Posts Tagged ‘hiking’

Friday, February 16, 2024

My Mom and Mountains

Two women by Marcy Dam

Yesterday, I told my mom that I found an old photo from the time, during my teen years, she dragged me up Mt. Washington. I described the photo to her, reminding her that her choice of permed mullet for a hairstyle at the time was most unfortunate, and also pointing out that she was the only person in that photo who looked happy. My middle sister, standing next to my mom while posing by the Mt. Washington summit sign, and my friend, standing between me and the summit sign, had expressions of exasperation on their faces. I looked absolutely miserable (mainly because I was absolutely miserable).

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Monday, January 1, 2024

A Joyful Journey to an Adirondack Home

 

Sarah and Jeramie van Rijsewijk on the top of Mt. Marcy

When I was 15 years old, I realized that I loved being in the mountains. I was introduced to hiking, eventually attended college in southern New Hampshire, and would regularly snowboard with my partner during weekend trips to Vermont. One day on our way home, we started discussing where to live full time someday. I was happy to settle in the green mountains.

“Instead of Vermont, could we consider living in the Adirondacks?” my partner asked.

That hadn’t occurred to me.
I quietly realized he may be on to something. 

On Columbus Day weekend of 2011, approaching our first wedding anniversary, we set out to climb Mount Marcy with our Alaskan Malamute, Luna.

The morning of Oct.9 we made it to the summit, where we relit the unity candle I had made for our wedding the year before. He shielded the wind while I managed to get the candle lit briefly –honoring our hike to this high peak, our first married year, and the many years to come.  » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Champlain Area Trails Celebrates Third Anniversary of CATSWomen Hiking Group

CATS Women hiking

New York’s Champlain Valley – Champlain Area Trails (CATS), the accredited land trust dedicated to creating and maintaining sustainable trails and protecting land in the Champlain Valley, celebrated the third anniversary of its CATSWomen hiking group. CATSWomen is a volunteer-led group that creates a welcoming space for women of all ages and abilities to gain confidence in the outdoors by hiking together.

Over the past three years, CATSWomen has hosted numerous hikes on CATS trails, such as Cheney Mountain, Viall’s Crossing, and other Champlain Valley area trails, like Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain. The group celebrated its anniversary with a potluck at a member’s home, with over 25 attendees sharing stories from their adventures over the past three years. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, November 2, 2023

Lost and found on the old trail

 

The old trail was familiar. I walk it monthly. The loop meandering along the state and private land line was only two miles long. It showed some blazes on the trees left by the hunting parties and solo hunters who have hunted this section for generations. Less than a mile in, bordering state land,  I walked confidently in an October afternoon because it was a familiar route.  I wore a blaze orange vest because it was hunting season. Watching for the faded blazes on the trees was unnecessary. The past footfalls of others were easily followed. Someone had recently walked here. The beech leaves were beautiful this time of the year.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Tips for hunters, outdoor recreationists on safely sharing the woods this fall and winter

A hiking trail in the Adirondacks

On October 31, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) encouraged outdoor enthusiasts to respectfully share the woods and follow safety precautions this fall and winter. Hikers, nature photographers, leaf peepers, and mountain bikers are encouraged to follow safety measures while hunters and trappers are afield. Regular big game hunting season in the Northern Zone began Oct. 21 and closes Dec. 3. Bowhunting season for deer and bear is ongoing in the Southern Zone and ends at the beginning of the regular firearms season on Nov. 18.

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Monday, October 9, 2023

Tales of the Adirondacks, Past & Present: Hiking with All Those Who Have Gone Before Me

An Adirondack High Peak

Our next OurStoryBridge Inc. story share is called Hiking with All Those Who Have Gone Before Me told by Bethany Garretson. It is a story of a young woman who begins hiking the 46 High Peaks and connects with not only the landscape, but some of history’s most legendary hikers. To listen to this story in its entirety, please visit the following link: https://app.memria.org/stories/public-story-view/c571df469b4343679a2e88c71c5af530/

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Tuesday, October 3, 2023

25 Great Adirondack Hikes to See Fall Colors

North Creek, NY— It’s nearing peak fall colors in the Adirondack Park. There are many places to see the leaves as mountainsides and valleys turn bright orange, yellow, and red. Protect the Adirondacks has put together hiking guides to 25 hikes that are easy, moderate, and challenging, but lead to terrific locations to see the fall colors in all corners of the Adirondack Park. These guides include maps, information about hiking conditions, and pictures.

This list includes short, easy hikes of one mile or so, such as Azure Mountain, north of Paul Smith’s, Coney Mountain outside of Tupper Lake, Cook Mountain in Ticonderoga, Balm of Gilead outside of North Creek, the Bloomingdale Bog outside of Saranac Lake, Cobble Lookout in Wilmington, or Black Bear Mountain near Inlet and Old Forge.

Moderate hikes of 2 to 4 miles include Poke-O-Moonshine, Catamount Mountain and Silver Lake Mountain south of Plattsburgh, Haystack Mountain outside of Lake Placid, Owl Head Lookout near Elizabethtown, Goodnow Mountain in Newcomb, Moxham Mountain in Minerva, Hadley Mountain outside of Lake Luzerne, Five Mile Mountain north of Bolton Landing, or Owls Head Mountain in Long Lake.

