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October, 2019

Lorraine Duvall: A Visit to Paddle Boreas Ponds


“I’m from Canajoharie, the others from Albany and Catskill,” a women said when I saw her with two friends on Boreas Ponds last week. “We met through the Facebook page ‘Paddling in the Adirondacks’ and we’ve been going on trips together ever since,” she said, “often driving hours, as we did today.” These three middle-age women in their colorful kayaks were among the twenty or so paddlers I saw on the a trip to Boreas Ponds on a partly sunny, 60-degree Fall day. <img class="alignright wp-image-158801" src="https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Dave-slepping-boats-with-Monique-at-Boreas-Ponds-540×419.png" alt="Dave slepping boats with Monique" width="250" height="194" srcset="https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Dave-slepping-boats-with-Monique-at-Boreas-Ponds-540×419.png » Continue Reading. View original >>More


October, 2019

Featured Hike: Fivemile Mountain, Lake George


Fivemile Mountain is located within the Lake George Wild Forest and is part of the 10.8-mile Tongue Mountain Range Trail. There are two trailheads to begin this hike, both of which are moderate out-and-back hikes. Trail One From the Five Mile Point trailhead at the Clay Meadow Parking Area, follow the Five Mile Point Trail to mile 2.0, then turn north at the intersection onto the Tongue Mountain Range Trail. Continue 1.7 miles and 685 feet elevation to the top of Fivemile Mountain. At 0.9 miles past the Fivemile Mountain summit is the Fivemile Mountain lean-to. Clay Meadows Parking » >>More


October, 2019

Lake Placid Sliding Track Opens, Events Set


The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) has opened the combined bobsled, luge and skeleton track at the Olympic Sports Complex for U.S. national team training. Workers have been working to chill the concrete and lay the ice on the 20-curve, mile-long chute on Mt. Van Hoevenberg, just five miles east from the two-time Winter Olympic village. The season highlights at the famous track occur late-November through February when the complex plays host to three World Cups. Viessmann FIL Luge World Cup and BMW Sprint Cup racing returns Nov. 29-Dec. 1, BMW IBSF World Cup » Continue Reading. >>More


October, 2019

Leg Injuries, Dog Rescue Spark Ranger Missions


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. Essex County Town of North Elba Wilderness Rescue: On Oct. 8 at 12:18 pm, DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a request for assistance from a married couple from Cornwall, Vermont, whose Australian Shepherd had >>More


October, 2019

DEC Redesigns Trail Supporter Patch


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) had release of the latest design of the New York State Trail Supporter Patch. Trail Supporter Patches resemble DEC trail markers, with the newest patch representing markers for connector trails, a yellow round disc with black lettering. The previous red design is no longer available. Patch sale proceeds help maintain and enhance DEC’s non-motorized recreation trails throughout the state. All monies raised from patch purchases will be deposited in the Conservation Fund’s Outdoor Recreation, Trail Maintenance, and Development Account. The Trail Supporter Patch is available for $5 at all sporting license >>More


October, 2019

Charges Filed In Fulton County Poaching Case


Department of Environmental Conservation Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) Shane Manns and Steve Shaw reported that on October 1st, they conducted a patrol on a baited hunting stand they located a few days earlier. Fresh bait piles with scents and mineral blocks were observed in multiple areas during the previous check and a tree stand was placed adjacent to the scene according to the ECOs. Upon arriving at the bait pile, they reported that they found one individual hunting in the stand with a crossbow, which is not a legal hunting implement during the early bow season. The female hunter also >>More


October, 2019

Advocates Seek Sentinel Range Management Plan Improvements


The Adirondack Council on October 4th sent a letter to Adirondack Park Agency Deputy Director for Planning Richard Weber urging that the proposed Sentinel Range Wilderness Area Unit Management Plan be incorporated into a larger landscape-scale plan for all public and private lands around the High Peaks Wilderness Area. The Council also urged the APA to improve its monitoring of impacts of recreation on the ecology and wild character of the Forest Preserve, especially in wilderness areas. As it does with other unit management plans, the APA must decide whether it complies with the Adirondack Park » Continue Reading. View >>More


October, 2019

Holiday Weekend Parking Restrictions, Shuttle Info; Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (Oct 10)


This weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon and updated on Friday. Contribute Your Knowledge: Add a comment below, or send your observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to adklmanack@gmail.com. Learn and practice the seven Leave No Trace principles. Plan ahead and prepare. Carry out what you have carried in. Do not leave gear, food, or other items at lean-tos and campsites. Take the free online Leave No Trace course here. BE PREPARED! Start slow, gain experience. Carry proper safety equipment and weather protection and bring » Continue Reading. View original post.


October, 2019

A Busy Week of Adirondack Mountain Rescues


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. Essex County Town of Keene Wilderness Rescue: On Sept. 30 at 4:34 pm, DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a hiking party on the north side of Mount Colden reporting an 18-year-old >>More


October, 2019

APA Considering Primitive Campsites, Blue Mountain Wild Forest, Black Brook Development


The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) will hold its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Ray Brook, NY Thursday, October 10th and Friday October 11th, 2019. The meeting will address a seven-lot subdivision in the Town of Black Brook, primitive tent sites and management practices, and a discussion of proposed changes in the Blue Mountain Wild Forest. What follows is the agenda issued by the APA: On Thursday at 9 am, the Full Agency will convene for Executive Director Terry Martino’s monthly report. At 9:30 am, the Regulatory Programs Committee will consider approval for a seven-lot subdivision in the Town of >>More




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