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Skinney 06-04-2006 12:00 PM

Here's a little blurb about me...:)
 
Hello Everyone
I am a 27 yo male from Albany, NY...I grew up in a town called Averill Park, NY near the NY, Mass border in the Rensselaer Co Taconic Mtn foothills...I grew up in the woods hiking, hunting and fishing and enjoy the peace and serenity of nature away from every day life when hiking...I work for a specialty durable medical equipment provider as the Coordinator of Patient Administration covering the territory of Central NY....As of 06/01/06 I have hiked 22 of the 46 High Peaks and am planning to crack 30 peaks by the fall of '06...In '04 I participated and completed the Taconic Crest Trail 1 day 30 mile hiking challenge...The last 9 peaks I have hiked solo due becoming parents of a beautiful daughter and my wife tending to her...She will be back...Lol...:)...I also document my hikes with the Adirondack 46 'ers club annually for acknowledgement. :p

Skinney 06-04-2006 12:30 PM

Here's a little blurb about me :)
 
:) Hello Everyone
I am a 27 yo male from Albany, NY...I grew up in a town called Averill Park, NY near the NY, Mass border in the Rensselaer Co Taconic Mtn foothills...I grew up in the woods hiking, hunting and fishing and enjoy the peace and serenity of nature away from every day life when hiking...I work for a specialty durable medical equipment provider as the Coordinator of Patient Administration covering the territory of Central NY....As of 06/01/06 I have hiked 22 of the 46 High Peaks and am planning to crack 30 peaks by the fall of '06...In '04 I participated and completed the Taconic Crest Trail 1 day 30 mile hiking challenge...The last 9 peaks I have hiked solo due becoming parents of a beautiful daughter and my wife tending to her...She will be back...Lol...:)...I also document my hikes with the Adirondack 46 'ers club annually for acknowledgement. :p

scooch 06-06-2006 09:13 AM

Hello..... I probably should have done this sooner....after reading the thread referencing the forums inability to adequately protect it's members (both young and old) from predator types, I thought I would better introduce myself....

I am a 44 yo female, born and raised in Saranac Lake, NY. Attended NCCC with the intention of a Psych degree and finished up at FMCC, with a degree in Human Services instead. (figured it's easier, and more gratifying to just help people out and point them in the right direction, than it is to analyze them).

Before college, I made a comfortable living caring for children in my own home; as a lead vocalist in a Rock band, and freelancing my vocal abilities. Worked various positions in Fulton County through my degre, however; after a fall down a flight of stairs and years of dealing with fibromyaigia, I am currently unemployed and available to harrass any or all of you pretty much full time!!!

I am not an experienced hiker, and the only mountain I have ever climbed is Mt. Baker in SL.


(then why a member of this forum you say?)

Not long ago I met a member of this forum. We quickly became friends and had made plans to do some hiking together...she knew I was an inexperienced hiker ( I still hear her laughing at me the night I found a dead mouse under the couch and commenting on how much fun she could have with such a coward in the woods!!!).

If not for her confidence in, respect for, and willingness to teach and share her knowledge of the wilderness, I am not sure that I would have devloped the interest that I have for hiking or wilderness survival. ( whether or not I am ever brave enough or toughen up enough to actually do a planned hike remains to be seen..)

She apparently had more important work to do in a different arena as she passed away not too long ago. (before we were able to actually do a hike).
I could ramble on forever about Kim.....(she was honestly the single-most generous person I have ever had the pleasure to know, but most of you know this...and miss her as much as I do.)
Anyway that is the how and why of my interest in this forum....many of you don't know me, but I have heard so much about so many of you, through caring for Kim during the hardest part of her illness. (I would be sleeping in Rachel or Taryn's room and wake up in the middle of night and hear her laughing or giggling or talking to herself while roaming the forum..) So...while all of you were praying for and wishing there was something you could do....I can tell you with 100% confidence and honesty that you did. Just by being yourselves, and being here...at this forum....smiles were few and far between toward the end for Kim....but as long as she was able to find her friends here, there was a smile in her heart. and you all know who you are.

Thanks for allowing me to educate myself here and participate (when I can).

