Thursday, July 26, 2018

Tim Rowland: Woes Of A Semi-Fit Adirondacker

Annual Bike Tour of Ausable RiverTrue story: Maybe eight or 10 years ago, we were acting as Trail Angels for an Alabama judge who was hiking the Appalachian Trail. When he reached our neck of the woods in Maryland, we picked him up, brought him into town for a shower and took him to lunch in Sharpsburg, Md., scene of the famed Battle of Antietam.

At that time, I was still young enough that I would, like guys do, reflexively choose the biggest slab of meat on the menu, saving me any intellectual deliberation. On this day, the restaurant had a burger they called the Howitzer, which fit the bill, so after ordering we went on chatting about the judge’s hike, and the state of affairs back in the South. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

‘An American Ascent’ at The Wild Center

expedition denaliAn American Ascent, a documentary film about the first African-American expedition to tackle North America’s highest peak, Denali, is set to show at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake on Sunday, July 29 at 6:30 pm.

The film addresses often overlooked issues of race and the outdoors as it follows the team up the mountain, chronicling the many challenges of climbing one of the world’s most iconic peaks. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Free New York Safe Boating Course in Ray Brook

A free two-day boater safety course will be held at New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 5 headquarters in Ray Brook on July 28 and 29.

Anyone born after May 1, 1996, must pass an approved boater safety course to legally operate a motor boat. In addition, New York State Law requires a boating safety course for the operation of personal watercraft (PWC). » Continue Reading.


Friday, July 20, 2018

Featured Paddles: Saranac River, Saranac Lake, Moose Pond

saranac river paddlerThe Saranac River offers a calm, winding river with views of the High Peaks, great for a half-day paddle meandering along Route 3 towards Bloomingdale. It flows along the western and northern borders of the McKenzie Mountain Wilderness.

Put-ins are located at the Saranac River Hand Launch or the Pine Street Hand Launch in Saranac Lake. A second car can be parked at the Moose Pond trail head on Route 3 near Bloomingdale. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Recent Adirondack Forest Ranger Wildlands 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.


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Hadley-Luzerne Fire Tower Hike, History Tour July 19

Two guided hikes in the towns of Hadley and Lake Luzerne have been set for Thursday, July 19th, 2018.

Guide Sue Howard, member of the Friends of the Hadley Mountain Fire Tower Committee will lead this Take-A-Hike Thursday on an afternoon adventure exploring nature and hiking.

Two hikes are available: one to Bear Slides in Lake Luzerne, or for a more strenuous hike there’s Hadley Mountain to the restored Fire Tower (2,653 ft elevation to the summit). Hikers will need a water bottle, bug spray, and a backpack, and to wear appropriate footwear. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Wakely Mountain Fire Tower, Adk’s Tallest, Reopens to Public

Wakley Mountain Fire Tower - DEC PhotoThe 70-foot tall Wakely Mountain Fire Tower, the tallest fire tower in the Adirondacks, has reopened to the public.  A storm brought the tower to near collapse in December 2017, and the area had been closed to visitors over safety concerns.

The public can once again hike to the summit of the mountain, climb the fire tower, and enjoy the 360° panoramic views of the central Adirondacks from the cab of the tower. The tower is located in the Wakely Mountain Primitive Area in Hamilton County. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, July 15, 2018

Backcountry Tragedy: Lessons From A Deadly Wilderness Incident

Rock Pond Pharaoh Lake Wilderness photo by John WarrenBill had been driving all over the Adirondacks since early Friday morning. I was in my car heading north to meet him. I’d get occasional calls from him about the wintry conditions and iced-over lakes that he found. Ice-out was late this year, so our original plan to canoe into the St. Regis Wilderness Area for a few days of fishing was scrapped. Instead, we decided on fish Rock Pond, in the Pharaoh Lakes Wilderness.

Bill had been wanting to fish the pond for years, and he was sure we had a chance for some big brook trout. From the DEC boat launch in the campground on Putnam Pond we paddled about two miles to the carry at the other end of the lake, about three quarters of a mile from Rock Pond. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, July 12, 2018

7th Annual Ride for the River is this Weekend

ride for the riverThe 7th annual Ride for the River, a family-friendly road cycling tour benefiting the conservation work of the Ausable River Association (AsRA) has been set for July 14-15 in Wilmington.

The event features multiple route options for Sunday’s main event and an all-new casual group ride, the “Tailgater” planned for Saturday afternoon. All rides start and finish at the Hungry Trout Resort overlooking the Ausable River’s Flume waterfalls. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Funding Available for Local Athletes, Nonprofits

Nordic skiers Bryce Hartman #44 and Henry McGrew #43Adirondack Foundation’s Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund (UISF), established to foster and promote life-long sports and healthy lifestyles, has announced they are now accepting online grant applications from local athletes and nonprofit organizations.

Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund focuses on the greater Tri-Lakes and Olympic regions and has two main goals for supporting athletes. One is to provide support to local nonprofit organizations that promote athleticism and engage area youth in traditional summer and winter sports, thus fostering the next generation of competitive athletes. The second goal is to provide financial support for competitive, local, young athletes with regional, national and international promise in traditional winter and summer sports. Preference is given to athletes with the most promise and greatest financial need. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Recent Forest Ranger’s Respond: Three Rescues, One Still Missing

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, July 10, 2018

Adirondack Search Underway For Missing Man

Bruce WaiteThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and New York State Police are seeking information from the public in their efforts to locate a missing man.

DEC Forest Rangers, State Police, and others have been searching for Bruce Waite, 48, of Bangor, who was last seen on June 18, 2018 in St. Regis Falls.

He was last seen wearing a flannel shirt and blue jeans. Waite’s car, a 2004 Buick Century, was located on July 5, on Slush Pond Road in Paul Smiths. » Continue Reading.


Monday, July 9, 2018

IRONMAN Marathon: Lake Placid Road Closures

The 20th annual IRONMAN Lake Placid triathlon will take place from 6:25 am to midnight Sunday, July 22. The triathlon route includes a 2.4-mile swim in Mirror Lake, a 112-mile bike ride through Lake Placid, Keene, Upper Jay, Jay, Black Brook, and Wilmington, and a 26.2-mile run in and around the Lake Placid village.

Temporary road closures will begin at 5 am. The following are all estimated times based on New York State Police traffic control. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, July 7, 2018

Dick Beamish: Adirondack Rail Trail For All

As the Adirondack Park Agency once again ponders the fate of the Tri-Lakes rail corridor, the return of a temporary, for-profit rail-bike business is being considered for the stretch of track between Saranac Lake and Lake Clear.

The popularity of these machines gives a hint of the potential benefits that will accrue from a bike path on this state-owned right-of-way once the tracks are removed. This much-discussed Adirondack Rail Trail now awaits a final okay from the APA and perhaps (here we go again!) a final round of hearings on the state’s Unit Management Plan governing use of the rail corridor. » Continue Reading.


Friday, July 6, 2018

Featured Waters: Lake Lila in Long Lake

Lake Lila is found entirely within the William C. Whitney Wilderness area and is located west of the Village of Long Lake.

This remote lake has both excellent warm and cold-water fishing. Lake Lila is a large, windswept wilderness lake where motor use is prohibited. » Continue Reading.