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SteriPEN Ultra Review


As a long-distance hiker and ultralight backpacker I am always looking for lightweight, reliable, and robust gear to bring into the backcountry.  In 2007, while on the Appalachian Trail, I was exposed to the original SteriPEN.  A handful of hikers were using the ultraviolet pen shaped light to purify their READ MORE

The People of the Backcountry


The backcountry is a great equalizer, a place where people from all walks of life can put aside their differences.  They can focus on the joy of climbing a peak or the beauty of a waterfall.  The things that divide us are left behind, leaving only the unifying nature of READ MORE

Mistake to Tradition: Story of Johns Brook Lodge Brand


If you have been to Johns Brook Lodge you may have noticed the peculiar use of a backwards J in the acronym JBL.  For many, this may just seem like another odd tradition of an organization that likes to cause confusion with odd or misspelled names, such as Adirondak Loj.  READ MORE

Challenges of Winter Caretaking at Johns Brook


My first experience with the camps the Adirondack Mountain Club owns on the Johns Brook Property was New Years 2005.  A friend reserved a space in Camp Peggy O’Brien last minute and invited several people along for a winter overnight.  We gathered in the Garden parking lot on the last READ MORE