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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.
Wow, it's almost the weekend and I haven't even told you what I did last weekend yet!
A good friend of mine went up to his family's camp on Upper Saranac Lake last weekend, so I went up and hung out for a night. Chris was my room mate in college for the first two years that we lived in the dorms, and my housemate after we moved off campus.
We used to make an annual trip to the camp in the spring, but I had never been up there in the summer.
Greetings! I finally got back out in the woods yesterday, and climbed my first (and second) high peak of the year. It's been a while since the last time I climbed one of the 46 peaks, and I'm feeling it in my legs today!
Liz and I hiked up Giant Mountain via the Ridge Trail, hiked down the back of Giant and over the ridge to Rocky Peak Ridge before turning back. It was a hot day, and the haze interrupted what would have been an awesome view had we been there in different weather.
We weren't 100% sure which trail we were going to take as we made our way up the Northway, we had seen a few trail heads along Route 73 on our way through the area, so we figure we could just choose one when we got there..
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...
I hiked up Black Mountain for the first time last week, and had a great time. It was cold and windy, but with proper clothing and gear I was very comfortable. The trail head is located off of Pike Brook Road near South Bay. We got to the trail at about 1:00pm, and it was breezy and about 50F.
Have you ever hiked in the rain? I wouldn't make a point of finding a rainy day to go hiking - but from now on, if I am planning a hike and it starts to rain, I'm going anyway! I hiked up Sleeping Beauty (between Lake George and South Bay) a few days ago in the rain, and I saw things that I have never seen in the woods before. Even if you only do it once, you should definitely take a hike in the rain and experience the things that you won't find on a bright sunny day.
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.
Autumn is my favorite time of year for several reasons. The beautiful weather, some of my favorite holidays and sporting events, apple picking, and most of all, the changes that come across my favorite hangout, the Adirondack wilderness. I love to see the leaves changing this time of year. As the first frost hits and claims whatever is left of your garden, most of the trees in the area begin to transform into various shades of yellow, orange and red. And what a sight it is!
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.