Birchymm 06-27-2006 03:45 PM

Hello. Short and sweet. 30 yo Male from Battle Creek MI, married 4 kids (G15, B13, B6, B1month) Air Force member Loved the outdoors since childhood. Occasional hunter and adamant hiker and biker. Would like to learn Kayaking and canoeing. Never been to the Adirondacks but plan to in near future. Just doing my homework before going.

Little Rickie 06-27-2006 04:03 PM

after a fall down a flight of stairs and years of dealing with fibromyaigia,

I understand regular exercise helps with fibromyaigia? You don't have to be a peak bagger or a marathoner to go for a hike. I'm sure you can find compatable hiking buddies through the forum.

Rickie

Rookie 06-28-2006 12:13 PM

"I am currently unemployed and available to harrass any or all of you pretty much full time!!!"
Scooch---that is funny !
Welcome and you gotta go do Cascade !

DuctTape 07-08-2006 08:59 AM

I introduced myself in another section. I will link it here:
My Inrtoduction

mowgli16 07-09-2006 09:09 PM

I'm a 44 yo New Yorker living in Tennessee for the last 3.5 years. I work for American Hiking Society and am the Director of their Southeastern Program.

I joined this forum because I am planning to hike 50+ miles of the NP Trail with my 16 year old daughter. We plan to start around July 23 and hike from Lake Placid to Lake Durant in 5 days.

I just purchased my first bear cannister today. I have a permit to hike the John Muir Trail in the High Sierra in August, so with a High Peaks region hike - I figured I'd break down and purchase a cannister.

When my daughter hikes with me, that'll make 4 generations of Hunters to play in the ADK region. Looking forward to returning to my roots!

Jeffrey Hunter

Immola0069 07-11-2006 11:20 PM

I am a 30 year old male whom works with skinny14life.. He introduced me to this site.. Thanks Steve!!! I grew up in Canajoharie NY, just south of Caroga Lake in the way Southern Dacks.. I am an Air Force veteran and currently in school for Healthcare Admin.. I have done hikes in the Rockies, Taos NM area, Ruidoso NM area, and a little in Nevada and Maine. I love the outdoors and look forward to some good hikes this year... Always looking for company!!!! My significant other is not much of a hiker, unfortunately. I have learned to appreciate the Adirondacks and would love to explore them from head to toe.. It will be very nice to meet you all..

Kevin 07-19-2006 04:11 PM

Catching up with the posts here I wanted to say welcome to all the newest members.

For those looking to do hikes with other members keep track of what's happening in the event planning area:

http://www.adkforum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=15

Of course, just because you're new here shouldn't stop you from organizing your own hikes/outtings. I've met 2 members in the past couple months through events they planned through the forum. So, don't just wait for us to post something either! ;)

Kevin 07-19-2006 04:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by scooch
Anyway that is the how and why of my interest in this forum....many of you don't know me, but I have heard so much about so many of you, through caring for Kim during the hardest part of her illness. (I would be sleeping in Rachel or Taryn's room and wake up in the middle of night and hear her laughing or giggling or talking to herself while roaming the forum..) So...while all of you were praying for and wishing there was something you could do....I can tell you with 100% confidence and honesty that you did. Just by being yourselves, and being here...at this forum....smiles were few and far between toward the end for Kim....but as long as she was able to find her friends here, there was a smile in her heart. and you all know who you are.

That was a very heart-felt post and we're equally honored to have you as a member. :)

ElectricMan 07-24-2006 05:56 PM

Hi All
 
I’m a lifelong hiker residing in central New Hampshire. At 46 years old, my family is grown and moving on in life. This allows me to spend more time pursuing the thing I enjoy. Last year my brother and I decided to endeavor to complete the NE111 (aka 115) list. Although we had done many of the NH, ME and VT 4000’ers we decide to do them from start to finish. After 12 months we are 83/115 with only 32 in NY to go. Our goal is to complete these by Nov. of this year. I have enjoyed our trips to the high peaks region and am finding hiking in NY to be challenging and fun. I look forward to many more enjoyable trips in the near future and beyond.

