Tag Archives: 10 essentials

Lone hiker

Not planning your hike Planning is an essential part of your hiking trip. Not just picking your destination but many other things that happen between the time you leave your home to the time you return. Guidebooks and maps are important parts of your planning process use them. Read more about this here. Unless you live in the area you’re hiking in you’ll most likely need to travel some distance. So planning begins before you hit…

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The wristwatch. Once it was the way we kept track of time. This was the days before the smartphone or computer. Growing up it was almost a right of passage into manhood to get a good timepiece. One Christmas I opened a present and there it was a pocket watch from my grandfather. What made this special was that he never bought any presents. However, for my grandfather, it was time for my brother and…

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Hiking gear in the forest

When I started hiking, a long time ago, I knew nothing about the 10 essentials. I learned by trial and error, lots of error. Then people smarter than I started talking about essential items you needed to survive or at least be safe when out in the backwoods. Over time I’ve created my way of doing things, cheats, to make sure I have all I need when I head out, you will too. Most people I…

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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. Read more here!