Hiking Buck Mountain

I’ve made it a personal goal to hike at least one mountain per month! After I realized I had hiked at least once since August, I knew I could keep going to keep up my hiking fitness. Yesterday my friend Meredith and I went up to Lake George to hike Buck Mountain. She had hiked it a bunch of times but never in winter conditions with snowshoes. I have never hiked Buck before so it was on my list of hikes to do eventually!

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Conditions for snowshoeing the trail were great. We carried microspikes with us just in case, but kept the snowshoes on the entire hike…they were really needed the higher we got, the snow was still so deep near the summit!

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Following the yellow trail markers
We realized we probably over dressed when not even 10 minutes into the hike we were shedding layers. We were both down to our baselayers but the higher we got, the windier it got, so the jackets went back on. Before we knew it, we hit the “false summit”. Even though we had a little bit more to go, the views here were amazing and would be a great place to snack before you climb to the top.

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Looking down onto Lake George was awesome. Its still frozen over and covered with snow, it almost looks like an open field rather than a huge lake.

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A little cloudy, but still a great day and a great hike! I want to take my parents up here for a hike this summer, they would love it!

Buck Mountain, Lake George Wild Forest
6.6 mi RT
1,999′ ascent
2,334′ elevation

 

What to Pack for a Day Hike

Happy first day of Spring! Even though it doesn’t really feel like it, its officially Spring. Tomorrow I’m taking the day off to go for a hike near Lake George. I was organizing my hiking bag and then realized it might be helpful to let you all know what I typically bring on a short day hike!

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(bag with gear–I don’t usually bring the cat…)

Since we won’t be going into the High Peaks area of the Adirondacks, I’m going to bring my smaller 28L backpack. My other pack is much larger at 45L. Here’s what I’ll bring tomorrow for a hike in the Lake George Wild Forest of the Adirondacks that will take around 4-5 hours round trip.

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Bivvy - Emergency blanket

Headlamp and extra lithium batteries

SPOT device – satellite messenger

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Waterproof matches

Compass

Waterproof and tear resistant map of the area I’m hiking

Snacks – Clif bar, Larabar, trail mix and an apple

Ace bandage

First aid kit

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Even though it’s technically spring, its pretty much still winter in the mountains, so this is what I would bring for a “winter hike”.

Bungee cord – for attaching snowshoes to my backpack

Katoola Microspikes

Waterproof Gaiters

Other things I usually bring that are unpictured:

Waterbottle – for short hikes I bring my 32oz Nalgane bottle, for longer hikes I bring my  75oz Platypus bladder

Thermos of hot coffee or hot chocolate

Extra wool socks

Extra long sleeve shirt

Blister treatment

Rain shell or jacket

Hiking poles

Camp Stalker Universal Crampon (for winter hiking) – I have yet to use these on a hike, but make sure to bring them in case of icy conditions!

Tubbs Mountaineer Snowshoes (for winter hiking)

Can I just take a minute to say how excited I am for summer hiking? Out of the 10 mountains I’ve hiked since August 2013, only four of them were during the “summer” season. Wow.

Runnin’ of the Green (Island) 4M

This was the first year that I signed up for Runnin’ of the Green (Island) 4 mile race. After hearing about how it sells out super fast and how a ton of my running friends were running it, the decision was made!

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Nice try photobombing, Chris! I put on all the green I owned and off I went to Green Island. We picked up Christine and we drove to the race start and got some sweet parking since we got there early.

Turns out (almost) everyone I know from running was here.

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After getting our bibs and catching up with friends, it was time to head to the race start!

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I had no goals for this race, so I stayed with Christine and our other friend Meredith who was on our Ragnar team last fall. (Yay turtles!). We stayed at around a 10:30 pace for the whole race, and I enjoyed the scenery and chatted the whole time. It was low key and a ton of fun.

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It was a cloudy day. It looks gloomy but the temperatures were in the high 40s, perfect running weather, and a nice break from the bitter cold we’ve been having all winter.

Runnin’ of the Green was one of the most fun races I’ve ran in a long time! After the solitude of the Winter Series, it was nice to finally run a bigger race with friends.

4M in 42:11

After the race, we enjoyed a brunch at a local diner in Lansingburg. It was delicious and hit the spot!

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The Greek omelet with rye bread was amazing!

Whole Wheat Veggie Farfalle

March is National Nutrition Month! And before the month is completely over, I decided to get my butt in gear and post about it, since I am going into the nutrition field after all. :-) One of my goals is to increase my vegetable consumption since I know I could do much better in that department.

So last night I made a large batch of this tasty, vegetable heavy pasta dish. Honestly, I just threw a bunch of things together and hoped it was going to work out. I had an abundance of frozen, local vegetables from my weekly Field Goods bag and decided to put them to good use.

Whole Wheat Veggie Farfalle

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Ingredients

1/2 bag of Organic Whole Wheat Farfalle Pasta (I picked up Delallo on sale at the store yesterday) cooked according to the package

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 bag of frozen green beans

1/2 bag of chopped peppers

1/2 box of baby kale

2 cups of pasta sauce (I used some that I made a few weeks ago that I had in my freezer)

Salt & pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to package
  • While pasta is cooking, heat frozen green beans and peppers in olive oil until thawed and heated through in large cast-iron skillet, about 7-10 minutes, add salt, pepper or additional spices
  • Add kale to skillet, cook until it wilts down
  • Add pasta sauce and cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes, until the mixture is bubbling
  • Add in cooked and drained pasta until well mixed and the sauce coats the pasta

This dish has about 5 servings, so I’m hoping it gets me through dinner this week! The “recipe” is pretty much fool proof. It includes healthy whole wheat pasta that is a good source of fiber, protein and iron. The vegetables also add a nutritional punch. The kale is a great source of Vitamin A and C, and also Calcium! This dish is a quick and easy way to get in a healthy meal.

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Life Lately via Instagram

Nothing new has been going on over here. Busy, busy, busy as always. I figured I would share some pictures, which if you follow me on Instagram,  you have probably already seen!

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Friday I went for a run with some co-workers on our lunch break. We do a big loop in Albany which includes a really long hill. I ran the entire thing for the first time without taking a walking break. Woohoo. Which reminds me…

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There are 55 days left until The NorthFace Endurance Challenge! I was looking at the map the other day. It looks pretty insane. I better start the hill training ASAP.

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Yesterday I didn’t have time for a run, so I squeezed in a quick T-25 upper body workout. I love these workouts!

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After my quick workout I drove downstate with my sister to my friend Krista’s baby shower! She and I were roommates sophomore year in college, along with our other roommate Jackie. Krista’s shower was so fun, it was like a college reunion!

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Later on a bunch of us went out for drinks at the new Madison Pour House. A good time was had by everyone.