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Bolton Landing Fireworks

Saturday, July 15th, 2017 | Jonathan Volks

Trip Report from the 2017 Bolton Landing Fireworks What is becoming an annual tradition, for the Fourth of July I headed up to Shelving Rock Mountain to watch the fireworks from Bolton Landing.  I arrived at the trailhead around 6pm. The parking area (which had been redone recently) was about half filled and another group […]

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Lake George Land Conservancy Hike-A-Thon

Saturday, July 8th, 2017 | Jonathan Volks

Trip report from the 2017 Lake George Land Conservancy Hike-A-Thon For the second year in a row, I signed up for the Lake George Land Conservancy’s Hike-A-Thon. This is an annual event put on by the LGLC to showcase their preserves and to promote appreciation for the outdoors. Every year groups of hikers and paddlers […]

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A Hike Into the Schumann Preserve

Monday, January 30th, 2017 | Jonathan Volks

Trip report about my quick afternoon hike into the Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob. For my first hike of 2017, I decided to head back to the Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob. A hike I had visited in early Fall with my brother, sister-in-law and nephew. The trail is a one mile hike that climbs approximately […]

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Baxter Mtn

Thursday, December 29th, 2016 | Jonathan Volks

I was looking for a new hike to do for the weekend so I did some Google searching and came across Baxter Mtn. I hadn’t heard of this mountain before and the mileage / difficulty was exactly what I was looking for. So on Saturday (August 29th), I decided to give it a shot. I […]

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Bald Mountain

Thursday, August 25th, 2016 | Jonathan Volks

Another Sunday in June, another hike. For this hike I decided to head up to Bald Mountain outside of Old Forge, NY. I’ve climbed it once when I did the Adirondack Fire Tower Challenge and really wanted to go back but the two hour drive always held me back. With a Sunday of nothing planned, I […]

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Lake George Fireworks from Shelving Rock

Thursday, August 18th, 2016 | Jonathan Volks

Anybody who knows me knows that I go to Shelving Rock Mountain way to many times. It’s close to home, has sentimental value, and a view that manages to surprise me every time I see it. Luckily this year, the Glens Falls Fireworks in Crandall Park were on July 3rd, so that mean’t I could […]

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Hike into OK Slip Falls

Sunday, August 14th, 2016 | Jonathan Volks

A bucket list hike of mine has always been OK Slip Falls just outside Indian Lake. I’ve passed by the trailhead more than a dozen times going to other hikes and have always been curious. Looking for a hike to do on August 7th, I finally decided to give it a shot and check it […]

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Lake George Hike-A-Thon 2016

Thursday, August 11th, 2016 | Jonathan Volks

This year I got the chance to take part in the Lake George Hike-A-Thon. An event put on by The Lake George Land Conservancy to showcase their parks and preserves. Hiking groups climb different LGLC trails to promote a healthy, active, and outdoor lifestyle. For my hike, I chose Cook Mountain in Ticonderoga and my friends Pam and Mark joined me. We arrived […]

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Stillwater Fire Tower

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 | Jonathan Volks

Last year, I completed the Adirondack Fire Tower Challenge. It consisted of 29 fire tower hikes in the Adirondacks and Catskills. This year, a new fire tower was just added to the list, Stillwater Fire Tower. Restored ad dedicated on July 2nd by the Friends of Stillwater Fire Tower. A volunteer group that worked with […]

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Tremper Mountain

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 | Jonathan Volks

On July 25th, I headed down to Tremper Mountain in the Catskill Mountains. This was my third hike down in the Catskills as part of the Fire Tower Challenge. The hike up was a three mile climb but wasn’t overly steep. Arriving at the summit, I ran into the summer steward and had a lengthy […]

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