Posts Tagged ‘outdoors’

The publishers of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and Lake Placid News are launching a new magazine focusing on the outdoors in the Adirondacks.

Called Embark, the free magazine will be published every other month and distributed throughout the region and inserted in the Enterprise and Lake Placid News.  Subscriptions are also available.

The magazine will be printed on high-quality newsprint and anchored by in-depth, magazine-length articles and will also include regular departments including a guide to outdoor gear, items on extraordinary feats, a calendar, competitive outdoor sports and trips to consider.

To see Embark material, visit the Enterprise Web site at www.adirondackguide.com/page/category.displayall/nav/5135.html.

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Here’s an interesting blog and background information on the status of Hemlock and Canadice Lakes:


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Why do ski resorts elsewhere get all the hype? Read this take on it from the New York Times:


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The state maintains more than 2,000 miles of hiking trails in Adirondack Park, and all of them are open to cross-country skiers. At least, in theory. The reality is that many trails are too steep, too narrow or too rocky. Here are some good skiing trails, listed from south to north. All of the destinations — except Camp Santanoni — are close to the Northway/Route 73 corridor that runs from the Capital Region to Lake Placid.

So says Phil Brown in the Albany Times Union. Read his recommendations here.

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snowshoesIf hiking is your favorite Summer pastime then you’re going to love snowshoeing in the Winter. Hiking on snow-covered trails is incredibly peaceful, but requires more than just boots for footwear. Snowshoes slip over your boots and allow you to step on top of the snow, even when it’s more than a foot deep. They have grippers on the bottom, and some even have metal spikes on the toes (called crampons), that allow you to dig into snow and ice and get up steeper trails.

Before buying a pair, it’s a great idea to rent snowshoes first. Check out the activity before investing in the gear. If you love to snowshoe buying a pair will not only save you money in the long run, but also you’ll be motivated to go if you own your own pair.

Here are some tips on choosing snowshoes:

* Know that they can be pretty expensive, ranging in price from $100 to $250.
* Deciding what kind to buy depends on where you’ll be tromping. You can get snowshoes for easy and flat trails, steep and icy inclines, back country, and ones to run in.
* Snowshoes are also made with different materials. Most are made with light-weight aluminum, but you can also get traditional ones made out of wood and rawhide.
* There are also different bindings. Some are made with durable fabric straps that adjust easily to any boot size. You can also find bindings made out of plastic, that mold to your toes and heels for even more of a custom fit. Some have buckles and some have cinches for easy entrance and exit. The easier they are to get on and off, the more expensive they’ll be.
* Snowshoe size is based on your total weight (you and your gear).
* Whatever snowshoes you choose, make sure you have really supportive, warm boots to wear with them. Bring those boots to the store and try on all types of snowshoes so you can get a feel for what you like.
* Some popular brands to choose from are Tubbs and Atlas.

Snowshoeing is one of the best cardio workouts I’ve ever done. All that snow makes for great resistance, kind of like when you walk in waist-deep water. You’re guaranteed to get an awesome lower-body workout and nothing beats the beauty of walking in a world covered in snow.

by FitSugar http://fitsugar.com/842713

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Outing ClubHanging out with people you enjoy, seeing beautiful places, sharing challenges, sharing life: these are some of the best things in life.

In 2008, Pack Paddle Ski will be starting an “Outing Club” series. These are simple outings to enjoy companionship, beauty and nature. There is a canoe/kayak, bike, and hike throughout the year. Free to those traveling on longer PPS trips, it is a time to meet other people and share time with the leader. You can ask equipment questions, training ideas and places. Each outing will start with a short inspirational moment to set the tone for the day. If you are not signed up for a trip, you can join by volunteering for PPS or by paying for the outings.

Please let others know about the outing club!! This is an attempt to add wellness to our world and create community. Each outing starts at noon and ends at 4:00 PM, rain or shine. After each event, the group will stop at a local small diner or restaurant to share a meal or piece of pie together as a way to support local business.
If you are interested in joining the outing club or have any questions about it, email info@packpaddleski.com for more information.

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Click here to read the favorite Catskill area hikes from a hiking couple who own an outdoors store.

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