Last week I interviewed Steve Mastaitis at the Adirondack Medical Center, where he was recovering from frostbite and hypothermia after spending a night curled up in a snow hole near the summit of Mount Marcy.
The story, posted on the Adirondack Explorer website, generated a lot of discussion on my blog and in hikers’ forums. A number of people criticized Mastaitis, saying he was unprepared to hike Marcy in winter, and some suggested that he and others like him should be forced to pay for their rescues. » Continue Reading.
Because of my extensive experience in back county adventures I am asked from time to time for advice on gear, preparation, priorities and so forth. It’s pleasurable to write about such things, to make lists, to engage in (somewhat inane) discussions about favorite this and necessary that. It’s an idle passing of time, a way to do a little daydreaming. And yet there is good advice to give too.
Today I begin a short series of Dispatches that will allow me to get on to one of my favorite subjects: food… » Continue Reading.