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Adirondack Peak Experiences: Mountaineering Adventures, Misadventures, and the Pursuit of the "46"


Eighty-seven true tales of hiking adventures and misadventures in New York's Adirondack State Park and Forest Preserve, written by more than seventy-five mountaineers including some of the most experienced backpackers in the Northeast, many of them members of the Adirondack Forty-Sixers and the Adirondack Mountain Club. Included are unforgettable climbs in extreme weather, mistakes made and hardships endured, encounters with black bears and other wildlife, accidents and injuries, getting lost in the wilderness, ...
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Eighty-seven true tales of hiking adventures and misadventures in New York's Adirondack State Park and Forest Preserve, written by more than seventy-five mountaineers including some of the most experienced backpackers in the Northeast, many of them members of the Adirondack Forty-Sixers and the Adirondack Mountain Club. Included are unforgettable climbs in extreme weather, mistakes made and hardships endured, encounters with black bears and other wildlife, accidents and injuries, getting lost in the wilderness, rescues, inspirations and enchantments--a full spectrum of memorable adventures that present the dangers, challenges and joys of all-season hiking and backpacking in the Adirondack Mountains. Includes photos and map, background information on the geology, forest ecology, and climate of the Adirondacks, and the histories of the Adirondack Mountain Club and the Adirondack Forty-Sixers (whose members must summit all 46 Adirondack peaks above 4,000 feet elevation).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883789633
  • Publisher: Black Dome Press, Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 419,650
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Stone White compiled and edited "Catskill Peak Experiences: Mountaineering Tales of Endurance, Survival, Exploration & Adventure from the Catskill 3500 Club" (Black Dome Press, 2008), a collection of true stories of adventure in the quest to summit all 35 Catskill Mountain Peaks over 3,500 feet in elevation.
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Table of Contents

Geographical Index to the Stories ix

Adirondack Map x

Foreword by Neil Woodworth xii

Acknowledgments xiv

Preface 1

The Adirondacks 3

The Adirondack Mountain Club 5

The Adirondack Forty-Sixers 9

Adventures in the High Peaks Region 15

1 Mother Nature vs. Record-Breaking Mountaineer Ted E. Keizer a.k.a. Cave Dog 16

The Great Range in a Gale

2 A Windy, Cold Night at 4,500 Feet-The Cave Dog Adventure Ralph Ryndak a.k.a. Night Dog 22

Extreme Challenges in Extreme Conditions

3 A Moonlight Climb of Mount Marcy Isaac Siskind 26

A Mile-High Adventure

4 A Marcy Adventure Philip B. Corell 29

Intelligence: Not Making the Same Mistake Twice

5 Trek to the Top of New York State Lynne Christensen 35

From Bears to the Bare Summit: A Marcy Backpack

6 Good Grief! Nineteen Years of Halloween Hiking Donald P. Berens Jr. 39

An Epic Epicurean Experience

7 The Trap Dike Gloria Daly 43

Don't Leave the Dike Too Soon

8 Close Encounters of the Bear Kind Anita Stewart 46

Bruin Buddies Too Close for Comfort

9 Of Mountains and Children Daniel Kriesberg 50

Wilderness through the Eyes of Children

10 Dome of Heave Landon G. Rockwell 55

Algonquin Peak Encased in Ice

11 We Shan't Be Long Landon G. Rockwell 60

A High Peaks Thanksgiving

12 Night on Bare Mountain Mary M. Holmes 63

Below Zero in Your Birthday Suit

13 Bear Encounters on Johns Brook Taryn Bukowski 65

Close Encounters of the Furred Kind

14 A Dog's Day in the High Peaks Michelle Hamilton Scott 67

A Puppy's Peak Experiences

15 Sleeping in the Snow, May 1943 Helen Colyer Menz 71

These Girls Were Something Else

16 Algonquin Sunrise-August 1944 Helen Colyer Menz 74

Adventure in theNight

17 Leadership Jeanne Goehle Sternbergh 76

"Toughing It Out"

18 The Dethroning of the Kings Hannaleah Lyon 78

The Pride of Lyons

19 Climbers Follow Ghost up Mount Marcy Ed Hale 81

A Legend Tracks a Legend

20 A Ride to Remember Donna I. Ellis 87

Accident on Misery Hill

21 Into the Teeth of the Tempest Brian Hoody 89

The Day the Weather Gods Used It All

22 Curse of the Four Corners Brian Hoody 91

The Legend Is True

23 The North Face of Gothics Laura Waterman 93

Like Clockwork

24 The Great Range in February Laura Waterman 95

Winter Mountaineering School Instructors Challenge the Range

25 Subzero Backpack Dick Levine 97

Overnight in a Cold Lean-to

26 Wallface Denise M. Mongillo 100

One of the Hundred Highest You Pay For

27 The High Peaks Bear: A Love Story Will Nixon 103

Three's a Crowd

28 My Taylspin of a Wedding on Whiteface Mountain Belinda Spinner Taylor 109

Why Get Married Anywhere Else? (Except for the Guests)

29 Johns Brook Trail Memories Neal Burdick 112

Adventures of a Hutboy (Who Always Tells the Truth)

30 Spotted Mountain-Take Four Spencer Morrissey 116

An Elusive (and Spectacular) Adirondack Peak

31 Lost Pond Peak Neil Luckhurst 120

Lost and Found

32 High Peaks Surprises Barbara Bave 122

K. Kong and A. Wolffe in the Mountains

33 For Want of a Flash Kevin T. Cahill 124

A Rookie Mistake

34 A Neophyte in Hermit Country William J. "Jay" O'Hern 127

Trial by Bushwhack

35 To the Summit Darielle Graham 130

Cascading Emotions

36 A Sawtooth #1 Odyssey Michael Patrick McLean 133

In Quest of the Hundred Highest

37 Forest Burglars Friedel Schunk 136

The Wild-and the Uncivilized

38 The Felons Arthur Boni 138

Camping Qualms

39 If a Tree Falls Mark Schaefer 140

Does It Make a Sound if No One Is There?

