Yearly Archives: 2016

Water Bottles

I have written about this as part of another post (here). But let’s take a look at the science behind hyponatremia (aka water intoxication). Hyponatremia (aka water intoxication) is lethal Drinking too much water can lower sodium in the circulating blood to critically low levels, causing mild to life-threatening medical situations. People who take part in activities, such as endurance hiking or backpacking, are at elevated risk. Let’s watch the video from Authority Nutrition and get a handle…

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Sawyer MINI works well with the SmartWater Bottles

We have been using the Sawyer Mini Water Filter System for almost a year now. Like all our reviews we use the equipment for an extended period of then critique it. Makes no sense to use it for a month and offer an opinion. The Sawyer Mini Water Filter System is an ultralight, ultraportable, and very useful tool. The Mini lives up to its name, weighing in at about 2 oz. this beats other water systems. The Mini…

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Deer by stream

I bet if you ask 10 people how you prevent “waterborne” illness nine would say treat, filter, and/or boil the water. Guess what, they would be right. However, what if we change the question a bit. How do we prevent backcountry gastrointestinal illness? Now, what do you think? If we look at gastrointestinal diseases contracted in the backcountry, we don’t have good consensus that it’s from the water you drink.  In the journal “Wilderness and Environmental Medicine”, Thomas…

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Men's Yellow Crew Neck Shirt

I’ll open with – modern-day technical clothing will not complete your trip or climb. It will not determine success. Having said that, it won’t hurt. If you look back in the history of hiking, backpacking, and mountaineering clothing choices would be considered cumbersome and maybe dangerous today. However, many successful expeditions were completed using natural materials, such as canvas, silk, wool or leather. This is important as you need to understand that you must depend on…

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Chris resting and signing the summit register on Friday Mountain.

Below are some simple things to keep in mind when getting ready for hiking. Motivation What are your motivations for hiking? They may change over time and as you gain more experience in the backcountry. Matching your motivation to your trip goals will increase your pleasure and increase the likelihood you will continue this as a lifelong activity. Enjoy nature Challenge Solitude/relaxation Fitness Have fun Enjoy friends and family Peak bagging Others? Matching your motivation to…

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5/49

The Adirondack Mountian Club has closed the Heart Lake Program Center (Lake Placid), Johns Brook Property (Keene Valley), and Member Service Center (Lake George) until at least May 14th.

The Adirondack Mountain Reserve (“AMR”) is immediately reducing the parking capacity on its lot located on the southerly end of Ausable Road where it intersects with Route 73 in St. Huberts.

Effective until further notice all NYS Fire Towers are closed. Also hiking Doubletop and Graham has been closed by the landowners.

The trails connecting to the upper viewing platform to the famed Kaaterskill Falls will be closed until further notice. Read more here