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    Ridge Camp. Winter. Late afternoon. RIDGE CAMP The culmination of our camp building projects in the 70's, Ridge is the prettiest, the most secluded--a perfect Adirondack Getaway. CLICK & GO!  (On this page.)   Amenities Summary.   About Ridge Camp Backcountry Living.   About access to Ridge Camp.   A Romantic Getaway. Totally secluded!   Meet Our Guests at Ridge Camp. (What they had to say about it, letters, guest book entries, photos.)   The Ridge Camp Story--How it go that way.   Guest Notes:  "One thing would have made it better, it would've been a longer stay."   "The views, the peaceful setting , the sauna - absolutely incredible."   "Great trails and spectacular views! Dinner by candlelight."   "The water quality in the bath house . . ."     (On the next page.)   10 Best Visitor Information Pages. (Quick Index.)
    Dining table, Ridge Camp View kitchen, Ridge Camp Balcony and Screened Porch Kitchen Sink by Window Guest Shed. Sauna Building (Washroom, Sauna.) Photo Guest Book pages: John & Donna on Cookout Hill
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    An antique woods road follows a moderate grade uphill 1-1/2 miles through an open forest of mature hardwoods to the Cow Pond, a watering hole for cattle in bygone days. Ridge Camp is there, just below Rattlesnake Knob, with breathtaking views of the High Peaks. A short walk to Cookout Hill and Blueberry Hill, and the summit of Rattlesnake Knob with more views of Whiteface and the AuSable Valley.
    Ridge Camp Photo by Todd Shirley A mature design, the main building (600 sq.ft.) features an open cathedral ceiling over the sitting/dining room and kitchen), a loft bedroom and a balcony that overhangs a screened porch on the first floor. CLICK HERE for the kind of secluded living offered at Ridge Camp. The camp is rented as three-building complex along with the "Guest Shed" (200 sq.ft.) and "Sauna" (280 sq.ft.) with wood-fired sauna and washroom. Privy. For location see Fourpeaks Trail Map label [RC] and CLICK HERE for the kind of secluded living offered at Ridge Camp.

    Three buildings, five rooms, Non-smoking, Pets welcome, 1080 sq.ft. in all, max. 8 persons. Single or double occupancy, $670/3 nights, $1340/week. CLICK HERE for a seasonal offer, promptly delivered. 11% Sales/Occupancy Tax applies to all rentals of less than one week duration. A Deposit Payment is required to secure reservation. Cancellation fees apply.  See Guest Information for occupancy limitations and financial arrangements. Discount Prices.

    Fourpeaks is a smoke-free vacation place. No smoking is permitted in any of the Fourpeaks accommodations. See Safety First! & Fourpeaks Rental Terms. Ridge Camp Kitchen "Ridge Camp" Amenities Summary
    Bedrooms/beds: One double bed (loft upstairs) and two single beds at the main camp. One double bed and two single beds in the "Guest Shed." Blankets and pillows supplied. [CLICK HERE for Frequently Asked Questions about what to bring, including bed linens and towels.]
    Full Kitchen:  Dry sink, full size cooking range with oven, 4 cubic foot refrigerator, dining service for 8 persons and a complete selection of utensils, dishes, silverware, pots and pans, including a toaster, a tea pot and 3 kinds of coffee makers.
    Old-fashion outdoor toilet (privy, outhouse) right at camp. Toilet: Outside Privy (outhouse). [ CLICK HERE to learn about the privies (outhouses) at Fourpeaks Backcountry Camps.]
    Old-fashion pitcher pump right at the kitchen sink. Water/washing:  Old-fashion pitcher pump at the kitchen sink delivers water from "mini-cisterns." Big stand pump at the Well House for more. See How to work the pitcher pumps. It's fun. CLICK HERE for all about limited water at Fourpeaks Backcountry Camps, especially in Winter. CLICK HERE for bathing and showering at camp.
    Lighting: Gas lighting. No electricity. (Bring electric reading lamps, extra candles, if you like. No kerosene, gasoline or other lighting permitted.)
    Fireplace/heating: Jotul woodstove on main floor, Vermont Castings Intrepid freestanding fireplace (parlor stove) at bedroom loft, Cauley-LeMay woodstove at the "Guest Shed." Firewood supplied. Gas utility stove for heating water at "The Sauna."
    Porches:  Furnished screened porch with couch, table and benches. Open second story balcony off loft bedroom. Open Back Porch.
    Additional: Wood-fired sauna. Outside picnic table. Hammock. Charcoal barbeque grill.
    Miscellaneous: Dish soap, hand soap, sponge/pot scrubber, Comet cleaner, firewood, dish towels, toilet paper, trash bags, matches, candles, biscuit mix, honey, salt, pepper, sugar, etc. are all supplied. [ Planning your visit? CLICK HERE for more helpful information on setting up housekeeping.]
    Old-fashion hand pump right at camp, located at the kitchen sink or at Well House nearby.The well water at Ridge has a varying concentration of (harmless) anaerobic bacteria that expire after a few minutes exposure to the atmosphere, turning the water reddish in color--the result of ingested iron. This well water is fine for washing. There is also a supply of water in the blue containers from the well at Camp Barn to use for cooking.
    Learn more about it? CLICK HERE for several email exchanges and a final footnote on this subject.

