Book review by Philip Terrie The history of the Adirondacks, as it’s usually presented, is blindingly white. Nearly all of our stories—logging, tourism, the Saranac Lake TB nexus, you name it—have familiar iterations, and they seem to involve only white people. Reading, or hearing, these often-repeated narratives, you might wonder if an African-American ever crossed the Blue Line. Sally Svenson asked herself that very question and set off on a quest through a mountain of primary materials—census and church records, every New York newspaper she could find, a few rare diaries, and a host of other obscure but essential sources—and >>More
APA Commissioner Art Lussi received a variance permit from his fellow board members to modify his camp on a Lake Placid island, raising concerns of favoritism but also spotlighting the complexity in the agency’s variance process.
Environmentalists, scientists, and public officials in the Lake George region are stepping up efforts to reduce road-salt contamination in the lake’s watershed. Eric Siy, executive director of the Fund for Lake George, said at a conference in October that thirty years of research has shown that the lake is getting more salty. “It’s an issue that has gone unaddressed for literally decades, and now is the time [to address it],” Siy said. “With the science we now have in hand, we can solve the problem.” The Fund for Lake George was one of many organizations and municipalities in the Lake >>More
Here’s a timelapse video I shot at Avalanache Lake in the High Peaks Wilderness in September. It shows clouds moving above the pass.
Here’s a timelapse video I shot on Saturday, September 30 on Cascade Mountain. The video shows what the summit looks like on a day when 550 people hike the mountain. To view still photographs from that same day, click here.
In late September, I visited the Six Nations Indian museum in Onchiota because owner Dave Fadden was the featured Trailblazer in the November/December issue of the Explorer. Below is a description of the museum that appears on its website. “The Six Nations Indian Museum provides for the viewing of 3000-plus artifacts with an emphasis on the culture of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy (Haudenosaunee). The Six Nations are: Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora. The museum features story telling lectures; gift shop carries Mohawk baskets, beadwork, books, t-shirts, silver jewelry, and acrylic paintings that reflects Six Nations >>More
On Saturday, September 30, I hiked Cascade Mountain with the intention of documenting the crowds through a timelapse video and other photos. Starting the trail in the dark at about 6 a.m., I was the third person to the summit. Above are some photos from the day. The video is still in the works. At the trailhead, the temperatures were in the 30s and it was raining. I started hiking in the dark but was able to turn off my headlight before long as the sun rose. In the higher elevations, the rain turned to snow (something I had been >>More
In late September, I visited the Ladies Mile, a trail on Ausable Club property near Keene Valley. The purpose of the trip was to get some photos of Explorer summer intern Autumn Rock, who had written a story about the trail for the November/December issue of the Adirondack Explorer. Above are a few of the photos from the trip, including some on the walk from the parking lot to the trailhead.
A state Supreme Court Judge has ruled that the 34-mile section of tracks between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake should remain in place.
The number of search and rescues in the Adirondacks has increased dramatically in recent years. The image in the photo gallery is a trip planning tool that can help everyone from beginners to experienced users (hikers, paddlers, hunters, etc.) plan a safer trip in the backcountry. The trip planner can be downloaded and printed for use. Simply click on the image, right click with your mouse, and choose “save image.”