The real wild life
The real wild life
I parked my car and readied for what was sure to be a memorable experience. As the hour of 10:00 am approached, I heard the howling of several wolves. This can be a scary sound in a horror movie, but in the parking lot of a wildlife refuge, it is a reminder of why I was here.To meet — and learn from — nature.The Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Rehabilitation is a form of animal hospital that' … [Read More]
Winter dress code
Winter dress code
In the Whiteface Region, we relish getting close to the outdoors no matter the season. Winter turns our mountains into a slippery, frost-covered playground for snowshoeing, boarding, skiing, climbing, and fat tire biking. Here’s the catch: If you’re looking for snow and ice there’s no avoiding the cold, but that doesn’t mean you have to be cold.I learned how to dress for the winter by trial and … [Read More]
Favorite way to top Whiteface?
Whiteface Mountain offers outstanding views - once you get to the top! How do you prefer to make your way to the payoff?Drive or bike the Memorial Highway - 8 miles of scenic twists and turns.//  Keep voting for your ADK favorites:Lake, pond, or river?Family-friendly, close-to-town trek with best views?Where will you reel in the big one?Favorite 6er?Winter activities, anyone?Biking the Coast … [Read More]
Overcoming A Fear Of High Peaks
Overcoming A Fear Of High Peaks
Here’s the lowdown on the High Peaks.  As a person with a built-in penchant for tree and rock climbing, I’d never thought about how being in the High Peaks of the Adirondacks could potentially affect those who are afraid of heights.The truth is that even if you find yourself at the top of one of the Adirondack High Peaks, you’re still actually on the ground. But I do understand that those … [Read More]
All paths lead to Whiteface
All paths lead to Whiteface
The 4,865-foot Whiteface Mountain, New York state's fifth highest peak, is an Adirondack landmark that's difficult to miss. The enormous landmass rises some 10 miles north of most of the other High Peaks — Adirondack mountains higher than 4,000 feet — so its distinctly sharp profile is uncluttered by neighboring peaks. That means the 360-degree view from Whiteface's large, rocky summit is a … [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]
Less Traveled and Underrated
Less Traveled and Underrated
Trails Less TraveledThe Whiteface Region is home to Wilmington, which is known to locals as the banana belt. It seems to always be sunny despite the weather patterns in surrounding villages. Thus, it lends itself to some amazing adventures and unforgettable memories.There are numerous trails and hikes that provide for a day or overnight of fun for the entire family. However, if you ask me the … [Read More]
Climate Change at Whiteface
Climate Change at Whiteface
Did you know? Nearly 70 percent of visitors to the Adirondacks come here during the WARM weather?It’s true. So what’s that mean for Whiteface Mountain? Yes, some folks remember that Whiteface Mountain hosted the alpine events for the 1980 Olympic Winter Games. And yes, today’s avid skiers and riders know that Whiteface is THE place to experience the greatest vertical drop in the east, … [Read More]
A museum where you need it
A museum where you need it
As you slowly meander up the Whiteface Veterans Memorial Highway, you start to wonder about the plants around you. They’re so different and sparse up here on the high-elevation rocks. How do they survive? What makes them different from plants in the valleys? Are there animals that live up here? How do they do it? It’s sure nice here in the summer, but what’s it like in the winter?  … [Read More]
Shaping up for Spring, five trails to help you reach your goals
Shaping up for Spring, five trails to help you reach your goals
Not feeling up to par for spring hiking? Maybe you've been out of the game for a while, or perhaps you just took the winter off? Whatever the reason you can always get yourself ready to hike the trials. It’s tough to climb a High Peak right out of the box, it can be done, but after a bit of a hiatus it may not be the pleasurable experience you pictured.Like the old cliché, “Don’t jump in with … [Read More]

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