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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Phil Brown: More on Charging for Rescues

Stephen Mastaitis after rescue on Mount Marcy.Stephen Mastaitis after rescue on Mount Marcy.A series of searches in the High Peaks last winter sparked a debate over whether careless hikers should be charged for the cost of rescuing them.

The Adirondack Almanack published several posts on the subject, including one by me in which I argued against charging hikers. Thinking the public would like to hear other » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Phil Brown: Don’t Bill Hikers For Rescues

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.


Saturday, May 12, 2012

Lost Brook Dispatches: Safety in the Back Country

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.