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3 Things to Know about Winter Hiking Above Tree Line

2021-01-26T08:57:30-05:00

Tree line: the line or altitude above which no trees grow. Many popular summits in the Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness—namely Cascade, Wright, Algonquin, and Marcy—have sections of trail that are completely exposed above tree line. While this offers astounding views of the surrounding landscape, it also brings with it important READ MORE

Why We Say “Cotton Kills”

2021-01-26T08:57:31-05:00

The phrase “cotton kills” is an old adage in outdoor recreation circles. Though it might sound dramatic, this statement is actually supported by science. Cotton greatly increases the risk of hypothermia for outdoor recreators because a) it absorbs significantly more water than other fabrics, and b) loses the ability to READ MORE

Hiking During Coronavirus: Please Pack a Face Mask

2020-05-15T09:00:40-04:00

Update 5/15: Last night, Governor Cuomo signed an executive order extending "New York on PAUSE" for regions of the state that do not meet the requirements to begin reopening. This extends restrictions on non-essential travel, gatherings, and other risk-reducing strategies for these parts of the state. With the governor’s “New READ MORE

How to Protect Your Backcountry Food—and You!

2021-01-26T08:57:38-05:00

The following appeared in the 2020 Mar/Apr issue of Adirondac Magazine By Tom Hart My last gear review in Adirondac looked at freeze-dried food alternatives. Many of you let me know reading the article made you hungry! Guess who else likes the food you carry into the backcountry? Bears, pine READ MORE

Debunking the Myth that Street and Nye is a Good “Bad Weather” Hike

2021-01-26T08:57:38-05:00

Often times I hear people refer to the hike up Street and Nye Mountains as a good “bad weather” hike. I fully understand the sentiment behind this because, compared to other peaks in the region, the views are not as open or invigorating. Nye Mountain’s view looks similar to the READ MORE

Ticks in Winter

2021-01-26T08:57:39-05:00

The following appeared in the 2020 Jan/Feb issue of Adirondac Magazine By Dr. Richard Ostfeld Photographs courtesy of Cary Institute/Pamela Freeman The black-legged ticks that infect us with Lyme and other tick-borne diseases disappear in winter, right? Not entirely. Although we are less likely to get a tick bite in READ MORE