My name is Rebecca Nichols, and I am the HikingAdkChick. Despite the fact that I live outside of the Blue Line – just outside mind you – you're more likely to find me hiking in the Adirondacks than puttering around my yard.
I have climbed countless mountains, from the foothills to the High Peaks, and though I've been an avid camper and snowshoer since I was wee, my passion for hiking only started in the spring of 2013. Yes, I've climbed all those mountains in less than a year. I'm kinda hooked, what can I say?
I decided that this would begin with a hike and my first expedition into the mountains clocked in at 7.2 miles roundtrip. Not bad for a beginner!
From the first step, I was hooked. I felt renewed and drawn to the mountains by the fresh air and the quiet – it was fulfilling and exciting. The following weekend I headed out again, this time to Kane Mountain in the southern Adirondacks. A fire tower graces the summit, which offers beautiful views of Canada Lake. It's a short, one mile roundtrip hike from the trailhead on Green Lake Road, making it a great hike for beginners.
Throughout last spring and early summer, I hiked all over the Southern Adirondacks, hitting places like Good Luck Cliffs, Hadley Mountain, Crane Mountain and Nine Corner Lake (also a great place to boulder). Eventually, I decided to participate in the Adirondack Mountain Club's Fire Tower Challenge, and then decided to work toward becoming a 46er. But those are tales for another day.
I enjoy hitting the trails solo, but I'm equally happy when my family joins me. I'll share my passion for the mountains with anyone, and am a member of the Adirondack Mountain Club. I am also a member of several hiking/mountaineering forums and groups where I have made friends with many other hikers, and I've learned that there's something special about the mountaineering community. Everyone looks out for everyone else, stranger or not, and there is a trust that you build with your fellow hikers. To me, this is an unlooked-for and special bonus.
Hiking has brought me so many things, from inner peace, to a sense of accomplishment and a mental and physical strength I never knew I had. I tell everyone that it only took me 37 years to find my passion, but I look forward to sharing many more stories about my hiking experiences in the Adirondacks. Stay tuned.