Oct 8, 2012

Upstate New York

I spent the last week with an amazing friend backpacking around the Adirondacks in upstate New York. We met on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2006, and have been meeting up for adventures ever since. Nemo (trail name in the backpacking world - mine is She-ra) is homesteading on a little organic farm and was able to introduce me to four high peaks during our hike.

She-ra & Nemo on the summit of Cliff Mountain
I must say, the hiking is some of the hardest I have ever done, and that includes the over 6,000 long distance trail miles I have...it rivals the hardest sections of the Appalachian Trail!

Oh yes, that is a trail in there somewhere.
While I used to spend most of my time in the back country thinking about trails, I spent a lot of time looking at all the waterways and evaluating them for packrafting opportunities. 

Water levels were a bit low since it was fall, the granite created some fascinating flumes, falls and come spring, raging waters will turn many of these rivers and creeks into some extreme boating!

I'm gonna bring Kirk and our boats out here next time to play in the water.

Has anyone out there been packrafting in the Adirondacks?