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Guide Lines, by Zack Floss

Frustrated? Take time to talk it over

This Memorial Day weekend was, by some accounts, a rough one in the Adirondacks. In the most obvious cases, underlying tension felt between permanent residents and seasonal visitors here seemed to reach a boiling point against the backdrop of the angst and frustration that has built up over the ...

Unpausing the Adirondacks

A month ago, I wrote about folks coming up to visit the Adirondacks from downstate or out of state to adventure during the COVID-19 crisis. In that column, I outlined the mix of frustration and empathy that these visitors can elicit. The hope was to highlight these dichotomous feelings that ...

The challenge of challenge culture

Over the past couple of months, you may have noticed the resurgence of a variety of challenges in the social media universe. Whether it’s a challenge to post a picture a day during quarantine or to see if you can do 50 pushups a day for 30 days in a row, I’ve noticed them popping up all ...

What wilderness means

Over the past few weeks I’ve written the words “wilderness” and “wild nature” dozens of times. I often use them casually to refer to any place on a trail or mountain, in the woods, and so on. It occurred to me today, though, that wilderness is perhaps not a word that should be used so ...

My new favorite trail

This past Saturday, my partner and I found a trail that was brand new to us. It had been on my list for a while, having heard stories about it over the last couple of years, and it fell within our local circle, so we finally wandered out to give it a try. It became clear by the halfway point ...

How we go chasing waterfalls

There is a specific type of frustration that only comes from watching other people behave with flagrant disregard. On a little hike last Saturday, my partner and I got a taste of it. Having wandered a few miles through the woods to an incredible veil waterfall, we were standing on a vista ...

Sharing our public spaces responsibly

There has been a lot of talk recently about what it means to “recreate locally” and “recreate responsibly.” As I’ve mentioned more than once before, we’re fortunate enough to have a broad variety of options for recreation available to us at any given time. When considering what ...

How do you relax during a pandemic?

Over the last two weeks, I’ve forgotten more than once that we’re in the middle of a global pandemic. There are little moments of life that still feel untouched, even as we find ourselves out of work, stuck at home, and trying to adjust to the constant stream of updates and grim news from ...

Out of the woods

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to come back from a camping trip into a wholly different world? That’s what happened to Miles and his friends this week. The group of four had driven up from Brooklyn, stopped in to rent some cold-weather gear and gone off into the High Peaks. ...

Winter peaks for weekend warriors

Originally, my friend Darren came to the Adirondacks thinking we were going to hike Mount Marcy. He drove up from Manhattan with the gear he expected to carry him through, knowing full well I could acquire the rest. Here was the trouble: He’d never been on a winter hike before. Not only ...