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Activities At Camp. Many wonderful things to do (and a few not to do) in the quiet and seclusion of your own Backcountry Camp.
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Hiking right from your doorstep.
R&R Take a break, relax.
Sitting (Zen or your way.)
Reading (Our bookshelves are full).
Bathing the backcountry way.
River swimming fun nearby.
Photography. (Bring your camera or borrow ours.)
Quality time without the electronic noise.
Sleeping in the quiet.
Cross country skiing.
Biking on the trails or by the river.
And a few things NOT TO DO.
Don't do Electronics.
Don't do Motoring.
Don't do Money.
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Fourpeaks Adirondack Activities.
Activities in the High Peaks Nearby.
A 5-page Personal Guide to Resources.
Scrubbing Up at our Fourpeaks Backcountry Camps. How do we do it at camp with limited water and no electricty? We bathe the time-tested oldfashion ways of years ago. Pump the water by hand. Heat it on the stove. Then bathe from a bucket with just a rag. Or sit in a big tin washtub. Or an old-fashion claw-foot bathtub like a cowboy just off the range. New! Hot showers with a new-fangled portable shower. That's luxury camping! The shower is quick and convenient. Ask for one when you get here. Either way it's all educational and fun, to learn how to get scrubbed up in a backcountry setting. CLICK HERE for Hot showers and those Oldfashion Ways.
- Hike Fourpeaks scenic trails. And skiing, snowshoeing and biking in season--in a wilderness place with exciting mountain views. No crowds or wornout trails. No driving to get there. Just step out your door for a short walk or an all day expedition on our 700-acre private mountain valley. CLICK HERE for Fourpeaks Hiking Trails & Beauty Spots trail notes and maps.
- R&R. Listen. Watch. Find a different rhythm sleeping, eating, playing and getting around they way they did at Fourpeaks 100 years ago and more.
- Sitting. Especially under a tree, for 20 minutes or so. Or find a sunny spot in one of the meadows. You may lie down. Face the sun. A Zen experience. Or do it your way. CLICK HERE for How to sit.
- Reading. Bring your reading pile. There are books at every camp. Come to Camp Barn for nature guides of all kinds and Zen Buddhist or extra cookbooks. Discover Martin's Adirondack poetry and take home a copy (just $10, cheap).
- Romance. Privacy Guaranteed. A candlelight dinner. For couples. Well--if you bring your kids and want us to mind them for a while, that can be arranged ($5/hour).
- Picnics. Barbecue, dine outside at your own camp or barn or find one of Fourpeaks remote picnic beauty spots, some with picnic tables and benches--"Camp Rock," "High Meadow," "Hemlock Grove," "Twin Maples," "Great Desert of the Adirondacks," etc. Ask us where they are.
- Cooking. No need for a restaurant! Save time and money cooking right at camp. Fourpeaks kitchens are complete with every utensil you'll need. Cook your home favorites. Or explore Fourpeaks International Cuisines. CLICK HERE for Martin's favorite recipes. Need an ingredient? Come see us at Camp Barn. Recipe books? We leave some in the camps and we have lots more to loan.
Fourpeaks Biscuits from Scratch. Getting into the backcountry ways? For a complete camp experience, forget the toaster cakes, prepared cereals and ordinary bread or toast! Learn to bake these old fashioned hot little bread cakes from scratch. We provide the rising flour. You add the butter and milk. Goes well with our gift jar of raw wildflower honey. Yum! CLICK HERE for easy biscuit recipe.
- There's tins, biscuit cutters and "rolling pins" in every kitchen.
- Wildflower hunt. The guide is on the bookshelf. Hours of fun and beauty in the out of doors. Please just look and admire. Except for open meadows and fields in Summer--absolutely no wildflower picking is permitted. CLICK HERE for the Photo Gallery with pages and pages of flowers to find in every season.
- Wash clothes. No washing machines here at Fourpeaks. But washing clothes by hand is therapeutic and fun. There's a big old fashion washtub, clothespins and a clothesline at every place. Want to try out the tools for washing clothes folks used years ago? Visit our Laundro-mat in the Well House by the brook below Camp Barn. There are washboards, dashers for agitating the clothes, and a double tub with wringer. Just 50 cents a load.
