burton.
Jim “Harvester of Sorrow” Kobak and Jason “Willbury of Woe” Fiegl left ADK Loj early to tackle the peaks. They headed up the Indian pass trail and ascended up to the Iroquois Pass from Scott’s Clearing.
At the top of the pass, surprisingly noone had been up the Marshall herdpath. They had to break trail and wound up doing some bushwhacking to the summit of Marshall. They descended Marshall via the traditional Herbert Brook route.
The duo had heard of some peakbaggers doing cliff directly from Flowed Lands. So instead of heading up the Feldspar to Uphill Brook and the usual path to Cliff, Jim and Jay headed across the Flowed Lands for a direct assault. Sure enough, they found the well packed route up to Cliff Mt.
This route offered spectacular views of the MacIntyres and Mt. Colden. After summiting Cliff, they headed back to the Flowed lands and out to the Loj via Lake Colden and the always spectacular Avalanche Lake.
They ended their eight-hour foray with a couple of Michigans at the Keene Stewarts.
Fiegl, working towards his 46W, now has 32 winter ascents, climbing 17 peaks this season. Kobak, two-time winter 46r, managed to fit in 18 winter peaks this season, along with 17 xc ski races and 14 VHCS races.
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