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Adirondack Explorer

January, 2018

What is a critter shelf? Find out here


Inside a critter shelf

Last summer the state Department of Transportation and The Nature Conservancy partnered to create New York state’s first-ever critter shelf for wildlife. Installed inside a large culvert under State Route 12, south of Boonville, in the Black River Valley, the suspended walkway provides a two-foot wide platform for wildlife to scurry through the culvert instead of crossing over the busy road. The shelf is attached to one side of the corrugated steel culvert with brackets and cables. To find out more about the critter shelf and see some of the creatures who use it, watch this video.  


December, 2017

Views from Lake Clear


Lake Clear

I visited the Lake Clear Lodge & Retreat on Friday, December 15, for to get photos for an article about the wellness tourism economy that is to appear in the January issue. Temperatures had recently dipped in the single digits, causing Lake Clear to freeze over. A fresh snowfall also covered the ground in this quiet and peaceful neck of the woods. Although there was just enough snow to ski in the woods, the railroad tracks weren’t completely covered. So I doubt either snowmobiling or skiing would be possible on them. Perhaps the highlight of the winter view across Lake Clear >>More


November, 2017

Hiker dies in near Wallface in High Peaks


Questions remain about the death of hiker Alex Stevens By Mike Lynch Officials remain puzzled by the behavior of a New Jersey man who died after hiking up Wallface Mountain in the High Peaks Wilderness in September. Alex Stevens, who was twenty-eight, died of bronchial pneumonia while on a solo hiking trip. After a nine-day search, his body was found near Wallface Ponds, not far from a makeshift campsite he had established. Wallface Mountain looms high above Indian Pass. Its seven-hundred-foot cliff attracts many rock climbers, but few hikers visit the wooded summit. There is a trail to Wallface Ponds, >>More


October, 2017

Timelapse Video at Avalanche Lake


Here’s a timelapse video I shot at Avalanache Lake in the High Peaks Wilderness in September. It shows clouds moving above the pass.


October, 2017

Timelapse Video on Cascade Mountain


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.


October, 2017

Six Nations Indian Museum


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


October, 2017

A Day In The Life on Cascade Mountain


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