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Old 12-26-2007, 07:46 PM   #401
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Hello everyone. Iíve been lurking around here for a few weeks but this is my first post. What a great Adirondack resource this seems to be. How did we get by before forums?

I guess Iíll give a little background info about me. I grew just north of the blue line and have enjoyed the outdoors since I was very young. I started out as a diehard hunter/fisherman but seldom do either now. I do enjoy shooting a few ducks now and then though. After that, I was bitten by the whitewater kayaking bug and have paddled many of the classic runs around the northeast. Right now, I have been out of the whitewater scene for about 4 years and most of my paddling buddies from Plattsburgh have moved away or weíve just lost touch. I would love to do some more paddling this spring though.

I am an aspiring 46ír too. I have 14 under my belt, some in summer, some in winter and some several times over. That is another priority for this summer. I guess I should mention that I just moved back to the area after spending 5 years in the Canton area. While out there, I worked long hours, drank beer and got fat! Working long hours out of town took its toll on me. I did what I had to do for my career though. Anyway, since I got back Iíve gotten into my old hobbies and all is well.

That brings me to my latest passion. Last summer I bought a solo canoe and spent all of my free time paddling the Saranac River, SRCA and anything else around that seemed cool. I plan on doing the 90 miler this fall.

Well, thatís all I have for now. Donít worry, this will probably be my longest post.

Thanks everyone,

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Old 12-26-2007, 09:44 PM   #402
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Just found this thread. Been on the board since 2004 when I started to get back into hiking. My first climb was at the age of 4. The family climbed Blue Mountain to the fire tower. That was back in 1957. Guess that makes me an old fart being an AARP member huh? We always family camped EVERY weekend when school was out at Lake Durant. They always saved site number 32 for us cause rain or shine we were there.

I work for Warren County in whatever capacity they chose to pay me. By education and profession, I am a geologist. In actuality, I am a special projects manager currently looking at returning train service to Tahawus for use by tourists to access the high peaks.

I have done a number of solo hikes and some with an old high school friend. In 66 we did our first overnight trip. Well, it was 6 nights from the Upper works through the flowed lands (which we called the flooded lands) to Lake Colden to Marcy to Phelps to Colden and out to Keene Valley. We used it to get ready for fall sports, Jim for cross country and me for football. Did not help me much! Did my time (7 years) in the Air Force with heavies and moved back to the area. Have worked for Warren County since 81. I think my count is around 14 peaks with many being done more than once. In 2003 and 2004 I started hitting the peaks again and then my wife took ill and we spent all our time and $$ finding the cause. Unfortunately, we found the cause and it is not kind. Kinda puts a damper on things but we make do. The kids have agreed to (they don't know it yet) spend a day here and there at home with their mother so I can resume hiking. I would love to join some of you slower moving people on outings but can not commit to anything until the day of the hike given that we never know how the illness will present itself on any given day.

If anyone is looking to do a quick day hike up Thomas or Cat feel free to give a shout as the trailhead is about a tenth of a mile from our house.

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Old 01-08-2008, 11:08 PM   #403
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Hello from a newbie to this site!

I was born and rasied in Ontario my backround was a pretty straight forward progression for a flat lander. Started hiking, moved to backpacking then Portages finally got in to caving. Most of my hikes were in Frontenac and Bon Echo Parks. I had also spent a good part of my youth enjoying summer days in the Adirondacks around Lake Placid and Lake George but never did much more than short walks to look at what seemed like unreachable mountains.

One day I was @ Tremblant Park 5 years ago and the views from a hike got me hooked. I knew it was time to revisit the High Peaks and attempt one of the 4k mountains.

After much research and what seemed like a never ending walk up I had reached the summit of Cascade Mountain on a fine summer day and the drug had been injected full force. Views of Algonquin Peaks dome summit and craggy Pitchoff made me ready for many new trips in the range. It was wonderful to revisit an area of my youth with a new set of eyes.

Years later I have visited and climbed in the ADKs, Greens, Whites, Sierra, Southern Costal, Great Basin, Cascades (volcanoes and interior), Selkriks, Rockies and many other areas. The Adirondacks are still my home and has not lost one bit of its charm. I prefer it over any other range in the east for the beautiful mix of wilderness and comfort plus those wonderful nasty trails that keep you fit for any approach on a western peak.

