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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


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Opinion: Adirondack Park Doesn’t Need More Wilderness


“It’s Debatable” appears in each issue of the Adirondack Explorer. This essay by Matthew J. Simpson of the Adirondack Association of Towns & Villages is a companion piece to “Opinion: Adirondack Park Needs More Wilderness” by Adirondack Wilderness Advocates’ Bill Ingersoll. The Adirondack Association of Towns & Villages was invited to provide the “No” response in this debate, but in truth, this is not a yes-or-no question. First, a little background: Any state-owned land in the Adirondack Park is given one of seven classifications by the Adirondack Park Agency. The type of classification dictates the type of human activity allowed. >>More


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Adaptations to Extremes: Art, Science Panel Discussion


The Lake George Arts Project’s Courthouse Gallery has announced “Adaptations to Extremes,” an Art-Science exhibition set to run from January 19th to February 22nd. An opening reception has been set for Saturday, January 19th from 4 to 6 pm, and a panel discussion writer Michael Coffey serving as moderator on Sunday, January 20th at the Bolton Historical Museum at 3 pm. Both events are free and open to the public. A major theme in the biological sciences is the way in which organisms adapt to environmental extremes. The Santa Barbara Basin is a bowl-shaped geological formation off the coast of >>More


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Long Lake Winter Carnival Set for Saturday


The Long Lake Winter Carnival has been set for Saturday, January 19th, at the Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center, located at 6 Pavilion Way off of Deerland Road, NYS Route 30. Events begin at noon, and include a bonfire, snowmobile parade, and coronation of the King and Queen. Free activities are slated throughout the day. The Cardboard Sled Races start at 1 pm with prizes awarded for speed and overall award for best decoration. Cardboard sleds can be made with cardboard, paint, wax and tape only. Racing categories are for individuals and for teams. The ice skating rink and sledding hill >>More


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Opinion: Adirondack Park Needs More Wilderness


“It’s Debatable” appears in each issue of the Adirondack Explorer.  This essay is a companion piece to “Opinion: Adirondack Park Doesn’t Need More Wilderness” by Matthew Simpson, which will appear on the Adirondack Almanack on Wednesday, January 16th. Do we need more wilderness? Don’t be silly — yes, of course we do. Wilderness has been a defining element of the Adirondacks for more than two centuries, as much an iconic part of the landscape as loons, black bears and red efts. Even if we can’t always be in the wilderness, we find inspiration knowing that it’s out there, somewhere past >>More


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Luge Challenge At Titus Mountain Jan 19-20


As the top luge athletes from around the world are currently preparing for World Cup and World Championship racing in Europe, USA Luge will be at Titus Mountain Family Ski Center in Malone on January 19-20. Using easy to maneuver plastic sleds, patrons will get a chance to experience this Olympic sport through the Casella Resource Solutions USA Luge Challenge. Although the Luge Challenge appeals to all ages, team coaches and athletes will scout the event for young athletes who show potential. These youngsters may be invited to participate in screening camps at the USA Luge training facility in Lake >>More


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Long Track Skating Junior Championships in Placid


The best long track junior skaters in the country are set to compete in the U.S. Long Track Junior Championships at the historic James B. Sheffield Olympic Skating Rink in Lake Placid, January 18-20. At stake is a spot on the U.S. Long Track Junior World team that will compete at the ISU Long Track Junior World Championships in Baselga, Italy, February 15-17. Registered for the event is the reigning U.S. Men’s Junior Champion Ethan Cepuran (Glen Ellyn, Ill.), who’s been competing at world cup events during the 2018-2019 season. Cepuran recently won the U.S. National Title for » Continue >>More