Big Slide Mountain via Slide Mt. Brook

We weren't planning to climb any mountains on our "hike out" day from the Johns Brook Lodge.  But the weather was lovely and Mallory hadn't hiked Big Slide so... After breakfast and packing up our gear, we hit the trail at 8:35 a.m.  There was the debate about whether to hike Big Slide with all …

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Haystack, Basin and Saddleback: A JBL Adventure

One of my favorite Mary Oliver quotes is: "That's the big question, the one the world throws at you every morning: Here you are, alive. Would you like to make a comment?" Yes, actually.  Almost 2 weeks ago, Mallory and I responded with answer of "alive' with a side of "heck yeah!"  On July 10th, …

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March Madness Continues on Panther Peak

"When you're a mountain person, you understand the brilliance and the beauty of the contradiction. The way land can be your greatest teacher."  When a snowstorm hits a few days before you planned to hike the Santanoni Range, you go anyway and pray for the best!  Probability of the trails on a remote range being …

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Rising Together on Skylight & Gray

"Magic happens when you don't give up. Even though you want to.  The universe always falls in love with a stubborn heart."- jmstorm Winter hiking is certainly full of magic! On Sunday, February 19th, my dear friend Mallory and I put our stubborn hearts to the test when we set out to climb Mount Skylight …

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Colvin and Blake: A Blessing in Disguise

Mount Colvin and Blake Peak withstand  a lot of negativity.  Well, mostly Blake.  Known for the steep descent off of Colvin and the loss of serious elevation, only to climb all the way back up to Blake.  The ascent is called "The Elevator Shaft" for a reason...and a good one at that! I, too, have …

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Snowshoeing Our Way to Saddleback

Thursday, December 29th, 2016: A long winding, slushy drive to the Adirondacks in a snowstorm.  Three women.  Enthusiastic, nervous and full of anticipation for the journey ahead come morning!  After checking into the RoosterComb Inn, in Keene Valley, upon arrival (finally!) they headed out to Placid for some window-shopping, meal-sharing, marshmallow-roasting, snowy sauntering fun.  In …

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Phelps and Tabletop: Joy in the Journey

On Saturday morning, the day after I hiked Mount Marshall, I drove up to the ADK Loj for the remainder of my hiking weekend in the Adirondacks. The weather felt a bit cooler, but I honestly couldn't tell because my legs were sore from the day before, it's all I could think about. My original …

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