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Ruth and Dave Olbert, owners of Cloud-Splitter Outfitters in Newcomb

Ruth and Dave Olbert, owners of Cloud-Splitter Outfitters in Newcomb

— Together, they’ve filled a need for oufitting visitors who want to enjoy the outdoor recreation available in the town of Newcomb. Located next to the Hudson River bridge on State Route 28N, they are uniquely located to outfit visitors for mountain biking, snowshoeing, kayaking, canoeing and relaxing tube floats on the Hudson River.

Current customers include Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) members; groups from Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal; and a lot of travelers from New York state and New Jersey.

“We actually picked up a guy in Pottersville this year and shuttled him to Newcomb,” Ruth said. “He went into the Santanoni Reserve for a couple of days, backpacked, did his thing, and then we picked him up and took him back to the bus station in Schroon Lake. That was our first shuttle, and he was very excited about it.”

Cloud-Splitter Outfitters even has two rentals: The Tamarack, a small cabin that accommodates four to six people; and The Pilot’s Bunkhouse above the oufitter shop.

“And that is more of a historical rental,” Ruth said of The Pilot’s Bunkhouse. The pilot she refers to is the river driver, a lumberjack who hopped from log to log while driving logs downriver from the Adirondack chopping grounds to the sawmills at Glens Falls. “It’s actually where the lumberjacks used to have their square dances. It’s pretty cool.”

The Olberts designed the smaller rental for cyclists looking for overnight stays, as Newcomb is located on the northern bike route from Portland, Maine to Portland, Ore. The cabin rental is designed for weekly rentals.

One family has been staying with the Olberts for eight years. The first year, Ruth was concerned. She hadn’t seen them for two days, so she checked up on them, and the parents were on the porch watching their kids go in and out of the screen door. The kids weren’t allowed to do that back home, so it was a treat. Now they’ve branched out, and a screen door won’t pass for entertainment anymore.

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