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Welcome! spotlights the most remote Adirondack backcountry venues and seeks to portray the spirit of wilderness adventure. Narratives, photographs and videos provide in-depth descriptions of each outing— slide climbs, rock climbs, ice climbs, bushwhacks and the complete journey of a winter 46er. My hope is that each visitor to this site develops a deeper appreciation and respect for the Adirondack Park, for the natural wonders within its borders.

The Adirondack Park is a six million acre region comprised of public and private land. It is God’s country—a mix of crystalline rivers, serene ponds, diverse waterfalls, expansive woodlands and majestic mountains. Hundreds of miles of maintained trails traverse rugged terrain where a sense of freedom is only natural. Once you experience this freedom and touch the essence of the land you become part of something greater than yourself. I challenge you to explore its reaches and not feel more in touch with the Adirondacks as well as yourself.

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Respecting the Wilderness

The popularity of outdoor adventuring has exploded over recent years. Increasing numbers of people are visiting the Adirondacks. Thousands of miles of hiking trails, mountains large and small, over 100 notable slide climbs and 3,300+ documented rock and ice climbing routes create diverse options for those the inclination to step away from the roadside.  Challenging conditions during all seasons make this both an exciting destination in-and-of itself as well as a training ground for grander mountaineering expeditions across the country and abroad.

Unfortunately the usage comes with a price—the impact we have upon the terrain. This problem has grown with the recent increase of hiker traffic - we're loving the land to death. Those who enjoy the land have a responsibility to learn about it, respect it and use it responsibly. Those who know the precepts of "Leave No Trace" and conservation have a responsibility to teach those with less experience. This concept is not new.

Verplanck Colvin, an Adirondack pioneer who surveyed the region during the eighteen hundreds, spoke of “hanging lakes upon the mountain sides” in reference to the mosses that we often see in the backcountry. The mosses capture the clouds’ vapor and begin the process that fills the Hudson River and provides water throughout much of the state. He and others like him understood the importance of the region, its interconnectivity with all forms of life and took action.

Understanding the Adirondack Park and its relationship to humankind as well as the plants and animals that call it home is no less important today. Each of us must take an active role as a steward of the land to ensure its continued vitality. The following links are a starting point for additional information: ADIRONDACK WILDLIFE REFUGE, Responsible Slide Climbing, Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve,PROTECT the Adirondacks!, Summit Steward Program, Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, Forever Wild, Leave No Trace.