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Unconventional Ice Fishing

Unconventional Ice Fishing

Spring is probably most commonly thought of as the least enjoyable season in the Adirondacks. Between slushy muddy trails and the black flies starting to come out, most people don’t know what to do outside. If you like to give the mountain trails a rest during mud season, you realize the need to get creative with your outdoor activities.

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Winter 46 Journey | Jay Whitbourne

Winter 46 Journey | Jay Whitbourne

I have seen some of the most amazing cloud inversions during the winter and had some of the most surreal moments when the snow conditions are just right, the sky is clear, the wind is calm and the air isn't nipping at your skin. I can't say I have a favorite day precisely, but more of a series of great moments to remember.  

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Winter 46 Journey | Sam Perkins

Winter 46 Journey | Sam Perkins

Reaching the summit of MacNaughton was one of my favorite days. It’s not one of the official 46 High Peaks, but it stands at 4000’, so I wanted to get it done. It took me and Jay two separate trips, within five days, to finally reach the summit. 

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Winter Weekend at Beach Point

Winter Weekend at Beach Point

One Friday night, after packing up Lucy and all of her gear, our snowshoes, and a whole bunch of random food left in the fridge at the end of the week, we made our way up to the Indian Lake area to check into our homestead for the weekend - Beach Point on Lake Abanakee.  

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Skiing the Whiteface Mountain Memorial Highway

Skiing the Whiteface Mountain Memorial Highway

It was early November in the Northeast, but by the looks of the picture above you would think it was the middle of January. On November 7th my dad and I took a hike up the Whiteface Mountain Memorial Highway (about 5 miles in length). 

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One Square Mile of Hope 2014

One Square Mile of Hope 2014

On September 24th, 2011, in the small central Adirondack town of Inlet, a community came together for a great cause and broke a Guinness World Record by forming the largest raft of canoes and kayaks in the world.  The “One Square Mile of Hope” event helped raise over $80,000 for Breast Cancer Research.

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Mt. Arab Snowshoe

Mt. Arab Snowshoe

It was a brisk morning, 18 degrees with a consistent breeze out of the south.  My dad and I set out for a snowshoe up Mt. Arab for the day, a peak with a 2,545-foot elevation in Piercefield, NY.  

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Pillsbury Mountain

Pillsbury Mountain

On a beautiful Sunday morning, Evan and I made our way to Speculator in search of another Adirondack fire tower to hike. After hearing many good things about Pillsbury Mountain and the amazing views from its fire tower, we were excited to make the 3.2-mile round trip trek.

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Sunrise from Phelps Mountain

Sunrise from Phelps Mountain

The forecast called for clear blue skies, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to catch a sunrise from the top of one of the Adirondack Peaks.

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Backpacking Avalanche Pass to Lake Colden

Backpacking Avalanche Pass to Lake Colden

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.

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XC-Skiing to Camp Santanoni

XC-Skiing to Camp Santanoni

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.

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Jay Mountain

Jay Mountain

The new trailhead for Jay Mountain is located at the intersection of Jay Mountain Road and Upland Meadows Road in the town of Jay. The trail was built by the Student Conservation Association's Adirondack Program and the Adirondack Mountain Club's trail crew in late 2012.

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