Sunday, July 18, 2010

Castle Rock and Blue Mtn Lake: 07/17/10

When I was younger, hiking in the Adirondacks was all about the High Peaks. Now, with two kids ages 2 and 6, we've been exploring other parts of the Adirondacks. Castle Rock, a small peak near Blue Mountain Lake provides one of the best bangs for the buck, combining a moderate hike, great views of the surrounding lakes and mountains, and an added appeal whether you're 6 or 46: fascinating caves to explore near the summit.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Adirondack Slide Climb

Slide climbing can be an exciting way to explore the Adirondacks, combining elements of both hiking and rock climbing. The wide open expanses of rock provide outstanding views and as a bonus, many Adirondack slides become backcountry ski destinations in the winter, including the slides pictured here.

Our route ascends the third major slide from the left

Friday, July 2, 2010

Chapel Pond: 07/02/2010

With two young kids at home, we don't get as many chances to go climbing as we once did.  When we do get the opportunity, we often head up to the Chapel Pond area in the Adirondacks, where there are lots of great climbs in a beautiful setting. Today, we got in several climbs at the Jewels and Jems and Beer Walls crags.