    CLICK HERE for The Portable Shower Bath. 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. Cowboy Bathing in Tub. 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.

    Backcountry Living at 'The Cabin.' Backcountry Living (for Guests).
    The cabins at Fourpeaks are spread out on a 700-acre property, 2-1/2 miles end to end. To maintain a safe, orderly, and clean place to live, the good will and cooperation of our guests are essential. This webpage will provide you a working familiarity with backcountry life and methods for heating, lighting and water use. Living off-the-grid is fun and educational. Insure your personal safety and comfort by learning how it works.
    If you're considering a Fourpeaks vacation rental,  CLICK HERE  for Backcountry Living (for Guests).

    CLICK HERE for more about access to our backcountry camps. Access to our Backcountry Camps. Fourpeaks is open year-round. There's auto access to The Cabin, Sugar Camp, New Camp, Gypsy Camp and Thoreau House, so you can drive right to them. But there's no "front desk" at Fourpeaks. so you need to find out how to get to your rental. CLICK HERE for How to Get to Your Rental.and What to do When you get There.
    Our two remote camps, Wolf's Nest and Ridge Camp, are rented to guests who hike in. (Wolf's Nest, 5/8 mile or Ridge Camp 1-1/2 miles.) Guests at those camps meet us at our Camp Barn Office. A full orientation to camp precedes the visit. Firewood plus propane for lighting and cooking are already in place at camp. Wash water is at the Well House at Ridge, but wash water must be carried up for Wolf. Extra backpacks and a cargo sled are available for loan.
    No guest vehicles. Except for short access roads off Stonehouse Road (to Thoreau House, Gypsy Camp, Sugar Camp, New Camp and The Cabin), the use of guest vehicles on Fourpeaks roads and trails is strictly forbidden.
    [More about access and other travel related information, including Winter Road Condirions, Public Transportation, and more at Frequently Asked Questions.]

    Just For Two: Romantic Getaways at Fourpeaks. The Cabin: A Romantic Getaway in the High Peaks. Exciting views of Whiteface Mountain from Wolf's Nest. Ridge Camp: A Perfect Romantic Getaway in the High Peaks. Planning A Romantic Getaway?
    (A time for just you two together?)
    Here's a vacation you won't forget!
    Fourpeaks backcountry camps offer an unequalled opportunity for a private getaway in a place of great natural beauty. No crowds. (Maybe no people at all.) CLICK HERE for all about your Fourpeaks Romantic Getaway in the High Peaks of the Adirondacks!
    (With a few suggestions from Your Adirondack Guide.)

    John & Donna on Cookout Hill Meet Our Guests at Ridge Camp! The Fourpeaks Photo Guest Book. is a fun way to learn about our Adirondack backcountry vacations. Who came. Where they're from. Where they stayed. The Season. What they did here. Guest Photos Photos. Letters and Guest Book entries. CLICK HERE for Vacationing with Your Dog Guest Book pages.Pet-friendly vacations.   CLICK HERE for Just For Two Guest Book pages.Romantic getaways.  CLICK HERE for Solo Guests Solo Guests   CLICK HERE for Families with Kids Guest Book pages. Families with Kids.

