Category Archives: Tips

Strategies to prevent heat stress during exercise

For the human body, water is the most important nutrient. Water makes up about 60% of the average person’s weight but can range from 45% to 75% (Campbell & Spano, 2011). Euhydration is a state in which the body water content is adequate to meet a person’s physiologic needs. Hypohydration, a state in which body water content is insufficient and hyperhydration, when the body water content is in excess, both present potential dangers (Campbell &…

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Trail on Slide Mountain at about 3,950'

Hiking in the winter is a dazzling way to experience the backcountry. Besides there being fewer people, you’ll encounter a beauty that you obviously can’t find in the other seasons. However, for the first time winter back-country traveler, it can be daunting. Compared to other seasons your margin for error in winter is less; meaning the mistakes you make are magnified due to the harsh conditions. A few basic tips will help make your first…

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Enjoying the relaxing and reflective moments being in wilderness

When I was a kid my parents would often tell my brother and me to “go outside and play”. I think this was true for all of my friends. We spent very little time indoors. It wasn’t what we were doing that was so important, but that it was being outdoors. Reflecting back and looking at the way many Americans spend their days, I think we have minimized our contact with nature and it’s killing…

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Tent at camp under night stars

After a hard day on the trail, sleep is an important part of your recovery and readiness for the next day. Poor sleep, even one night, can negatively impact your mental and physical performance. Even though most people don’t have a problem sleeping in the backcountry if you do, here are 10 tips to help you off to the land of Wynken, Blynken, and Nod! Plan your campsite location wisely. Look for the best campsite possible. Using designated…

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Trail register at Diamond Notch

Most maintained trails have a trail register and possibly a kiosk. In our many years on the trail we have observed back-country travelers faithfully sign-in and out providing valuable information for authorities. We have also seen hikers, hunters, trail-runners, mountain bikers, etc. pass right by them as they don’t exist. First I have to admit, here in New York, our registers ask for a lot of information which I do not give (i.e., address). Yes,…

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5/19
Information about COVID-19
Please note changes in access and rules for hiking and camping in the Adirondacks and Catskills during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please act responsibly during this stressful period. Please read the DEC info carefully.
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