Dick 07-24-2006 07:37 PM

Welcome to the forum, ElectricMan! Impressive work for 12 months! Whichof the ADK 46 have you done?

ElectricMan 07-24-2006 07:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dick
Welcome to the forum, ElectricMan! Impressive work for 12 months! Whichof the ADK 46 have you done?

Hi Dick,

Thanks for the Welcome. We have made 5 trips so far.

Trip 1 - Street, Nye
Trip 2 - Porter, Cascade, Big Slide (Rain Day) :cry:
Trip 3 - Giant, Rocky Peak
Trip 4 - Nippletop, Dial, Colvin, Blake Peak
Trip 5 - Macomb, South Dix, East Dix, Hough, Dix

This Saturday will be - Lower and Upper Wolfjaw, Armstrong, Gothics, Saddleback, Basin, Sawteeth.

I'm hoping for good weather this Saturday and plenty of water on the trail. :)

backspin 07-26-2006 12:36 PM

well i think its about time i properly introduce myself. My name is Jeff, and im from the great state of Jersey. I am going to be a senior at my high school and looking at college (oh what a fun time it is indeed) My number one choice is the University of Notre Dame in South Bend IN. Anyway, enough about school, because its really not all that important.

I first got into the outdoors through the lovely organization of the Boy Scouts of America. My next door neighbor was the troop leader, and he was trying to rekindle the troop in my area. I joined and first went camping to the Delaware Water Gap. Loved the place, the experience, and what satisfaction the outdoors can give you. Unfortunately i was deprived of the ADK experience until i was twelve. Our big camping trip that everyone looked foward to was the week long trip to ADK. I was lucky enough to go a year before i was supposed to because i was the scout masters sons best friend. We came camping one week in the summer every year in the lake placid region for about three years. Then the bear problem at heart lake was just too much (to the point they had to move our campsite for fear that the bear was going to fall out of the tree in our campsite. Dont know if anyone is familiar with the techniques they used, i.e. drugging coolers so the bears would get sick and not like them anymore. In my opinion, stupid, but whatever) So we packed up and moved our camp to just out side long lake and tupper lake. I was kind of disappointed because no more ADK 46'rs! :( :cry: However it was the first opportunity i had to go white water rafting. After the experience i thought where has that been all my life????? Then we stopped going as a troop, and i was sad again. However after a year break of the ADK's, i had to go back. My dad and i planned a trip to Heart Lake again, and have been going ever since. Its a tradition, and we take new people every year. I love the ADK's and couldn't think of a better way to spend my summers...

Wldrns 07-26-2006 01:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by backspin
I first got into the outdoors through the lovely organization of the Boy Scouts of America....
I love the ADK's and couldn't think of a better way to spend my summers...

Jeff,
If you are at least 18 years old and have a few summers to spare... you might be interested in becoming a High Adventure Trek Leader/Guide (Voyageur). You would have to seek employment from one of the Adirondack region council resident camps. There is always a shortage of guides and little reason not to be hired if you have the interest. After attending a week of training at National Camping School at Massawepie, you can spend the summer guiding high adventure treks.

PM me if you would like more information for next year's course and a list of applicable council camps to contact.

ccockrell 07-30-2006 12:42 PM

Hi there, I just joined a few minutes ago. A casual hiking friend pointed me at this site and wow, what have I been missing the last 2 years!

I started hiking in 2004 as a rank novice after retiring. I planned to thru hike the NP and began training in January with walking, then adding a day pack, then hiking with a full pack. In Sep 2004 I talked my daughter into coming with me and we began with the Benson to Whitehouse section. We both had injuries and had to quit. Big sad face here! Turns out I have both tendonitis and plantar facitis in both feet. I've been doing short hikes or the occasional overnight but can never get my feet to the point where I can recommence the thru hike.

I'm not giving up tho. Still working on a combination of orthotic inserts and hiking boots that will keep pain to a minimum. Other than hiking, I garden, stamp, do lots of volunteer work with the Fulton/Montgomery County 4H, keep up my project management certification and dabble in other arts and crafts in the crannies of time left in the day. Did I mention cooking? I've already posted an update to the opening of the Whitehouse section of the NP.

mholtzman 08-11-2006 03:30 PM

I have been reading these forums for the last couple of weeks, and finally created an account. I figured I would start with my intro.

