Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Adirondack Lifeguard Qualifying Begins Jan 20th

Lifeguard in WinterThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that lifeguard qualifying procedures will begin on Jan. 20, 2018.

Seasonal lifeguard positions are available in DEC campgrounds throughout the Adirondack park this summer. The current hourly rate for DEC lifeguards is $13.27, and most facilities offer free housing. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Keene Valley Region Waterfall Guide Published

keene valley region waterfall guideGuidebook author Russell Dunn’s new guidebook Keene Valley Region Waterfall Guide: The Search for Cool Cascades in the Heart of the Adirondacks (Black Dome Press, 2017), leads the way to more than 100 waterfalls in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondacks, from North Hudson to Keeseville, and from St. Huberts to Lake Placid.

The book includes 145 full-color photographs, three maps, and a foreword by Neil Burdick, editor of Adirondac. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Neil Luckhurst’s Winter ‘Hundred Highest’ Effort, Fundraiser

Neil Luckhurst with Gothics in the background.When bushwhacker Neil Luckhurst sets his sights on a goal, there’s little that can stop him. His objective may seem unattainable to many of us but a broad vision and years of experience help him sculpt adventures that explore his limits along with the mountains up which he treks.

His most ambitious outings are unique in that they are fundraisers that directly benefit the Adirondack region. Such is the case with his latest winter fundraising effort — Project 100. The endurance hike entails summiting the Adirondack’s 100 highest peaks between December 21 and March 21. While many of the trails leading to the summits of the High Peaks may be trampled into icy sidewalks, the Lower 54 peaks will be mostly untracked and guarded by a deep snowpack. If Neil is successful, he may be only the second person to hike the Hundred Highest during winter. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Forest Ranger Report: Lost Hikers, Hunters

DEC Forest RangerNew 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.


Monday, November 27, 2017

Management Plans Issued For 3 Adirondack Campgrounds

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has finalized the Unit Management Plans (UMPs) for three DEC Adirondack campgrounds – Caroga Lake, Piseco Lake, and Buck Pond. The final UMPs identify facilities and infrastructure expected to be upgraded or replaced during the next five years.

What follows is a round-up of UMP changes provided by DEC: » Continue Reading.


Sunday, November 26, 2017

Rap Shaw Club’s 1925 Hunting Accident

rap shaw club club houseIn early October of 1925 about a dozen members and guests of the Rap-Shaw Club, hailing from Buffalo, Rochester and Elmira – plus an unlucky guest from Hartford, CT named William C. Roach – gathered at their Beaverdam Pond camp for deer hunting.

The camp was located deep in the forest about six miles north of the Beaver River along the western edge of Nehasane Preserve. Since 1917 the club had rented ten acres on the pond from the Webb family. They had a spacious clubhouse, four cabins and a number of outbuildings.

Every year since the club was founded back in 1896 deer hunting was under the direction of a local guide named Jimmy Wilder. He was a young man when he was first hired as a guide for Rap-Shaw Club. Now he was a 55-year-old experienced woodsman. The members of the Club liked the hard working but soft spoken Wilder. He was short, strong, and ordinary looking. Most importantly, he knew the Beaver River country so well he could walk the woods on a moonless night without a light. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Ski Season Gets Underway in the Adirondacks

whiteface opening dayRecord high temperatures settled in for the first half of the autumn season, but they have dropped and snowmaking crews made use of recent New York State investments in snowmaking to open state facilities ahead of schedule. Gore and Whiteface Mountains began the 2017-2018 season last Saturday, a week earlier than originally planned. The Mt. Van Hoevenberg Cross Country Ski Center opens Friday, November 24.

Trail volunteers have been working to clear ski the region’s trails and a few early cross-country tracks were made on the smoother terrain in the Tri-lakes this week. There was about 5 inches of snow at the Paul Smith’s College VIC on Tuesday, and there has been some early skiing at the golf courses around the Tri-Lakes, but conditions will be weather dependent over the next few days. A chance of snow showers are in the forecast for the weekend.

» Continue Reading.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

World Cup Para-Bobsleigh Racing Coming To Placid

World Cup Para-Bobsleigh racing will take place in Lake Placid on December 1st and 2nd, 2017.

Athletes in the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (IBSF) World Cup will travel down the Mt. Van Hoevenberg Olympic Sports Complex track at speeds of more than 60 miles-per-hour, while pulling as many as 3Gs in the corners. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, November 16, 2017

19 Crews Meet The Otter Creek Challenge

otter creek challengeOn a chilly Saturday, November 4th, 19 crews comprised of 132 youth rowers from eight Vermont schools participated in this year’s Otter Creek Challenge – a youth rowing race sponsored by the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum.

The race is held annually at the Vergennes Basin just below the Vergennes Falls. Experienced and intermediate rowers raced 1.5 miles downstream and then returned upstream to the Basin. Novice rowers rowed a slightly shorter course of two miles round-trip. Due to recent rains, the falls and the current were raging making it a challenge to set a starting line. Once off and rowing, the boats traveled down the creek and rounded the buoy to confront a stiff two to three knot current on the upstream leg. All of the youth rowers finished the race in this challenging conditions. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Five Essex County Rescues Last Week

DEC Forest RangerNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers responded to 5 search and rescue incidents in the past week 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, November 9, 2017

ADK Opening Johns Brook Lodge For Winter

johns brook lodgeADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) will open Johns Brook Lodge (JBL) to the public this winter for the first time in decades. Caretaker service will be offered at the lodge for up to 10 guests on weekends.

Johns Brook Lodge is located on a 26-acre parcel of private property a 3.5-mile hike in from the Garden Parking Area, which serves as an access for much of the Adirondack High Peaks near Keene Valley.  Built in 1925, the lodge sleeps 28 guests in co-ed bunkrooms in the summer. During July and August the stay includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. From mid-May to late-June and Labor Day to Columbus Day the lodge operates under caretaker service where guests provide and cook their own food and have access to the JBL kitchen. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Former NYS Ed Commissioner Dies Hiking In Siamese Ponds Wilderness

DEC Forest RangerNew 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, November 5, 2017

Upcoming Events At Whiteface – Lake Placid

The Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) has announced their list of events for the 2017-18 fall/winter seasons. Dates and schedules are subject to change.

November 6-10, 2017 – BMW IBSF Bobsled and Skeleton World Cup. Racing starts Thursday, November 9, with two-man and women’s bobsled and women’s skeleton. Friday, November 10, features men’s skeleton and four-man bobsled. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Adirondack Mountain Rescue Launches High Peaks Safety Program

adirondack mountain rescue logoAdirondack Mountain Rescue, Inc of Clifton Park, New York will be holding a free winter hiking preparedness presentation on November 30th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Clifton Park Halfmoon Library.

The number of accidents in the Adirondacks is on the rise. Each year the number of search and rescue operations performed by the NYS Forest Rangers reaches a new high while the number of Rangers hovers around 133. Some of these operations have a happy ending, however many do not. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

7 Recent Adirondack Forest Ranger Missions

DEC Forest RangerNew 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.


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