Almanack Contributor Tracy Ormsbee

Tracy Ormsbee

Tracy Ormsbee is the new publisher of the Adirondack Explorer. When she’s not working – and it’s not black fly season – you can find her outdoors hiking, running, paddle boarding or reading a book on an Adirondack chair somewhere.


Sunday, June 4, 2017

First Adirondack Hut-To-Hut Route Slated For 2018

Rafting would be part of the North Creek to Indian Lake hut-to-hut routeAlthough most of the Adirondack hut-to-hut discussion lately has focused on Boreas Ponds as the state considers the classification of the Forest Preserve land, another route is much closer to becoming reality: the North Creek-Indian Lake traverse with a Hudson Gorge rafting trip.

Jack Drury of Leading E.D.G.E, who with Joe Dadey and Duane Gould prepared the 2015 hut-to-hut plan for the five towns of Long Lake, Newcomb, Indian Lake, Minerva, and North Hudson for the Department of Environmental Conservation, called it the low-hanging fruit of the report and believes it will be ready by summer 2018. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 2, 2017

Black Bear Count Needs Citizen Scientists

American black bearHere’s an opportunity to be a scientific researcher, even if you have an English degree. New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit at Cornell University and the Department of Environmental Conservation are launching a project that enlists citizen scientists to collect data about black bears.

Using the iSeeMammals app, which you can download here, participants go on hikes and record signs of bears through photos, by setting up a fixed camera and recording information. You can create an account online or on your Apple or Android phone. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

For Your Adirondack Calendars

Adirondack Experience Adirondack MuseumNational Trail Day June 3: Many of us enjoy the trails through the Adirondacks. Here’s a chance to show our appreciation. The Adirondack Mountain Club invites us to come celebrate National Trail Day by participating in one of ten different trail projects that vary in difficulty.

Meet at Adirondak Loj, just outside of Lake Placid.  ADK is partnering with the Forty Sixers, Barkeater Trail Alliance, and Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 5. Trail projects will take place in the High Peaks Wilderness and Saranac Lake Wild Forest. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Indian Lake Osprey Make Home On Utility Pole

Indian Lake ospreyThey’re a bit like the guests who overstay their welcome in your home, leaving their sheets rumpled in the bed, eating your food, and inviting more family members to join them.

Something like this has been happening to National Grid on one of their power poles across Route 28 from the Chain Lakes Road in the hamlet of Indian Lake. Osprey built a nest a year and a half ago in this desirable location near Lake Abanakee. Osprey like to build their “stick nests” on channel markers, dead trees, and poles like the ones National Grid uses for their power lines across New York State.

So last fall National Grid, working with the Department of Environmental Conservation, removed the Lake Abanakee nest. And this spring, the birds returned to the pole and rebuilt. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

E Coli Gone, New Access At Million Dollar Beach In Lake George

Lake George Beach – or as absolutely everyone knows it, Million Dollar Beach – will safely reopen this season after a not-so-great bout with unsafe bacteria levels last summer determined to come from sewage waste. The good news, aside from safe, now-clean water, is the beach will reopen with some new amenities also – lighting, a new entrance and another entrance through which people can enter the beach. It opens May 27.

“The first thing to consider is the health and safety of the public,” said Bob Stegemann, regional director for the DEC’s Region 5. “These are all good moves to improve the experience at Lake George for the public.” » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Photo Contest: Adirondack Paddles

Don’t forget to dig out those photos of paddling from previous years or get out in your vessel and snap a new one and submit it for our Adirondack Explorer Views of the Park photo contest. Details here. » Continue Reading.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Reserve A Spot In An Adirondack Campground

DEC photo of Lake Eaton CampgroundI grew up down the road from one of the state’s premier Adirondack campgrounds, Lake Eaton, and spent time there as a kid or when friends or family would go there to camp.

It has a large beach, a few boats to use, hot showers, and fireplaces – all the stuff you’d expect. But the community that forms over a week in a tent (or McMansion motor home) is a wonderful thing to experience. People put out wooden signs with their family names, walk their dogs or ride bikes through the campground, use it as a base camp for their Adirondack hikes, fish and make friends with their “neighbors.” Because just about everyone is friendly and happy when they’re in the woods with sunset views of Owl’s Head Mountain. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

For Your Adirondack Calendars

Honey bee by Larry Master24th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks May 24-25

Wow, there have been 23 of these conferences already. The next one is titled: “Transitions and Connectivity in the Adirondacks and the Northern Forest.” The two-day conference will be at the Conference Center in Lake Placid.

Keynote speaker is Aaron Mair, president of the Sierra Club, who will talk about the Veterans Memorial Trail from Fort Drum to the Adirondacks. Other topics on the agenda include a look at and discussion of uses for the Adirondack Atlas Project, recreational uses on public and private lands and clean water. Register here. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

It’s Mud Season in the Adirondacks: Get Into It

Adirondack Mud SeasonWhen it comes to mud and the Adirondacks, you really need to think like your children, according the experts (Adirondack Mountain Club and Department of Environmental Conservation), and hike directly through it! When you walk around it, you are actually widening the trail, and that’s a problem.

Both the ADK and DEC have advice for us right now as ice and snow are melting and making trails slippery and vulnerable to erosion by hikers. The two organizations ask that we avoid the higher elevations (DEC says trails above 2,500 feet; ADK says over 3,000). » Continue Reading.


Friday, May 19, 2017

‘Adirondack Explorer’ Shares 16 Good Ideas for Outings

It’s time to start planning out what you’re going to do in the Adirondacks this summer and beyond, right? We at the Adirondack Explorer offer plenty of inspiration with our upcoming 2017 Annual Outings Guide. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

For Your Adirondack Calendars

boreas pondsLooking for ways to get more involved with the Adirondack Park? Mark your calendar with these upcoming courses, public meetings, and next steps in ongoing issues. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Don’t Go Out Without A Net: It’s Black-fly Season in the Adirondacks

Bug net photo of and by Tracy Ormsbee

With the blooming of the first spring flowers comes another rite of spring: black flies. Consider this a warning, since you may have a little time before they start biting, according to scientist Curt Stager, a professor at Paul Smith’s College.

“They’re out already,” he said, adding, “Often they don’t bite right away. They just swarm and see what’s on the buffet.”

And that’s us. » Continue Reading.


Monday, May 8, 2017

Paddle Pics Next Up For Adirondack Explorer Photo Contest

The ice is gone, the air is warm and the bugs aren’t out yet: Time to hit the water!

The Adirondack Explorer is continuing its Views of the Park photo contest with the theme “Out for a Paddle” — whichever kind of paddling you do, wherever you do it (as long as it’s in the Adirondacks). Post your photos to Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #adkexplorerpix

Explorer staff will choose their favorite photos to be included on the Adirondack Explorer website and highlighted in the bimonthly magazine. If yours is chosen, you’ll receive a free one-year subscription to the Explorer. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Explorer Launches Adirondack Photo Contest

We know you have a good shot of the Adirondacks in that phone full of photos. The Adirondack Explorer is beginning a new photo feature, Views of the Park, which will highlight readers and the scenes they love in and around the Adirondacks. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a professional. Just get out your phone and snap a pic.

The Explorer will provide the theme—the first is “My Dog Loves the Adirondacks” — and you post your photo to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #adkexplorerpix » Continue Reading.