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Thursday, August 31, 2023

Champlain Area Trails Releases Updated Trail Map Highlighting New Routes

Westport, NY – Discover the beauty of the Champlain Valley with Champlain Area Trails (CATS) and their updated Central Champlain Valley Trail Map, now featuring four new trails. CATS has been constructing and maintaining trails, protecting land, connecting people with nature, and promoting economic vitality in the Champlain Valley as an accredited land trust since 2009. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, August 31, 2023

Recreationists urged to share trails, Leave No Trace this holiday weekend

A hiking trail in the Adirondacks

Holiday weekends are a convenient time for everyone to explore outside. But with more people on the trail, it’s important to share them properly. Be considerate of others and follow these tips so that everyone has a great time outside this Labor Day weekend.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Bella’s Tips for Humans who Hike with Dogs

black and white dog on hiking trail

Bella’s alternative title: Pooping in the Woods with my Human

You may be wondering about the title(s) of this article. My human, who has written for the Adirondack Almanack about public health stuff and dog treats (my favorite!) and recipes (my second favorite!) and the outdoors (my third favorite, especially if there are squirrels and birds to sniff), has been distracted by work. So distracted, that she has become positively boring, and hasn’t written all the stories and things she keeps talking about with me. So, I decided that I should help my human out and write this article for her, so that you other humans could have a dog’s perspective on what makes hiking with our humans one of our best and most favorite things, ever. Especially since I like hiking with my human and hope that my help means more hikes very soon. If all goes as planned, I will see you on the trails soon. I hope that you bring treats to share with me (like the ones my human has shared through the Adirondack Almanack, or that I will be sharing for her if she doesn’t get her act together and start being fun again).

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Thursday, May 18, 2023

Adirondack Land Trust Receives $174,300 in Grant Funding for Cobble Hill Trail Improvements

Hiker on Cobble Hill in Lake Placid

 

Keene, NY — The Adirondack Land Trust has received a $99,300 grant from the New York State Conservation Partnership Program and a $75,000 grant from the North Elba Local Advancement and Enhancement Fund for a total of $174,300 in funding for trail improvements at Cobble Hill, a popular Lake Placid hiking destination.

 

“These generous grants support the work of people coming together to solve problems for community benefit,” says Adirondack Land Trust Stewardship & GIS Specialist Becca Halter. “These funds will help to improve this beloved community hike with a beautiful view of the village, Mirror Lake, and the surrounding area.”

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Monday, May 15, 2023

Tales of the Adirondacks, Past & Present: First Adirondack Adventure by Heidi Roland

Hiker Heidi Roland and her husband on their first hike.

Our next OurStoryBridge, Inc. story share features avid hiker, Heidi Roland, from North Elba Narratives in Lake Placid, NY. In her story titled “First Adirondack Adventure,” she recounts her first hike with her boyfriend (now husband) in the Adirondack High Peaks in 1982, and she also illustrates how she became a 46er. To listen to First Adirondack Adventure in its entirety, please visit this link: https://app.memria.org/stories/public-story-view/c3c58af5eb104c918e46aa6712147f51/

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Friday, March 24, 2023

The Ermine and the Hare: A Tale from Couchsachraga

rabbit statute

Story and photos by Heather Swartz

It seemed like an Adirondack fairytale at first. I had completed the navigation at dawn from Blue Mountain Lake to the Santanoni Range Trailhead at Upper Works. The sun rose on the tree enveloped horizon as I drove Northeast and spied a single young buck at the roadside in the morning light.  I considered these good omens.  It was early September. I parked at the trailhead and proceeded solo up Santanoni Road and began the Bradley Brook Trail, full of corduroy, horizontal logs laid out to make an old and well used, wet, roadway. 

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Monday, February 13, 2023

Recreation Highlight: Leave No Trace on State Lands this Winter

Leave no trace graphic

Everyone who recreates on New York’s State lands has a responsibility to adequately prepare themselves and protect natural resources for future generations. Following the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace™, set forth by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, is one-way visitors are encouraged to Love Our New York Lands.

Plan Ahead and Prepare

Proper planning is vital to a safe winter adventure. Know personal limits, set realistic goals, and choose an experience appropriate for everyone in the group. Research trails and routes before setting out and contact DEC or other knowledgeable parties with questions.

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Monday, December 12, 2022

DEC Recreation Highlights: Give the Gift of an Adirondack Adventure and #LiveGreenNY

Looking for the perfect gift? Forget wrapping paper and bows. Instead, think outside of the box and gift an Adirondack adventure instead of material things. Need inspiration? If your recipient enjoys outdoor adventure, then they may like to go:

  • Hiking – Gift someone a day of quality time spent together on the trail. Pick a hike appropriate for the recipient and the weather, and remember to pack the 10 hiking essentials. Consider a DEC First Day Hike and get ready to enjoy the views.
  • Birdwatching – Gift a pair of binoculars or plan on visiting one of the many sites on the New York State Birding Trail. Don’t forget to take photos and log the types of feathered friends you encounter.

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