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Greg Dower

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Adirondack Hamlets to Huts Planning New Pilot Treks

hamlets to huts logoThe nonprofit Adirondack Hamlet to Huts (AHH) has announced they are accepting registrations for their first ever trek from Old Forge to Inlet and back as well as a trip from Old Forge to Raquette Lake and back.

These are pilot trips which are guided test runs of future AHH routes that are expected to be self-guiding. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, July 30, 2019

J. & J. Rogers Dam Exhibit Opens at Tahawus Center

rome undammedThe Tahawus Center has opened a new exhibit on the J. & J. Rogers Company pulp and paper mill dam, Rome Undammed.  The exhibition of photographs document the life and recent removal of the J. & J. Rogers Co. pulp and paper mill dam, which spanned the West Branch of the Ausable River, just upstream of Au Sable Forks, for 125 years (1893-2018).

The recently removed Rome Dam, was one of the last visible relics of the J. & J. Rogers Company. Among the largest industries in the Ausable River Valley, the company once owned roughly a third of the watershed » Continue Reading.


Monday, July 29, 2019

Franklin County Fair Opens Friday, Aug 2

Franklin County Fair at nightThe 169th Franklin County Fair prepares to open its gates for 10 days, beginning on Friday, August 2 in Malone. With a midway packed with food concessions and rides; nationally-recognized bands and entertainers; a demolition derby; agricultural exhibits; tractor pulls and more; the fair remains as popular as ever. » Continue Reading.


Monday, July 29, 2019

Adirondack Film Society Honoring Russell Banks

Russell Banks and Kathleen CarrollThe Adirondack Film Society is set to pay tribute to co-founder and renowned local author Russell Banks at the 2019 Tribute Gala, scheduled for Friday, October 25, 2019 at the High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid.

The Tribute Gala is a highlight of the Lake Placid Film Festival, which runs from October 23-27th. The Gala begins at 7 pm and includes a cocktail reception followed by dinner and a special tribute program. » Continue Reading.


Monday, July 29, 2019

Adirondack Pastel Society Exhibiting During August

members of the Adirondack Pastel SocietyThe Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts is set to present a group show of more than 15 members of the Adirondack Pastel Society in all three of its galleries. This show will run from August 1-31, with an artist reception and artists’ talk open to the public on Friday, August 9 from 5 to 7 pm. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, July 28, 2019

Efforts Underway To Protect Historic Essex Quarry As A Nature Park

Essex Quarry Nature Park provided by CATS

Champlain Area Trails (CATS) has announced plans to preserve 35 acres in the Town of Essex, NY, on land that features 400 million-year-old fossils — part of an ancient coral reef — as well as a type of forest considered globally rare and an historic stone quarry.

The Essex Quarry Nature Park will be located on the southern edge of the hamlet, a short distance from the Essex – Charlotte, Vt. ferry landing. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, July 28, 2019

DEC Announces Completion of Big Slope Bridge

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the completion of the 135-foot Big Slope Bridge and improvements to the Big Slope Trail and Powerhouse Trail, part of the Great Camp Sagamore trail system in the Blue Ridge Wilderness in Hamilton County.

The new bridge is located over wetlands on the Big Slope Connector Trail between the Sagamore Lake Trail and the Power House Trail. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, July 28, 2019

Adirondack Lakes Alliance Symposium August 1st

adirondack lakes alliance symposiumThe Adirondack Lakes Alliance will hold its 5th annual Symposium at Paul Smith’s College on Thursday, August 1, with the focus on Harmful Algal Blooms. The theme is Preparing for Challenges: Tools, Resources and Coordination.

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Saturday, July 27, 2019

Ticonderoga Historical Expands Summer A’Fair

The Ticonderoga Historical Society has expanded the offerings of its annual Summer A’Fair, which will take place at the Hancock House from 10 am until 2 pm on Saturday, August 10.

Each year the Historical Society presents a bake sale featuring an array of home-baked treats, as well as a “white elephant” sale of gently used goods, along with a vendor area featuring high-quality craft, household, and one-of-a-kind items. » Continue Reading.


Friday, July 26, 2019

Featured Paddle: Hoel, Turtle, Slang, and Long Ponds, Lake Clear

St Regis Canoe Area mapHoel, Turtle, Slang, and Long Pond are part of a route known as the Nine Carries located in the St. Regis Canoe Area.

Beginning at the parking area for Hoel Pond, paddle approximately one mile across the pond until you reach the train crossing. A culvert passes under the tracks into Turtle Pond. Carry over the tracks or pass through the culvert if there is enough water flowing through. Turtle pond is a much smaller narrower body of water. At about eight tenths of a mile long, paddling this pond can be much less demanding. There is no carry between Turtle and Slang Ponds. The two are connected by a winding narrow waterway. Paddlers should be cautious of downed branches, beaver dams, and low water through this passageway. » Continue Reading.


Friday, July 26, 2019

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, July 26, 2019

A Hike Into History Recalls British Occupation of Ticonderoga

mount independenceMount Independence is located in Vermont, just across Lake Champlain from Fort Ticonderoga, for which it was a critical base of operations. It can easily be reached by the Ticonderoga Ferry, and offers a great way to hike into history.

“The Mount” was built in 1776 and 1777 by the Continental Army following their capture of Fort Ticonderoga in 1775. A bridge was built to connect the cantonment on Mount Independence (and the road to Castleton) to Fort Ticonderoga on the New York side of the lake. Over 400 yards long, with more than 20 piers with 12 foot wide floating pontoons between them, the bridge allowed troops camped at Mount Independence easy access to the Fort Ticonderoga. » Continue Reading.


Friday, July 26, 2019

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, July 25, 2019

Body Recovery on Marcy; Rescues at Algonquin, Poke-O, Cliff, Vanderwhacker, Lyon Mts, Indian Falls

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, July 25, 2019

Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (July 25)

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

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.

July 25th, 2019 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.