The Whiteface Mountain highway is the traditional early-season tour for Adirondack skiers. People have been hitting the road for a few weeks, but I didn’t get around to it until Tuesday. It was a beautiful sunny day, but a bit warm for skiing. The … [Read more...] about Skiing the Whiteface Mountain highway
The Jackrabbit Ski Trail is one of the recreational treasures of the Lake Placid region. The main trail stretches about twenty-four miles from Saranac Lake to Rock and River Lodge in Keene. I ski short sections of it often during the winter, and once … [Read more...] about Sentinel Range Plan Affects Skiers, Hikers & Climbers
Shanty Cliff has a great view of the southern Adirondacks, but the cliff doesn’t see that many visitors. That’s probably because you have to wade the East Branch of the Sacandaga to get there. Nevertheless, Shanty is known to rock climbers. Over … [Read more...] about Good Times and Good Views At Shanty Cliff
Each year the American Alpine Club publishes a little book titled Accidents in North American Climbing, on the theory that reading about accidents is one way to avoid them. Usually, most of the reports are from out west or Alaska. Occasionally, an … [Read more...] about Accidents In Adirondack Climbing In 2016
Wallface is the biggest cliff in the Adirondacks and so naturally has attracted the attention of rock climbers from way back. The first recorded routes were put up by two of the country’s best climbers of the 1930s—John Case and Fritz … [Read more...] about Comparing Two Classic Climbs On Wallface and Cannon
I haven't spent much time in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, largely because there is so much to do here in the Adirondacks. It was a case of not knowing what I was missing. In late August, Carol MacKinnon Fox and I spent four days in the … [Read more...] about Can Any Adirondack Hike Top Franconia Ridge?