Posts Tagged ‘Map’


November 01, 2010
Eagle Slide

The two climbers discuss their next move.

Climbers discuss their next move. Photos by Carl Heilman II.

The Eagle's domain

By Phil Brown

Perhaps you’ve heard of Richard Louv’s best-selling book Last Child in the Woods, in which he laments that modern kids grow up cut off from the natural world.

Eli Bickford and Explorer Editor Phil Brown scramble over rocky rubble as they near the Eagle Slide on Giant Mountain.

Eli Bickford and Explorer Editor Phil Brown scramble over rocky rubble as they near the Eagle Slide on Giant Mountain.

Makes you wonder who that last child in the woods will be.

I think I found him.

His name is Eli Bickford. He’s twelve years old. And he’s from Brooklyn. Continue Reading...


September 01, 2010
Ausable Chasm

Kayakers enjoy a quiet stretch between rapids in Ausable Chasm.

Kayakers enjoy a quiet stretch between rapids in Ausable Chasm. Photos by Wayne Gman (a pseudonym).

A chasm divides them

By Brian Mann

For the first time ever this year, whitewater paddlers have enjoyed the right to plunge through the Ausable Chasm in the northeastern Adirondacks, testing their skills against waterfalls and rapids that had been off-limits.

“Coming over that first drop, you’re entering this magical place,” said Andrew Ludke, a kayaker from Pennsylvania who was one of the first to make the run. “You pit your personal skills against that of the river and that of the natural environment.” Continue Reading...


September 01, 2010
Blue Ledge

Annie cools her heels in the Hudson River near Blue Ledge.

Annie cools her heels in the Hudson River near Blue Ledge. Photos by Jeff Scherer.

A gorgeous day

By Winnie Yu

It’s a glorious Saturday morning when we head out to see Blue Ledge, a three-hundred-foot marble cliff in the Hudson Gorge that is expected to be added to the public Forest Preserve in the not-too-distant future.

The Adirondack Nature Conservancy bought Blue Ledge and adjacent lands from Finch, Pruyn & Company three years ago and plans to sell the property to the state. When that happens, the public will have access not only to Blue Ledge, but also to OK Slip Falls, one of the highest cataracts in the state. Continue Reading...


September 01, 2010
Bouldering at Nine Corners

Problem solving

By Alan Wechsler

Ken Murphy ascends the Tower of Power (rated V0).

Ken Murphy ascends the Tower of Power (rated V0). Photo by Alan Wechsler.

What goes up must come down. But not always easily. Take Tower of Power, a spicy, twenty-five-foot route at the Nine Corners bouldering ground in the southern Adirondacks. Bouldering is simply rock climbing without rope, close to the ground. But close is a relative thing.

Though not technically challenging, Tower of Power requires a head for heights. Even with three crash pads down below—thick foam pads to cushion the landing—a climber on top of the route risks a dangerous fall. In bouldering lingo, climbing this high is known as “highballing.” Continue Reading...


September 01, 2010
Champlain Valley

Cyclists venture far afield

By Ethan Rouen

Cyclists enjoy the view of the Adirondack Mountains from West Road in Essex. Photo by Ethan Rouen

Fortunately, the minor disasters that seem to plague most of our outdoor adventures occurred early in our bike trip. We pulled four dusty bicycles out of the garage, and after tightening a few screws, my wife, Kim, our friends Zack and Katie, and I set off on a thirty-five-mile loop through farmlands and rural hamlets in the Champlain Valley. Continue Reading...


July 01, 2010
High Falls Loop

High Falls on the Oswegatchie was but one of the high points of the author's hike.

High Falls on the Oswegatchie was but one of the high points of the author's hike. Photo by Jack Ballard.

A heavenly circle

By Jack Ballard

Jack draws on his tightrope skills while crossing a beaver dam.

Jack draws on his tightrope skills while crossing a beaver dam. Photo by Lisa Densmore.

The feel of sweat rising on the brow from honest exertion is motivation enough for some to take a hike, but most folks set out with another goal in mind: a lofty summit with expansive views, a secluded trout pond, a cool swimming hole on a lazy bend in a river.

As a photographer with an insatiable appetite for sweet, natural things, I am lured by the prospect of finding picturesque waterfalls and berry patches. A route that offers both—such as the sixteen-mile High Falls Loop—is nothing short of hiker’s heaven. Continue Reading...


July 01, 2010
Stillwater Mountain

Susan Bibeau takes in the view of Stillwater Reservoir. Photo by Phil Brown.

Short hike to a big view

By Phil Brown

If you find yourself in the Stillwater region, you might want to get a jump on the future by following a new trail to the fire tower on Stillwater Mountain.

Actually, it’s not a trail yet, but the route has been flagged with pink surveyor’s tape. In less than a half-mile, the route reaches an old trail (a jeep road). You follow this for a half-mile to the tower. It’s just under a mile from the car to the 2,244-foot summit, with an elevation gain of only 525 feet.

In short, this is one of the easiest fire-tower hikes in the Adirondacks. Continue Reading...


July 01, 2010
Idyll on Schuyler Island

Aspiring gourmets Peter Curtis and Nicholas Mann roast hot dogs over a campfire.

Aspiring gourmets Peter Curtis and Nicholas Mann roast hot dogs over a campfire. Photos by Brian Mann.

Three guys play Robinson Crusoe on Lake Champlain's forgotten island

By Brian Mann

Schuyler Island Map

Map by Nancy Bernstein.

A few quick strokes with the paddle draw me out from the Port Kent beach, my kayak threading through the tar-black pilings of the ferry dock. It’s hot and still. Lake Champlain is glassy calm, and the Green Mountains lie against the eastern horizon under a summer haze.

Behind me, I can hear the laughter and chatter of my son, Nicholas, who is fourteen, and his friend, Peter Curtis, who’s thirteen. The two boys are crewing a tandem kayak, still trying to work out their rhythm. It’s Peter’s first time in this kind of boat.  He’s a little uncomfortable and anxious about heading out on the big lake. But after a quarter-hour he settles in. Continue Reading...


July 01, 2010
Whiteface lures bikers

Time to hit the slopes

By Alan Wechsler

Whiteface offers bikers twenty-seven trails. Photo by Nancie Battaglia

In winter, this place would be crawling with skiers. But on a weekday morning in August, I’m nearly alone, or so it seems.

 

I’ve come to Whiteface Mountain to ride my bike down slopes that I have skied for years. Although I can see few other riders, the bike park’s operator, “Downhill” Mike Scheur, has plenty of things to keep him busy. Continue Reading...


May 01, 2010
Poke-O-Moonshine slab climb

Going loco on Poke-O

By Phil Brown

On slab ascents, climbers rely on sticky shoes to propel themselves upward. Photo by Mark Meschinelli

Whenever I drove past Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain and saw rock climbers clinging to the cliffs, often hundreds of feet above the ground, I used to say to myself, “Look at those nuts.” Now I’m about to become one of them. The other nut in this story is my friend Mike Virtanen. It’s mid-May, and we’re standing in a dusty pull-off on Route 9, looking across the highway at Poke-O Slab, a hulk of bedrock that rises four hundred feet above the forest, maybe a half-mile south of the mountain’s main cliff. From this distance, the rock looks almost vertical. It makes me wonder what we’re doing here. Continue Reading...