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Frostbite Overnight 2013: Exploring Hoxie Gorge State Forest

After hiking into Hoxie Gorge for a shortened Frostbite Overnight, we find ourselves faced with the task of amusing ourselves for the rest of the afternoon. Although the five resident chickens at the lean-to provide an interesting distraction, we also engage in a little exploring, a gear show and tell and the always highly anticipated Happy Hour. As the day draws to a close, we end up sharing the lean-to with some interesting visitors.

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Frostbite Overnight 2013: Chickening out at Hoxie Gorge Lean-to

This year’s Frostbite Overnight, an annual early spring hiking adventure, contains many firsts. This year’s trip lives up to its name by being only a single overnight, instead of the usual two. The destination is Hoxie Gorge, a state forest near Cortland, instead of somewhere in the Catskills State Park. And unlike no other trip, we share a lean-to shelter with a bunch of chickens. It has to be read to be believed.

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Trip Plan: Carpet Spruce Swamp of Middle Branch Oswegatchie River

During the late summer of 2011, while hiking across Isle Royale, I planned an outing into what might be one of the remotest and least often visited (by humans anyways) parts of the Adirondacks. Unfortunately, a mysterious knee injury in the spring of 2012 put this trip onto the back-burner until this year. Now I

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Birdathon 2013: Forty-six Bird Species and a Black Bear in the Pepperbox Wilderness

Finally, after a two-year absence due to a nagging knee injury, I once again participated in the Audubon Society’s Birdathon this past weekend. For the third time, I ventured into the wild and trailless heart of the Pepperbox Wilderness in the northwestern Adirondacks. Unfortunately, I was not alone, as a nasty and tenacious head cold

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Seam Sealing Away

One thing I learned over the years from backpacking is that when it comes to gear, keeping it clean means it will last longer. Just be sure to follow the instructions. Unfortunately, I learned about following the directions the hard way. Because of my carelessness, I recently found myself hurriedly seam sealing my Sea-to-Summit backpack

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Welcome to the Family ResQLink. So Long, MicroFix.

Typically, when a superior piece of equipment makes its debut, I pounce on the opportunity like a cat on a catnip-stuffed mouse. Especially, when the new gear is significantly smaller and weighs less than what I am currently using. This was not the case last year, as my injury kept me out of the backcountry,

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Taking the New York State Guides License Exam

For many years, off and on (unfortunately more times on than not), software engineering has been my primary occupation, my employers including a small start-up company, a couple Fortune 500 companies and a federal government agency. While enduring these years, I continued to plan and plot some way to escape the drudgery of staring at

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Frostbite Overnight 2013: Hoxie Gorge and some chickens

Change is in the air this spring. At least as far as the Frostbite Overnight is concerned.

The Frostbite Overnight (FBON) is an annual backpacking trip taken the three days before Easter. Typically, the trip’s destination is somewhere in the Catskill State Park, in southeastern New York State. This tradition dates back to 1986, when my friend Dave and several co-workers journeyed down to the Catskills for a night of partying in a motel room, followed up by a single night of camping. As the years passed by, there has been a great turnover in the roster of participants, while the emphasis switched from partying to backpacking. In recent years, the arduousness of the Friday hike has lessened, perhaps marking the increasing average age of the participators.

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Welcome to the New Bushwhacking Fool

Welcome to the brand-spanking new Bushwhacking Fool! You will immediately notice the many changes to the blog. It should be a little more pleasing to the eye now and it plays better with most mobile devices, for those who need their dose of bushwhacking on the go. Other than the appearance, there are few changes,

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Trip Plan: Birdathon 2013 – Hopefully Back to the Pepperbox Wilderness

Almost a year ago, a knee injury forced me off the hiking trails, yet alone allowing any bushwhacking off-trail through forest, swamp and meadow. Fortunately, my knee appears to be healing adequately, and once again, I am thinking about future trips into the backcountry, one in March, another in May, and a final one probably

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