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Microspikes Vs. Crampons

Microspikes Vs. Crampons

It's wintertime! And that means it's time for traction devices. Specifically microspikes and crampons. I feel lucky to have gained much knowledge about hiking from experienced hikers, books, online forums, mountaineering stores, and making my own mistakes. I have...

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So You Want To Winter Hike

So You Want To Winter Hike

What's better than hiking? Winter hiking. This is just my opinion. The scenery is beautiful in the summer but magnificent in the winter. This blog post is for the beginner out there without much to any experience. I will give you great resources for more advanced...

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The Mountains Will Be There

The Mountains Will Be There

There will inevitably come a time when you decide to turn around on a hike, whether it's your body, mind, trail conditions, weather, safety, or whatever. When facing this decision, pause, access, and listen. It's better to turn around than to push past and end up with...

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Checking The Weather and Trail Reports

Checking The Weather and Trail Reports

We are officially to "that" time of year when the weather is unpredictable. But to be perfectly honest, it's the mountains we are talking about, the weather is ALWAYS unpredictable. There is a lot that you can do to prepare yourself ahead of time. So, just because...

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Let’s Talk Safety

Let’s Talk Safety

Thank you for visiting my page, whether you're an experienced hiker or a newbie. I'm happy to have you here. Safety is something I don't feel like gets talked about enough, especially when you are first starting off. It tends to be one of those "you don't...

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Easy Is Relative

Easy Is Relative

When I started hiking, I came off two years of being COMPLETELY sedentary. Like, 400-700 steps a day. Getting into mountain hiking was intimidating because the only experience I had in the last five years before was Azure Mountain. And that was certainly NOT easy. I...

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Zero to 46

Zero to 46

Can you really go from being sedentary to climbing high peaks within a year? The answer is YES! Yes, you can. It takes a lot of time, dedication, commitment, and mental and physical strength, but it CAN be done. When the pandemic hit in early 2020, I bottomed out. I...

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The Reality Of High Peaks

The Reality Of High Peaks

When I started this hiking journey, there was no intention to get into hiking the high peaks. Or so went the story until the mountains called. Yesterday, my hiking partner Chelle and I embarked on one of our longest hikes to date, Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge,...

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My Six Must Haves For Hiking

My Six Must Haves For Hiking

Hiking is a great way to explore the outdoors and challenge yourself mentally and physically. Having the right gear and equipment ensures a safe and enjoyable experience. Here are six items I recommend for people starting out hiking and wanting a pleasant attitude...

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Welcome To Mud Season

Welcome To Mud Season

Mud season is an annual occurrence in the Adirondack Mountains, typically lasting from late March to mid-May when the snow melts, and the trails become muddy and slippery. This time of year can be incredibly challenging for hikers, with the risk of injury and damage...

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