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.


Friday, October 26, 2018

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, October 26, 2018

Adirondack Wild To Honor Julia Goren, Phil Brown

adirondack wildAdirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve is set to present Julia Goren, coordinator of the Adirondack High Peaks Summit Stewardship program, with its 2018 Wild Stewardship Award, and Phil Brown, former editor of the Adirondack Explorer magazine, with its 2018 Paul Schaefer Wilderness Award.

They will be recognized at Adirondack Wild’s Annual Meeting of Members and Friends on Saturday November 3, 2018 in the Saranac Lake Free Library, 101 Main Street, Saranac Lake. » Continue Reading.


Friday, October 26, 2018

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, October 25, 2018

The Legend of Jack-O-Lantern

A Young boy carving a Jack O Lantern Perhaps the single-most-recognizable symbol of the Halloween season is the traditional hollowed out pumpkin carved into a smiling or ominous, illuminated-in-the-dark face. But, “Why,” I’ve often been asked, “is it called a jack-o-lantern?”

While much of what’s known is ambiguous at best, the first widely-accepted mention I can find dates back to the five classes of fairies in Cornish lore: the Small People, the Brownies, the Spriggans, the Buccas, Bockles, or Knockers, and the Piskies. The Piskies went about confusing wary travelers; getting them hopelessly lost and eventually leading them into bogs and moors with a ghostly light called Ignis Fatuus; ‘the foolish fire’. Among the named Piskies were Will-O’-the-Wisp, Joan the Wad, and Jack-O’-Lantern. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, October 25, 2018

Snow and Rain: Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (Oct 25)

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 25-28, 2018 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.


Thursday, October 25, 2018

Celebrating Halloween In Ticonderoga Oct 26-31

Ticonderoga is rattling the cupboards in hopes of conjuring up all the ghosts with its annual Halloween Festival and Fort Ticonderoga’s Maze by Moonlight.

Before or after getting lost in the Heroic Corn Maze, stop by the town of Ticonderoga for a five-day festival of fun, October 26-31. Each day a range of activities are planned that are suitable for the very young to those wanting the traditional scare.

Pumpkin carving, a variety show and pumpkin walk are just a few of the listed activities. Other fun ways to celebrate Halloween include the costumed competition of Glow Bowling or treat n’ treating through a round of Monster Mini Golf. Enjoy a Halloween photo shoot and even a costumed parade for pets.  North Country Community College is offering a scary movie or a chance to meet The Great Pumpkin so people of all ages can choose their own level of fright. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, October 25, 2018

Travel Unity Summit Set For Lake Placid Saturday

travel unityThe Adirondack Diversity Initiative is teaming up with ROOST, ANCA, The Adirondack Foundation and others to host a Travel Unity Summit in Lake Placid and at the Wild Center October 27 and 28.

According to a recently released 2017 Leisure Travel Information Study conducted by Place Marketing for ROOST, the Regional Office Of Sustainable Tourism, a bit over 96 percent of the visitors to the Adirondacks were White/Caucasian, As 48 percent of New Yorkers are not white (19 percent Black, 17.5 percent Hispanic, balance Asian and other) this begs the question why are not more people of color visiting the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, October 24, 2018

2,122 Acres Adjacent to Whitney Wilderness Privately Protected

Little Charley Pond tractThe Adirondack Land Trust and a private landowner have partnered to protect an intact forest and a unique strain of brook trout on 2,122 acres in the town of Long Lake.

The Little Charley Pond tract contains Snell, Bear and Little Charley ponds and five miles of undeveloped shoreline. A new owner, Charley Pond Preserve, has donated to the Adirondack Land Trust a perpetual conservation easement to keep the forest whole and safeguard a rare fish community. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, October 24, 2018

SL Fall Farmers’ Market At Hotel Saranac

saranac lake fall farmers marketThe AuSable Valley Grange Farmers’ Market, a producer-only farmers’ markets in the eastern Adirondacks, has partnered with Hotel Saranac for its annual fall market in Saranac Lake.

The market will be held every Saturday at Hotel Saranac from October 20 to December 22 from 10 am to 2 pm (with the exception of Saturday, November 24, following Thanksgiving). » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Food and Farms Business Expo Planned

food and farms business expoTaste NY is set to host the Capital District Food and Farms Business Expo, a business-to-business trade show supporting New York agriculture and agriculture products, on Tuesday, October 30th from 10 am to 2 pm, at The Desmond Hotel, 660 Albany Shaker Rd, Albany.

The event is an opportunity for vendors and buyers to cultivate new, local business relationships. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, October 23, 2018

317 Acres of Lake George’s French Mtn Protected

view from French Mountain On October 18, the Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) closed on the purchase of 317 acres on French Mountain, which lies within the Towns of Lake George and Queensbury, for $525,000.

The LGLC will sell the property subject to a conservation easement to the Towns of Lake George and Queensbury; these transactions are expected to take place within the following months, according to an announcement sent to the press. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Paul Smith’s College Offering Wildland Firefighting Courses

Firefighters work to contain a 2016 blaze at Sams Point in Ulster CountyWildland firefighting, a field that aligns closely with existing Paul Smith’s College academic programs, will now be a minor available to students.

Included in the minor is an Incident Qualification Card, known as a “red card” and a key certification for those pursuing work in the field. Educational background also plays a substantial role – the college’s four-year programs in Forestry, Natural Resources and Conservation Management, Parks and Recreation Management, and Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences are among those preferred by local, state, and federal agencies. » 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.
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Monday, October 22, 2018

Hudson River History: The 1903 Spier Falls Disaster (Conclusion)

In spring 1903, more than a thousand men were at work on the final stages of the Spier Falls hydropower project. A large number of skilled Italian masons and stoneworkers were housed in a shantytown on the Warren County (north) side of the river.

Most of the remaining work was on the Saratoga County (south) side, which they accessed by a temporary bridge. But the company feared that the high waters of springtime had made the bridge unsafe. To avert a potential catastrophe, they destroyed it with dynamite. » Continue Reading.