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#34980 - 12/27/07 01:08 AM Adirondack Ice Conditions and Camping
jbgantt Offline
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Registered: 12/12/07
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Anyone have any good beta on the conditions in the dacks. Seems the catskills have warmed up and may need to go farther north this weekend and all of next week? We are driving from GA so we def do not want to go someplace where there is no ice. Also anyone got any camping suuggestions in the dacks near the ice routes. Any help would be appreciated!

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#34981 - 12/27/07 02:14 AM Re: Adirondack Ice Conditions and Camping [Re: jbgantt]
Ralph Offline
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Registered: 02/01/07
Posts: 142
You can get an ice report here [url] http://rockandriver.com/icereport.html [url/] that they say they'll update every other day. Otherwise, watch the weather reports and stop in at The Mountaineer in Keene Valley if you're going up Route 73. Good luck and enjoy the ice.

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#34982 - 12/27/07 04:09 AM Re: Adirondack Ice Conditions and Camping [Re: Ralph]
Aya Offline
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Registered: 11/18/04
Posts: 754
Loc: Climbing somewhere
Get yourself the Blue Lines book; should help you work out camping. One of the easiest places is at the end of Chapel Pond, where you park if you're headed into the Canyon from the Lions on the Beach end.
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#34983 - 12/27/07 01:26 PM Re: Adirondack Ice Conditions and Camping [Re: Aya]
jbgantt Offline
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Registered: 12/12/07
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I have the book, it does not mention camping very much as far as I can tell from skimming.

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#34988 - 12/27/07 07:03 PM Re: Adirondack Ice Conditions and Camping [Re: jbgantt]
tradjunkie Offline
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Registered: 04/19/04
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Aya's suggestion is a good one. You may need a high-clearance SUV to get in, depending on snow levels. Or park elsewhere (legally) and walk...

Designated campsites otherwise generally probably further of a hike in than you want (e.g. Giant's Washbowl near Chapel Pond is 3/4 mile and 500' uphill....)

Otherwise, 150' from roads, trails, & bodies of water etc. etc.

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#34993 - 12/27/07 10:24 PM Re: Adirondack Ice Conditions and Camping [Re: tradjunkie]
paulraphael Offline
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Registered: 01/22/02
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Loc: New York, NY
 Originally Posted By: tradjunkie
Designated campsites otherwise generally probably further of a hike in than you want (e.g. Giant's Washbowl near Chapel Pond is 3/4 mile and 500' uphill....)


We had an adventure with one of these campgrounds. Had a hard time figuring out if we were car camping or winter backpacking. Fun, but a bit of a hassle.

The best news is the hostel in Keene Valley, right across from the diner. $20 a night, clean, good showers, a full kitchen, run by nice people.

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#34994 - 12/28/07 12:24 AM Re: Adirondack Ice Conditions and Camping [Re: paulraphael]
Aya Offline
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Registered: 11/18/04
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Loc: Climbing somewhere
sorry jb - I was vaguely recalling the map on page 64 of the burgundy book, which is not as helpful as I recalled. It does show the little chapel pond spot, though.
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#35044 - 01/02/08 09:24 PM Re: Adirondack Ice Conditions and Camping [Re: Aya]
pedestrian Offline
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Registered: 08/05/02
Posts: 2244
Loc: a heavily fortified bunker!
Many stream crossings in the ADK blew out this week... keep this in mind when doing anything that may require approach via drainages.

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#35045 - 01/02/08 09:29 PM Re: Adirondack Ice Conditions and Camping [Re: pedestrian]
Smike Offline
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Registered: 05/01/01
Posts: 3143
Loc: in your backyard
Some swimming is required on edges to some of the lakes as well.....

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#35063 - 01/03/08 09:50 PM Re: Adirondack Ice Conditions and Camping [Re: Smike]
chip Offline
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Registered: 10/06/01
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Loc: Sittin' Pretty in Fat City
...but none that require significant snorkling.

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