We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Pic is part of the Giant's Playground/Arching Rocks bouldering route at Mohonk
In Yankeeland we are in prime hiking season. No bugs, no heat.
I am finding rock scrambling to be more interesting than regular hiking or even hill hiking. Demands agility, judgement, full-body conditioning, and a bit of stress-tolerance. I have no interest in technical climbing, though, although it is fun to watch people do it in places like The Gunks.
One item that might help me a bit with scrambling is some knee pads. I have bony knees which do not enjoy too much time on rocks. Scrambling means a fair bit of hands and knees, high step-ups, and steeply-angled boulders. In other words, fun with just a whiff of danger.
A few cool scrambling trails in the Northeast that we are familiar with:
What do people do to be in shape for this type of "hiking"? Stair-climbers, 2 steps at a time - and sideways stair-climbers. Rule of thumb for rock hikers: almost never go down the way you came up. Down is rarely safe.
I stopped at the lookout on the Palisades Parkway yesterday morning. Even though it was drizzling and cloudy there were quite a few hikers heading out. I wanted to take some pictures of the view, so I tried to get close to the edge of the lookout, but it was just too scary, and the wall was pretty low.
The Precipice Trail and the Beehive Trail in Acadia National Park.
The side trails on top of Mount Mansfield in Vermont. The Long Trail goes along the ridge, but there are interesting trails to either side. On the east side is the Cliff Trail. On the west side there are the following trails from south to north: Lakeview, Canyon, Canyon North, Canyon North Extension, Subway. They get progressively more interesting as you go north. For an interesting trail up Mount Mansfield, try the Hellbrook Trail out of Smugglers Notch.
The Switchel Traveler
The Dipsea Trail starts in the redwoods of Mill Valley in Marin County. Park by the library downtown then up the stairs by the old mill. It climbs Mt. Tamalpais then by Muir Woods to the Pacific Ocean at Stinson Beach. I used to live overlooking the trail in Mill Valley.
Or you can continue up to the peak where panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay and city await you. April and May are the best months for wildflowers and lack of fog and rain. September and early October are also clean and dry with no fog, but can be hotter.