In Quest of the Forty-Six High Peaks 141

40 An Unplanned Overnight in the Dix Range Arlene Heer Stefanko 142

Injury Miles from Nowhere in Winter

41 Algonquin and Iroquois in Winter Andrea V. Wright 147

Persevering through Extreme Conditions

42 Misadventures on the Way to a Winter Patch John B. Graham 151

Experience: The Best Teacher (If You Survive)

43 A Night on the Trail Thomas D. Pinkerton 156

An "Unforgivable" Lapse, and How Experienced Backpackers Survive

44 Street Walking Leonard H. Grubbs 158

Into Indian Pass Brook at Zero Degrees

45 Octogenarian Adventures Al Laubinger 161

Age Is Only a Number

46 The Day I Almost Died Dean Gletsos 166


47 A Bad Day in the Mountains Beats a Good Day Anywhere Else Tom Rankin 168

Humbled by Nature's Raw Power

48 The Agony and the Ecstasy Tom Rankin 170

No Secrets near Gothics

49 Having an Ice Day J. Michael Forsyth 172

Into Uphill Brook

50 Pursuing the 46: The Darwin Award Method Steve Boheim 174

Tales from the Clueless Hiker Gene Pool

51 Icy Slide off Big Slide Kristin Konchar-Schafer 178

Solo Danger

52 Families Rule, but Stupidity Reigns Shannon (Willies) Holt 180

Not Your Typical Backpacking Trip

53 The Curse of the Dixes Tom Wheeler 183

The Mountains Will Decide

54 Frostbite! Carol White David White 188

Nature Is Unforgiving

55 Nature Rules Wally Herrod 190

The Good Old Snow Days

56 The Water Hike Ann West 192

Weatherwise or Otherwise?

57 Cold Water Thomas D. Pinkerton 195

Staving off Frostbite

58 The MacIntyre Range via the Wright Slide Neil Luckhurst 197

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

59 In Quest of High Peak Slides Neil Luckhurst 200

The Saddleback Slide in January

60 Triumphs and Troubles in the Santanoni Range Donna Tabor 203

Don't Tempt the Elements

61 A (N)Ice Series of Adirondack Tales Donald P. Berens Jr. 205

Everything You Wanted to Know about Ice, Snow, Cold, and More

62 The Dix Range Laurie Rankin 212

Five Peaks in a Twenty-Square-Foot World

63 A Long Winter's Day in the Santanoni Range Alan M. Via 217

Pay Attention to Your Body

64 Mount Marshall in January Louis R. Silver 219

So Near and Yet So Far

65 Surprise on Allen Mountain Doreen Heer 224

And en Route

66 A Memorable High Peaks Winter Circuit Jack Freeman Donald P. Berens Jr. 226

... Wherein Mother Nature Cooperates to Make an Impossible Trip Miraculously Possible

67 What You Walk upon Grows Ronnie J. Cusmano 229

46ing the Buddhist Way

68 Calamity in Our Times Dean Macgeorge 234

Planting Good Seeds

69 Luck Counts in the Adirondacks Marty Cohen 236

Waiting for that Telltale Crack

70 A Man-Killer Hike? Ray Bell 238

This One Shows "What a Man is Made Of"

71 A Three-Season Hike in June Adam S. Morrell 240

What If Adam's Group Had Turned Back?

Adventures in the Greater Adirondacks 243

72 Why Do We Hike? Bruce C. Wadsworth 244

Wilderness: More a State of Mind and Spirit Than a Place

73 Adventuresome Appetites Paul A. Sirtoli 248

Wild Experiences

74 A Fall from Grace Melinda Broman 254

Just One Step from the Summit

75 The Pitcher Plant Bill Ingersoll 257

The Lure of the Wild

76 The Northville-Placid Trail Dorothy Myer 263

Solo Through-Trip in Wet Conditions

77 Forty Years of Adirondack Hiking Faith W. Eckler 267

Discovering the Adirondacks and the Fire Tower Mountains

78 On a Clear Day You Can See New Hampshire Roger Menges 269

With Two Boys and Dad, You See Much More

79 Lost in Winter Jane R. Marcus 272

Chilling Out

80 I Won't Tell Anybody If You Don't Virginia Durso 274


81 Dreams at Sucker Brook Richard Sederquist 278

The Greater Web of Life

82 Northville-Placid Trail Sally Hoy 281

Two Women on the Trail

83 Misadventures on Cranberry Lake Kathy Disque 285

ADK Fall Outing in the Remote Adirondacks

84 Treadway in October Paul Dean Lorraine Chirico Smith 287

Treadway Anytime

85 The Mysteries of 3,860' Blue Ridge Michael Patrick McLean 289

Trailless Explorations

86 Reflections on Raquette Lake Snapper Petta 291

Growing Stronger in More Ways Than One

87 Firetower Will Nixon 294

A Poem

Glossary 295

Suggestions for Further Reading 296

About the Editor 297

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