Tuesday, February 6, 2018

ORDA-Whiteface Opens Trail On Lookout Mountain

Whiteface Wilmington TrailWhiteface Mountain, in Wilmington opened its third peak for skiing and riding. The Wilmington trail, off Lookout Mountain is now open. The Wilmington trail, the northeast’s longest intermediate run, is 2.5-miles long, overlooking Wilmington’s Wild Forest.

Photo of Wilmington Trail, courtesy ORDA/Whiteface.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Featured Trails: Bluberry Hill, Elizabethtown

blueberry trails lean toThe Blueberry Hill Trails are located in the town of Elizabethtown on town-owned lands. Part of the Champlain Area Trails, the trail system provides trails for snowshoeing, skiing, and snowmobiling in the winter and hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding in the other seasons. A lean-to provides outstanding views of the Giant Mountain Wilderness. There are several other viewing areas within the trail system that are quite rewarding. A sugarhouse and a small cabin are also found on the property. » Continue Reading.

Thursday, February 1, 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, January 30, 2018

Empire State Winter Games Begin Feb 1st

eswg rail jamThe 38th annual Empire State Winter Games are set to kick off on Thursday, February 1 and will run until Sunday, February 4 around the Adirondack region. More than 2,500 participants are expected to compete in 17 different sports during the three-day multi-sport festival.

The event gives amateur athletes the opportunity to compete in world-class Olympic venues in more than 30 events. The Games will kick off with an inaugural Torch Relay departing from New York City. » Continue Reading.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Olympic-Themed Events, Activity Set For Lake Placid

lake placid villageThe village of Lake Placid will be celebrating its long Olympic history throughout the month of February with  Olympic themed food and drink specials, village decorations, and a Jumbotron on near the Olympic Center showing Olympic competitions daily. » Continue Reading.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Featured Trail: Castle Rock in Blue Mountain Lake

Castle Rock Trail in Blue Mountain Lake is a moderate, 3-mile loop trail offering an amazing view of Blue Mountain Lake.

With an elevation gain of 700 feet, the hike to the summit is generally a gentle slope except for one steep section just below the summit. » Continue Reading.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Boquet River Blue Moon Hike Saturday Night

blue moon hikeA Blue Moon Hike, the first outing of 2018 organized by Champlain Area Trails (CATS), is set for Saturday, January 27, at 5:30 pm on the McAuliffe Road Trail in Willsboro.

Hikers are invited to come with skis or snowshoes— or hiking boots, if there’s not enough snow (which seems likely) — for an easy, family-friendly 3-mile round-trip tour through an old forest above and along the Boquet River. Hikers should meet at the northern trailhead, at the junction of Sunset and McAuliffe Road just west of the Boquet River. » Continue Reading.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Restaurant Race At Gore Mtn Set For Monday

restaurant raceThe annual Restaurant Race at Gore Mountain is set for Monday, January 29, 2018.

The Restaurant Race invites the various Gore Mountain Region’s restaurants to lead a team of their patrons to race on the dual slolam course and cheer. Teams compete for Fastest Times, Best Spirits, and the Most Racers.

Basil & Wicks is defending 2017 trophies for Most Popular Restaurant and Best Spirits, while barVino holds the trophy for Fastest. » Continue Reading.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

SAR Scholarship Recalls Hiking Death of Hua Davis

search and rescue logoSearch and Rescue of the Northern Adirondacks (SARNAK), an all-volunteer non-profit based in Saranac Lake, has announced the inaugural Hua Davis Wilderness Scholarship in memory of an unprepared hiker who died in the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Park.

On Friday, March 4th, 2016, Hua Davis, an avid hiker from Wilmington, Delaware, set out to scale MacNaughton Mountain in the High Peaks Wilderness. She made it to the summit of the mountain, but died from hypothermia due to exposure later that same day. » Continue Reading.

Monday, January 22, 2018

State’s Frontier Town Plan Missing Key Transportation Piece

frontier townLast Thursday the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) approved New York State’s plan to build a 91-site camping, equestrian and day use area at the site of the former Frontier Town in North Hudson.

This is the first part of a multi-part strategy to develop the entire site into a gateway with a mix of private and public amenities, businesses and recreational assets. » Continue Reading.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Women’s GPS, Map, Compass, Training Set For Tupper

bow wilderness campingBecoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) instructors Sheila Young and Lynn Malerba are offering map, compass, and GPS training classes for women.

The classes, called Nav 202, are a 2.5-day, women-only, introductory, hands-on course focusing on navigation techniques using a GPS, USGS map, orienteering compass, and Garmin BaseCamp digital mapping program.

All classes take place February 23-25, 2018 in Tupper Lake. » Continue Reading.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Blood In The Snow Leads To Warren County Charges

ECOs Nicols and Brassard with the buck and crossbowAccording to a press announcement sent by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. On the night of Jan. 8, Environmental Conservation Officer Alan Brassard received a call from New York State Trooper Bryan McCormack who was at a complaint in the town of Chester with Warren County Deputy Adam Hurlburt. According to DEC, the Warren County Sheriff’s Department had received a complaint from a couple that had found a dead buck in their backyard. » Continue Reading.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Adirondack Folk School Keeps Traditional Arts Alive

It may be chilly outside, but Lake Luzerne’s Adirondack Folk School is providing over 250 classes this winter to get people out of the cold. With a focus to continue to introduce and maintain traditional folk arts, the Adirondack Folk School provides a variety of classes that appeal to all skill levels.

“I started with the organization in November 2011,” says Adirondack Folk School’s Program Manager Mary Stevens. “We had only opened in June of 2010 so I’ve certainly seen change and growth throughout the years. Recently we’ve seen an uptick on registration for these traditional folk skill classes.

According to Stevens the organization has seen an uptick on registration for these traditional folk skill classes. More blacksmithing classes had to be added to the schedule as it was drawing people from a variety of locations. » Continue Reading.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Featured Trail: Brewster Peninsula Nature Trails

Brewster Peninsula Nature TrailsThe Brewster Peninsula Nature Trails system is located on the southwestern shore of Lake Placid, and consists of three trails loops – Boundary Trail, Ridge Trail, and Lakeshore Trail – bisected by an old dirt roadway.

The trails wind over gently rolling terrain and are self-guided nature trails that may be explored using the brochures provided at the trailhead by the Lake Placid Garden Club. These trails are great for XC skiing or snowshoeing in the winter. » Continue Reading.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Tim Rowland Learns To Snowshoe

Poke-O snowshoe hikeAs with most people, my time is not always my own. To a degree, my day is molded around my two dogs, whose hikes in the winter have been limited by the recent extreme cold and the balls of ice that built up in between their toes.

Booties are not an option since their breed, Bouvier des Flandres, goes by the nickname of “Bouncing Bouviers,” and getting them into footwear would be like trying to put mittens on a hummingbird. They have this characteristic that Alan Greenspan would call irrational exuberance, and while this can be endearing at first, putting up with it for extended lengths of time turns into something of a challenge.

If I drop the animals off in the morning for an appointment, I will usually be told, “Sure, pick them up at the end of the day if you want.” But invariably my phone will ring at about 1:30 in the afternoon and a harried voice on the other end of the line will say “COME GET YOUR DOGS!”

So while one of the first items on my Adirondack to-do list has been to learn to snowshoe, it’s taken a while to work out the logistics. » Continue Reading.

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