Algonquin, Wright & Iroquois

I didn’t do Iroquois; you’ll see why later on...


Topographic map courtesy of

July 2008

The MacIntrye mountain range as seen from Mt. Jo. From left to right, Wright Peak, Algonquin, Iroquois and Marshall off the back...




This trip, we had planned to do 3 peaks minimum, including Algonquin, (2nd highest at 5114 ft.), Wright Peak, (16th highest at 4580 ft.), and Iroquois (8th highest at 4840 ft.). If we were feeling particularly good on Sunday, we were going to also attempt to do Mt. Marshall, (25th highest at 4360 ft.). Well, sometimes things don’t work out the way we all plan...

We had no problem ascending Algonquin, but after that, I started feeling a “bonk” coming on. Bonking is the term for extreme sluggishness, tiredness, and lack of energy, usually brought on by dehydration and/or lack of eating proper energy food combined with strenuous activity. High temperatures can also help to bring on a bonk.

On the way down Algonquin was when it started to really kick in. The ascent of Wright Peak was really tough, but at the top, I had a quick chance to rest. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough. The descent down Wright, and the ensuing 0.9 mile hike back up to Algonquin was the toughest thing I’ve ever had to do.

I slowed the whole group down so much, that I felt guilty. So once we got back to Algonquin, I took a nap, allowing them to continue on without me to Iroquois. This was a choice I’ll regret forever. Now I have to go back and do Iroquois again someday!

(Part of my Original 46er quest)