Hiking-Backpacking

Can Hiking and Hunting Co-exist?

Once again the hiking forums are flooded with post about not hiking during big game hunting season.  Last year, a local ADK Club Chapter cancelled a planned hike “due to hunting season” even though the hike was in a county…

How to Survive a Day Hike

The Eastwick Press recently published a story about two local hikers who got in trouble on a planned day hike up Round Mountain in the Adirondacks. You can read the full story here: Desperate Hours For Two Grafton Hikers While…

Golden Hill State Forest

Golden Hill State Forest seems to be off the radar for most outdoor enthusiasts. I’ve been there three times on three perfect days and not once have I run into another person. The trails are by far more interesting and…

The UTM vs Lat/Lon System

The United States Geological Survey (“USGS”) is a federally chartered organization charged with providing “geologic, topographic, and hydrologic information that contributes to the wise management of the Nation’s natural resources.” It is the organization that produces the topographical maps hikers…

Leave Your Dog at Home

So you think your dog is ready for a hike in the wilderness. Think again. Despite what you think about your dog it does not belong in the woods unless you are prepared to let it go join a pack…