Hiking-Backpacking

The Zero Essential

The Zero Essential is usually forgotten by those who mindlessly regurgitate the ten essentials, perhaps because you don’t buy it in a store, and you don’t even take it with you. (For more on this issue see The Ten Essentials…

The Ten Essentials Farce

For decades self-proclaimed backpacking experts have mindlessly regurgitated the Seattle Mountaineers “Ten Essentials” like brain washed cult followers. In October of 2007 REI posted an article proclaiming a “New Ten Essentials” list, and the brain dead adherents of the so…

Franklin Gulf Park

Formerly known as Larkin Woods, Franklin Gulf Park is a 637-acre, County-owned, undeveloped park in the Towns of Eden and North Collins. It is primarily a wooded area that has impressive topography and scenic natural features, such as creeks, ravines,…

A Tale of Two Hikers

Two recent stories of hikers who did not return from a day hike as planned highlight the difference between hikers who are prepared to spend a night in the woods even if they had set out on a day hike,…

Adirondack Update: Camping Restrictions

In 2001, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (the “DEC”) added new camping restrictions to the regulations governing use of wilderness areas in the Adirondack Park, including (1) a description of an area known as the South Meadows-Flowed…