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March, 2019

2 Adirondack Hikers Die, 3 Rescued Fri-Sun


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. Clinton County Town of Black Brook Wilderness Recovery: At 2:04 pm on March 17, DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call through Franklin County 911 reporting a hiker in distress on Catamount Mountain in >>More


March, 2019

CycleADK Weekender at Paul Smith’s College Returns


Registration is now open for 2019 Weekender at Paul Smith’s College, a family-friendly bicycling event scheduled for June 28-June 30. Introduced by Cycle Adirondacks in 2018, the event was designed with all the amenities and features of CycleADK’s flagship Ultimate Cycling Vacation, but with half the time commitment and a singular event base at the lakeside campus of Paul Smith’s College. Each day features fully supported road cycling routes of various distances, guided off-bike activities, delicious meals and nightly entertainment designed to tell the story of the Adirondacks. While the event is based on the Paul Smith’s College campus, the >>More


March, 2019

Annual Hike-A-Thon Sees Surge in Early Registrations


Early-bird registrations for the Lake George Land Conservancy’s (LGLC) Hike-A-Thon have set new records for the event organizers say. Now in its 7th year, the online registration form went live March 4; just 24 hours later, 363 people had registered, filling up five of the 17 available sites. One week later, the registration total reached 450. With an expected attendance of more 600 hikers, paddlers and volunteers, the Lake George Hike-A-Thon continues to be the LGLC’s largest event. Always scheduled for July 5th, the event has rotated through the days of the week; this year the 5th » Continue Reading. >>More


March, 2019

Indian Lake Irish Road Bowling Saturday


My family has consistently been a part of the Irish Road Bowling tradition that takes to the streets of Indian Lake each St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Last year we joined over 60 teams to take turns bowling along the lane with the hopes of finishing with the lowest score. Don’t worry if you don’t like to bowl, the costumed teams make it just as much to watch as it is to play. For the 13th year, visitors and the community of Indian Lake are celebrating the Irish tradition of road bowling. No matter the weather, Indian Lake  consistently offers » >>More


March, 2019

Adirondack Backcountry Ski Festival This Weekend


The Mountaineer in Keene Valley, is set to host the 17th Annual Adirondack Backcountry Ski Festival the weekend of March 15-17, 2019. Backcountry skiing combines all of the elements of touring, climbing and downhill skiing into one winter mountaineering experience. On Friday, join representatives from Mammut North America for a night of Q&A about Mammut snow safety products and avalanche awareness from 3:30 to 5:30 pm at The Mountaineer. Mammut will raffle off a probe and shovel package. Demos and mini clinics will be held at Otis Mountain between Elizabethtown and New Russia on Saturday. Otis Mountain is a private >>More


March, 2019

‘Free Solo’ Showing With Intro By Don Mellor


The Champlain Valley Film Series is set to present the documentary Free Solo, with special guest renowned climber, author and Adirondack guide Don Mellor in Whallonsburg, March 16th. Mellor, author of four Adirondack rock and ice climbing guides, and other books. He has climbed El Capitan and other Yosemite walls and will answer questions after the film Free Solo, winner of Best Documentary at last month’s Academy Awards, is a look at free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to climb the face of the world’s most famous rock – 3,200 foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park – >>More


March, 2019

New Frontier Town Campground Taking Reservations


Reservations for the new Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian and Day Use Area in the Adirondacks began on March 1st. The DEC-managed campground at the site of the former Frontier Town theme park includes 91 campsites to accommodate a range of camping and visitor experiences, including: An equestrian camping area with 33 sites modeled after the camping areas at DEC’s Otter Creek Horse Trail facility. The area includes electrical hookups and a pavilion A recreational vehicle (RV) and trailer camping area with space for 13 sites with electrical hookups, fireplaces, and conveniently-located water spigots. The RV area also includes a playground >>More


March, 2019

Take An Online Survey About The High Peaks Wilderness


Outdoor recreation in the Adirondack Park has grown significantly in recent years, rising from an estimate of 10 million visitors in 2001 to over 12.4 million in 2018. The popularity of the park has not been inconsequential. The High Peaks Wilderness has been ground zero for major impacts, with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) listing overcrowded trailheads, trail deterioration, undesired trails, campsite and lean-to deterioration, water pollution, and impacts to wildlife as some of the negative consequences of high public use. Some trails and mountain peaks are seeing large crowds on weekends. It’s not unusual for >>More


March, 2019

DEC Seeks Trail Crew Laborers, Supervisors


New York State Department of Conservation (DEC) has announced they are seeking two trail crew supervisors and eight trail crew laborers to work in the backcountry of the High Peaks Wilderness as part of the DEC High Peaks Trail Crews. The trail crews will work with other crews to construct a new sustainable-design Trail Crew trail up Cascade Mountain. Each week, the entire crew will spend the week in tents in the backcountry. Most of the project is located 2 to 5 miles from the nearest road and will require a strenuous hike with a heavy pack to get to >>More


March, 2019

Featured Trail: Buck Mountain, Lake George


If you are looking for a way to introduce your family to hiking or snowshoeing in the Adirondacks, the Buck Mountain Trail in Lake George Wild Forest is a great place to begin. The summit views are outstanding, offering vistas of nearby Lake George, Bolton Landing and the expansive Adirondack Mountains. Buck Mountain Trail can be accessed from Pilot Knob Trailhead. (Note that, without snowshoes, hiking in deep snow can make even an “easy” hike very difficult.) Surface: Wide, primarily flat woodland trail from the parking area to the first stream crossing at the half-mile » Continue Reading. View original >>More