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Gabe Messercola and Ryan Wichens posing with their hiking equipment. Photo by Marci Revette

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When they talk about their adventures hiking in the Adirondacks, the eyes of Ryan Wichens, 18, and Gabe Messercola, 17, light right up. One can almost smell the crackling campfire, see the thousands of stars strewn across the night sky and hear the call of the loons. “It is a beauty beyond description,” said Messercola. “It becomes a part of you.”


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