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Traversing the Adirondacks by Foot and Packraft
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Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
Re: Traversing the Adirondacks by Foot and Packraft on 11/13/2013 21:34:47 MST Print View

"Take my breath away....(*dun, dun, dun)"

I have a new man crush.

Ike, I loved the hell out of this TR.

Cody Bartz
(codybartz) - MLife

Locale: Northern Minnesota
sweet treat on 11/13/2013 21:47:07 MST Print View

I will add to the pile of positive comments. Thank you for this trip report. Way to go on getting out into the wild and exploring and wandering.

karl hafner
(khafner) - MLife

Locale: upstate NY
traversing on 11/14/2013 04:58:53 MST Print View

Great article. Flor those of us who grew up with the adks this was not only well done but a trip down memory lane. I see the dam at cedar lakes must be getting worse as the water level looked low. Keep the stories coming. Thank you

Desert Dweller

Locale: Wild Wild West
Traversing the Adirondacks by Foot and Packraft on 11/14/2013 12:01:16 MST Print View

Thank you for sharing your adventure. Beautiful photos, such eye candy for this desert dweller to see. Great job.

BJ Clark
(bj.clark) - MLife

Locale: Colorado
Re: Traversing the Adirondacks by Foot and Packraft on 11/14/2013 12:17:19 MST Print View

Articles like this make me homesick for the place, despite loving the last almost 40 years of tramping all over the Rockies. My wife says I get a faraway look when I get my copy of Adirondack Life, and I had the same look when I read this article. Retirement may bring me back for more muddy footed adventures where I grew up.

Edited by bj.clark on 11/16/2013 10:35:23 MST.

Ken (summmitboy)
(khmcnair) - MLife

Locale: Ottawa, Canada
Kit list? on 11/14/2013 20:05:59 MST Print View

Great report Ike!

I'd be interested in seeing your clothing/equipment list for this trip.

Ken (aka summitboy)

Ike Jutkowitz
(Ike) - M

Locale: Central Michigan
re: Gear List on 11/15/2013 04:42:05 MST Print View

Thank you all for the really nice comments. In actuality, I only have mediocre skill with the camera, but above average intent.

For those that requested it, my gear list for the trip can be seen here

For Nico, I limited myself to a single 24/1.8 zeiss lens attached to my NEX-6. I had brought a 55-200 telephoto lens, but left it in the car at the last minute for a weight savings of 14 oz. I missed having it in the Eckford chain of lakes, when the loons were playing hide and seek with me but I couldn't get a closeup. For whitewater shots and all day paddling, I used a go pro hero 3, which didn't work out as well as I liked. I missed many good shots on the water days, and didn't know it until I got home. The image quality from that camera was poor, as can be seen in the report. In the multipack were 2 spare batteries, a circular polarized lens, lens pen, and opteka remote.

Adam, no tarp for this one. When using a waterproof bivy in the rain, it's all about site selection. I usually look for a spot under a nice spruce with a good canopy and lots of duff.

Michael Fogarty
(mfog1) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
Great Article and photo's !!! on 11/15/2013 07:29:21 MST Print View

Awesome article and photo's Ike, the NLP is still on my to do list. I bought the guidebook with maps, after we did an Eastern High Peaks Traverse back in 2009. Bought the guidebook at the EMS in Lake Placid, loved this town too......

Mark Ries
(mtmnmark) - M

Locale: IOWAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!
I bought a pack from this man on 11/15/2013 07:52:51 MST Print View

Wish I would have had him sign it

Paul Mountford
(Sparticus) - MLife

Locale: Atlantic Canada
Re: re: Gear List on 11/15/2013 09:34:20 MST Print View


Great trip report!

Did you get much condensation in your WP bivy?

Andrew F
(andrew.f) - F

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Traversing the Adirondacks by Foot and Packraft on 11/15/2013 10:04:41 MST Print View

Hey Ike, have you thought about participating in the 2014 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open?

Ken (summmitboy)
(khmcnair) - MLife

Locale: Ottawa, Canada
Re: re: Gear List on 11/15/2013 19:35:50 MST Print View

Thanks for the gear list! Do you have a link to a web page for the raft? Thanks, Ken (aka summitboy)

Eric Jahn-Clough
(ejcfree) - F

Locale: off grid
Re:Traversing the Adirondacks by Foot and Packraft on 11/16/2013 05:04:24 MST Print View


Your reports are always excellent, and this takes it higher. Very nice timing on the leaf change.

spelt with a t
(spelt) - F

Locale: SW/C PA
Traversing the Adirondacks by Foot and Packraft on 11/16/2013 10:14:35 MST Print View

Really, really good.

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - F

Excellent on 11/16/2013 21:14:49 MST Print View

Very enjoyable read. Thanks. It was great to see that element of route uncertainty, which always makes trips so interesting.

And yes, you should come to the Bob Marshall Wilderness Open.

Edited by dandydan on 11/16/2013 21:15:23 MST.

Glen Van Peski
(gvanpeski) - F - M

Locale: San Diego
Thanks for Sharing! on 11/17/2013 17:12:17 MST Print View

Wow, what an incredible report, rich with awesome photos. Thanks for going to all the trouble, to give us a real flavor of an area of the world I haven't spent much time hiking in.

Tad Englund
(bestbuilder) - F - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
True Appreciation on 11/17/2013 22:23:57 MST Print View

Ike, I truely appreciate your report. The pictures are worth whatever effort it took to get them (at least for me).

Maybe your next article should be "what and how to cook on a extended outing". you seem do have that dialed in pretty good.