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Swimming Through Trees, by Spencer Morrissey

Take care of the gear that takes care of you

We would have no ground to stand on if we said this past winter was not conducive to some epic outdoor adventures. I know I sure have covered some serious ground, and my gear, which survived the constant pounding, would wholeheartedly agree. However, it’s time to hibernate most of the ...

A different approach to familiar Blueberry Mountain

I have lived in the Adirondacks all my life, and never at any moment resided too far from the High Peaks Region. But, for some reason, I had never climbed Blueberry Mountain from the Marcy Field trailhead. I have, of course, descended down from “the blueberry” a few times while hiking ...

High Rock side trip worth the diversion

The snowpack in the Adirondacks was steady this winter, making the skiing quite good for much of the season. This was especially the case in the Five Ponds Wilderness Area. A couple of the access trails into the wilderness follow old railroad grades from the time of the Rich Lumber ...

Debar, with a side of Black Peak

Debar Mountain resides in the Debar Mountain Wild Forest (go figure), which resides in Franklin County. However, the pond came before the mountain — in naming that is, kind of like the chicken or the egg debate, but this one seems to be clearer. Debar Pond, which rests to the northeast ...

John Pond hike offers glimpse at old days in ‘Little Canada’

John Pond is an odd-colored gem in the backcountry of the Siamese Ponds Wilderness, whose shores and waters are split by Hamilton and Warren counties. According to the “Property Rights Foundation of America,” John Pond gained its name from a Canadian, John MacKenzie, who moved to the ...

Swimming Through Trees journey begins with blank canvas

So what is “Swimming Through Trees?” Well, I guess it would be shorter to tell you what it isn’t. I can assure you it is not me swinging from tree to tree, pounding my chest and letting out a blood curdling howl. Not usually. It’s more of an overall title that refers to playing in ...