Saturday, March 23, 2019

Naj Wikoff: The Healing Powers of Nature

woman skiingIs being out in Nature healing? An increasing body of evidence says yes according to Florence Williams, the author of The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes US Happier, Healthier, and More Creative.

What makes us happy? For a long time, research has pointed to having good relationships, being engaged with one’s community, meeting one’s basic needs of food, housing, and income, getting exercise, and being involved in some cause more significant than one’s self; spending time helping others. But what about the environment we live in, does that matter, and if so, does it matter in some significant way? » Continue Reading.


Saturday, March 23, 2019

Ski with Olympian Andrew Weibrecht for Make-A-Wish

I am thankfully every day that my children are healthy. It is something I never take for granted. Though neither of my kids have ever been seriously sick, we all saw our young cousin’s struggle with stage 4 cancer. I’m not going to dwell on the devastating effects this type of diagnose has on any family, but I will mention that any moments of joy woven through those trips to the hospital and countless mental treatments lifted spirits. It’s those moments of happiness when children have the chance to remember they are still children.

I was thrilled to read that World Cup Alpine Skier and Winter Olympian Andrew Weibrecht has been a trustee for the Northeast section of Make-A-Wish Foundation. » Continue Reading.


Friday, March 22, 2019

Featured Trails: Black Bear Mountain Ski Trails, Inlet

black bear mountain trailsBlack Bear Mountain Ski trails are in the part of the Moose River Plains Complex which lies West of Route 28, between Fourth and Eighth Lakes in the Fulton Chain of Lakes.

Black Bear Mountain Lower Ski Trail extends 3 miles from private land along State Route 28 to the Bug Lake Trail. The trail follows for 0.4 miles along an easement over private land and continues easterly for 2.6 miles. Wet areas make portions of the trail unsuitable for use during non-winter seasons. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Para-Bobsleigh World Championships Coming Lake Placid

ibsf logoThe Para-Bobsleigh World Championships are set to take place at Mt. Van Hoevenberg’s combined bobsled/luge/skeleton track on March 30-31, 2019.

This will mark the first time that this event is being held in the United States. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, March 19, 2019

2 Adirondack Hikers Die, 3 Rescued Fri-Sun

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.


Sunday, March 17, 2019

CycleADK Weekender at Paul Smith’s College Returns

cycle adk logoRegistration is now open for 2019 Weekender at Paul Smith’s College, a family-friendly bicycling event scheduled for June 28-June 30.

Introduced by Cycle Adirondacks in 2018, the event was designed with all the amenities and features of CycleADK’s flagship Ultimate Cycling Vacation, but with half the time commitment and a singular event base at the lakeside campus of Paul Smith’s College. » Continue Reading.


Friday, March 15, 2019

Annual Hike-A-Thon Sees Surge in Early Registrations

2018 hike a thonEarly-bird registrations for the Lake George Land Conservancy’s (LGLC) Hike-A-Thon have set new records for the event organizers say. Now in its 7th year, the online registration form went live March 4; just 24 hours later, 363 people had registered, filling up five of the 17 available sites. One week later, the registration total reached 450.

With an expected attendance of more 600 hikers, paddlers and volunteers, the Lake George Hike-A-Thon continues to be the LGLC’s largest event. Always scheduled for July 5th, the event has rotated through the days of the week; this year the 5th lands on a Friday, which may be one reason for the huge response. » Continue Reading.


Friday, March 15, 2019

Indian Lake Irish Road Bowling Saturday

My family has consistently been a part of the Irish Road Bowling tradition that takes to the streets of Indian Lake each St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

Last year we joined over 60 teams to take turns bowling along the lane with the hopes of finishing with the lowest score. Don’t worry if you don’t like to bowl, the costumed teams make it just as much fun to watch as it is to play. » Continue Reading.


Monday, March 11, 2019

Adirondack Backcountry Ski Festival This Weekend

backcountry ski festivalThe Mountaineer in Keene Valley, is set to host the 17th Annual Adirondack Backcountry Ski Festival the weekend of March 15-17, 2019.

Backcountry skiing combines all of the elements of touring, climbing and downhill skiing into one winter mountaineering experience. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, March 10, 2019

‘Free Solo’ Showing With Intro By Don Mellor

champlain valley film seriesThe Champlain Valley Film Series is set to present the documentary Free Solo, with special guest renowned climber, author and Adirondack guide Don Mellor in Whallonsburg, March 16th.

Mellor, author of four Adirondack rock and ice climbing guides, and other books. He has climbed El Capitan and other Yosemite walls and will answer questions after the film » Continue Reading.


Friday, March 8, 2019

New Frontier Town Campground Taking Reservations

frontier town state campgroundReservations for the new Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian and Day Use Area in the Adirondacks began on March 1st.

The DEC-managed campground at the site of the former Frontier Town theme park includes 91 campsites to accommodate a range of camping and visitor experiences, including: » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Take An Online Survey About The High Peaks Wilderness

Outdoor recreation in the Adirondack Park has grown significantly in recent years, rising from an estimate of 10 million visitors in 2001 to over 12.4 million in 2018. The popularity of the park has not been inconsequential.

The High Peaks Wilderness has been ground zero for major impacts, with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) listing overcrowded trailheads, trail deterioration, undesired trails, campsite and lean-to deterioration, water pollution, and impacts to wildlife as some of the negative consequences of high public use.

Some trails and mountain peaks are seeing large crowds on weekends. It’s not unusual for Cascade Mountain to see 1,000 hikers on a weekend. Many High Peaks are seeing 30,000 to 40,000 hikers on their trails each year. » Continue Reading.


Monday, March 4, 2019

DEC Seeks Trail Crew Laborers, Supervisors

trail crew laborer New York State Department of Conservation (DEC) has announced they are seeking two trail crew supervisors and eight trail crew laborers to work in the backcountry of the High Peaks Wilderness as part of the DEC High Peaks Trail Crews. » Continue Reading.


Friday, March 1, 2019

Featured Trail: Buck Mountain, Lake George

buck mtn inman trail mapIf you are looking for a way to introduce your family to hiking or snowshoeing in the Adirondacks, the Buck Mountain Trail in Lake George Wild Forest is a great place to begin.

The summit views are outstanding, offering vistas of nearby Lake George, Bolton Landing and the expansive Adirondack Mountains. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, February 28, 2019

Angler Ticketed Scamming Great Sacandaga Fishing Derby

northern pike being kept alive and stored in the iceAccording to a press release issued by the Department of Environmental Conservation, on February 15, Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) Jason Hilliard and Robert Higgins conducted a night patrol prior to the start of the Great Sacandaga Lake (GSL) Fisheries derby and the Walleye Challenge.

The ECOs reported that they located tip-ups that had been left out overnight unoccupied, a violation of Environmental Conservation Law. The officers say they also found a 32-inch northern pike being kept alive and stored in the ice next to an unoccupied fishing shanty. » Continue Reading.