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
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.”
The number of people using the Forest Preserve in the Adirondack Park, especially in the High Peaks region, has increased dramatically in recent years, causing some people to say there is a need for more forest rangers.
Since 2014, Sporn has traveled throughout the Adirondack Park collecting blacklegged ticks (also known as deer ticks) as part of a joint project with the state Department of Health (DOH) and other organizations to determine the extent of tick-borne diseases in the region. The ticks are tested for four diseases—Lyme, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and Borrelia miyamotoi—as well as the Powassan virus.