Monday, October 29, 2018

Gore Mountain Nordic Racing Facilities Improving

Nordic racer on the A climb during the 2018 NENSA U16 ChampionshipsGore Mountain has announced International Ski Federation (FIS) homologation certifications for four of its Nordic courses at the North Creek Ski Bowl. These certifications mean that the courses have been inspected and are found to be in compliance with FIS standards.

Gore Mountain is one of just 29 FIS venues in the United States, and one of two in New York State. The certifications are for the 2.5K Distance Course, the 3.3K Distance Course, the 1.2K Sprint Course, and the 1.6K Sprint Course. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, October 28, 2018

Use Fee Waived at Prospect Mountain Parkway, Lake George

Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Parkway in Lake GeorgeThe public will be able to drive up Prospect Mountain Veteran’s Memorial Parkway and enjoy the views for free on the first weekend in November and on Veterans Day, November 11.

Prospect Mountain Veteran’s Memorial Parkway climbs 5.5-miles from the entry gate to a parking lot just below the summit. There are three separate overlooks along the parkway — the Narrows, Lake George, and Eagle’s Eye — from which to enjoy the scenery of the Adirondack Mountains and Lake George. » Continue Reading.


Friday, October 26, 2018

Featured Hike: Goodman Mountain, Tupper Lake

Goodman mountainThis 3.4-mile roundtrip hike in the Horseshoe Wild Forest summits 2,178-foot Goodman Mountain. The hike is over easy to moderate terrain and offers spectacular views of Coney, Tupper Lake, and Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Rangers Make Rescue at Sleeping Beauty Mtn

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, October 22, 2018

Grants Support Winter Sports Athletes

grant award winners at Heaven Hill Farm in Lake PlacidThe Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund, a component fund of Adirondack Foundation, awarded $41,650 in grants this year to 17 athletes and nine organizations in the Tri-Lakes region.

The awards were handed out at a ceremony for recipients and their families and friends on October 14 at Heaven Hill Farm in Lake Placid. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, October 21, 2018

2018 Cycle Adirondacks Community Projects Funded

cycle adirondacksCycle Adirondacks, in partnership with Adirondack Foundation and the Cloudsplitter Foundation, have donated over $5,000 to community generated projects in Speculator, Inlet and North Creek as part of its CycleADK Gives program.

The three communities served as overnight hosts for CycleADK’s 2018 Ultimate Cycling Vacation, which drew over 230 cyclists from across the United States and Canada to the Adirondacks from August 18-24 for a week-long bicycle tour. » Continue Reading.


Friday, October 19, 2018

Featured Hike: Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain, Essex County

poke o moonshine mapPoke-O-Moonshine Mountain (2,162 feet), part of the Taylor Pond Wild Forest, provides 360-degree views of the surrounding area and may be accessed by either of two trails. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Dave Gibson: Push for DEC Personnel Increases, Again

Forest Rangers lead search and rescueI listened to NCPR’s Brian Mann recent report about NYS DEC Forest Ranger staffing, and the great pressures on the static ranger staff resulting from so many emergency incidents. DEC Commissioner Seggos’ remarks appeared to be resistant to the need for additional Forest Rangers. He was quoted as saying that the entire DEC staff must rally to help to relieve the pressures on the Rangers and – I would add – on all natural resource professionals at the DEC. In other words, don’t worry members of the media, members of the public, we always do more with less.

In my experience, this Commissioner is very responsive to issues facing him and pays attention to detail. I also know he supports his people in the field. However, it was important for him to hear the support for more DEC Forest Rangers from local government representatives, like Wilmington Town Supervisor and Essex County Board of Supervisors chair Randy Preston. The supervisor was persistent because he knows what we all know: that the DEC Commissioner has no authority to increase the number of rangers, or foresters, or wildlife or fisheries, or operations or campground professionals. The urgent message that DEC natural resource and lands and forests and ranger personnel are at the breaking point must get to the Governor. Local government officials make excellent messengers. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Lake Placid’s Olympic Sliding Track Begins Season

IBSF World Cup Bobsled & Skeleton 2016The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) opened the combined bobsled, luge and skeleton track at the Olympic Sports Complex for U.S. national team training on Monday, October 15th.

Workers chilled the concrete and laid ice on the 20-curve, mile-long chute on Mt. Van Hoevenberg, just five miles east from the two-time Winter Olympic village. Athletes from USA Luge as well as USA Bobsled and Skeleton will hit the ice to begin preparations for their World Cup campaigns. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Adirondack Forest Rangers Report Searches and Rescues

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, October 14, 2018

Tim Rowland’s Takeaways From the Cascade Shuttle

There’s nothing quite like autumn in the Adirondacks — the brilliant reds, vibrant oranges and pulsating yellows. And that’s just the construction barrels, road cones and flashing signs warning people to find someplace other than the shoulder of Rt. 73 in Keene Valley to park their Subarus.

Welcome to the wilderness — not to be confused with the Scranton/Wilkes Barre stretch of Interstate 81. » Continue Reading.


Friday, October 12, 2018

Featured Hike: Bear Den Mountain, Wilmington

Bear Den Trail mapThe Bear Den Mountain Trail in the Whiteface Mountain Intensive Use Area, Wilmington Wild Forest ascends 1.6 miles and 1,160 feet from a trailhead near the parking area for Kids Campus of the Whiteface Mountain Ski Area to the 2,400-foot summit of Bear Den Mountain. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Snow In The Mtns: Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (10/11)

CompassThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon and fully updated by Friday afternoon.

Contribute Your Knowledge: Add a comment below, or send your observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to adkalmanack@gmail.com.

Learn and practice the seven Leave No Trace principles. Carry out what you have carried in. Do not leave gear, food, or other items at lean-tos and campsites. Do not litter. Take the free online Leave No Trace course here.

BE PREPARED! Start slow, gain experience. Always carry proper safety equipment – including plenty of food, water, flashlights, space blanket, emergency whistle, first aid kit, fire making tools, extra clothing layers and socks, and a map and compass – inform someone of your itinerary, and be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods in cold temperatures. Just before entering the backcountry or launching a boat check the National Weather Service watches, warnings, and advisories here. Follow Adirondack weather forecasts at Burlington and Albany and consult the High Elevation, Recreation, or Lake Champlain forecasts.

OCTOBER 11, 2018 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Winter Sports: Upcoming Whiteface Lake Placid Events

whiteface mtnOlympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) has announced the list of events on the Whiteface Lake Placid fall/winter 2018-2019 calendar. Dates and schedules are subject to change.

The list of events as follows: » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Newest CATS Trail Map Now Available

Champlain Area Trails 2018 2019 Trail MapThe Champlain Area Trails (CATS) new 2018-2019 Trail Map shows 87 hikes in the Champlain Valley, as well as new features designed to make it even more useful than the previous maps for hikers, snow-shoers, and cross-country skiers.

The first thing map users will notice is the increase in size and detail. Other new features include topographical detail so hikers will know the physiographical context of the trails they’re hiking. All trails are now listed in an easy-to-read chart form showing descriptions of each trail, length, degree of difficulty, directions, and special features such as overlooks and suitability for cross-country skiing or bicycling. » Continue Reading.