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Neil 04-11-2008 08:16 PM

How do you recreate in the Adirondacks?
 
I thought it would be interesting to see what type of recreation forum members partake in in the Adirondacks. Also, realizing that many members live in the Adirondacks I included that as a poll choice. You can choose more than one response and your response is private.

If I missed your activity sorry but I ran out of poll choices.

1ADAM12 04-11-2008 08:55 PM

Almost all of the above :thumbs: I did vote though :)

Naturlvr73 04-12-2008 04:29 PM

Also love swimming there whenever it is warm...fourth Lake, Golden Beach, Cascade Lake, Queer Lake...

Justin 04-12-2008 04:49 PM

Camping would be near the top of the list for me too I think.

Crash 04-12-2008 09:25 PM

I checked flat water paddling and hiking.
I do some fishing and bushwhacking, but probably not enough to justify checking those boxes.
Camping (car camping and out of my canoe/kayak) is also important to me. We (my boys and I) also love swimming (especially discovering great remote swimming spots - whether they are beaches or rock ledges to jump in from).

stripperguy 04-12-2008 09:28 PM

I penciled in sailing, but it didn't seem to stick.

Naturlvr73 04-12-2008 09:42 PM

Oh yeah, definitely camping...:cool: campground camping and backpacking!

redhawk 04-12-2008 11:33 PM

I checked paddling, hiking and Bushwhacking. Unfortunately there aren't any 2700 mile bushwhacks in the Adirondacks. I had to do that out West.

Rivet 04-13-2008 12:23 AM

I think hiking/bushwacking and peakbagging could be lumped together.

Neil 04-13-2008 09:10 AM

I thought of all of the points that have been brought up but settled on the format I used.

I kept bushwhacking, hiking and peakbagging separate even though they are intimately associated. Some people only do one or 2 of the the three.

I'm particularly impressed with the number of paddlers. Going on canoe trips used to be one of my main outdoor activities and I look forward to combining paddling with bushwhacking. (Not simultaneously though, like someone I know :))

DEEPFOREST 04-13-2008 12:22 PM

Interesting poll, it really speaks to the many recreational options within the park. I am very suprised to see how high the #'s are for bushwacking. I didn't think it was so popular. I guess there are different versions of what might be considered a bushwack. What would be a good definition of a bushwack be? If I step off trail 50 yards to take a dump am I bushwacking?:D

Anyway wildlife viewing/tracking and bird watching could also be an option.
And as previously stated camping/thruhiking.

Keithk 04-13-2008 02:38 PM

fun poll
 
what about sking!!?

:)

Neil 04-13-2008 02:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Keithk (Post 93736)
what about sking!!?

:)

Oops......

Wldrns 04-13-2008 03:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DEEPFOREST (Post 93727)
Interesting poll, it really speaks to the many recreational options within the park. I am very suprised to see how high the #'s are for bushwacking. I didn't think it was so popular. I guess there are different versions of what might be considered a bushwack. What would be a good definition of a bushwack be? If I step off trail 50 yards to take a dump am I bushwacking?:D .

I would say that bushwhacking is tied not only to travel being completely off a known trail, but also to using active navigation techniques as a requirement to travel some significant distance to a destination. In other words, you can't get there by just plodding along, not paying attention to current location along a trail. You might be bushwhacking (sooner or later) if on unmapped or old unmaintained trails that end in no obvious destination - especially if they have disappearing segments. Note that in some cases you just may need a compass for that 50 yard dump!

Dr Dean 04-13-2008 05:16 PM

Winter vs summer in the survey
 
I have been exclusively a summer and fall visitor, but am adding spring to the list this year and possibly Winter next year. There is certainly a distinction between winter camping and hiking since skiing and or snow shoeing is added as well as another set of camping skills. Same with fishing. I think a seasonal note would be helpful in the survey. Nice survey!

Bill I. 04-13-2008 10:05 PM

I checked off flatwater paddling, hiking, and bushwhacking. Had backpacking and snowshoeing been available, I would've checked them, too. While I do climb mountains frequently, I shy away from the term "peak bagging". Groceries are bagged, wilderness mountains are savored. Bagging a peak sounds like you're just getting it out of the way so you can move onto something else; I climb a mountain because of a personal curiosity to see what's there.

But that's just a semantic hang-up that I have.

I get the sense that the forum owners are trying to get inside the head of us forum members? That seems to be the drift of several recent new threads.

pico23 04-13-2008 10:31 PM

Other than hunting and fishing, all of the above + skiing and snowshoing. Although my road bike has been in pieces for a decade, I will eventually do some road touring up there. That down hill from Lake Placid to Keene has always been on my must do list. I figure I can hit 60+ if I still have the gonads to ride that fast downhill. It was funny my friends would always destroy me on down hill mountain bike stretches but on the road they'd be minutes behind on the steeps.

As far as bushwhacking, anytime you are trying to reach a destination via non trailed forest it would be bushwhacking. Walking a few hundred yards off trail to find a campsite, search for wood, or "take a dump" doesn't generally qualify. However, even avoiding stream crossings by walking down river for an extended period could be considered bushwhacking.

pico23 04-13-2008 10:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wildriver (Post 93780)
Bagging a peak sounds like you're just getting it out of the way so you can move onto something else; I climb a mountain because of a personal curiosity to see what's there.

But that's just a semantic hang-up that I have.

I think it's on the money. Peak baggers generally only care about the tick list. I've never been able to operate like that. Actually, I've on occassion done the same hike 2 weekends in a row because I liked it so much. As Garth Brooks says, "I believe schedule is one of lifes great infections"...no sir, list are for the work week, weekends are for doing whatever feels good!

Naturlvr73 04-13-2008 11:54 PM

love the poll
 
Fun poll! If there were options, I would have also checked general wildlife watching, birdwatching, plant study, blueberry eating, and celebrating peaks "savored" by savoring a meal, margarita, and /or a couple of beers. :dance:

redhawk 04-14-2008 12:37 AM

Yep, missing was backpacking and camping. As well as distinction between multi-day and distance hikes vs day hikes and loops.

Unfortunately because of the choice limits allowed in the software, i don't think it will be as accurate/diversified as it might be.

My choices with a full of options would have been the following:

1. Multi-day through hikes (over seven days, over 100 miles), either trails or bushwhack. Like the NPT, I've done it both ways (trail and bushwhack), the PCT or the Continental Divide trail.

2 Combination paddling, backpacking multi day trips.

3. Overnight bushwhacks

And the other differentiation would be remote. The less traveled and the less possibility of running into other people, the better. Also places that are not in the books or advertised or well known.

Most enjoyable (and preferred) were the hikes I've done between 1000 - 3000 miles. So I guess that would be classified as long distance through hiking like the Appalachian trail (which I won't do because it's too "crowded" for my taste.

Hawk


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