My name is Mike, and I live in East Greenbush, just outside of Albany. I work in the computer software industry, and that keeps me pretty busy, but I try to make time for fun stuff.

Over the last couple of years I have grown to love being outdoors. I do many outdoor sports, mountain and road biking, Tri's, running. This year I have started to get into hiking and backpacking. I have done a few day hikes so far earlier this year (Berlin Mtn and Mt Graylock). I am looking to start doing overnight / weekend trips very soon.

aft paddle 09-06-2006 11:58 AM

Hi I grew up in NYS--always loved trout fishing--I'm 59 and live in Greene county--spent 12 years at sea as a marine engineer--ran a small fruit and vegetable farm--currently work as stationary engineer at SUNY. Bought a 16 foot wood and canvas Old Town Guide in the 70's--read "Man of the Woods" in the 80's--finally made the time to go to High Falls in 04 with my second son (then 14) and the same canoe. I now manage 3-4 trips camping in the Adirondacks each year. I am considering a lighter canoe but tradition dies hard with me. I enjoy finding new locations to explore from your discussions.


Hope to see you out there---Bob

najobzly 09-17-2006 07:43 AM

I have been lurking around this forum for the past few weeks, so I thought I would introduce myself. I am from the Watertown area, spent 10 years in the Marines were I visited 29 countries, some nicer than others mostly based on there peacetime status...or lack there of.
After 10 years I missed the placed too much and had to come back home. Some of the most significant memories in my life are from the Dacks, I think I was 5 when Dad started taking us camping up there, we went at least 3 times a summer. It is buy far one of the most beautiful places in the world!
Anyways, I have been to many forums, this buy far is the best group of people I have seen on the web. Sure, there is some disagreements, but not many, and any grudges seem to be quickly forgotten. Kevin, great job, I know I have not been here long but still, from what I have seen... And I know it will continue in light of recent news! So thanks everyone for a great community and I look forward to being a part

Rookie 09-18-2006 11:56 AM

Welcome to all 3 of you above:

mholtzman
aft paddle
najobzly

You can get all kinds of info and advice here from people who have
"been there, done that ".

I'm looking forward to your trip reports.

Aft paddle---theres a bunch of us in the "over 50" club (all refuse to act their age !)

mholtzman--if you run and do Tri's, keep your eye out for our next Great Range attempt...probably next June.....you'll have to slow down to our pace though !

Little Rickie 09-18-2006 12:21 PM

Aft paddle---theres a bunch of us in the "over 50" club (all refuse to act their age !)

mholtzman--if you run and do Tri's, keep your eye out for our next Great Range attempt...probably next June.....

you'll have to slow down to our pace though :thumbs:

najobzly 09-18-2006 05:56 PM

[QUOTE=Rookie]Welcome to all 3 of you above:

mholtzman
aft paddle
najobzly

You can get all kinds of info and advice here from people who have
"been there, done that ".

Thanks Rookie, there is mountains of good advice here, and a ton of "been there, done that." Different views of the "there" and the "that" is part of what makes this place so entertaining. :dance:

cbrown7 09-26-2006 07:52 PM

After a 17 year hiatus, these mountains got higher!
 
I just returned to climbing after nearly 17 years. Man, I thought i was in pretty good condition, but at 56 I stop to smell the roses more often. And to breathe! I did a couple small training hikes in September (Floodwood Mountain and then Ampersand) and then a week ago I solo-ed Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge. Nine hours round trip, in by Roaring Brook out by Ridge Trail. I was exhausted and asked myself if I was crazy. Now I can't wait to go back. I've done 30 of the 46 and have reset my goal to get the rest before I am 62. Then I can do them again! I live in Syracuse and have a camp near Fish Creek, in the Floodwood area so it's pretty easy to day trip out of there.

