• Ed took us on a hike up the Adirondack Dixes, including his favorite, the slide up Macomb Mountain all from the Elk Lake parking lot. We camped two nights-rather elegantly with meals that had been thought out ahead of time; Learning great techniques, for example- fire starting, due to Ed's expertise, or at using a river sack to cool our food while we were hiking during the day. Ed is especially observant of the comfort level, hiking pace, expectation of challenges, and capabilities of the hikers he is leading. We felt always safe, yet truly stretched by the vigor of our hikes. Also, we felt more confident in self-sufficiency, mixed with respect for experience. Thank you!