Approachable Adventure: Hiking NY’s Highest Mountain- Mt Marcy

Since I began living in one of New York’s most mountainous regions my friends and I have steadily progressed through higher peaks. Starting at our town’s highest and progressing up the chain, county, state, region, etc… This is my guide for Mt. Marcy, our state’s highest peak, but first some background to the area.

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At only 4-5 hours away from NYC, Mt Marcy and the surrounding Adirondacks make an excellent weekend trip for those seeking an inexpensive adventure. Of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks, Marcy is the highest at 5,344 ft, but far from the most difficult / technical (Gothics, arguably takes the most difficult crown due to the steep ascent).

The region itself is stunning, with breathtaking views in almost every direction. The smell however was the sense that left the most acute impression. The air was and still is the freshest I have ever smelled as fresh pine permeates every breath and reinvigorates you to penetrate deeper into the pristine Adirondacks even before you get near the trail head.

The trail we chose was the well traveled Van Hoevenberg trail which leads through all the major sites and the eventual summit. This trail is of moderate difficulty but the length of the trail itself was the biggest issue I had. It clocks in at approximately 14.4 to 15 miles (range varies by source) round trip over some rough terrain ( rocky crevasses, rock scrambles, alpine zone) and is not for the weak willed. As young naive hikers we didn’t pack nearly enough for this endeavor and although we made it, it turned out to be extremely tough (more on this later).

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(I skip past the twists and turns and just list the sites, if you want a trail guide I recommend this one, as this is the exact one that got me there and back safely. )Anyways, a few miles in you’ll see Marcy Dam which is the first major site on the trail. Don’t be fooled by the tame trek so far, the trail starts to ascend a bit more around mile 3 and continues to do so steadily for a few more miles. The next site is the Adirondack Loj around mile 5 where hikers congregate to meet each other and swap stories. You can also stay overnight in the Loj if you reserve a spot and want to spend some more time in the Adirondacks. Past this you trek into the alpine zone where there are no more trees and sparse vegetation. The crevasses come into full swing here and in the winter become a real danger.

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Continuing on you’ll find yourself at  Lake Tear of The Clouds, a serene beauty that provides a quaint place to regroup before you hit the top. This lake was originally (incorrectly) thought to be the source of the Hudson and as New Yorker’s born and raised we drank from it unfiltered, something you cannot do further down state. From there the peak is about one mile up through the rocky alpine zone and a small rock scramble. Luckily the weather stayed clear and we got a phenomenal view of Keene and the surrounding mountains.

Here are the tips I learned the hard way on MT. Marcy:

-I drove four hours to the mountain, hiked for eight to ten hours, then tried to drive back four hours all in the same day.  We wanted to same day this since we were naive punks at the time. Get a hotel / campsite so you can rest properly and get more than the three hours of sleep I got before this trek.

-If the recommended round-trip time is 8-12 hours, ALWAYS plan for 12.  Bring enough food, water, and painkillers for the upper limit. We all ran out of these things around mile 11 of 14.8.

-That last .1 of a mile is the longest .1 ever hiked.

-Use this trail guide.

That’s all folks, I wish I could remember more but this took place 5 years ago and we’ve climbed many more mountains since then. I’ll be writing about New Hampshire’s highest peak, the dangerous Mt. Washington next so stayed tuned.

Fight Your Way Out Of A Slump: Youtube Edition

30 minutes before a presentation / interview / date and you don’t feel that familiar burning vigor stirring in your belly. Too little time for a quick gym pump or a Les Brown video, what can a man do in this short time? Besides positive affirmations, these are the quick videos that work for me, and I hope work for you too.

Fedor, the greatest MMA fighter to ever live, and my personal favorite. Watching this nondescript Russian pulverize everyone, regardless of size and strength into submission always gets me amped up. The perfect person to start this list, here are his opening words.

“Before the fight, I try to concentrate on my inner self, think about something I like. Whatever I do, I just try to think about good things, and that helps me. Everytime I win, all of these things, and all of these events, I was getting ready for them.”

Your in full go mode now champ. Remember “no pain, no pain, no pain”.

