Tag: Adirondacks

Climb to the Castle in the Clouds

Sunday was the tenth anniversary of the Climb to the Castle (C2C), the forbidding roller ski race up the Whiteface Mountain toll road in Wilmington, NY. It wasn’t my worst race, but it was far from my best. Those who…

Ampersand Mountain and Beyond

This weekend, Ampersand Mountain in Adirondacks was my Saturday goal. With the Climb to the Castle, the fearsome roller ski race up the Whiteface toll road, looming on Sunday, I wanted to hike something fun, but not so big that I’d…

Tongue Mountain Hike

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…

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…

Dewey Mountain: Cookie Clash of the Titans

The crash, right after the start.  Until Peru Nordic’s Cookie Clash on Saturday, I’ve managed to avoid mass collisions at the start of mass start races. It’s a no-frills, all business race on a technically demanding loop.  Four 2.5 km laps,…