I'm planning to do Street and Nye and then Lower Wolfjaw this fall. I've done a lot of winter hikes, but that was long ago and I may not try that again for a while. I dug out all my old gear and I'm surprised (shouldn't be) about the advances in equipment. I bought a new pack, ground pad and water filter. The freeze dried food hasn't changed much, though. It still tastes great if you are hungary enough!

Any thoughts on best day hike approaches to Stree/Nye and to Lower Wolfjaw?

Neil 09-26-2006 08:15 PM

CBBrown, indeed the mountains did get higher. The Adirondacks are rising at the rate of 10 cm per century. Stick around for a while and watch Couchie make the list.

Dick 09-26-2006 08:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cbrown7
I just returned to climbing after nearly 17 years. Man, I thought i was in pretty good condition, but at 56 I stop to smell the roses more often. And to breathe! I did a couple small training hikes in September (Floodwood Mountain and then Ampersand) and then a week ago I solo-ed Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge. Nine hours round trip, in by Roaring Brook out by Ridge Trail. I was exhausted and asked myself if I was crazy. Now I can't wait to go back. I've done 30 of the 46 and have reset my goal to get the rest before I am 62. Then I can do them again! I live in Syracuse and have a camp near Fish Creek, in the Floodwood area so it's pretty easy to day trip out of there.

I'm planning to do Street and Nye and then Lower Wolfjaw this fall. I've done a lot of winter hikes, but that was long ago and I may not try that again for a while. I dug out all my old gear and I'm surprised (shouldn't be) about the advances in equipment. I bought a new pack, ground pad and water filter. The freeze dried food hasn't changed much, though. It still tastes great if you are hungary enough!

Any thoughts on best day hike approaches to Stree/Nye and to Lower Wolfjaw?

Hi cbrown7, and welcome to the forum! Yes, funny how these peaks seem to get higher every year! :) Much harder to stay in shape at "our" age (I've got three years on you). Sounds like you've got the right attitude to finish, and then some! Gear and freeze dried food have both advanced, depending upon your tastes, wants, and needs. You'll learn from others as to what you really need as you hike, though mostly you'll figure it out for yourself. Personally, I think some freeze dried stuff isn't bad, but nothing beats dehydrated homemade cooking!

Street/Nye: there's really only one approach here (unless you're into bushwacking): the path from Heart Lake across Indian Pass Brook. It's had a "make-over' in recent years and is a much more "civilized" hike than you may remember, and is now an easy to follow herdpath.

Lower Wolf Jaw has a few options, depending upon what you're looking for in the hike. The 'easiest' in terms of ascent would be the approach from the Interior Outpost via the 'Garden' (Woodsfall Trail). The Ausable Club road to the Wedge Brook Trail is another option. Finally, the W.A. White Trail from Ausable is apparently (I have not hiked this one) a longer but more gradual approach. Check the ADK Guide to the High Peaks (Tony Goodwin, ed.) for specific info.

Dick

Boreal Chickadee 09-26-2006 08:46 PM

cbrwon7- The best and easiest approach to Street and Nye is from the Loj. It's now a piece of cake because our very own (on the forums) Pete Hickey is trail steward for Street and Nye. Now Pete maintains it as a herd path (as it is classified) so you'll have to step over some stuff. It is kept clear enough so that multiple herdpaths are not created (the goal of maintaining a aherd path is to protect the woods, not the hiker).

Street aand Nye is a beautiful hike, easy (for a high peak). the only difficulty is crosing the stream in early spring when the wter can wash man and beast away.

Lower Wold Jaw is also a lovely shorter easy hike in the peaks. I like the approach from the Garden trailhead.

Enjoy the mountains, they've missed you!

cbrown7 09-27-2006 12:16 PM

Thanks for the info! I'll try to do both climbs this fall before the snow flies.

Gomer 10-09-2006 05:47 AM

Hello. I'm Gomer. Although I don't live within the park, wasn't born there and have lived as far away as Guam, I still consider the Adirondacks home. My dad's side of the family is from here and we were moved up here when we were kids. That's when I began to see these grand old mountains for what they are; a good time, a good place and a good thing to pass on to our kids.