To my surprise the ADKs have become brand new once again now that I have started technical climbing. The area has so many challenges in more remote settings than places like NH and route descriptions are vauge at best making for even more adventure.

One thing that really stands out in the mountains of this area are the great and kind people that make for such a wonderful place to call home.
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Old 01-09-2008, 08:26 AM   #404
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"To my surprise the ADKs have become brand new once again now that I have started technical climbing."

James,

I like the way you put that. It's funny how the Adirondacks become "brand new" as you get into different activities. For me, it started with hunting/fishing then whitewater kayaking, cross country skiing hiking and finally canoeing. Now I still do everything except I really don't hunt or fish that much. I grew up just north of the blue line and even after spending all that time here, I still have so much more to see and do. Ain't it great?

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Old 01-27-2008, 09:59 AM   #405
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Hiking in the Adirondacks

I'm Swiss (21 years old) and major in English literatur and linguistics at the University of Zurich. To improve my English I applied to become a camp counselor and got hired. In summer 2006 I came for my first summer to the Adirondacks (Old Forge, NY). In the camp I work at, I'm responsible for the 14 and 15 year old boys. One of my responsibilities at camp is to organize and lead overnight trips (canoeing or hiking). I personally prefer to go hiking in the High Peaks. I'm an 18er. In June I will return for my third summer and I'm really looking forward to this. I really got into the High Peaks and I'm planning on becoming a 46er.
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Old 01-27-2008, 01:37 PM   #406
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Where are you staying when you come to the states?.

And just out of curiosity, the Alps aren't enough of a challenge? Theres lots of hikes there that don't require technical climbing. Or is it the mountain forest that draws you?

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Old 01-28-2008, 01:42 PM   #407
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Most of my summer I spend in camp in Old Forge, NY (as a counselor). From there I go on trips to the High Peaks. Last year I could stay at my friend's place once camp was over so that I could stay a little longer in the Adirondacks. I don't know about this summer yet. Maybe I will be able to stay once more at my friend's place.

Concerning your other question: Of course, the Alps are a big challenge and i have been hiking in the Alps. But most of those peaks are actual mountains and thus way higher than the High Peaks. I prefer hiking rather than technical climbing. And the mountain forest (in the High Peaks) really draws me. I'm for instance planning on doing an overnight trip to Dial, Nippletop, Colvin, and Sawteeth. The views you have there looking at Gothics and the other peaks of the Great Range, the views of Ausable lakes, especially from Indian Head and Fish Hawk Cliffs, are nicest views I have ever seen. I'm really looking forward to this trip, even though I still need to wait about five months until I can do it.
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Most of my summer I spend in camp in Old Forge, NY (as a counselor). From there I go on trips to the High Peaks. Last year I could stay at my friend's place once camp was over so that I could stay a little longer in the Adirondacks. I don't know about this summer yet. Maybe I will be able to stay once more at my friend's place.

Concerning your other question: Of course, the Alps are a big challenge and i have been hiking in the Alps. But most of those peaks are actual mountains and thus way higher than the High Peaks. I prefer hiking rather than technical climbing. And the mountain forest (in the High Peaks) really draws me. I'm for instance planning on doing an overnight trip to Dial, Nippletop, Colvin, and Sawteeth. The views you have there looking at Gothics and the other peaks of the Great Range, the views of Ausable lakes, especially from Indian Head and Fish Hawk Cliffs, are nicest views I have ever seen. I'm really looking forward to this trip, even though I still need to wait about five months until I can do it.
I pretty much figured that was it. On the other hand, I would love to be able to do some hiking in the alps. Not climbing, but just the opportunity to spend some time in those beautiful Alpine meadows. It's one place (well among many) that i haven't been to that i would like to have had the opportunity.

So now you are on 'the first trip'. I break treks away from where I live into three "trips" the first is the planning. getting the maps and the guides, researching on the Internet, planning the gear and setting the itinerary and taking the trip in my mind. Visualizing many of the things i am going to see when i get there, wondering how much more spectacular it is going to be in real time compared to the pictures I've seen and the terrain I've visualized in my mind.

Then there is the actual trip seeing with my own eyes the splendors that until now were only images on paper, or a computer screen or in my mind based on the descriptions of the guidebook authors.

Then there is the 'trip after the trip", many of those actually. That's when i begin to tell someone about it and pull out the photos I have taken and show on the topo software exactly where the pictures were taken from. Sometimes I have snippets of video that are solely recorded sound, maybe a thunderstorm, or an elk trumpeting or thousands of peepers singing their symphony. Birdsong, the sounds of rushing water and I can close my eyes and once again relive those moments in time.

That's the great thing about backpacking, we do it in our, imagination, in actuality, and finally in our memories. I'm currently taking my "first trip" planning for the Missouri Breaks, Glacier, Sawtooth, and Mount St. Helen's.

So enjoy the dream, the trip and the memory. Ain't life GRAND?
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Old 04-07-2008, 09:34 AM   #409
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Grew up in Glens Falls, spent my young summers at Sky Farm religious prison stacking wood and swatting mosquitoes. Went to college at Plattsburgh, enjoyed summers risking death jumping off cliffs into Split Rock, Lake George or other water holes. Ran in the Adk Marathon back in the Barry Brown days - that dude was gifted. Many fishing trips (as north as Chazy Lake, as far south of Sagandaga), camping excursions, canoe trips, even got hopelessly lost in the Pharoah Wilderness in '72. Spent some summers catering to tourists in restaurants of Lake George, and being a cowboy at Storytown. Stayed out of the woods for a year after the Robert Garrow scare and was creeped out about swimming in the lakes when Jaws hit the theaters (drive-ins)! Traveled around in the USMC and became aware of much higher mountains, colder winters, darker canopied forests/jungles, stronger rivers, etc. - but still love the relatively tame Adirondacks. Now still stuck in the broken Middle East - but will eventually return and joined the overtaxed, largely poor population of the North Woods.
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Old 04-07-2008, 09:55 AM   #410
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Hey homesick, sounds like you've been all around. I hope you make it back safe and sound to the ADK's and soon too!
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Thank you for those kind words. Love to find a patch of dirt on Charlie Hill Road, Schroon Lake overlooking the mountains... Just the right amount of seclusion while still on the grid - and quick access to the Northway for day trips to Boston, NYC or Montreal for my city-fied wife!
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Old 04-07-2008, 07:21 PM   #412
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Head is down!

Many thanks - you can bet I'm keeping my head down.
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Old 05-19-2008, 08:00 AM   #414
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Hi, all. My name is Tammy. I'm a 48 year old lawyer in Virginia, married, mother of a 17 year old boy and 15 year old girl. I'm originally from central NJ. My family has been going to the Eagle Bay area since the early 1900's. According to my mother -- and I have no reason to doubt her, LOL! -- my great aunt Maude owned the property in Eagle Bay that is now Clark's Marina. When the time came for her to give up the properly, she couldn't decide which family members to leave it to, so she sold it off. Ugh.

My mother's family used to stay at a place owned by a family named Shepherd (Shepard, Shepard?) down what's now Train Wreck Point road, right next to North Woods Inn on 4th Lake. That's the first place I remember in the Adirondacks. After my parents were married, my mother would bring me and my brother up on the train to join the family. Eventually, IIRC, the Shepherd's sold the property and we began staying with at Tom and Rose Kane's place, right next to The Kenmore. I went to college in 1977, my brother went in 1978, my parents moved from NJ to Ohio in 1979, and we stopped going . . . until 1990, when we started back again. My kids have been coming since before they were born. We now stay two weeks every summer at the Fulton House, owned by Jon and Leslie Bailey, across 28 from Rondaxe Road. So I have a long history with the region, just done in many two week chunks!

I'm not much of a climber, but I'm happy to wander on the lesser climbs. Actually, I'm happy to plant my butt in an Adirondack chair on the dock and just sit there for my entire two weeks . . .

My husband and I are hoping to retire to that area as soon as our youngest is out of college. He's a computer geek by trade and a photographer on the side and we're hoping the photography might work out up there.

