Recreating outdoors is not without risks, which requires people to pay attention to details whether they are packing for a trip or navigating their way in the field.
Sierra McGivney recently went ice climbing with her partner, Jacob Furr, in the Cascade Pass area.
A beginner, McGivney wrote about the experience for the Explorer and explains why little details, such as cleaning ice screws, are especially important in ice climbing.
You can read about her climb ascending Buster, Bowser and Boozer by following the article link below.
Skiing conditions are ideal right now, so grab your gear and find a good trail. Here are suggestions for places to explore.
The Hanging Spear Falls loop is probably the best backcountry ski tour in the Adirondacks that no one knows about, writes Alan Wechsler. That means you’re unlikely to encounter crowds here in the southern High Peaks.
Visiting a nordic skiing center is a good way to guarantee a good skiing experience in the Adirondacks, and we just so happen to have a comprehensive list of them in the park.
Conditions and gear
Lately, I’ve been reading a lot about Ian Forgays, a 54-year-old skier from Vermont who died in an avalanche in the Ammonoosuc Ravine on Mount Washington on February 1. Forgays was an experienced skier who knew the mountain and risks well. Avalanches aren’t monitored in the Adirondacks by any agencies and they don’t occur at the same frequency as Mount Washington, but this story is worth reading if you’re interesting in learning more about the risks of skiing in avalanche prone terrain, which we do have in the High Peaks and some other mountains.
For people who won’t be skiing slides in the near future – which is most people – we have a series of articles that will help you plan your next winter trip. Read this story about essential winter gear and look for the links at the bottom to other related topics, such as tips on layering.
Back in Time
Here’s an interesting read from our archives if you like mysteries. Constantinos “Danny” Filippidis left a trail of questions after going missing while skiing at Whiteface Mountain in February 2018 and then ending up in California, a week later. This search and rescue still perplexes locals.
Last February I joined ice fishing guide Matt Burnett and his client for a photo assignment during a harsh winter storm. It would turn out to be my last assignment before the pandemic caused society to retreat to their homes last spring. I wrote about the experience in my recent Behind the Lens column.