Thursday, November 29, 2018

A November Climb Up Gothics North Face

Saddleback MountainGothics North Face is like an old friend — engaging, fun, familiar, and even a bit moody. I look forward to visiting it annually, usually during mid-winter. Early-season climbing conditions involving thin ice and expanses of bare anorthosite generally set up in December or January, so a trip during November is a novelty.

I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the Thanksgiving weekend than by involving another old friend in my visit, Adirondack Forest Ranger Scott van Laer. Together we’ve explored several of the Adirondacks’ most dramatic backcountry slides: Marcy’s East Face, Saddleback’s Chicken Coop Slide, and Big Slide Mountain. While he’s certainly in it for the adventure, he also views each trip through the lens of a rescue professional. The more he knows about the approach and exit, features of the slide, types of available climbing protection, etc., the easier he can assess it if a rescue is needed. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Rangers Find Camp In West Canada Lake Wilderness

Forest Rangers Gregory Hoag and Robert Coscomb reported that on November 11, they apprehended four subjects at an illegal camp in the West Canada Lake Wilderness.

The Rangers’ reports said that four subjects found at Camp Get A Way were in violation of several parts of the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) and of New York Codes, Rules and Regulations.

The Rangers issued 20 tickets for violations, including having an illegal snowmobile and chainsaw in a wilderness area, damaging state land and cutting trees, storage of personal property, depositing litter, as well as several violations for illegal camping.

The men have been ordered to remove the camp from the wilderness area by December 1, and are set to appear in court for these charges on January 15.


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

ATVs On The Forest Preserve: A Constitutional Amendment?

A utility vehicle traverses a Whiteface road in August In mid-June, Whiteface Mountain advertised a summer activity — rides aboard big all-terrain vehicles on the ski slopes of the High Peaks landmark. Called the “4×4 Alpine Expedition,” marketing videos showed children and adults enjoying the guided tours.

Callers to the resort’s customer service line were told they could book 60-minute or 90-minute excursions through the fall.

But by July, the rides were abruptly canceled. That came after environmental watchdogs raised concerns to state officials, and after the Adirondack Explorer inquired about the propriety of the rides. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Injured Hiker, Lost Hunter: Adirondack Ranger Reports

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.


Friday, November 23, 2018

Featured Trails: Centennial Recreational Ski Trails, Brantingham

Centennial Ski Trails Centennial Recreational Ski Trails (4.9 miles), part of the Independence River Wild Forest, are designated for cross country skiing and can be accessed from the South Trailhead on Steam Mill Road or the North Trailhead on Partridgeville Road. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, November 22, 2018

Central Adirondacks Celebrate The Holidays This Weekend

Thursday may be Thanksgiving, but from Speculator to Indian Lake, Christmas bells will be ringing a bit early and providing activities and family fun that is uniquely Adirondack.

With Reindeer Runs and Victorian carolers, as well as local artisans and delicious food, the towns of Speculator, Indian Lake, Inlet, and Old Forge are making sure everyone can celebrate the season in style. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, November 22, 2018

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.


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Hinckley Reservoir Plans Include New Campground

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced a November 29th meeting to encourage comment from the public on proposed and significantly expanded recreational opportunities at the Hinckley Reservoir Day Use Area.

The Hinckley Reservoir Day Use Area is on the south shore of the 2,880-acre Hinckley Reservoir at 281 Stormy Hill Rd, Cold Brook, and currently includes a beach, woods, trails, pavilion, spacious lawn, picnic area, and volleyball court. DEC is asking the public to share comments regarding additional recreational opportunities, including campsites, a playground, a bike trail system, and a trailered boat launch to create a full-scale DEC campground at this location. » Continue Reading.


Monday, November 19, 2018

Cycle Adirondacks To Hit Ti, Wilmington, Westport, Vermont

cycle adk logoCycle Adirondacks is set to feature Ticonderoga, Wilmington and Westport as overnight communities for the August 17-23, 2019 Ultimate Cycling Vacation, the fifth anniversary of the week-long road cycling tour.

Ticonderoga was featured as an overnight community during the 2016 tour, but next summer will be the first time the tour has stayed in Wilmington or Westport. Each community will host the event for two consecutive evenings beginning with Ticonderoga Aug. 17-19 and followed by Wilmington Aug. 19-21 and Westport Aug. 21-23. » Continue Reading.


Monday, November 19, 2018

Warren Co Man Charged With Poaching From The Road

illegally taken doe New York State Environmental Conservation Officer Sean Dewey reported he received a call on the evening of October 31, 2018 by someone saying a subject had just shot a deer from the road in Horicon, Warren County.

ECO Dewey reported that upon his arrival at the scene, he identified the suspect after interviewing nearby homeowners. Dewey and ECO Maxwell Nicols, reported the deer was shot with a rifle from the defendant’s pickup truck using a spotlight. » Continue Reading.


Friday, November 16, 2018

Featured Area: Wilcox Lake Wild Forest

Wilcox Lake Wild Forest trail Wilcox Lake Wild Forest is located in the southeastern area of the Adirondack Park and is made up of approximately 125,000 acres of Adirondack Forest Preserve lands in Fulton, Hamilton, Saratoga and Warren counties.

The DEC managed Wild Forest unit offers a variety of recreational opportunities, including hiking to the fire towers on Hadley Mountain and Spruce Mountain, camping on Wilcox Lake, and ice fishing on Garnet Lake. The area includes 92 miles of marked trails, four lean-tos, 63 primitive campsites, and multiple parking areas. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, November 15, 2018

Van Hoevenberg, North Creek Nordic Facilities Opening Saturday

Mt Van HoevenbergThe Mt. Van Hoevenberg Nordic ski center, in Lake Placid, is scheduled to open for the 2018-’19 season, Saturday, November 17, weather and conditions permitting. The center’s earliest-ever planned opening comes after members of the U.S. para-Nordic ski team held their week-long training camp at the center. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Snowmaking Begins at Gore, Whiteface; Opening Date Set

Snowmaking at Gore Mountain New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) managed ski resorts – Whiteface Mountain, Wilmington; Gore Mountain, North Creek; and Belleayre Mountain, Highmount –  have all begun snowmaking operations in anticipation of their season openings, Saturday, November 17th, 2018 – weather and conditions permitting. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Unprepared Hiker Rescued From Mt Marcy

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.


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Warren Miller’s 69th Winter Sports Film In Indian Lake

Face of WinterThe winter sports action film Face of Winter is set to play at the Indian Lake Theater on November 17 at 7 pm. Snow sports enthusiasts and adventure goers of all ages are invited to kick off the season with Warren Miller’s 69th installment ski and snowboard film.

Warren Miller’s films captured the magic of skiing and Face of Winter brings top athletes together to pay tribute. » Continue Reading.