Monthly Archives: April 2017

Hoka One One Tor Ultra Hi WP, or Paying Full Price for Hiking Boots Hurts the Wallet (But Not the Feet)

I’ve been hiking in sneakers my whole life. Good hiking sneakers–I don’t head out in a pair of Keds or Chuck Taylors–but sneakers nonetheless. For the last two years or so I’ve rocked a pair of Saucony Excursion trail runners that … Continue reading

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Stissing Mountain Fire Tower, or When the Wind Blows (The Tower Will Rock)

I’d been meaning to get to Pine Plains to try the hike to the fire tower on Stissing Mountain anyway, so I changed into my hiking togs at the office on Monday afternoon and headed up there to do that thing. Continue reading

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Bear Mountain Loop, or Sometimes the Trail Rewards You (By Being Stairs)

Saturday wound up warm and dry enough to squeeze in a late afternoon trip to Bear Mountain State Park for the loop up over the mountain. Continue reading

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Breakneck Ridge, or What Climbs Up (Must Walk Down)

If you like a nice, challenging rock scramble that might more honestly be described as a climb (and I do!) and you’re anywhere near New York you’ve probably hiked Breakneck. Continue reading

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Minnewaska State Park, or Gertrude’s Nose Loop (On a Chilly Saturday Morning)

Minnewaska State Park Preserve is one of the most beautiful places on Earth, full stop. Continue reading

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Marmot PreCip Rain Jacket, or I Got Exactly What I Wanted (on Clearance)

As I have mentioned previously, I’m not much for foul-weather outdoorsmanship. I know there are people who love to hike and camp and fish and what-have-you in the cold rain. I am not one of those people. It’s part of why … Continue reading

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The Gear List, or What I Need to Bring With Me (For a Goldilocks Pack)

One of the innumerable benefits of booking my Grand Canyon rim-to-rim hike with a professional tour company is this: Every bit of planning from before dawn on day one until we’ve emptied the tank on day five has been done … Continue reading

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