    Marion and Chris 15 A Photo Web Page A Fourpeaks Romantic Getaway. 1 Doggy Guests.Brooklyn, NY, baked biscuits, took a break from work. "There is not a cabin like in Fourpeaks, nothing come close to them.."
    Mark and Nicole New Years at Ridge.Mark and Nicole A Return New Years Visit to Ridge Camp. 27 A Photo Web Page A Fourpeaks Romantic Getaway. 2 Doggy Guests. Denville NJ, hiked, sauna-ed and climbed, hung out with Bummer and Cam. "The sauna was one of the many highlights of our trip . . .."
    June honeymoon at Ridge Camp with Roscoe.Kelly and Tom June honeymoon at Ridge Camp with Roscoe.. 8 A Photo Web Page A Fourpeaks Romantic Getaway. 1 Doggy Guests.  "By far it was the best married decision yet!!! ."
    Anita and Andrew sight a bear cub. 8 A Photo Web Page A Fourpeaks Romantic Getaway. Jamaica Plains MA "We still get excited thinking about it."
    Mike, Ellen and Greg on a family vacation.Mike, Ellen and Greg on a family vacation with Wes. 32 A Photo Web Page 1 Doggy Guests. 1Kids. From nearby New Hampshire. Biked, hung out at camp, found panaoramic views."We are thinking about returning in winter."
    Colleen and Robert with Dad, Gordie & Brenda. A Return Fall Visit to Ridge Camp. 14 A Photo Web Page   "We were glad to make it up this time in the fall. The foilage was unbelievable. We all were amazed on how many stars you could see. It was incredible.."
    Robert and Mary.Robert and Mary with Gracie. 49 A Photo Web Page A Fourpeaks Romantic Getaway. 1 Doggy Guests. Old Forge, NY "We read, we strolled and hiked, we slept in, we meditated, we talked, we cooked, and we sat on the porch taking in the view and skyscape by day and stars by night, listening to the birds, squirrels, chipmunks, owls and even the coyotes a few times."
    Mark and Nancy with and without kids 17 A Photo Web Page A Fourpeaks Romantic Getaway. 2 Kid Guests. 1 Doggy Guests. Ossining NY "we hope [this webpage] gives prospective guests a good idea of what your special place is all about."

    CLICK HERE for Fourpeaks Discount Prices. Get away to Fourpeaks, working part-time to pay your way. CLICK HERE for our Work-Stay Program. Discount Prices. We love to see guests come back. To make it easier, we offer Year-round Discounts. CLICK HERE to see our Reduced Rate Plans for Returning Guests.   Work here part-time to help pay your way? CLICK HERE  to learn about our Fourpeaks Work-Stay Program.  Get away to Fourpeaks for free. CLICK HERE for a Fourpeaks Home Exchange?Have a home or apartment in New York City? CLICK HERE to learn about a Fourpeaks Home Exchange.   Never been here, but you're a student, senior, or live on low-income? CLICK HERE  for help finding an Adirondack Budget Vacation.

    The Fourpeaks Story: 1967 to Today.
    CLICK HERE for Ridge Camp Story. CLICK HERE for Sugar Camp Story. CLICK HERE for New Camp Story. CLICK HERE for The Cabin Story. Putting Fourpeaks on the Map. CLICK HERE for Wolf's Nest Story. CLICK HERE for Gypsy Camp Story. CLICK HERE for Thoreau House Story.

    The Fourpeaks Story begins on a ski weekend at Whiteface with my first wife in '67. I can't remember if the kids were there or not. With a busy new business in the city, I was looking for a "wilderness" place, lots of trees and space, to get away to whenever I wanted. I had in mind cheap land, lots of it, not suitable for building development. I started asking around at the realtors, focusing on the lower priced offerings. Breakfast at the Golden Arrow across from the old hotel, I spotted an old lady at the cash register, looked just like my Bubba, a greyhead Zeide nearby. The old couple pointed the way to Wilmington. A few days later Dan Deighan, the land-savvy real estate man from Placid, was driving me up Stonehouse Road in a four-wheeler through a foot of snow. I wrote about it in a poem, "Camp."   CLICK HERE for the full story about The Cabin, my first camp. For the other camps, CLICK on one of the image links above. CLICK HERE to hear The Whole Fourpeaks Story--1967 to Today, 7 camps, 3 barns, 1 Stone House, 700 acres and 40 years later.

