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Admiral Richard Byrd writes about solitude in his 1938 memoir ALONE. I read a battered copy of ALONE a few summers ago when I was hauling around a heavy pack and tools, doing wilderness trail work. Reading that book made my hardships seem trivial....
In recent years, it seems everyone is doing a trail guide of some kind. I’m going to take a different route: the “cheap hikes”–short and relatively easy, with great views for not a lot of effort or time, a big bang for your...
News stories tagged with "hiking"
by Chris Knight
Sep 30, 2003 — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has released a draft plan for managing 14,000 acres of Adirondack forest in Essex and Clinton Counties. The public will be allowed to comment at a meeting tomorrow. Those who've already seen the plan have mixed reviews. Chris Knight reports. Go to full article
Nov 08, 2002 — It's a little cool and damp lately for most of us fair-weather campers. But we know from past commentaries that neither rain, nor snow, not black flies keeps Betsy Kepes out of the woods. We also know that things are not always perfect out there. Go to full article
Nov 07, 2002 — For over 4,000 years, llamas have been used to carry loads through rough mountain terrain. Out West, it's not uncommon to see llamas carrying tents, sleeping bags, and food for hikers. In the Northeast llamas are still an unusual sight on the trail, but an increasing number of people are starting to go trekking with them. They're agile, surefooted, and tread lightly on the earth. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Tamar Charney reports. Go to full article
May 17, 2002 — This spring's wet, cold weather means hiking trails in the High Peaks are still in soggy condition. The Department of Environmental Conservation is warning backpackers to stay off trails in higher elevations. Brian Mann has details. Go to full article
Feb 22, 2002 — Last month, a group of students from St. Lawrence University traveled to central Mexico. They were hoping to scale Orizaba - the third highest peak in North America. The week-long expedition gave the students a chance to climb into thin air. For many of the students, it was also a first chance to explore a different culture. Brian Mann went along on the trip. He sends this audio postcard. Go to full article
Nov 16, 2001 — A consortium of groups have come together to try to attract reactional walkers to the area. The group hopes to develop a walking trail system that connects communities on the New York and Vermont shores of Lake Champlain. Beth Schmidt reports. Go to full article
Oct 12, 2001 — For many, time spent on the rock isn't just a battle against nature. It's also a form of personal expression. Brian Mann reports. Go to full article
Oct 10, 2001 — Rock climbing in the Adirondacks--these days it's more sophisticated and much safer. But the reasons people climb are much the same. They go looking for adventure and amazing views--and a deeper connection to the mountains. Brian Mann reports. Go to full article
Aug 10, 2001 — This summer, dozens of hikers in the Adirondacks have had close encounters with black bears. The animals are looking for picnic baskets, not prey, but state forest rangers worry that inexperienced campers could get hurt. In this second of a two-part series, Brian Mann joined a hunt organized to identify and tag the most aggressive bears. Go to full article