Thursday, January 17, 2019

Adirondack International Mountaineering Festival This Weekend

2019 mountainfestThe Mountaineer and Adirondack Rock and River are set to host the 23rd Annual Adirondack International Mountaineering Festival (Mountainfest) on January 18th through January 21th, 2019.

Mountainfest is an annual celebration of ice climbing and mountaineering featuring guest athletes with tales of climbing adventures, instructional clinics taught by visiting climbers and local guides, demo gear, raffles, happy hour, and yoga. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, January 17, 2019

MLK’s Poor People’s Campaign Revival in Saranac Lake

A celebration of the life of Martin Luther King has been set for Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 7 to 8 pm at the First Presbyterian Church Great Hall, 57 Church Street in Saranac Lake.

After listening to Dr. King’s words on the need for social and economic justice, Joe Paparone will speak on the revival of Dr. King’s last project, the Poor People’s Campaign, and discuss continuing this legacy today. There will be music and refreshments. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, January 17, 2019

Cabin Fever: Adirondack Lecture Series

fort ticonderogaThough many Adirondack historical societies and museums host winter lectures, three of my favorite Cabin Fever series of lectures are at Fort Ticonderoga, the Adirondack Experience (formerly the Adirondack Museum), and the Lake Placid Historical Society. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Opinion: Adirondack Park Doesn’t Need More Wilderness

high peaks by carl heilman ii“It’s Debatable” appears in each issue of the Adirondack Explorer. This essay by Matthew J. Simpson of the Adirondack Association of Towns & Villages is a companion piece to “Opinion: Adirondack Park Needs More Wilderness” by Adirondack Wilderness Advocates’ Bill Ingersoll.

The Adirondack Association of Towns & Villages was invited to provide the “No” response in this debate, but in truth, this is not a yes-or-no question. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Adaptations to Extremes: Art, Science Panel Discussion

painting by elizabeth albertThe Lake George Arts Project’s Courthouse Gallery has announced “Adaptations to Extremes,” an Art-Science exhibition set to run from January 19th to February 22nd.

An opening reception has been set for Saturday, January 19th from 4 to 6 pm, and a panel discussion writer Michael Coffey serving as moderator on Sunday, January 20th at the Bolton Historical Museum at 3 pm. Both events are free and open to the public. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Long Lake Winter Carnival Set for Saturday

cardboard sled racing The Long Lake Winter Carnival has been set for Saturday, January 19th, at the Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center, located at 6 Pavilion Way off of Deerland Road, NYS Route 30.

Events begin at noon, and include a bonfire, snowmobile parade, and coronation of the King and Queen. Free activities are slated throughout the day. The Cardboard Sled Races start at 1 pm with prizes awarded for speed and overall award for best decoration. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Opinion: Adirondack Park Needs More Wilderness

high peaks by carl heilman ii“It’s Debatable” appears in each issue of the Adirondack Explorer.  This essay is a companion piece to “Opinion: Adirondack Park Doesn’t Need More Wilderness” by Matthew Simpson, which will appear on the Adirondack Almanack on Wednesday, January 16th.

Do we need more wilderness? Don’t be silly — yes, of course we do. Wilderness has been a defining element of the Adirondacks for more than two centuries, as much an iconic part of the landscape as loons, black bears and red efts. Even if we can’t always be in the wilderness, we find inspiration knowing that it’s out there, somewhere past those foothills on the horizon. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Luge Challenge At Titus Mountain Jan 19-20

luge track As the top luge athletes from around the world are currently preparing for World Cup and World Championship racing in Europe, USA Luge will be at Titus Mountain Family Ski Center in Malone on January 19-20.

Using easy to maneuver plastic sleds, patrons will get a chance to experience this Olympic sport through the Casella Resource Solutions USA Luge Challenge. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Long Track Skating Junior Championships in Placid

Ethan Cepuran (center) courtesy of Melissa MajchrzakThe best long track junior skaters in the country are set to compete in the U.S. Long Track Junior Championships at the historic James B. Sheffield Olympic Skating Rink in Lake Placid, January 18-20.

At stake is a spot on the U.S. Long Track Junior World team that will compete at the ISU Long Track Junior World Championships in Baselga, Italy, February 15-17. » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 14, 2019

Remembering Elk in the Adirondacks

elkHundreds of years ago, haunting bugle-like calls echoed through these hills and valleys. The sounds were made by bull elk to attract mates and fend off rivals.

Elk in the Northeast?  Yes, elk were once the most widely distributed of North American hoofed mammals. Millions roamed over much of the U.S. and Canada. Adaptable to a variety of habitats, elk were found in the Adirondacks, and in most ecosystems except the tundra, deserts, and the Gulf Coast. » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 14, 2019

Grants Available for Invasive Species Projects

DEC logoNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that $3 million is available in the first round of the State’s newly consolidated Invasive Species Grant Program.

To support projects that target both aquatic and terrestrial invasive species across the state, DEC combined previous funding opportunities, including the Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention and the Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species Early Detection/Rapid Response grants, into a single grant program. DEC is accepting applications for these grants through February 15, 2019. » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 14, 2019

ADK Promotes Seth Jones To Education Director

adk mountain clubAdirondack Mountain Club (ADK) has announced that Seth Jones, manager of ADK’s Education Programs since 2012, has been promoted to Education Director.

Jones will be responsible for overseeing ADK’s Education Department which includes over 90 skills workshops, ADK’s Three Seasons at Heart Lake 4th Grade School Outreach Program, Leave No Trace outdoor skills and ethics education and the Adirondack High Peaks Summit Stewardship Program. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Viewpoint: Don’t Overreact to High Peaks Crowds

by mike lynchAnyone who regularly drives Route 73 between the Northway and Lake Placid knows there has been a tremendous spike in activity in the High Peaks over the last few years. Parking has exploded, with vehicles sometimes lining the road for a mile between Chapel Pond and St. Huberts, dangerously crowding the trailhead at Cascade Mountain and overwhelming lots at Adirondac Loj, the Garden, Ampersand and elsewhere.

Trail use has soared correspondingly. The Cascade trail regularly sees hundreds of people on summer weekends. Many other trails are badly eroded and even remote summits can be crowded. This increase is no anomaly: the trend lines show it is the new normal. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Arts Center Seeking Student Art for Show in May

Adirondack Air by Sandra HildrethThe Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (Arts Center) has announced they are seeking K-12 student artists interested in displaying their artwork during the shared Member & Student Art Show in May. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Federal Workers Free at Wild Center During Shut-Down

snowshoeing at the wild centerThe Wild Center, currently open Friday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm, is offering free admission to all federal employees and their families through January 31st, in support of them during the government shutdown. » Continue Reading.