- Tree identification. Books are on the bookshelf. More at Camp Barn. Come and browse. A satisfying study. You'll be expert in short order. How different they are! Respect the firewood. CLICK HERE for the Photo Gallery with pages and pages of trees in our area.
- Photography. Bring your camera with you? If not, ask me for a loaner (Kodak digital). Take some photos of your adventures, your camp, just you! And please save them and remember to send them to us for the Fourpeaks Photo Guest Book!
- Enjoying quality time with just your Lover. Wife. Husband. Kids. Siblings. A free-form experience.
- Sleeping. Naps are a luxury. Try one if you ordinarilly never dare to take them. Sleep late if you're an early riser. Get up before dawn if you usually sleep in. See things from a different perspective while you're at camp.
- Crosscountry Ski. Can you manage on ungroomed trails? Maybe we'll get our neighbor to cut a snowmobile path if the snow is too deep. Must have groomed trails? CLICK HERE for Mt. Hoevenberg, Cascade and Jack Rabbit--not too far away! Downhill skiiing at Whiteface, too!
- Snowshoe. For deep snow. Call before you bring them. Ordinary boots are enough in most winter conditions. Fourpeaks gets Champlain Valley weather. Snowfall is moderate as compared to higher elevations.
Use Fourpeaks hiking trails. Be considerate--watch out for hikers. CLICK HERE for Stonehouse Road description and map. Mind the traffic and watch your speed. You may be unfamiliar with dirt road traction problems.
For road biking the popular AuSable River Flats (Route 9N) begin right at the bottom of the hill--a 30-mile stretch of easy touring between Keene Valley and Clintonville. A NY State Scenic River Corridor. (CLICK HERE) for more biking nearby.
No Electronics, Please.
Especially the noisy ones like portable radios, CD's, DVD players, etc. Live without electric razors or electric devices. Cell phones if you must. Spend 24 hours (or more if you can) without electronics. You'll feel rested. You might try this when you get home. (What's OK? A flashlight. Maybe a reading lamp.)
No Motoring, Please.
Give your car a break. Hide the keys in the sugar bowl. Spend 24 hours (or more if you can) without starting the motor. You'll feel better for it. It saves wear and tear all around. You might try this when you get home.
No Money, Please.
Give your wallet/purse a break. Hide them under your bed. Spend 24 hours (or more if you can) without looking at or using money. You'll save a lot. You might try this when you get home.
Cell phones if you must.
PHONE & INTERNET ACCESS. For most folks a backcountry
wilderness vacation provides a welcome break from phone and
internet. However, there are times when such access may be
needful while on vacation. Both are easily arranged. Services available and costs (if any):
CELL PHONE. 4-bars verizon service over Fourpeaks entire property.
1)Bring you verizon cell phone. Free.
2)Borrow a spare phone from us. Limited use. Free.
3)Use the "land" phone at Scotty. Local calls only or use your credit card/calling card for long distance. Free.
INTERNET ACCESS. 4-bars verizon service over Fourpeaks entire property.
1)Use Martin's computer at Camp Barn for limted use checking email, etc. By appointment. Free.
2)Bring your computer with Verizon modem or Hot Spot Jet Pack. Charge batteries at Scotty. Free.
3)Bring your computer and use High Speed internet access at Scotty. By arrangement. Free.
4)Bring your computer and use Wi-Fi signal at Camp Barn for limited downloading (satellite access). By appointment. Free.
5)If you do not have a Verizon account or equipment a "no contract" additional satellite connection can be arranged for your use during your stay. Mobile hot-spot wi-fi rental, $100-$200. 5G broadband access $100 to $200 depending on length of stay. Pay only the download cost you use by audit of Verizon webpage data log.
Fourpeaks is a smoke-free vacation place.
Smoking is NOT PERMITTED in any of the Fourpeaks living spaces.
(If you must smoke--please do it out-of-doors, in the privy, on an open porch, screened porch or view deck. Carefully extinguish matches and crush and pick up your butts. Thanks.)
Fourpeaks Outdoor Activities. A 700-acre private Adirondack wilderness right at your door. 20 miles of hiking/skiing trails. No traveling to get there. No crowds at the trailheads and summits. An unequalled nature experience with no people. River swimming and fishing at the nearby AuSable River. A wilderness lake. Lots more. Browse our 10 activity pages. [CLICK HERE for Fourpeaks Adirondack Activities.]
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