About Phil Brown

Phil Brown edited the Adirondack Explorer from 1999 until his retirement in 2018. He continues to explore the park and to write for the publication and website.

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  1. Mike says

    Wow, great story, thanks for posting. I felt like I was there with you. I could really relate to being an “intermediate” skier. I grew up skiing in the Green Mtns and always skied with people who were better skiers than myself. I have gotten fairly good over the years but never considered myself an expert. I can get down Tuckermans without too much trouble. You story has inspired me to get out there more. I have been up Marcy a couple of times and live spending time in the Adirondacks. Maybe I’ll see you on the trails. Thanks again. Oh btw I’m 67 and recently retired so I think us seniors can still keep up.

  2. Tim Barnett says

    It brings back memories. Skiing up Marcy was my favorite trip. The first time I did it was with climbing wax and a pair of 210 wood skis, no edges and low-cut boots from L.L. Bean. I have skied up Marcy in the fog, ice and a bright sunshine and encountered the Ski to Die crowd. There was a sort of ski snowshoe called bushwhacker’s . Peter Fish encouraged me to get a pair. My brother and I were pretty serious skiers and would start a Marcy trip at about 10 AM. This often left time for other skiers to go first to break trail however inevitably before we got to Indian Falls we passed everybody and ended up breaking trail to the Summit. Tree-lined was the perfect place to either put on extra gear or shed clothing. I think Marcy is one of the most rew is arding winter trips that I ever experienced.

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