Friday, February 15, 2019

New York State Free Fishing Weekend Feb 16-17

ice fisherman DEC reminds anglers that February 16-17, 2019 is a free fishing weekend in New York. During this period, anyone can fish without the requirement to obtain a New York State fishing license. » Continue Reading.


Friday, February 15, 2019

Indian Lake’s Week Long Snocade

Indian Lake has snow and is asking everyone to come make tracks for Snocade. The annual event celebrates a week’s worth of winter activities, February 15-24, from cardboard sled races to snowmobile time trials.

My family does not own snowmobiles, but this week long festival is more than just riding the miles of local trails. It’s a celebration of snow.  There are so many things to do that allow us to celebrate winter while enjoying the Central Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, February 14, 2019

High Peaks Etiquette: Downhill Skiers and Bare-Booters

Allison Rooney skiing in the High Peaks Wilderness by Bill SchneiderEvery winter there are conflicts between backcountry hikers and skiers. While skiing I try my best to educate hikers on the trail, but it isn’t a time when people tend to be very receptive.

I realize there are many hikers who are naïve to the world of backcountry skiing. While there are those who will never alter their behavior, I believe that with considerate education most will realize that there are a few simple things they can do that will improve trail use for all users.

I thought a quick summary of the backcountry downhill skiing situation in the High Peaks Wilderness in particular might be helpful. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Long Lake Winter Wonderland Week

kids sack racesThe Town of Long Lake is set to celebrate President’s Week with daily winter activities and events.

Kicking off the schedule is a Kids Movie Night at the Town Hall on Friday the 15th, with transportation to and from provided by the Town. Call (518) 624-3077 to sign up, pick up will begin around 4 pm, with drop occurring directly following the movie. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Forest Rangers Respond To Locator Beacon

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.


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

World Cup Bobsled, Skeleton Returning to Lake Placid

2 woman BobsleighThe 2018-’19 IBSF World Cup Bobsled and Skeleton season is beginning to wind down, after months of traveling Europe, the series returns to North American soil when Lake Placid, plays host to the tour’s seventh stop, Friday and Saturday, February 15-16.

More than 200 athletes from 24 nations are expected to compete on the Mt. Van Hoevenberg course. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Efforts to Reduce Adirondack Rescues, Educate Hikers

Forest Rangers lead search and rescue

An effort will be underway to promote proper planning and preparation through direct conversations with hikers at trailheads and on the trails in the High Peaks Wilderness, February 16-18, the upcoming Presidents’ Day Weekend.

The organizers hope to increase engagement between hikers and experienced backcountry users to reduce the number of search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks and help to ensure the public has an enjoyable and safe outdoor experience. » Continue Reading.


Friday, February 8, 2019

Featured Trail: Cobble Lookout, Wilmington

Cobble Lookout mapCobble Lookout Trail, located in the Wilmington Wild Forest is a 1.3-mile trail which closely follows the contour across the southwestern face of the Stephenson Range to a large rocky ledge. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, February 5, 2019

DEC Releases New York Hunting Safety Statistics

hunting related shooting incidentsDepartment of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that the 2018 hunting seasons in New York tallied the lowest number of recorded hunting-related shooting incidents (HRSIs) and tied the 2016 mark – 13 – as the safest on record.

DEC documented five tree stand incidents and zero tree stand fatalities in 2018, down from 12 tree stand incidents the previous year. » Continue Reading.


Monday, February 4, 2019

Viewpoint: Adirondack Trapping and Your Pet’s Safety

raccoon trappingDuring the winter season, New York trappers will continue setting leghold and “Conibear,” or body-crushing, traps throughout the countryside. Their goal is to capture coyotes, foxes, bobcats and other wildlife.

These devices are frequently placed around trails and roads enjoyed by hikers, nature enthusiasts and their companion animals. Unfortunately, pet owners remain largely unaware that such devices could lie in wait, threatening our dogs, cats and other unintended targets. » Continue Reading.


Friday, February 1, 2019

Forest Rangers Respond To Stranded Groomers

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, January 31, 2019

Oak Mountain Celebrating 70 Years on Saturday

oak mountainOak Mountain in Speculator is set to celebrate their 70 year anniversary on Saturday, February 2nd from 3 to 7 pm.

The public is encouraged to share memories, photos, old ticket stubs or season passes and win prizes. There will be face painting, retro costumes, a torchlight parade, live music by The Willie Playmore Band and beverages by Paradox Brewery. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Empire Games Introduces Titus Ski Festival

eswg logoThe inaugural Titus Mountain Ski Festival, part of the Empire State Winter Games, will combine amateur ski racing with family-fun activities on Saturday, February 2, 2019.

Competition is available to skiers of all ages and skill levels; there is no pre-qualifier for the event. In addition to the ski racing, Titus Mountain will offer to the public free tubing all day, and hot chocolate and s’mores.

» Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Hurricanes, Slides, Avalanches and Backcountry Access

Photo of Angel Slides on Wright Peak I’m not an avid skier. But I have several friends who are ski and snowboard (and in some cases mountain bike) fanatics. Most grew up in skiing families and learned to ski as young children, at small family operated ski areas like Mount Pisgah in Saranac Lake and Titus Mountain in Malone.

They’re people who love powder enough to climb a mountain for it, seeking out the backcountry where, as one friend likes to say, “The powder is plentiful. The lift lines are nonexistent. And I have the whole darn hill to myself.”

They hike marked, as well as unmarked trails, where nothing is groomed; often trekking up mountains in remote, inhospitable areas, for miles, intent on conquering a slope or slide that’s not part of any ski resort. And while I admire their courage and determination, unlike them, I thank God for the mountains. But thank goodness for ski lifts. » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 28, 2019

4-H Adirondack Guides Orientation Planned

4H new guide orientation programCornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County has announced a new 4-H guide orientation program, set for Thursday, January 31st, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, at 377 Schroon River Road in Warrensburg.

All prospective or interested youths and their families are welcome to attend. Pre-registration is required, and there is no cost for this event. » Continue Reading.