Mt. Colden | The Adirondacks

Arguably one of the best hikes in the Adirondacks High Peaks region, Mt. Colden combines a challenging hike with striking views over the course of 8-14 hours, depending on the skill level. Rarely do hikes test my upper body strength, but during the majority of the Mt. Colden trail, I found myself needing to grip - and I mean grip - old-growth branches, pull myself onto fallen tree trunks, and stop my face from hitting the ground by laying out my hands first.

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The Hiker's Camera Bag: 4 Essentials for Travel Photography

When traveling or backpacking, the last thing you need is more weight on your shoulders. For me, it’s all about keeping my photographic gear to a minimum when traveling or hiking. I do my best to pack with a purpose by first identifying my destination’s environment and then thinking of what kind of photos I want in the end. Although I love experimenting with different types of photographic equipment, my camera bag generally stays within the same 3-4 item range when I wander out. In this list, I’ll cover the gear setup I often take with me to cover my bases when hiking, as well as a few tips for finding the gear that suits you and your travels.

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Ricketts Glen State Park | Falls Trail

Ricketts Glen is wildly popular Pennsylvania State Park, especially during early spring to late fall. Well maintained campgrounds, handicapped accessibility, and picnic areas are just a few amenities within the park that keeps visitors happy. But the real driving force for visitation is Falls Trail, a path that traces two connected gorges dotted with a total of 22 waterfalls. 

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Rothrock State Forest | Greenwood Furnace State Park

About a half hour south of State College, Greenwood Furnace State Park is located just beyond the little college bubble that exists in Happy Valley. We arrived at the visitor’s center by Greenwood Lake, grabbed a map and some tips from Ranger Mike, then headed to Monsell Trail right next to Route 305.

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A Well-Traveled Camera Returns Home

I exchanged emails with the lovely Hi'ilani of Kahanu Botanical Gardens, the place I was certain I dropped my camera but couldn’t confirm while I was on the island because of their limited hours. After a few disappointing “no’s” and “We’ll keep our eye out’s,” I finally opened my inbox to a “Guess what!!”

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