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One of the blessings of living down the road is being able to take a morning climb up a multi-pitch route--Lilith (WI4). Dan Plumley joined me for a morning of good ice and relaxing banter.

I was in the barn and I saw a spiderweb that was all frosted up.

A nice but chilly day hiking along the Alamogin road to Lonesome Bay on Black Lake.

Nature Up North celebrated the new year with a snowshoe hike to the summit of Mount Arab in Piercefield. We had great weather for the trip, and were joined by 20 hikers of all ages from all across the North Country. Several people experienced their first winter hike in the Adirondacks while others had a chance to try snowshoes for the first time. The group enjoyed sharing snacks at the summit cabin, searching for wildlife tracks, and learning some common tree species. Thanks to all who joined us! 

Pioneering new ice on Mt. Marcy in Panther Gorge. This was a route I've been trying to "put up" for two years. True adventure! January's foray was with friends Aaron Courain and Alan Wechsler. visit adirondackmountaineering.com for the full story.

A nice remote hike to Close Pond on the High Flats state forest, off of Donovan drive. Just a little over 2 miles round trip.

A nice Christmas trek along Plum Brook in Russell (Whippoorwill State Forest). Combined with the Lariat trail, it makes a nice 2.8 loop.

This is a nice 4 mile round trip to two remote Adirondack Ponds. This is located in the Horseshoe wild forest on RT 421. It was a nice day for a snowshoe trip, and the terrain is fairly friendly for snowshoes. You can see Mt Arab and the fire tower from Bridge Brook pond.

A bit windy & chilly- but a beautifully clear day to hike one of the three Tupper Lake Triad mts. This trek has a lot of bang for the buck, some of the best views VS effort around.

This is a classic moderate multi-pitch climb near Whiteface Mountain.It sets up differently as the season progresses, but this day it was sketchy and thin with sections of ice breaking apart under me. The hardest parts had the best ice--luckily. It's one of the venues with a deep backcountry feel even though it's only a 10-minute walk from the Ausable River. See the following link for a video filmed during my January 2018 climb.