matt and i have crossed two more mountains off of our list.
on saturday we spent 10 hours hiking giant mountain and rocky peak ridge. matt forced me to wake up at 6:15 to get an early start (we stayed in lake placid the night before) and after stopping for some breakfast sandwiches and coffee we were on our way to the trail head. the morning was very foggy/cloudy and we couldn't see any mountains until we were about half way up the mountain when i spied some peaks breaking through the clouds.
we made it to the top of giant mountain and spent time enjoying the wonders of being above the clouds and relaxed briefly in the warm sunshine while we ate our lunch.
making the decision to climb over to rocky peak ridge was an obvious one though matt and i agree it was the toughest hike we have ever been on. the hike down from (and then back up) giant on the trail to rocky peak was very steep and rocky and slick. even though i am in quite a bit of pain (and am reminded each time i move a leg) i think matt and i agree that it was a very rewarding day.