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February, 2019

World Cup Bobsled, Skeleton Returning to Lake Placid


The 2018-’19 IBSF World Cup Bobsled and Skeleton season is beginning to wind down, after months of traveling Europe, the series returns to North American soil when Lake Placid, plays host to the tour’s seventh stop, Friday and Saturday, February 15-16. More than 200 athletes from 24 nations are expected to compete on the Mt. Van Hoevenberg course. Germany’s Friedrich Francesco headlines the men’s bobsled field. The 29 year-old has won 10 times in 12 races, with six, two-man victories and four, four-man wins. He carries a 146-point lead in the chase for the overall two-man World Cup crown and >>More


February, 2019

Efforts to Reduce Adirondack Rescues, Educate Hikers


An effort will be underway to promote proper planning and preparation through direct conversations with hikers at trailheads and on the trails in the High Peaks Wilderness, February 16-18, the upcoming Presidents’ Day Weekend. The organizers hope to increase engagement between hikers and experienced backcountry users to reduce the number of search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks and help to ensure the public has an enjoyable and safe outdoor experience. DEC Forest Rangers, Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) summit stewards and educators, Adirondack 46ers’ volunteer trailhead stewards, and volunteers from Keene Backcountry Rescue will interact with hikers to help ensure >>More


February, 2019

Featured Trail: Cobble Lookout, Wilmington


Cobble Lookout Trail, located in the Wilmington Wild Forest is a 1.3-mile trail which closely follows the contour across the southwestern face of the Stephenson Range to a large rocky ledge. The lookout offers great views of nearby Whiteface Mountain and much longer views across the Ausable River drainage to the Jay Mountains, Hurricane Mountain, and many other peaks. The trail passes an old rock quarry approximately 0.2 miles from the trailhead which provides the trail its name. The Cobble Lookout Trailhead is on Gillespie Drive (aka Franklin Falls Road) (N 44.4040°; W 73.8789°) Featured trails are recommended by » >>More


February, 2019

DEC Releases New York Hunting Safety Statistics


Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that the 2018 hunting seasons in New York tallied the lowest number of recorded hunting-related shooting incidents (HRSIs) and tied the 2016 mark – 13 – as the safest on record. DEC documented five tree stand incidents and zero tree stand fatalities in 2018, down from 12 tree stand incidents the previous year. Of the 13 HRSIs that occurred last year, seven were two-party firearm incidents, six were self-inflicted, and three resulted in fatalities that could have been prevented if hunting safety rules and common sense were followed. Of the three fatalities, two >>More


February, 2019

Viewpoint: Adirondack Trapping and Your Pet’s Safety


During the winter season, New York trappers will continue setting leghold and “Conibear,” or body-crushing, traps throughout the countryside. Their goal is to capture coyotes, foxes, bobcats and other wildlife. These devices are frequently placed around trails and roads enjoyed by hikers, nature enthusiasts and their companion animals. Unfortunately, pet owners remain largely unaware that such devices could lie in wait, threatening our dogs, cats and other unintended targets. Trapping is regulated by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and, according to regulations, traps may not be placed on public roads or within 100 feet of a » >>More


February, 2019

Forest Rangers Respond To Stranded Groomers


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. Franklin County Town of Waverly Rescue: On January 22 at 3:30 pm, DEC received a call from Franklin County reporting that the operator of a disabled trail groomer was unaccounted for. Another groomer had >>More


January, 2019

Oak Mountain Celebrating 70 Years on Saturday


Oak Mountain in Speculator is set to celebrate their 70 year anniversary on Saturday, February 2nd from 3 to 7 pm. The public is encouraged to share memories, photos, old ticket stubs or season passes and win prizes. There will be face painting, retro costumes, a torchlight parade, live music by The Willie Playmore Band and beverages by Paradox Brewery. Giveaways include 70th anniversary pint glasses and birthday cake. Lift tickets for the event are discounted: two adult lift tickets for $70. For additional information, click here or email info@oakmountainski.com. If you can’t make it, but have stories and » >>More


January, 2019

Empire Games Introduces Titus Ski Festival


The inaugural Titus Mountain Ski Festival, part of the Empire State Winter Games, will combine amateur ski racing with family-fun activities on Saturday, February 2, 2019. Competition is available to skiers of all ages and skill levels; there is no pre-qualifier for the event. In addition to the ski racing, Titus Mountain will offer to the public free tubing all day, and hot chocolate and s’mores. Participants are permitted two runs each race. The best run of two will count for the competition and a chance to medal. Skiers of all ages are encouraged to participate by registering online ahead >>More


January, 2019

Hurricanes, Slides, Avalanches and Backcountry Access


I’m not an avid skier. But I have several friends who are ski and snowboard (and in some cases mountain bike) fanatics. Most grew up in skiing families and learned to ski as young children, at small family operated ski areas like Mount Pisgah in Saranac Lake and Titus Mountain in Malone. They’re people who love powder enough to climb a mountain for it, seeking out the backcountry where, as one friend likes to say, “The powder is plentiful. The lift lines are nonexistent. And I have the whole darn hill to myself.” They hike marked, as well as unmarked >>More


January, 2019

4-H Adirondack Guides Orientation Planned


Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County has announced a new 4-H guide orientation program, set for Thursday, January 31st, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, at 377 Schroon River Road in Warrensburg. All prospective or interested youths and their families are welcome to attend. Pre-registration is required, and there is no cost for this event. Teens between the ages of 12-19, and love the outdoors are encouraged to attend. Attendees will participate in camping, fire starting, map and compass skills, outdoor cooking, wildlife identification, hiking, and more. For further information, contact Marybeth at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County at (518) >>More