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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Reminder: Snowmobile Safe Riding Tips

Ride responsibly while enjoying the Adirondack Park’s abundant snowmobiling opportunities. Everyone operating a snowmobile should be familiar with safe riding practices and all applicable laws, rules and regulations. The best way to learn is by taking a snowmobile safety course. To find a course, click here. General snowmobile conditions can be found in the weekly Outdoors Conditions Report.  Before heading out, riders should check with local snowmobile clubs regarding specific trail conditions and notices for the trails on which they plan to ride. The New York State Snowmobile Association (NYSSA) website includes a list of Adirondack snowmobile clubs. Safety recommendations >>More

Friday, January 18, 2019

Avalanche Risk In High Peaks Region

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced backcountry downhill skiers, snowboarders, and others who may traverse slides and other steep open terrain in the Adirondacks must be aware of the risk of avalanche this weekend. Snow depths in the High Peaks’ high elevation slopes range from two to five feet and an additional foot or more of snow is expected this weekend. The new snow will fall on the current snow pack, which already has distinct layers formed by rain and melt/freeze cycles. Due to high winds, snows depths are deeper on leeward slopes or areas of >>More

Friday, January 18, 2019

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week

Michael Virtanen Report: Adirondack Issues In Cuomo’s Budget Peter Bauer: Cuomo Misses Major Adirondack Priorities What’s in Store for Adirondacks in State Budget (Pete Demola) Conservation Development Advocates Seek Smarter Growth Remembering Tupac Shakur’s Time at Dannemora Prison Fitness A Priority At New Lake Placid Med Center How Turtles Survive Winter Underwater Sugarmakers Talk Cleaning 3/16 Lines (Maple News) International Children’s Games Close at 1932 Rink Adirondack Hall of Fame » Continue Reading. View original post.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Recent Adirondack Forest Ranger Missons

New 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. Essex County Town of North Elba Wilderness Search: On Jan. 8, a 26-year-old Rochester woman called DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch to request help descending Mount Marcy in the Eastern Adirondacks High Peaks Wilderness Area. >>More

Friday, January 18, 2019

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Viewpoint: New Cuomo Budget Misses Major Adirondack Priorities

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recently released draft budget for 2019-2020 is disappointing because it misses some major priorities for the Adirondack environment and communities. Major issues across the Adirondacks, such as increased funding for the High Peaks Wilderness to build a sustainable trail network, more Forest Rangers, or a larger Environmental Protection Fund to meet major challenges of climate change, were all ignored in this budget. Funding for state agencies was also mostly flat. The Adirondack Park Agency was funded at 54 positions, the same number for the past several years. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) created five new positions, but >>More

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Big Snow, Highs Near 0: Adirondack Outdoor Conditions This Weekend (Jan 17)

This 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, >>More

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Adirondack International Mountaineering Festival This Weekend

The Mountaineer and Adirondack Rock and River are set to host the 23rd Annual Adirondack International Mountaineering Festival (Mountainfest) on January 18th through January 21th, 2019. Mountainfest is an annual celebration of ice climbing and mountaineering featuring guest athletes with tales of climbing adventures, instructional clinics taught by visiting climbers and local guides, demo gear, raffles, happy hour, and yoga. Kicking off the 23rd year of Mountainfest on Friday evening, will be a slideshow from Patagonia Ambassador Anne Gilbert Chase. Gilbert Chase’s accomplishments include  The Slovak Direct, on the South Face of Denali. She and her partner were the first >>More

Thursday, January 17, 2019

MLK’s Poor People’s Campaign Revival in Saranac Lake

A celebration of the life of Martin Luther King has been set for Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 7 to 8 pm at the First Presbyterian Church Great Hall, 57 Church Street in Saranac Lake. After listening to Dr. King’s words on the need for social and economic justice, Joe Paparone will speak on the revival of Dr. King’s last project, the Poor People’s Campaign, and discuss continuing this legacy today. There will be music and refreshments. The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is updating Martin Luther King’s last social action project. Planning began in 2017 >>More

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Cabin Fever: Adirondack Lecture Series

Though many Adirondack historical societies and museums host winter lectures, three of my favorite Cabin Fever series of lectures are at Fort Ticonderoga, the Adirondack Experience (formerly the Adirondack Museum), and the Lake Placid Historical Society. Fort Ticonderoga’s Fort Fever Series meet about once a month from January through April. Topics this winter will celebrate Black History Month, Women’s History Month, the Steam Age, and more by connecting each topic with Fort Ticonderoga’s collections and exhibits. All lectures are $10 for non-members, free for members and start at 2 pm at the Mars Education Center. Adirondack Experience Cabin Fever events >>More