So crazy there’s a real Palamountain Hiking Trail who knew?
Have you ever felt a perpetually unsatisfied longing in your heart for something much bigger than yourself? Adventure, you think, is what your life is missing. Adventure is the personal endeavor with which we can measure our worth, to go where no one has gone, to test ourselves, to be the first. To those who seek a higher purpose—by this point you should know who you are—the answer may lie much closer than you think.
On March 6th, at 6pm, the first guided summit of Palamountain will occur. After almost a year of jumping through legal hoops, the expedition has been granted.
Palamountain, often forgotten amongst the slew of high peaks in the upstate-NY area, is one of Saratoga Springs untapped gems. Though standing in the shadow of Johnsson Tower, Palamountain is still technically the tallest mountain on campus. What lies on the summit still remains a modern mystery, but early reports reveal an unrivaled ascent.
“Anytime I smoke in my friends room at JOTO I look out the window at Palamountain and picture myself going to the top… like a mountain goat,” said one Skidmore student. “I can’t believe it’s finally happening.”
As a courtesy to Skidmore students, the team of experienced guides, known locally as Skidmore Outing Club, has offered to waive the registration fee and paperwork. Sherpas will be locally sourced and organic, rumors state. Despite the inherent risks involved, the journey is open to all interested. To be a part of history, meet outside of Dhall at 5:55pm in full gear (continue reading for gear-list).
From there, the expedition will trek across campus, dividing into two groups at the foot of Palamountain. One group will take the Bolton Base Lodge staircase, while the other gathers at Gannett Gorge stairwell. Both groups will ascend to the third floor, technically known as “The Ridgeline.” This is expected to take at least 20 full minutes. At The Ridgeline, the two groups will merge by the stairwell that goes up to the fourth floor. Injuries will be treated, and water bottles refilled. At this point, the expedition will summit as a family, setting up camp at the top of Palamountain. The summit to the fourth floor, weather permitting, will take around 10 minutes.
Unnecessary—but nonetheless encouraged—equipment:
Moisture Wicking Base Layer(s)
TL/DR: THURSDAY MARCH 6 AT 6PM, CLIMB PALAMOUNTAIN.
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