Currently, I'm a quality control inspector for Keymark Corp and work long hours for very little compensation or appreciation, but it keeps the bills paid and my passions funded. I'm trying to get into a shop building OHV's and pick up some land outside the park to set up an OHV park. Hopefully through this, I can help spread the appreciation I have for the land and show other 'wheelers that Treading Lightly can be applied to motor vehicles as well. In fact, I know of only one "tread heavy" park and anything to see there has been run over long ago. I'm also trying to find places within the park to practice my hobby and not wreck anything more that's already been lost.

I've been hiking almost as soon as I learned to walk and only been enjoying the Adirondacks since my parents moved us up here from south Georgia when I was 12. I do, though, have quite a few miles on Shank's Mare in other places: south Georgia, north Florida, Texas, Guam, Alaska, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and New Jersey.

I'm a veteran of the US Air Force, had a number of jobs I've performed poorly at and some I've done very well at. Sadly, I've done poorly at far more jobs than I've been successful with. But, it's helped me decide what I want to do with myself. Some may say that it's about time I figure it out. But I must point out that some people are far older than I before they find out what sort of living makes them happy.

Enough with the boring stuff. My daughter, Leah, is a ten year old girl who has had my heart since the day she was born. Her mother, I won't bore you with.

My girlfriend, Heather, at 26, is very new to the outdoors as are her children Zack (6), Melissa (5) and Shauny(4). Of the three, Zack has taken to the outdoors the quickest, but Shauny is the most enthusiastic. Melissa could probably take it or leave it regardless how many s'mores she gets to make. Zack is even trying to get his mom to let me take him winter camping this year; you know, get out and do "man stuff", as he puts it.

Those of you who've met and welcomed me already, I thank you. This is probably the warmest forum I've ever belonged to.

Justin 10-19-2006 06:17 PM

My non-backpacking friends!
 
Hey, I'm Justin, I'm 29, I've lived in Colonie, NY for my whole life, and I run my own Irrigation/Handyman Service company. My first time camping was when I was 6 months old. My father took me to Crane Pond in the Pharoah Lake Wilderness. Of course I don't remember it, but he tells the story every time we go camping. "Yep Just, I had ya strapped to the front of the canoe wid ya sittin' right there in the carseat!" -he'd always say.

My father and I would go all the time as I got older. We did alot of backpacking, mostly in that same area, but some other areas in the park as well. We never really hiked more than 5-7 miles whenever we went. We still go backpacking together once or twice a year, but he is getting older and can't do as much anymore.

My friends like to go camping, but they really don't like to go backpacking as much as I do. There are times when we do, but they are more happy to get a state site and tailgate it, or take the canoe somewhere, which is fun and all, but my true love is hitting the trail with my life on my back.:dance:

Ive only been backpacking a few times by myself, and I really don't prefer it. It is a totally different experience. Plus, my girlfriend REALLY does not like it when I go by myself, and she doesn't like to go camping at all.:rolleyes:

So I'd like to meet some cool peolpe on this forum, and maybe meet some folks who'd like to go on backpacking trips. I would think I can't be the only person on this forum you has the same problem I do.

For example, this very week I tried to make plans to go on a trip, and all of my friends, as well as my old man, say they can't make it. Same ol' song and dance.:banghead:

So let's go!! I'm very experienced, I love to fish, I'm polite, a bit shy but you'll see that I can make ya laugh. I love music, especially good music. I love baseball & football, I have a lifelong love of the ADKS, I have all my own year-round gear, I have 4-wheel drive, and I have a pack canoe, and a sevylor raft. I've been to alot of places, but there's still a bunch I want to go to, and life is getting shorter!:)

Some areas I can't seem to talk my friends into coming with me to are; West Canada Lakes, Cedars Lakes, Big Moose Lake and the Pigeon Lake Wilderness, T Lake & T Lake Falls, the trails by Floodwood Pond and Fish Creek Ponds, sections of the NPT, and some bushwacks like to the Metcalfs and to Northrup Lake in the West Canada Lake Wilderness.:cry:

I am not real good at climing mountains with a full pack, due to my not so great back, but I am strong, and dying to check out certain areas of the High Peaks.:thumbs:

So feel free to send a PM, and let's chat. Thanks for reading this---Justin


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