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Old 05-06-2010, 07:08 PM   #1
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Bushwhacking the firetower peaks.

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Mt. Adams for sure, intimately nestled among the giants...but I liked the climb better before it became a marked and maintained trail.
So far I have bushwhacked:

Lyon
Hurricane
Adams
Vanderwhacker
Blue
Wakely
Snowy
Gore
Pillsbury

Only 25 to go!

Anybody else?
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Old 05-06-2010, 08:44 PM   #2
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Old 05-07-2010, 12:28 AM   #3
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Only Gore. Only 33 to go!!
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Old 05-07-2010, 01:49 AM   #4
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So far I have bushwhacked:

Lyon
Hurricane
Adams
Vanderwhacker
Blue
Wakely
Snowy
Gore
Pillsbury

Only 25 to go!

Anybody else?
not me! I was recalling that you wrote a report on Averill/Lyon with peakbager[Alan] a couple of summers ago. PB is a good navigator,I suppose.
Have you bushwhacked these solo or with other bushwhackers? Looncry
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Old 05-07-2010, 09:15 AM   #5
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So far I have bushwhacked:

Lyon
Hurricane
Adams
Vanderwhacker
Blue
Wakely
Snowy
Gore
Pillsbury

Only 25 to go!

Anybody else?
Snowy? Do you really expect us to believe that? I'd need to see picture proof of that one!
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Old 05-07-2010, 10:08 AM   #6
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I bushwhacked Adams too, quite unintentionally though- I've heard that this is a common occurrence. The guidebook says to take your first left past the old observers cabin, and there's an obvious logging road that splits left just past the cabin!

It was worth it though... on our way up, we found an old cross-cut saw in the woods, left behind from historic logging operations.
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Old 05-11-2010, 10:29 AM   #7
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I bushwhacked Lyon as well as the upper portion of Loon Lake Mountain.
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Old 05-11-2010, 11:21 AM   #8
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Loon Lake Mountain.
This one should be added to the Fire Tower Challenge, as it is possible to access it by bushwhacking without crossing private property. You don't need to do all the Adirondack towers to complete the challenge anyways.

Plus the whole Debar Game Management Area and the Debar Wild Forest is a really neat, rarely visited area.

A long term goal of mine is the climb all of the publicly accessible mountains that ever had a fire tower on them.
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Old 05-11-2010, 12:37 PM   #9
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Slightly OT, but here goes.
Long back, my son and I did the LTL to Lila traverse, staying the night on the island on Rock Pond. To the South, there was clearly visible a firetower on Salmon Lake Mt.?
Has anyone else noticed that? I thought it odd that a firetower would be on private land...
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Old 05-11-2010, 01:19 PM   #10
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A lot of the fire towers were constructed on private land that was leased by the state. Mt. Morris is an example of another firetower, prominently visible from Tupper Lake, that is on private land and therefore inaccessible to the public.
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Old 05-20-2010, 11:51 AM   #11
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I've kinda wondered if people bag both firetower sites on "Beaver Lake Mt". The original was @ a lower elevation than the more current one. And would that count as 1, or 2 firetowers ?

Footers & cable remains are still visible @ the lower site.

Bald Mt. in Croghan is right in my backyard & I visited the site for the 1st time this Spring. Hardly worth the little effort, as there's not much of a view w/o the added height of the tower (I guess).
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Old 05-25-2010, 07:04 PM   #12
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Slightly OT, but here goes.
Long back, my son and I did the LTL to Lila traverse, staying the night on the island on Rock Pond. To the South, there was clearly visible a firetower on Salmon Lake Mt.?
Has anyone else noticed that? I thought it odd that a firetower would be on private land...
Yes, there is a tower on Salmon Lake Mt., which is owned by the Whitney family. I mentioned it toward the end of this commentary.
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I've kinda wondered if people bag both firetower sites on "Beaver Lake Mt". The original was @ a lower elevation than the more current one. And would that count as 1, or 2 firetowers ?

Footers & cable remains are still visible @ the lower site.

Bald Mt. in Croghan is right in my backyard & I visited the site for the 1st time this Spring. Hardly worth the little effort, as there's not much of a view w/o the added height of the tower (I guess).
Funny, but I was in that area last week and thought about doing that climb. I drove down Bald Mt. Road but didn't see a trailhead. It was getting late, so I didn't look too hard. So the tower is gone and there is no view?
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Old 05-25-2010, 09:58 PM   #14
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^^^ - There's no noticeable trailhead & the area is easement w/just hunting rights remaining (open to public, otherwise). A muddy atv trail follows a skidder path & leads to the summit from a spur road off of "The Bald Mt. Rd.", or main road. Recently, heavily logged- there's a rock outcropping, which affords an unremarkable view of the end of Long Pond & Tug Hill. The tower was dismantled & now has a new home, near the Dadville's NYDEC (< or, so I hear).
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