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Aside: Bushwhacking Legs

Sea legs is a term used to describe the ability to walk steadily on a boat or ship, especially on rough seas. In addition, the term is used often as a metaphor for adjusting to living at sea. A similar term applied to off-trail hiking is bushwhacking legs. Although not as commonly used as its

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Stillwater Reservoir to Cranberry Lake Trip: Reaching Dead Creek Flow

The following is an account of the final day of my epic hike from Wanakena, NY to Stillwater Reservoir and Cranberry Lake. The entire trip required backpacking via trail into the heart of the Five Ponds Wilderness, a lengthy bushwhack to the northern terminus of the Red Horse Trail, another trail hike, and a short

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Stillwater Reservoir to Cranberry Lake Trip: Fireworks at Cat Mountain

The following is day seven of my epic hike from Wanakena, NY to Stillwater Reservoir, and Cranberry Lake. The entire trip required backpacking via trail into the heart of the Five Ponds Wilderness, a lengthy bushwhack to the northern terminus of the Red Horse Trail, another trail hike, and a short bushwhack to Gun Harbor

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Aside: Bushwhacking over balloon litter

What kinds of thoughts does the sight of a balloon illicit for you? Birthdays? Weddings? New babies? Grand openings? Circus clowns? UFO sightings? Unfortunately, I no longer associate balloons with joyous occasions, instead I think of litter. Yeah, litter. Like the type of refuse you see strewn along the side of the road. Except this

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Stillwater Reservoir to Cranberry Lake Trip: The Long Trek to Streeter Fishpond

The following is an account of day six of my epic hike from Wanakena, NY to Stillwater Reservoir, Cranberry Lake and then back to Wanakena. The entire trip required backpacking via trail into the heart of the Five Ponds Wilderness, a lengthy bushwhack to the northern terminus of the Red Horse Trail and another trail

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Central Pepperbox Trip Teaser

From August 31 to September 4 I took what is most likely my last bushwhacking trip in the Adirondacks for 2010, where I journeyed deep into the heart of the central Pepperbox Wilderness. Although I have explored much of this 22,560-acre wilderness area in the past (e.g. the northwestern Cowboy Beaver Meadow area during Labor

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Stillwater Reservoir to Cranberry Lake Trip: Bushwhacking to Toad Pond

The following is an account of day five of my epic hike from Wanakena, NY to Stillwater Reservoir, Cranberry Lake and then back to Wanakena. The entire trip required backpacking via trail into the heart of the Five Ponds Wilderness, a lengthy bushwhack to the northern terminus of the Red Horse Trail and another trail

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Bushwhacking Fool News

There have been some exciting changes at the Bushwhacking Fool over the last few months. Hopefully these changes will enhance the enjoyment and usefulness of the information presented on this website. These enhancements include a greater visibility for trip photographs, more advertising opportunities, some changes to post formatting and an increased exposure for the Bushwhacking

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Stillwater Reservoir to Cranberry Lake Trip: Arriving at Gun Harbor

The following is an account of day four of my epic hike from Wanakena, NY to Stillwater Reservoir, Cranberry Lake and then back to Wanakena. The entire trip required backpacking via trail into the heart of the Five Ponds Wilderness, a lengthy bushwhack to the northern terminus of the Red Horse Trail and another trail

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Aside: Where have all the amusing rodents gone?

Have you noticed the lack of wildlife around lean-tos in the northwestern part of the Adirondacks? Have you noticed you can leave your food unattended for 5-10 minutes and upon returning find it unmolested? Even tasty morsels like brownies? Are you able to eat meals uninterrupted without uninvited guests appearing and insistently begging for a

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