Adirondack Field Notes

Stories from Locals to Weekend Warriors & 46ers to Paddlers

From Heart Lake, you’ll stroll through aromatic pine forests, travel past Marcy Dam, clamber over wooden planks along Avalanche Pass, stroll next to expansive Lake Colden, and eventually pitch a tent along the Opalescent Brook. Overall it’s a circa 12-14 mile round-trip out-and-back, with some different routes returning around Lake Colden. Read More
For years Evan and I have been wanting to get back to the Great Camp Santanoni and we were finally able to make that happen!  Camp Santanoni, now a 32-acre National Historic Landmark, was established in the late 19th century by Robert C. and Anna Pruyn.  As an escape from life in Albany, Camp Santanoni was a place to entertain guests and explore the Adirondack Forest Preserve. Read More
On Saturday morning, we met up with our Fountain Square Outfitter comrades (and long-time friends) and their four-legged best friend at the Stewarts inIndian Lake before making our way to the Wakely Mountain trailhead. Read More
In picking our mountain for the ceremony, we both agreed that it didn’t necessarily need to be a high peak. All we really cared about was an incredible view and having some of our closest friends in attendance. This made Mt. Van Hoevenberg the perfect fit. Read More
Ice climbing is a strange thing. It looks like this mechanical vertical progression with sharpened steel tools, relying on power and strength to claw up a giant icicle. Yet at the same time it possesses elegance and beauty. The movement of climbing is beautiful, in its own way. Read More
You learn a lot when you spend 10 consecutive days hiking through the woods. As an Eagle Scout, I’ve spent a lot of time in the woods, but never a trip of this magnitude. One of the most important things I learned or at least was reminded of is to appreciate the little things. Read More
For this installation of Adirondack Field Notes, we welcome Brecka Coonradt, who shares her experience hiking the 46 Adirondack High Peaks. Enjoy following along below as she shares her stories and lessons learned throughout her journey. Read More
While flipping through a Canoe and Kayak Magazine I discovered a paddling trail called the Northern Forest Canoe trail traveling 740 miles from New York to Maine, and my planning immediately began. I enlisted my brother, Colby, and we opted to take on section 1 of the trail, Old Forge to Long Lake. Read More
I asked a girlfriend of mine to join me on an adventure. I wanted to drive to Lake Placid and hike in the Adirondacks, and if I was going to make the 7-hour drive, then I was going to hike the highest peak! Sara said she would love to join me, so we started making our plans. Sara and Tara, ready for adventure! Read More