    #1538 ". . . running ever since we got back from our honeymoon. one thing would have made it better, it would've been a longer stay."
    Subject: Guestbook Entry
    Date : 10/11/1999
    Name : Jean L*****er & Jim B**l
    Email : v****
    Location : Baltimore, MD
    Comments : Re: Visit at the Ridge, 9/27/99 to 10/1/99
    Hi, Martin!
    Sorry to take so long in getting back to you but we've been running ever
    since we got back from our honeymoon.
    As for our visit, we had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed your place.
    If one thing would have made it better, it would've been a longer stay.
    Don't change a thing if you can avoid it.
    We're already talking about when we'll be able to come back up and visit
    with you, again. I'm sure we'll be in touch before too many seasons go by.
    In the meantime, thanks for everything!
    Jim & Jean

    #1558 "The views, the peaceful setting , the sauna - absolutely incredible."
    Subject: Guestbook Entry
    Date: Tue, 02 Nov 1999
    Name : Jim Ph****s - Len K****
    Email : jp****
    Location : Columbus, Ohio
    Comments : Martin
    Thank you oh so much.
    Our second visit to fourpeaks was so much more than we had expected. Staying
    at Ridge Camp was the best thing we decided to do.
    The views, the peaceful setting , the sauna - awe the sauna, absolutely incredible.
    It was a break that we both needed to rest, relax and explore.
    The only thing I would change at Ridge Camp would be to add a fireplace.
    The dogs had a great time as well.
    We will be back in the spring and this time we want Sugar Camp.
    Take care and have a great winter season.
    Jim & Len
    WEBMASTER'S NOTE: Fireplace, well really parlor stove, added March 2000.
    #1045 "Great trails and spectacular views! Dinner by candlelight every night was a real treat."
    Subject: Guestbook Entry
    Date : 11/5/2001
    Name : Jon & Leslie R*****
    Email : jlr***
    Location : Killington, VT
    Comments : We had a wonderful few days of peace & quiet,
    just what we needed. Ridge Camp was great, everything we needed was there
    and having dinner by candlelight every night was a real treat.
    Spent our days hiking and picknicking, great trails and spectacular views!
    We will definitely be back.

    "The water quality in the bath house . . ." (An email exchange.) CLICK HERE for Martin's note about Ridge water (above).
    Date: Mon, 06 Oct 2008 07:45:15 -0700
    From: gord****
    Hello Martin
    Kim Aa***rd and I visited Four Peaks in the Fall of 2006, and had a wonderful few
    days of hiking. We are considering returning again in 2009, and if we did return, we
    would like to go back to the solitude of the Ridge Cabin. The only part of the
    entire experience that gave us a bit of pause was the water quality in the bath
    house. We wondered whether you had found any treatment solution to get rid of those
    anaerobic bacteria - have you tried a shock treatment with bleach?

    The dates we are considering at this point are September 24th-27th or October 1-4.

    Before we make our decision, could you please let us know whether the well status has
    changed, and whether either of those dates are available for the Ridge Cabin? If the
    water is the same, we would still consider coming, but we might want to bring extra
    water with us.
    Gord (from near Kingston, Ontario) and Kim Aag***d (from Aurora, Ontario)

    Subject: a shock treatment with bleach
    Date: Mon, 06 Oct 2008 22:04:09 -0400
    From: "Martin (Your Adirondack Guide)"
    To: gord****
    I'm very interested in learning from you what you know about "a shock treatment with bleach." I did this for years with no noticeable results. But maybe I wasn't persistent enough, didn't use enough bleach, or used it at the wrong season, the wrong time of day, phase of the moon, etc.

    I routinely tell people something like--"The well at Ridge has a varying concentration of (harmless) anaerobic bacteria that expire after a few minutes exposure to the atmosphere, turning the water reddish in color--the result of ingested iron. The well water is fine for washing. There is also a supply of water in the blue containers from my well which you should use for cooking."

    I got this information years ago from a son of mine who is/was a water geologist
    and this was confirmed by a guest in that profession as well. I think, but I'm not
    sure, that both of them suggested chlorine bleach.

    Help me out. What do you know about this?.

    I'd love to have you visit. It's too far ahead for me to book you for 2009,
    but let's keep in touch. Maybe I can find a fix on this reddish water problem by
    then. If not I'll be sure to give you LOTS of my well water (in blue containers) so
    you won't have the reddish stuff to deal with.

    NEW IDEA. There are guests up there this week. Until I know better, I'm going
    up tomorrow and dump one full gallon (more than I ever did in the past) and ask
    the guests if they can report any difference. (I'll also bring them a few extra
    containers of my well water.) Depending on results, I may try 2 gallons next time.
    Maybe I can figure this out on my own.