Finish strong by turning War up, closing your eyes, and visualizing success in the immediate endeavor ahead of you.

If you have a favorite routine to pump you up in 30 min or less, let us all know how you go about it in the comments below.Good luck and God bless.

Manly Book Review: Growth Of The Soil

Welcome back friends for another EaL book review. This time we will be discussing Knut Hamsun’s epic Growth Of The Soil. Written in 1917 this book won the author the 1920 Nobel Prize in literature by relating the fictional tale of hard working settlers in the Norwegian Highlands.

The tale begins with Isak’s humble entry into a wooded valley by the river and his ensuing efforts to settle the area. From there it effortlessly flows through the years to his burgeoning family and community as the wilds become more populated with both man and beast working together to build a life. With great depth and description Hamsun weaves masculine virtues such as honor, respect, patience, and humility into the novel by way of the main characters. Isak himself is the picture of hard work and dedication. Always thinking of the needs of his family, providing for them with only the sweat of his brow and ingenuity. No shortcuts, lofty ideals, or get rich quick schemes here, only conviction to the task at hand whether it be raising a barn or a child. Stolid throughout but in good humour, our protagonist does not utter a word of fatigue or complaint to anyone, a valuable lesson for men everywhere.

Besides these points, this novel has done what many have failed to do of late, and that is put a smile on face. When you read it you will know what I’m talking about. If you’re looking for a novel about family, community, virtue, and a man raising himself from his bootstraps then Growth Of The Soil is for you my friend. 5/5 this is a page turner you will finish quickly and enjoy.

Feminists Cried: Olympics Prove Women Can Be Successful AND Attractive

*Rest easy, this post contains no pictures of feminists.

Every four years some of the most dedicated and physically fit human beings alive get together to have wild orgies and sometimes compete against each other for national glory. If you look at these games as a microcosm of humanity we can glean valuable information from them. In particular what characteristics we look for in short term sexual partners. Most of the female Olympians I see in competition fit a standard (excellent) bill.  Long hair, radiant smiles, and of course top shelf ability. No matter what country they hail from or what sport they compete in, they all attempt to cultivate a traditional feminine appearance.

 

Abby Ghent
Abby Ghent

But if you think about it, these are the same women who should have every excuse to slack on the additional beauty tips. Of course their bodies are in excellent shape due to the rigorous training, but makeup, hair, nail polish, take precious time when your sore from training for 8 – 10 hours a day. This stands in stark contrast to ugly feminists everywhere who claim they are too “busy” to pretty themselves or cultivate a pleasant personality. These Olympians train daily for years to be the best in the world while Lindy West trains to see how many doughnuts she can fit in her mouth at once.

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Allison Baver

These Olympians serve as an inspiration to all women, you can be the best in the world and still look good.  But hey I’m sure Sandra Fluke had a harder day lobbying on Capitol Hill.

 

 

Men Need Lofty Goals

If I could only live to see it, to be there with you. What I wouldn’t give for twenty more years!

-Hyman Roth

The old man provides valuable insight into delayed gratification and effective planning. It made me think of where I would be in 20 years, and if I would I even be alive, much less successful in the goals I’ve set. If I don’t have a plan I know I won’t be.

I don’t know a lot of men with a long term plan. Sure the cops and teachers want to make it through their 20 years and retire, but that boils down to survival more so than dedicated plan. I think with age the ability to plan long term arises, but by then it’s too late. Most of the mid 20’s men I know barely have a 2 year plan, and what they do have only concerns their career. If you ask them where they will be in 5-10 years, it’s the rare man that can give a definitive answer. Of course circumstances change and unforeseen opportunities arise but even a general sense of direction will help. That’s where the lofty goal comes in. Like a far off lighthouse guiding you through the mist and rough waves of life, the goal acts as a beacon. How you navigate the various obstacles is up to you, but the direction is always clear. An oft used example would be Odysseus and his adventures on the way back to his beloved family. Years and thousands of miles separate the man from his home, but possession of self and mental fortitude  forge a rugged attitude, “nothing will stop me from my goal”.

