Saturday, September 21, 2019

Color Remote: Adirondack Bushwhacking Photos

Color RemoteErik Schlimmer’s new book Color Remote: Bushwhacking the Adirondack Mountains (Self Published/Beechwood Books, 2019) looks back at his nearly 1,000 peaks and more than 10,000 miles hiked in the Adirondack Mountains through

Schlimmer grew up in Poughkeepsie until 1985, when he was 12 years old.  “At the time,” he says, “moving to the North Country seemed like a very bad idea. I thought I was being dragged to the Tibetan plateau.”

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Featured Trails: Whiteface-Lake Placid Hiker Shuttle Stops

lake placid shuttle service stopsThe free Whiteface-Lake Placid hiker shuttle has two departing locations in Lake Placid, the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort (Shuttle stop 1) and Mirror Lake Park, across from the High Peaks Resort (Shuttle stop 2).

The shuttle runs every Friday through Sunday from September 13 – October 6, and for the four-day Columbus Day Weekend. Shuttles are scheduled approximately every 60 minutes. The last shuttle leaves Lake Placid from Mirror Lake Park at 2:47 pm. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, September 21, 2019

Poetry: Threads Of Gold

Threads Of Gold

Up and down and all around,
Stories of this lake abound.
Tall tales of youth and friendships strong,
That stood the test of time along,
Dirt roads, backyards, small towns were shared,
Hard work, hard fun, in mountain air.
These stories born of times they had,
Girlfriends, wood camps, the good and bad,
Lake families bond from way back when
The 40s, 50s, summers sans end.
Sharing love and laughs and tears,
Retelling stories year to year,
Fellowship, community,
Like threads of gold, stitch solidly.
Words flow like ink upon a page,
Of memories cherished,
And memories, saved.

Read More Poems From The Adirondack Almanack HERE.


Friday, September 20, 2019

On Climate Strike!

On Friday, the Adirondack Almanack is on a climate strike.

On the whole, processes that contribute to the accelerated climate change we are currently experiencing are a threat to the Adirondack Park, our national security, and the world’s human security.

It’s our responsibility to do something about it now. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, September 19, 2019

Adirondack Rangers Make Several Wilderness Rescues

forest ranger logoNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in 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 Adirondack backcountry.

What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, September 19, 2019

Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (Sept 19)

CompassThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon and updated on Friday.

Contribute Your Knowledge: Add a comment below, or send your observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to adklmanack@gmail.com.

Learn and practice the seven Leave No Trace principles. Carry out what you have carried in. Do not leave gear, food, or other items at lean-tos and campsites. Do not litter. Take the free online Leave No Trace course here.

BE PREPARED! Start slow, gain experience. Carry proper safety equipment and weather protection and bring plenty of water and lights, and a map. When on the trail, stay together, monitor the time, and be prepared to turn back. Accidents happen to the most experienced people. Be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods in cold temperatures. Always carry food, a space blanket, emergency whistle, first aid kit, fire making tools, extra clothing layers and socks, a map and compass, and the knowledge to use them. Inform someone of your itinerary and before entering the backcountry or launching a boat check the National Weather Service watches, warnings, and advisories here. Follow Adirondack weather forecasts at Burlington and Albany and consult the High Elevation, Recreation, or Lake Champlain forecasts.

September 19th, 2019 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.


Thursday, September 19, 2019

Pumpkinfest To Benefit North Country Life Flight

Young Eagle FlightsA lot of festivals happen around the Adirondacks. What sets the North County Life Flight Pumpkinfest apart is that this fundraiser benefits an organization that we all want to have available to us though we hope we will never have to use.

This festival is a pay-as-you-play type of event with plenty of activities for your money. There are easy games of chance, pumpkin decorating, a hayride, touch-a-truck, and face painting. My favorite event is always the cakewalk because it’s truly a walk to win a cake. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, September 19, 2019

Feeder Canal Alliance Photo Contest

The Feeder Canal Alliance has announced its 2019 Photo Contest, “Picture This,” for amateur and professional photographers.

Organizers are seeking photos of landscapes, architecture and nature along the trails and waterways of the Glens Falls Feeder Canal and the Champlain Canal. The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2019. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Rangers Rescue Horse At Pharaoh Lake Wilderness

DEC Forest Rangers helping to free Chance from under a small foot bridgeAccording to a press released issued by the New York State Department of Conservation (DEC), on September 10th at 12:09 pm, Warren County 911 transferred a call to DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch from a man reporting his horse was stuck on a trail in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area.

The horse, named Chance, had slipped on a small bridge, fell, and became trapped underneath. Forest Rangers Arthur Perryman, Benjamin Baldwin, and Charles Kabrehl responded to assist in freeing the horse. The Rangers said the bridge was temporarily dismantled to allow the horse to leverage itself back on its feet. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

4th Annual Adirondack Film Festival To Show 135+ Films

adirondack film festival logoThe 4th Annual Adirondack Film Festival, presented by the Adirondack Theatre Festival and set to take place from October 17-20, has announced its full slate of films and special guests.

This year’s lineup includes more than 135 films shown in one weekend (October 17-20) across 6 screens in Downtown Glens Falls. To open the festival, AFF will feature James Franco’s Pretenders – shot entirely in Albany and the Capital Region. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Adirondack Social Science Research Workshop

adirondack research consortiumAdirondack Research Consortium will host an Adirondack Social Science Research Workshop, set for Friday, October 4th, from 10 am to 3 pm, at the Joan Weill Student Center, Pine Room, at Paul Smith’s College.

The purpose of the workshop is to continue the dialogue on past and current social science research in the region, to identify gaps that warrant future inquiry, and to begin coordinating social science research to better address social issues within the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Logging Classes Planned in Thurman

mike burns from professional forestry servicesCornell Cooperative Extension is set to offer two Game of Logging courses in October.

On October 24th the Game of Logging Level 1 course will focus on introducing the participant to open face felling and to develop techniques to safely fall a tree. Topics include: personal protective equipment, chainsaw safety features, chainsaw reactive forces, bore cutting, pre-planning the fell, and understanding hinge wood strength. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Adirondack Fall Foliage Season Events

fall foliage courtesy roostRegional Office of Sustainable Tourism has been tracking the progress of this years fall foliage to help travelers in search of an optimal weekend or mid-week getaway to soak in the Adirondacks’ picturesque autumn locations.

Reports are obtained from field observers and reflect expected color conditions for the upcoming weekend. Visitors can experience peak colors between late September to mid-October, depending on the Adirondack destination. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Brown’s Raid On Ticonderoga in Context

cannon aimed at Fort Ticonderoga from Mount Defiance provided by the Lake George MirrorDuring the French and Indian Wars, control of Lake George could determine control of the North American continent.

During the War of Independence, not so much. The lake was a relatively placid place as veterans who had won land grants for service during the war with France took up residence and began to cultivate the hillsides. Barges rather than bateaux passed down the lake, winning barely a glance from the grazing cattle. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Historic Canal Marker Grants Available

D&H Canal marker provided by Pomeroy FoundationThe William G. Pomeroy Foundation has officially opened a new grant round of its Historic Transportation Canals Marker Grant Program. This historic marker program commemorates the history of canals across the U.S. Grants cover the entire cost of a marker, pole and shipping.

The Pomeroy Foundation is a private, grant-making foundation based in Syracuse. One of its main initiatives is to help people celebrate their community’s history through a variety of roadside marker grant programs, including its historic transportation canals program. » Continue Reading.