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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Climbing without a rope

A month ago, I went rock climbing with Mark Meschinelli at Poke-O-Moonshine. One of the Adirondacks’ most experienced climbers, Mark led a friend and me up an easy (but classic) route called Catharsis. Mark went first and belayed us at the end of each pitch, drawing in rope as we ascended. If we had slipped, we would not have fallen far, if at all. But Mark climbed the cliff without a belay, meaning if he had fallen, he could have died or at least got badly banged up. Usually, the lead climber is belayed from below, but Mark finds Catharsis >>More

Monday, July 6, 2009

A favorite paddle

Birdlife and scenery abound on trip from Jones Pond to the Osgood River.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The charms of Lows Ridge

Lows Ridge may rise only four hundred fifty feet above the landscape, but it offers an awesome view of the Bog River country, with the High Peaks in the distance. Most people climb the ridge after paddling up the Bog and across Hitchins Pond, but it also can be reached overland via an old woods road now closed to vehicles. It starts at a gate a mile west of Horseshoe Lake and ends at the dam that impounds Lows Lake. Depending on your inclination, you can walk, run, or mountain-bike down the road. I jogged down the road last Sunday >>More

Friday, June 26, 2009

More on ‘squaw’

My post about using squaw in place names generated a good deal of discussion in Views from the Top and Adirondack Forum, two of the more active Adirondack message boards. Check out the links if you’re interested.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Climbing the Eagle

A classic mountaineering route.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Shingle Shanty update

Former DEC official weighs in.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Testing the legal waters

Navigation rights and private land

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

A first for bikers

DEC opens trails in Forest Preserve designed for mountain biking.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Lila Traverse

10 years on, premier canoe route lacks signs and markers.