Monday, April 27, 2015

Paddling Tips For New Opalescent, Hudson River Areas

Upper HudsonWhen researching my Adirondack Paddling guidebook a few years ago, I canoed a stretch of the upper Hudson River and the lower Opalescent River. At the time, legal options for accessing both rivers were limited, despite their proximity to County Route 25, the road leading to the Upper Works trailhead.

I parked along the road next to a Forest Preserve sign and put in the Hudson from a sloping boulder with poor footing. In the book, I recommended people paddle downriver to the Opalescent and then paddle back up the Hudson a few miles to take out at a bridge on County Route 76, the road that leads to the former NL Industries mine.

It was frustrating, because there were plenty of better places to take out along County 25, which parallels the Hudson, but the land was owned by the Nature Conservancy. With the state’s acquisition of MacIntyre East, that is no longer the case.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Searching For Quiet Waters In A Solo Canoe

Chapel Pond Cliffs 2(1)Moving to the Adirondacks in 1998 offered new opportunities to explore the lakes and rivers in my solo canoe near Keene. I first tried Upper Cascade Lake and Chapel Pond, the lakes visible from Route 73 near Keene Valley on the way to Lake Placid. I had admired those lakes for decades while vacationing in the High Peaks.

Launching my Hornbeck at the Upper Cascade Lake was easy as it only weighted 15 pounds. Hugging the south shore, admiring the small streams cascading over the moss-covered rocks at close range was magical. But the noise from the traffic on Route 73, amplified across the lake, caused such an annoyance I soon paddled back to shore in disappointment. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, April 23, 2015

What’s New On The Otter Creek Horse Trails?

Alpacas on the Otter Creek Horse Trails this winterThe snows are gone and mud season has begun on the Otter Creek Horse Trails. Those hearty folks that stay North for the winter have been enjoying snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and even trekking with Alpacas, and now look forward to another season on the trails.

The Otter Creek Horse Trail system is located just outside Lowville on the Independence River Wild Forest, and the Independence River and Otter Creek State Forests along the western border of the Adirondack Park in Lewis County.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Cycle Adirondacks Bicycle Touring Event Planned

cycle adirondacksThe Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS’s) Cycle Adirondacks bicycle touring event will take place August 23-29, 2015. During the ride, cyclists will pedal amid the forests, lakes, and streams that make the Adirondack region a world-class destination.  Wildlife experts will be on hand to serve as wildlife and natural history guides. This year’s tour starts and ends in Saranac Lake and includes overnight stops in Star Lake, Boonville, Camden, Old Forge and Long Lake. There will be a extra day in Old Forge where riders can pedal an optional route or take the day off the bike and visit Old Forge and Inlet.

Registration includes three catered gourmet meals daily, free beer tastings each night, nightly live entertainment, a wellness area offering free massage, local shuttle services, fully stocked rest stops, prime camping spots, hot showers, baggage service, on-course safety support, activities for traveling companions not riding, and more. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Pete Nelson: Critics In Marcy Rescue Out Of Line

Amy's LookoutIn the summer of 2001 my family and I undertook an adventure deep into the floor of Indian Pass. The lore related to its unexplored talus cave passages and its rumored near-impassibility had sparked our imaginations for years. Expecting that the journey would be challenging we equipped ourselves with climbing rope, headlamps and a first aid kit. After a good hour of work and having dealt with a number of dangerous obstacles we came to a pile of stacked boulders that rose precipitously from the floor, well above the surrounding trees. With the massive rampart of Wallface towering above us, all we could think about was to climb this talus pile and be lofted into the space above us where surely the best view in the Adirondacks awaited. » Continue Reading.


Friday, April 17, 2015

One Last Weekend At Gore, Whiteface

Whiteface on Apriul 15 2015There will be one more weekend of skiing and riding on spring conditions at Gore Mountain in North Creek and Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington. Both will open Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19, for what will likely be the last runs of the 2014-2015 season.

Gore plans on opening about 40 trails and four lifts (Northwoods Gondola, the Straight Brook Quad, High Peaks Chair and Topridge Triple), with a special rate of $30 per person. Beginner terrain is expected to be limited; last weekend only intermediate and expert terrain was available. At Whiteface, adult lift tickets will be $48, tickets for teens $38, and $28 for juniors. At press time Whiteface was not reporting what facilities they expect to have open, but visitors should expect about 40-50% of their terrain open with beginner, intermediate and expert terrain; the Cloudsplitter Gondola has closed for the season. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Celebrating Earth Day’s 45th Anniversary

Screen Shot 2015-04-14 at 1.09.07 PMMy family usually celebrates Earth Day with a trailhead cleanup. Our go-to spot is the Ampersand parking area on Route 3 between Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake. The Ampersand Parking area is the starting point for two popular trails, the Saranac Lake 6er Ampersand Mountain and a path to Middle Saranac Lake. » Continue Reading.


Monday, April 13, 2015

Hiker Rescued After Two Nights In Woods

DEC Forest RangerForest rangers rescued a lost hiker in Ray Brook early this morning after he spent two unplanned nights in the woods.

Claude Denev, a 54-year-old from Ray Brook, hiked to the summit of the 3,088-foot-high Scarface Mountain Saturday. By trail, the hike is about 3.5 miles one way. After reaching the summit and starting the descent, Denev apparently became lost, according to DEC Region 5 Spokesman Dave Winchell. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, April 12, 2015

A Tragic Rafting Trip On The Upper Hudson

Duvall009_2“Where do you plan to camp tonight?” our river guide yelled to the young man paddling his raft past our campsite. “North River,” he said.

“That’s too far, you’ll never make it before dark,” our guide responded – although his words went unheard as the raft disappeared around a bend of the Upper Hudson River.

More rafts followed with a half-dozen young men and women waving and laughing as they paddled by our campsite, seemingly oblivious to the set of whitewater rapids they were about to encounter. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Adirondack Search And Rescue Highlights (March)

DEC Forest RangerState Environmental Conservation forest rangers respond to search and rescue incidents throughout the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations, and volunteer search and rescue groups, forest rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the backcountry. The following is a summary of their activity in March. It was provided by DEC.

Woman injured after slide on Cliff Mountain
DEC’s dispatch office in Ray Brook received a call at about 12:30 p.m. March 1, about an injured hiker on Cliff Mountain in the High Peaks Wilderness. A 20-year-old woman from North Grandby, Connecticut, fell and slid approximately 25 feet before hitting a tree. » Continue Reading.


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