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September, 2018

A Weekend of Adirondack High Peaks Searches, 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 Newcomb Wildland Search: At 5:03 am on Sept. 17, DEC’s Central Dispatch received a call for Forest Ranger assistance from Essex County 911 for two hikers lost on Allen Mountain. >>More


September, 2018

Access To Cascade, Pitchoff Limited During Columbus Day Weekend


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) have announced plans for managing use associated with the popular Cascade Mountain Trail this Columbus Day holiday weekend. The trailhead parking lots and the shoulders of State Route 73 in the vicinity of the Cascade Mountain and Pitchoff Mountain Trailhead will be closed to public parking beginning in the late afternoon on Thursday, October 4, through Columbus Day. