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Owl’s Head Mountain & Fire Tower, Sargent Ponds Wild Forest, Adirondacks, NY. Winter Fire Tower Challenge Hike!

Owl’s Head Mountain & Fire Tower, Sargent Ponds Wild Forest, Adirondacks, NY. Winter Fire Tower Challenge Hike!

This one felt like cheating, because it was more like late Spring than Winter conditions! Wellllll….except for the summit push, that was ALL Winter, an icy scramble requiring caution AND traction aides, like most of the trails this year. Once we arrived at the summit, we were rewarded for all of the hard work with nearly windless,…Continue Reading

Winter Fire Tower Challenge Hike #2 and My First SOLO Climb! Black Mountain!

Winter Fire Tower Challenge Hike #2 and My First SOLO Climb! Black Mountain!

I know, I said I would do the Catskill towers first… …but the SNOW was in the Adirondacks and I wanted some! So on February 5th, I headed off for Black Mountain, the tallest of the peaks that surround Lake George. This was also my very first solo adventure of any real magnitude! Sure, I…Continue Reading

A Family-Friendly Getaway: Review of ADK’s Adirondak Loj & Wilderness Campground on Heart Lake

A Family-Friendly Getaway: Review of ADK’s Adirondak Loj & Wilderness Campground on Heart Lake

WHERE: The Adirondak Loj & Wilderness Campground at Heart Lake, Lake Placid, NY 1002 Adirondack Loj Road Lake Placid, NY 12946-0867 Google Maps Directions RESERVATIONS: 518-523-3441 Or Review Accommodation Choices and Book Online! I know I have posted here and there about this place, but it’s time for a full-on review and tour. Because we love…Continue Reading

Trail Tip Tuesday: Ten Tips For The First Family Backpacking Trip

Trail Tip Tuesday: Ten Tips For The First Family Backpacking Trip

“Can we do that again, Mom?” Extended wilderness stays can be challenging to plan for seasoned outdoor veterans. Taking the family along for the first time can be nerve wracking! Here are some tried-and-true tips for taking first-timers on a backpacking trip that made all the difference for us on Dora’s first trip.Continue Reading

Monday Mountain Madness: Poke-O-Moonshine, Adirondacks, NY

Monday Mountain Madness: Poke-O-Moonshine, Adirondacks, NY

A classic Adirondack climb! Hike Stats: Summit Elevation: 2,180 feet Elevation Gain: 1,280 feet Total Mileage: 2.4 miles Click Here for Directions to the Poke-O-Moonshine Trailhead Continue Reading

“MUST-DO” MONDAY MISSION: Outplay, Outlast, Outshine and Out Your Inner Monkey at Adirondack Extreme in Bolton Landing, NY!

“MUST-DO” MONDAY MISSION: Outplay, Outlast, Outshine and Out Your Inner Monkey at Adirondack Extreme in Bolton Landing, NY!

Complete your Monday Must-Do Mission and tell us all about it for chances to win awesome stuff on FAN APPRECIATION FRIDAY! 7/10/2015 FAN APPRECIATION FRIDAY Eligibility: Post a photo of your favorite Treetop Obstacle Course or similar facility (zipline…obstacle race on the ground…we love it all!) and a link to find out more about it. We will choose…Continue Reading

The Bog River Flow: Kayak Camping at Hitchins Pond, Bog River, Low’s Lake, Adirondacks, NY

The Bog River Flow: Kayak Camping at Hitchins Pond, Bog River, Low’s Lake, Adirondacks, NY

***UPDATE 4/7/17*** A video tour of the Bog River Flow is now posted on our YouTube channel! The video features footage from the hike to Low’s Ridge [a.k.a. Hitchens Pond Overlook], paddling almost the entire length of the Bog River Flow, and several campsites. I have added the video to the end of the post as…Continue Reading

Wilderness Life Lesson: Our First Climb Up Wright Peak, Adirondack High Peaks, NY

Wilderness Life Lesson: Our First Climb Up Wright Peak, Adirondack High Peaks, NY

We did our first real winter mountain climb in January of 2010. Some time before, Chris and I watched YouTube videos someone posted about a winter climb of Algonquin Peak, the first high peak we had ever done. I told Chris “this WILL be us some day!!” It looked wonderful and scary. Perfect. ;0) The…Continue Reading

A Quick Winter Camp in the Adirondacks for a Sunrise Summit!

A Quick Winter Camp in the Adirondacks for a Sunrise Summit!

Well, it finally happened….I was laid up with the dreaded winter cold! I am honestly surprised it took so long given the sickly sounds making the rounds where I work. Last weekend, I was finally feeling well enough again to get the itch for an adventure!Continue Reading

Lake Placid Family Valentine’s Weekend Part I: The Olympic Center Attractions and a Ride on the Bobsled Run!

Lake Placid Family Valentine’s Weekend Part I: The Olympic Center Attractions and a Ride on the Bobsled Run!

My favorite Christmas gift this year, maybe ever, was from Chris. He booked a Valentine weekend trip for me, him, and Dora in our favorite outdoor winter sports town, the Olympic Village of Lake Placid, NY. A month or so before the trip, we purchased the Olympic Passports for all of us, which gave us…Continue Reading

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