Cooper Kiln adventure
Cooper Kiln adventure
I’m always looking for new corners of the Adirondacks to explore — considering how many corners this place has, I expect to be busy for a very long time — so me and my wife, Anna, our dog, Belle, our friend Emilee and her dog, Roscoe, embarked on a hike to Cooper Kiln Pond, followed by a side trip to the beautiful and accessible Wilmington Slide.This hike can be done as a point-to-point by … [Read More]
Wow, Mr. McKillip, Just Wow
Wow, Mr. McKillip, Just Wow
Mr. McKillip was an early settler of the Alder Brook Valley, and what is also known as the Alder Brook Mountain Range. The McKillip family was one of many Irish settlers in the region and one of the families whose name lives on forever as part of our Adirondacks.The McKillip family had a settlement at the base of the Alder Brook Mountains — as did the Duncan Family, both of which are now … [Read More]
A geocaching adventure
A geocaching adventure
Do you know what geocaching is? I didn’t. At least, not exactly. Ok, so I had a rough idea and had heard people talking about it now and then. But I wanted to try finding a “cache” and hadn’t the first idea how to go about it.As luck would have it, my friendly ‘cubicle mate,' Kerry, is an avid geocacher! When I mentioned it one day at work she piped up and told me there are several … [Read More]
Leggett Mountain: an 1876 exploit
Leggett Mountain: an 1876 exploit
It was 1876 when a very rudimentary map was created for St. Armand, Wilmington, North Elba, and Keene. Essentially it was a wide overview of Essex County and showed basic locations of mountains and other features, but one feature caught my eye: Leggett Mountain.What is Leggett Mountain? I had never heard of it, and it surely doesn’t exist on any maps I had ever seen before. Researching other old … [Read More]
Cobble Overlook & Winch Mountain: 2 great peaks & 1 new trail
Cobble Overlook & Winch Mountain: 2 great peaks & 1 new trail
A bit of trail before a bit of forestAs I sit writing this flashback story that is engraved in my head, Corenne is playing the part of Shelly Duval standing over my shoulder reading as I ponder behind the computer as Jack Nicholson. She thinks it’s pretty funny, asking, “Hi honey, get a lot written today?” I can only laugh at the thought since we just watched that thriller.Corenne and I had just … [Read More]
Notch Mountain
Notch Mountain
Exploring an obscure peak in the Sentinel RangeAs a sort of five-year reunion, I decided to head back into the Sentinel Range - but more specifically onto Notch Mountain. The Sentinel Range is a large tract of land resting in a true wilderness state along Wilmington Notch; hence where it got its unofficial name. Notch Mountain cannot be found as such on any map, but as a rock climber this … [Read More]
Back-country Camping in Wilmington *Two favorite destinations*
Back-country Camping in Wilmington *Two favorite destinations*
Adirondack Primitive CaMping at its bestI would like to tell you about two of my favorite camping spots in the Whiteface Region of the Adirondacks: Cooper Kiln Pond and the Whiteface Brook Lean-to. While many more camping options do exist (for example: Taylor Pond State Campground, Copperas Pond lean-to, and Wilmington Notch State Campground), I have a fondness for these two primitive locations. … [Read More]
DIY High Peaks Adventure: Street & Nye (Day 2 of 2)
DIY High Peaks Adventure: Street & Nye (Day 2 of 2)
Bushwhacking a High Peak... or TwoWhen I left you last we had come down from a half-day adventure of three peaks and settled in for the night after planning this days adventure: a bushwhack up Street and Nye. The route we were about to take, although not totally unheard of, was a bit of a mystery to most people we talked to. Apparently it’s a very scenic and relatively easy approach to the two … [Read More]
DIY High Peaks Adventure (Day 1 of 2)
DIY High Peaks Adventure (Day 1 of 2)
A new route up Street and NyeI guess you might call this a do-it-yourself High Peaks adventure with a bit of an added bonus. It was such a long-planned trip with a bunch of cool stuff to see that we decided to make this a two-day adventure, and over the course of two blogs I will share this outing from last spring.Street and Nye are by far not the most popular of the 46 High Peaks, and while I … [Read More]
Lake Placid Slide: Winter Climb
Lake Placid Slide: Winter Climb
Lake Placid Slide on Whiteface MountainAn Adventure for Summiting WhitefaceThis tends to be a yearly endeavor of mine and this year is no exception. However this season the cold has been brutal and being exposed on the side of Whiteface probably wasn’t the wisest of choices, but we were prepared for Mother Nature’s fury.The day started with a ski and would end with a ski, with a bit of … [Read More]

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