Almanack Contributor Tyler Merriam

Tyler Merriam

Tyler Merriam is Donor Outreach Manager for the Ausable River Association, found online at

Saturday, October 23, 2021

AsRA Brings Wild & Scenic Film Festival to Home Screens

Join the Ausable River Association (AsRA) for an evening of visual storytelling through inspirational films as they host the virtual on tour Wild and Scenic Film Festival on Friday, October 29, from 7-9 p.m. This event celebrates the beauty and significance of wild places throughout the world, and the important work being done to protect them.

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Sunday, September 26, 2021

Hiking with a headlamp: Why it’s essential


In case you didn’t know, you should always carry a headlamp with you on your day trips. Why? Well, there are many reasons, most of which involve unexpected trip changes or happenings that you may not have considered.

For starters, consider these quotes extracted from DEC Ranger Reports regarding calls and accidents they responded to in the last year: “At 11:05 p.m., the group arrived back at Marcy Dam as [the forest ranger] started in to escort the hikers out of the woods since they did not have any flashlights with them;” “The hiker did not have a headlamp or flashlight and reported that his four friends hiked out ahead of him;” “The caller stated that the pair did not have flashlights or headlamps and that his girlfriend had rolled both of her ankles but was able to walk.” These are only a few of the multitude of examples available.

In a recent blog post to our website, I break down why this lightweight, inexpensive item is a must-have for your next outdoor adventure.

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