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Ever slept in a hammock? Sure, many of us have dozed off while relaxing on a warm summer day. But have you ever really slept in a hammock? For the night?
I have been entertaining the idea of hammock camping for some time now. Obviously there are pros and cons to this idea, which I have weighed over and over. This is the standard procedure that I follow when I want to purchase a new piece of gear. I think about it for a couple weeks, weigh my options, check out some online reviews.. and make a decision.
My new hammock = awesome.
As most of you know, the Perseid meteor shower occurred over the weekend. The meteor shower peaked on Saturday night, but the conditions were cloudy and there wasn't much to look at.
I figured there would be some stragglers the day after like there usually is, so I hiked into a nearby lean-to with one of my buddies to check it out.
Last Saturday night was a phenomenon known as a Super Moon. This occurs when the Moon is closest to Earth in it's orbit, and is full on the same night, causing the moon to appear about 12% larger and brighter than any other full moon.
This made for a great night in the woods (as many of you know). A few of my friends went hiking, some to high peaks, others to secluded ponds over the weekend to witness the spectacle. I packed my bag and took off for a fishing spot that I've been wanting to check out for weeks...
What an awesome Columbus Day weekend I had up in the Adirondacks! I could not have asked for better weather for an overnight trip hiking two mountains, camping out, and exploring a cave.
I am taking a Hiking & Orienteering course at SUNY Adirondack to fill a Physical Education requirement, and we headed north for an overnight trip this past weekend, and had a great time. The weather was beautiful - a little chilly at night, but with proper planning and packing, I was able to stay comfortable.
I had a great weekend sitting on the shore of a little pond nestled between Sleeping Beauty and Black Mountain. I hiked into Fishbrook Pond on Saturday evening and stayed until just before noon on Sunday. Had I known that the weather was going to be perfect and the fish were going to be biting, I would have hiked in Friday and made a weekend out of it. Regardless, I had a great time.
Every day I see more images of massive flooding, washed out roads, collapsed bridges and the destruction that Tropical Storm Irene has brought upon the area. I know that the Catskills and Vermont got hit very bad, but it kills me to see all of the towns, roads, and hiking/camping destinations in the Adirondacks - my own backyard - that have been affected by the storm.
Wow - what a trip! My girlfriend Liz, my friend Mike, and I took to the woods with a nice backpacking trip through parts of the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness area earlier this week. Before I get into the report, I would like to thank all that contributed to the blog with advice and/or recommendations while we were in the planning stage, you helped quite a bit!
I took advantage of a big sale last week, and purchased a backpack and a backpacking stove. I have a day pack, an average size Dakine backpack with a waist belt and camelbak bladder sleeve. However I have had my eye on larger, lighter packs that I can take on overnight and weekend trips for a while now. I found a 20% off sale somewhat locally and decided to jump on it.
I am planning a hike for next week up Algonquin, Iroquois, and Wright peaks. I have heard of people hiking these three mountains in a one-day loop, in 10 - 12 hours, which seems feasible. However, I like to spend a little time at the top of the mountains, and really enjoy being in the outdoors, unplugged from my life for a few days at a time. So rather than rushing out before the sun sets, we are planning on making this an overnight, two-day trip.
I have a feeling that this summer I am going to spend most of my disposable income on outdoor gear. This means I will be doing a lot of searching and researching to find the best quality goods for the right price. I will keep you informed on what I am looking to purchase, and will review each new product here. So that you, my faithful audience, can offer your own expertise, or use some of my research and field-testing to guide your own purchasing decisions.