Meanwhile, I'm delighted to be here.
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I grew up outside of Utica, NY and spent quite a bit of time in the Old Forge area as a child. In high school and college I started backpacking and spent time exploring the High Peaks. A few years ago my husband and I bought a small cabin outside Tupper Lake. Since we run a small home business, we have been spending a few months out of each year there with our 2 kids. The rest of the year we live in Buffalo, NY.
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I recently joined this forum after a few months of "lurking" around looking for info on the Adirondacks.

I'm a married male, 46 years old with 2 children (adult & late teen) and have been spending a lot of time in the wilderness since I was a foetus. My parents were avid hikers/campers and actually had to get back home in a hurry from a (car) camping trip when my mom suddenly went into labor. I was raised in Montreal and lived there for 29 years. I moved to Eastern Ontario (1000 Islands region) in 1991 and been living here happily ever since. Most of my working life has been in the sales and marketing of plumbing & heating supplies. For the past 2 years, I've been working for an environmental remediation equipment manufacturer as their parts coordinator. I enjoy my job and the knowledge our systems help clean up oil & chemical spills all over the US & Canada.

As far as I can remember while growing up (The 80's were a bitch weren't they?), I was always part of an organisation which allowed me good (and safe) access to the woods. Boyscouts, army cadets and the Canadian Army Reserve all contributed in helping me become comfortable in the wilderness. Between the age of 2 and 20, most of my free time was spent camping, hiking, paddling and backpacking in the boreal forests of Quebec and Ontario. I got married at 22 and my wilderness time was reduced a great deal since my wife didn't share my love for the wild places. For many years, car-camping became the standard weekend adventure and my backpacking time was limited to a single short weekend each year. For the last 3 years or so, the wife hasn't been so keen on camping and the kids prefer their nintendo and facebook to spending some quality trail time with the old man so I've been able to get away more often. I've done quite a few (mostly solo) treks in Frontenac, Algonquin and Charleston Lake provincial parks in Ontario. When looking for new territories (on the internet), I came upon this forum and after spending a lot of time reading the numerous posts decided to explore the Adirondacks.

I fell in love!!! My first trip was last year and I chose the easy way. I decided on the Cranberry Lake State Campground as a base for a couple day hikes. On the way in, I'm driving through and everywhere I look, I see a trailhead sign. WOW! I must be in heaven... I spent a GREAT weekend and promised myself I'd be back. It didn't take too long... In October I decided to tackle my first section of the Northville-Placid trail. I spent a blissful long weekend hiking the NPT from Benson to Piseco and I know I'll be back this year to hike the next section.

Thanks to all for making this forum such a great place to share information.
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Buster Bear, are you, or are you not, related to the Buster Bear written about in "The Adventures of Buster Bear" by Thornton W. Burgess?


Story here: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/22816...-h/22816-h.htm
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I grew up outside of Utica, NY and spent quite a bit of time in the Old Forge area as a child. In high school and college I started backpacking and spent time exploring the High Peaks. A few years ago my husband and I bought a small cabin outside Tupper Lake. Since we run a small home business, we have been spending a few months out of each year there with our 2 kids. The rest of the year we live in Buffalo, NY.

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Do you know a couple whose first names are: Don & Margaret, Pegr? They built a palce near Tupper and live year round now. He's a wallpaper hanger & she is a school librarian.
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Buster Bear, are you, or are you not, related to the Buster Bear written about in "The Adventures of Buster Bear" by Thornton W. Burgess?

Story here: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/22816...-h/22816-h.htm
Never heard of this book before but I might be interested in buying one since Buster Bear has been my nickname since the mid 80's.

What about you Lute, Will you admit you are Pennywise, The Clown from IT?
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Never heard of this book before but I might be interested in buying one since Buster Bear has been my nickname since the mid 80's.

What about you Lute, Will you admit you are Pennywise, The Clown from IT?
Pennywise was eventually subdued, but since nature abhors a vacuum (and I'm doing nothing else), I thought I'd fill the vacancy while awaiting better developments (or a better avatar).

BTW, you can read the actual Buster Bear story in the second link I provided. The Gutenberg Project takes long-out-of-print books and posts them online.
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