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Adventures, anecdotes, stories, but not hard news

Tongue Mountain Hike

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Last Sunday, I drove to Queensbury, NY, to collect my freshly stoneground skis. It’s a long way to drive for a 10-minute errand, so I drove a few miles north to hike on the Tongue Mountain peninsula. Seventeen years ago,…

Adirondack Summer

Adirondack summer vacation.  If there are no black flies, does it still count as summer?  In August, my family returned to Lake Placid. A different kind of vacation, where I went out on dawn patrol most mornings so we could do…

Wapack Trail Out and Back

Back before the Internet was common currency, I’d heard about the Wapack Trail.  Two different outfits organize races there. There’s an 18-mile out-and-back race in September, and an ultra in May.  For some reason I’d never made it to either…

Friend 2 Friend Summer Solstice: Race Report

After the Morris Mauler 5k, I became curious about what I can get away with running with my knee.  Marathons and longer may not be possible any more, but I’m curious to see where my upper limit is for trail…

Lake Placid Loppet: Return to Forever

One of the SLU carnival races.

In repose, the goddess awaited. Cresting the height of land on Mount van Hoevenberg’s Porter Mountain trail, I led a train of skiers past the abandoned timing hut left over from the 1980 Winter Olympics.  Swathed in snow, the graven…

Lake Placid Loppet: Big Changes for 2015

Last year, following another weather-related postponement to March, the Lake Placid Loppet organizers signaled their intention to move the race to March permanently.  OK.  But like many, I was surprised to find the early registration fee for the Loppet also…

Pitchoff Mountain: Foiled Again

“Pitchoff Mountain?  Isn’t that kind of small?” my wife asked when I outlined my itinerary.  While far from the highest peak in the Adirondacks – At 3600 feet, it’s far from the highest, but I’ve not summited this one.  The day after…