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Aside: Is the CL50 adversely affecting trail conditions?

While using the Truck Trail in the Five Ponds Wilderness to gain access for my most recent bushwhack from Stillwater Reservoir to Cranberry Lake I noticed an increase in the amount of human impact on this trail. The increased impact was evidenced by the presence of human foots prints, bike tracks and many pieces of

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Stillwater Reservoir to Cranberry Lake Trip: Hiking Through the Five Ponds Wilderness

The following is an account of day one 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, another trail hike,

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Stillwater Reservoir to Cranberry Lake Trip Report Teaser

From June 27 to July 4, 2010, I traveled to Wanakena, NY and performed the Stillwater Reservoir to Cranberry Lake trip I previously discussed here on June 23rd (see trip plan here). It was a complete success and I intend to describe it in detail here soon. Since its length and the extensive area covered

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New bushwhacking toys….uuuhh….I mean, equipment.

Recently, I purchased several new bushwhacking related products (i.e. toys that I rationalized purchasing based on their use during bushwhacking trips). They included a new handheld GPS, a tripod (head and legs) and a personal digital voice recorder. I purchased each of the products for different reasons. The GPS replaced (and upgraded) my previous GPS

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New lightweight hiking poles.

On June 20, my new lightweight hiking poles arrived. As you may recall, I broke one of my hiking poles during the Birdathon back in May. I notified the manufacturer (a friend of mine) a few days afterwards and put in an order for a new custom-made pair. The new Viddy Stix (as the poles

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The SI Joint from Hell…

Have you ever had an injury that kept you on the sidelines from doing what you love? I have had this problem for the past month. A few days after completing my last bushwhacking trip (see the 2010 Birdathon posts), I came down with a searing pain in my lower back and buttocks. In actuality,

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Wanakena to Stillwater Reservoir to Cranberry Lake Trip Plan 03-2010

Last year when I was backpacking within the Five Ponds Wilderness around Memorial Day I read an entry in the Little Shallow Lean-to register about someone who had hiked from that lean-to to Stillwater Reservoir and back within a 24-hour period. To see a trip report from that individual click here. At the time I

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Pepperbox Bushwhack Birdathon 2010 Final Report

For those of you interested in the final results of my Birdathon bushwhack within the Pepperbox Wilderness on May 15, 2010 the final results are listed below. The name of the each bird species is followed by the location where the species was first detected.





Pepperbox 2010 Birdathon Day Three

The following is an account of the final day of my trip to bushwhack my way through the Pepperbox Wilderness while participating in the National Audubon Society’s Birdathon. The Birdathon is a 24-hour contest to detect as many bird species as possible and this was the first time I participated since 2002 and the absolutely

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Pepperbox Birdathon 2010 Day Two, Part Two

The following is an account of the second half of the second day of my trip to bushwhack my way through the Pepperbox Wilderness while participating in the National Audubon Society’s Birdathon. The Birdathon is a 24-hour contest to detect as many bird species as possible and this was the first time I participated since

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