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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


February, 2019

Angler Ticketed Scamming Great Sacandaga Fishing Derby


According to a press release issued by the Department of Environmental Conservation, on February 15, Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) Jason Hilliard and Robert Higgins conducted a night patrol prior to the start of the Great Sacandaga Lake (GSL) Fisheries derby and the Walleye Challenge. The ECOs reported that they located tip-ups that had been left out overnight unoccupied, a violation of Environmental Conservation Law. The officers say they also found a 32-inch northern pike being kept alive and stored in the ice next to an unoccupied fishing shanty. Believing that the fish might be entered into one of the contests, >>More


February, 2019

Woman Rescued After Being Pinned by Snowmobile


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. Warren County Town of Lake Luzerne Wilderness Rescue: On February 23, a 49-year-old Lake George woman was seriously injured in a snowmobiling accident after the snowmobile rolled on top of her. Two Forest Rangers >>More


February, 2019

Jack Drury: E-bikes Deserve A Place in the Park


As we pedal up another long hill, I realize I’m the oldest in my small group of five bicyclists by close to 20 years. I think of the fact that I have outlived my dad, who died at 50, by 20 years. Is it because I selected a career as a wilderness education instructor and guide, keeping me physically active most of my life? Who knows? What I do know is that I’m grateful today that I’m on an e-bike as I approach the 20-mile mark of our 25-mile sojourn over logging roads with over 2,000 feet » Continue Reading. >>More


February, 2019

East Coast Snocross in Malone March 9,10


East Coast Snocross (ECS) is set to present two days of snowmobile racing at the Franklin County Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday, March 9-10. Along with a slate of racing in pro and pro lite, the Malone event will also include sport, women and junior divisions. This event will also feature a trail stock class for those looking to give snocross a try for the first time. Leading the charge into Malone in the pro division is Mike Pilotte. The Team Southside Polaris racer from Fall River, Mass., won the first six finals this season. He’ll have to fend off hard >>More


February, 2019

Tucker Farms Hosting 2019 Bike the Barns


The fourth annual Bike the Barns, hosted by the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA), has been scheduled for Sunday, September 29th, and will begin and end at Tucker Farms, 64 Hobart Rd in Gabriels, NY. Tucker Farms is a fifth generation family farm, which has been growing potatoes for over 100 years. ANCA staff developed Bike the Barns in 2016 with a vision to promote North Country farm businesses and the local food movement. Past events, which have grown from about 100 riders and supporters in 2016 to over 250 participants in 2018, have taken place in » Continue Reading. View original >>More