Fall

The hands are a very tough subject to grasp, ha-ha, just kidding. Actually the hands are pretty easy to monitor and layer up, because they are usually the first to feel the effects of cold temperatures. However, if in the past you have had frost nip or frost bite to your digits, they are more susceptible to cold issues in the future. It is unfortunate, but a large number of winter enthusiasts suffer from the ill effects of cold injuries; I am one of them.Handwear is one of those products that every company in the outdoor industry produces. Some look great but their function isn’t quite up to... continue reading
 
            For a long time, the weather in our region lingered in September even beyond the calendar, with warm, sunny days dominating the forecast.  For that matter I swam in Lake Colby in Saranac Lake through the first week of October.  But the warm trend changed swiftly as cold fronts finally began to deliver their stored up Canadian chill and it didn’t take long for the region to feel like November.  Winds stripped the remaining leaves from the trees and scattered them across the ground.  And morning after morning has been marked by frost and touches of snow, and even though a brief... continue reading
 
The saying goes you lose most of your body heat through your head, its true ya know? The head can also be used as a temperature regulator for your entire body if done correctly. Putting on a hat can warm up your entire body, even your feet. Taking off your hat will quickly cool you down. A preference for me is to carry two hats for a day trip; a light layer for warmer temperatures and easier temperature regulation and a heavier hat for summits, tree line, heavy winds, and cooler conditions and as a backup.One important trick; when you take off your hat tuck it into a pocket or into your... continue reading
 
            With the next week predicted to be chilly and wet, Wren and I took advantage of a warm day to hike Scarface Mountain in Ray Brook.  Scarface is another of the Saranac Lake 6ers and offers a variety of habitats and scenery throughout the hike.  With hunting season underway I had Wren don her bright orange vest which gives her the look of a super hero in a cape as she races down the trail, and we headed out.             For the first couple miles the trail winds up and down through coniferous forest – pines with a thick balsam fir understory.  I often hike this portion of Scarface... continue reading
 
With the decreasing amount of daylight and the increase in moisture falling from the sky in the late fall, some of the mountain bike trails in the area do get a little wet and may not be suitable for riding again until the other side of winter.  However, that is not true for all of the mountain bike trails in the area.  In this final cycling post of the season I offer some suggestions for which trails in the area to avoid, and which trails will remain ridable until the snow begins to fall.  As always, no matter what trail you are on, it is best for the health of the trail system to walk... continue reading
 
            As October leaves fall with passing cold fronts, it is time to head out at night to look and listen for northern saw-whet owls.  Saw-whets are small (about 8 inches long) owls, and the smallest owl in our region.  They migrate north in the early spring to breed in the Adirondacks and to our north, and then they migrate back through our region during the middle of the fall.  And the first few weeks of October are the best time to find them.  And while the owls are more vocal during the spring because they are beginning their breeding season, they will call during their southbound... continue reading
 
Another killer fall day in the Adirondacks and I had the esteemed pleasure of hiking with an outstanding group of outdoor enthusiasts, and boy were they enthused. About a month ago I brought a group up to Summit Rock for a great day on the trails and during that trip I was asked about a full through hike of the pass in the future. I gave it some thought and sure enough, it was planned.After our bumpy ride over to Upper Works we got our packs all tied to our backs, said farewell to the bus driver and off we went. The bus was to pick us up in roughly 7-hours in Lake Placid. Yes that’s right;... continue reading
 
The Peninsula Trails in Lake Placid are probably the most conveneint oppotunity to hop on your mountain bike and get on a trail in town. The milage may be short, but there is ample parking at two conveneint access points, and the view of Lake Placid at "the dam" is absolutely breathtaking. Getting to the trails is easy. From the intersection of Routes 73 and 86 in Lake Placid, follow Route 86 through town, and continue to follow it as it swings left and climbs a short hill. Turn right on Peninsula Road — it looks like the entrance to a hotel, but you’ll see a large DEC sign for... continue reading
 
I have been on a bushwhacking frenzy lately it’s nice to be able to share my experiences with you. I so often end up only have a few hours to play on a given day, so it’s very hard to find a partner to go with, so thank you for listening. I started this mini-adventure at the Copperas Pond Trailhead and wasted no time ascending the steep trail. Rather than making the right and going toward Copperas Pond I stayed straight and hiked toward Winch Pond. I continued on a fast pace to reach Winch Pond quickly so I could start my bushwhack route.I set a course to hike around Winch Pond to the north... continue reading
 
Oh I'd rather go and journeyWhere the diamond crescent's glowing andRun across the valley Beneath the sacred mountainAnd Wander through the forestWhere the trees have leaves of prismsAnd break the light in colorsThat no-one knows the names of-Wasn’t Born to FollowCarole King and Gerry Goffin; recorded by the Byrds 
 

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