My advice on planning is distilled in a quote spoken by Dwigt D. Eisenhower. “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” I know and fully expect for problems to arise. No plan survives first contact and by expecting issues and allotting both time and resources you can effectively overcome them. Think back to when you waited until the last moment to write a paper for school. You find out there’s an extra section to write, the printer doesn’t work, traffic on the road, internet slows to a crawl. You didn’t plan for the problems and paid the price, now extrapolate that for life.

Many men think they have the world of time to accomplish their vision. “Just as soon as I finish school, pay my loans, move, etc…” I’m guilty of it too and I fight everyday to stay on track. You’re mortal, you will die, and you probably won’t see it coming. There isn’t time to reminisce on missed opportunities, neither is there time to drag your feet in fulfilling your goals.

Sit down and write out where you want to be in 5, 10, 15 years. Mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, where you want to live, where you want your family to be (financially, physically, etc…) I don’t know what diverse goals you have set for yourself but charting a road map is the only way to success.

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“When your out there partying, horsing around, someone out there at the same time is working hard, someone is getting smarter, and someone is winning. Just remember that.”

-Arnold

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Swords out, shields up men. This is your year, but no one is going to hand it to you. You’ll have to strain but there is an outstretched hand waiting for you on the other end. The only question is will you reach out far enough? H/T to all those consistently producing solid pieces, Wall St Playboys, Jose L. Romero, Kenny, Victor Pride, Heartiste, the RoK crew, Matt Forney, GBFM, Danger and Play, everyone on the Delusion Damage twitter, and everyone else in the sphere.

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How To Deal With A Relapse

“Relapse is now seen as the rule rather than the exception in addiction recovery. And it is no longer viewed as a catastrophe but as an opportunity for learning more and better strategies for overcoming urges and for identifying the moods and situations that are likely to be difficult. What is inappropriate is black-and-white thinking about success that turns a slip-up into a disaster and sees it as a sure sign of defeat. The fact is that it takes time to change all the mental apparatus that supports any particular habit-the memories, the situations that trigger craving, and more. Addiction changes brains, and it takes time to change brains back.”

-Psychology Today

*Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor, nor should this advice be substituted for professional medical advice.*

Days Without Incident: 0

Look in the mirror, reset the counter, regret the encounter. Whether your addiction is substance related or behavioral, the chance of a relapse is substantial. As I said before, the opioid system and habit cycle in your body are formidable opponents in the face of change. To change engrained systems such as these will take time and effort. This recent foray into addiction management hasn’t been my first rodeo and I’ve come up with a steps that help straighten my mind out. Some might work for you and some won’t, take them with a grain of salt.

– Deal with the immediate medical issues / emergencies (stomach pumped, etc…)

– You feel like dogshit, mentally and physically, accept that you made a mistake.

– Contact your support structure, ideally people that fully understand addiction and relapse and will not judge you harshly such as  Narcotics / Alcoholics Anon, addiction clinics / wards, friends, family, hotlines.

-The shame, addiction, shame spiral is extremely powerful. (You use drugs to ease the pain of shame, then feel more shame after, negative feedback loop.) You must focus on the positive to snap yourself out of it. You have the courage and fortitude to take the first steps toward sobriety and had a small misstep along the path. You have not failed, only faltered momentarily.

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– Write down everything that lead up to the relapse. Events, how and what you felt, why you felt that way. Jotting it down will clear up the reasons why and will help you rectify the situation next time.

– Change you state: State dependent memory is real and can sink your boat. Work out and get a sweat going, change your clothes, go for a walk. Learn what moods and situations trigger your addiction cravings and deal with them accordingly. You’re going to have to remove certain people and things from your life, accept that.

-Dr. Gabor Mate’s definition of sobriety: “Sobriety is developing a mind state focused not on staying away from something bad, but on living a life led by positive values and intentions. It means living in the present moment, neither driven by ghosts of the past nor lulled and tormented by fantasies and fears of the future.” Read his book, it changed my life and will probably change yours.

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Share your best tips on how to successfully cope with a relapse in the comments. Good luck and God bless.

 

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Go out and kill shit this week.

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