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Old 04-05-2009, 03:25 PM   #1
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Question 2009 NPT hike

I am planning on hiking the length of the NPT this year. It will not be a fast hike. As a photographer I do not share the opinion expressed in the 3 day hike thread that "if you've seen one maple tree, you've seen them all". I would like to form an acquaintance with some of the more interesting ones along the way.

I haven't ruled out a thru, but my hike will probably be in 2 sections, Northville to Rt. 28, then Rt. 28 to LP, probably in August. There will be lots of photography time and I'm 64 so I don't hike at warp speed anyway (never did). I'm thinking 5 days per section, perhaps only 4, possibly 6. Hey, I'm retired, what's the hurry?

Object? A book I've been thinking about for several years. For that I'd also like to learn the local history of the areas the NPT passes through. If anyone can recommend resources of that type, names of books, etc,. and where I can find them, I'd appreciate it.
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Old 04-05-2009, 03:39 PM   #2
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French Louie is a good book for the West Canada Region.

Also..the Adirondack Museum has a library/archive. I bet you'll find a lot there.
http://www.adkmuseum.org/discover_an..._and_research/
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Old 04-05-2009, 05:42 PM   #3
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I am planning on hiking the length of the NPT this year. It will not be a fast hike. As a photographer I do not share the opinion expressed in the 3 day hike thread that "if you've seen one maple tree, you've seen them all". I would like to form an acquaintance with some of the more interesting ones along the way.

I haven't ruled out a thru, but my hike will probably be in 2 sections, Northville to Rt. 28, then Rt. 28 to LP, probably in August. There will be lots of photography time and I'm 64 so I don't hike at warp speed anyway (never did). I'm thinking 5 days per section, perhaps only 4, possibly 6. Hey, I'm retired, what's the hurry?

Object? A book I've been thinking about for several years. For that I'd also like to learn the local history of the areas the NPT passes through. If anyone can recommend resources of that type, names of books, etc,. and where I can find them, I'd appreciate it.
Our kind of thruhike! We're of similar age and interests, planning a long NPT thuhike for around the same time. Perhaps we can stay in touch and share details as we get closer.

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Old 04-05-2009, 07:48 PM   #4
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Our kind of thruhike! We're of similar age and interests, planning a long NPT thuhike for around the same time. Perhaps we can stay in touch and share details as we get closer.

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Ahem......isn't there something about pots and kettles that should be said here?

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Old 04-05-2009, 08:58 PM   #6
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Old 04-16-2009, 09:16 PM   #7
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2009 npt hike

46er Jim,

I love your hiking philosophy. I think that a wilderness trail, as the NPT is, lends it self very much to slow hiking and "smelling the roses" and appreciating the uniqueness of each Maple. Have you done all the 46ers? as your handle suggests?

I am also planning to thru hike the NPT this year..probably in August or perhaps in July if I just can't wait any longer. I am in my 40's but always a slowish hiker.

Have you done much photography in your time? Possibly borderline pro if you are putting a book together?

You said "..I am retired so what's the hurry?" Heck, I have been saying what's the hurry since I was in my late teens!!

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I am planning on hiking the length of the NPT this year. It will not be a fast hike. ...
Just sauntering along, eh Jim? Can you guess how jealous I am?! And a book sounds VERY good...you know me and books.
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Old 04-17-2009, 06:32 AM   #9
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Life with Noah buy William J O Hern is a excellent book on the Duckhole area an the hermitage, When you get to the hermitage There will be a marker on a tree a tribute to Noah, on the backside of that tree at eye level there was a cross carved in it, this marks where Red Smith's ashes are at the base of that tree, Go down to the river an see the remains of Big dam then walk up the river a hundred yards an look at the views of the sewards with both of there slides, Few people take the time to do it. Duckhole, is awesome place, enjoy it while the dam is still there,
If you have any questions about the area pm me

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At what age does one enter geezerdom?

Or is it a state of mind? Ie. When all the maple trees start looking different?
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At what age does one enter geezerdom?

Or is it a state of mind? Ie. When all the maple trees start looking different?
No when the maple trees start looking sexy.
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Each of these Maples is different, I'm sure. However, I didn't have my scanning electron microscope in my pack so I was unable to catalog the differences.

They sure as hell don't look sexy to me so I guess geezerdom is safely out of reach.

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Each of these Maples is different, I'm sure. However, I didn't have my scanning electron microscope in my pack so I was unable to catalog the differences.

They sure as hell don't look sexy to me so I guess geezerdom is safely out of reach.

OMG! Do you see the trunk on that birch? Wow! Is that hot or what?
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OMG! Do you see the trunk on that birch? Wow! Is that hot or what?
I may be 57...however, after Frosty's post I will never apply for Geezer status.
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Good NPT History books (some of which have already been mentioned):

Adirondack French Louie: Early Life in the North Woods, by Harvey L. Dunham
Life With Noah: Stories and Adventures of Richard Smith with Noah John Rondeau, as told to William J. O'Hern
Lumberjack Sky Pilot, by Frank A. Reed
Excuse Me, Sir... Your Socks Are On Fire, by Larry Weill
Pardon Me, Sir... There's a Moose in Your Tent, by Larry Weill
Adirondack Forest and Stream: An Outdoorsman's Reader, by Donald Wharton
Backwoods Tales: Adirondack Reader II, by Donald Wharton

The majority of these are focused (at least in part) on the West Canada Lakes region, which the NPT goes right smack through the center of.
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