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Rice is a staple grain for backpackers, and forms the base of many dishes. However, traditional preparation of rice can be time consuming and fuel intensive. Also, backpacking stoves such as the Jetboil PCS, Sol, and Flash cast an unevenly distributed heat, causing the rice to burn to the bottom of the stove.
There are rice products on the market that reduce prep time and fuel consumption to desirable levels. In the following article, In the following article, I explore the use of instant rice and rice in a bag.
Jul 7 2011 5:00:00 pm ESTTopics:
I published a trail review of Wright Peak, Algonquin Peak, and Iroquois Peak from Heart Lake.
From Heart Lake, the trail to Algonquin Peak, the second highest summit in New York, is a manageable day hike. Along the way, the hiker has an opportunity to summit Wright Peak and Iroquois Peak, both high peak summits. From Heart Lake, the hike to Wright Peak is 3.8 mi, adding in a .4 mi spur from the main Algonquin trail. Not factoring in this spur, the distance to Algonquin peak is 4.3 mi, though some of this is relatively steep with some scrambling.
From the summit of Algonquin, an unmarked, but relatively well established trail leads to another high peak, Iroquois. The distance from the Van Hoevenberg trailhead to Iroquois Peak, not factoring in the Wright spur trail, is a sometimes difficult 5.4 mi.
Overall, this is an excellent warm up day hike for the high peaks. If Algonquin seems out of r
Just posted a gallery of Algonquin Peak photos. The second highest peak in New York State, Algonquin has uninterrupted views of the surrounding Adirondack region, and nearby peaks to explore—all in a day hike.
As of late June, the insects were not bad at all, I found it unnecessary to use bug spray. Overall, the hike was enjoyable, and an excellent warmup to the high peaks of the Adirondacks.
It took a few years, but I finally found a baseball cap that meets five basic criteria: 1. Fast drying fabric. 2. No button on top. 3. Not a walking banner. 4. Easily adjustable. 5. Nice colors.
The Kuhl Uberkuhl baseball cap meets all these criteria. I wrote a review outlining the details.
Nov 26 2010 5:00:00 pm ESTTopics:
Drink mixes insure proper electrolytic balance, helping maintain energy levels and reduce the chance of cramping during prolonged exertion. With the addition of vitamins and minerals, drink mixes replenish essential nutrients, assisting in recovery and stress response.
I explain the drink mix I make on my hiking trips, as well as daily exercise, in this article
The final installment of the Tongue Mountain Range series covers the northern portion, including Five Mile Mtn., Brown Mtn., and Deer Leap. Tuesday, October 19, 2010.
The following image gallery corresponds with this audio log
The trail is better established and easier to hike, despite having the highest peak. The views are not as panoramic as the southern portion of the Tongue Mountain Range.
Without having two vehicles, I backtracked from Deer Leap to my campsite, whereupon the next day, I hiked to Five Mile Point on Lake George.
Five Mile Point is the trickiest hike, as the descent is relatively steep, with loose cobbles and slick rock. But the views are worthwhile.
On Monday, October 18, 2010, I hike a 12.6 mile loop along the southern Tongue Mountain Range, Northwest Bay Trail, and back up Five Mile Pt. Trail.
The following image gallery corresponds to this entry.
French Point Mtn. is the best view on the Tongue Mountain Range, with panoramic views of then narrows of Lake George.
Approaching Montcalm Point, the range narrows, with Northwest Bay converging on the lake. Along the way, the trail traverses dense clusters of dwarf oak trees. Navigation becomes a little tricky between the peaks, requiring backtracking at times.
The Northwest Bay Trail is a simple and pleasant hike with little change in elevation.
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