    Best wishes, Martin

    Subject: RE: a shock treatment with bleach
    From: gord***@***.com
    Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2008 10:50:09 -0400 To: Martin (Your Adirondack Guide)
    CC: Kim Aa***
    Hi Martin
    Sorry I haven't replied sooner - I was away last week and then inundated
    with company for our Thanksgiving weekend.
    I have had a minor problem with anaerobic bacteria in my own well. Mine
    have caused low level tastes of sulphur, and a bit of precipitation of iron.
    The situation at Ridge camp may have a similar origin, but the degree of the
    problem is quite different. And mine is a drilled well vs. what I think is
    a shallow dug well at Ridge Camp.
    The treatment I have used is a product called "Wellriffic," concocted by a
    local guy up here in Kingston, Ontario. One treatment has given me
    resolution for about 6-8 months. I have talked to the local well drillers
    up here, and they suggest that I could get the same result from a simple
    "shock" treatment with Chlorox bleach. For my drilled well, they have
    recommended 1 cup of bleach per day, but applied consecutively for 4 or 5
    days, then see how it works. In the case of my drilled well (~200 feet
    deep), they also recommend pumping out the residue after the treatment. I
    don't know whether you have tried the "multiple days" approach when you did
    your shock treatments, but it might be worth a try if you haven't already
    used that approach. And given the level of iron in your case, perhaps more
    than 1 cup per day would make a difference.
    In any event, Kim and I are keen on returning (clear water or red water...)
    and we will keep in touch re one of those weekends in 2009 - Sept. 24-27, or
    Sept. 30 - October 3. Let us know if you are able to lick the problem with
    the well.
    Regards and a belated Happy Columbus Day

    Subject: Re: a shock treatment with bleach
    From: Martin (Your Adirondack Guide)
    Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 10:57:04 -0400
    To: gord***@***.com
    Thanks for your email about harmless anaerobic bacteria causing
    precipitation of iron (reddish salts) when they expire.
    Well, thanks to your thought-provoking earlier email, I did do a shock treatment
    last week. I figured the well contained about 200 gallons and,
    making a quick calculation (I majored in Chemistry) I dumped in
    3 gallons of 6% sodium hypochlorite (Chlorox).
    That did it! The shock treatment knocked out all the bacteria. I can't
    pump it out, but the residue is settling out and I expect the well will
    soon pump clear.
    My plan is to check the water seasonally. Repeat as necessary. The
    Pricechopper store brand is only a dollar and change per gallon, as
    compared to Chlorox brand at $3+. So it's not expensive.
    Look for clear well water when you come again.
    Best wishes,

    Subject: RE: a shock treatment with bleach
    From: gord***@***.com
    Date:Wed, 15 Oct 2008 13:49:04 -0400
    To: Martin (Your Adirondack Guide)
    CC: Kim Aa***
    Martin - wow, that's great news.
    The fellow I spoke to about my own well gave me the additional advice, in
    response to my question about how often I should do the treatment: "When
    the problem appears again, shock it again" - not too scientific, but I guess
    every well is different, and you just have to keep an eye on things.
    Kim and I loved the sauna, and clear water will make the experience that
    much more enjoyable.

    Footnote.A final footnote about the well water at Ridge. After years of consultations, advice and trial and error, it's clear that since the well at Ridge is in direct communication with the Cow Pond just a few feet away it does not get the benefit of the natural flow of fresh ground water. Clorox or other water treatments are not practicable. The suspended (harmless, inert) reddish bacterial matter deposits out after a bit. Guests seem entirely happy with this (my best) camp in spite of this issue. END.
    P.S. OK. Just one more. This one about water filters.

    " I understand the water is not acceptable to drink, but we have had luck on trips with a filter." (An email exchange.)
    From: Jason *** JP***@rock***.com
    Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2012 12:15:28 +0000
    To: "'Martin (Your Adirondack Guide)'"
    I understand the water is not acceptable to drink, but we have had luck on trips with a filter. Here is the link to the filter for your review.
    Subject: we have had luck on trips with a filter.
    From: "Martin (Your Adirondack Guide)"
    Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2012 09:46:56 -0500
    To: Jason ***
    Thanks for your email about "we have had luck on trips with a filter."
    1) The webpage is very clear about water safety:
    2) Sorry. I am not equipped to evaluate Backpacking-Water-Filters.
    3) Where it comes to personal safety I would not trust to luck.
    Hope this helps.

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