Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hackensack Mtn: 07/19/2014

Hackensack Mountain, Warrensburg NY, July 19, 2014.

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Saturday morning the kids and I had a window of a couple hours to fit in a hike. Hackensack Mountain in Warrensburg fit the bill perfectly. Even though the summit is lower than many High Peaks trailheads (just 1,357'), Hackensack's got a lot to offer: an interesting trail network, easy access, and a great view from the summit.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Adirondack ski areas by the numbers: Gore energy efficiency

Some readers know that while I'm a skier in "real" life, I'm an accountant in my "other" life. I guess that makes me something of a numbers nerd, and explains why the page below, from ORDA's recently released 2013-14 annual report, caught my eye.

Gore energy efficiency, from the 2013-14 ORDA annual report.
(click the picture to enlarge)

If the image is too small to read easily, here's the data from the chart:


2012/20132013/2014change
Lift days*
1071
1209
+13%
Gallons of water pumped
270 million
305 million
+13%
KWH consumed
13,646,411
13,539,776
-106,635
Total revenue
$8,956,910
$9,646,160
+7.7%
*One lift day is the equivalent of running one lift for one day. For example,one ski day with 10 lifts in operation is equal to 10 lift days.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Vanderwhacker Mountain: 07/05/2014

High Peaks view from Vanderwhacker Mountain, Saturday 07/05/2014.

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Vanderwhacker Mountain feels remote before you even get out of the car. Located midway between Minerva and Newcomb along Route 28N, the trailhead lies at the end of a single lane dirt road that penetrates three miles into the Vanderwhacker Wild Forest.

Vanderwhacker's fire tower

From the trailhead, it’s less than 3 miles to Vanderwhacker’s 3,385’ summit. The short distance served us well on Saturday, since we had a crack-of-noon start (2pm actually). I had spent the morning trying to convince family members to go hiking, but in the end it was just Beth and me. Our kids elected to stay behind in Bolton Landing with cousins, grandparents, aunts and uncles for an afternoon of waterskiing and lake activity. A good rule of thumb is to never “force” kids to hike (or ski), and I can hardly blame them for choosing lake fun over hiking.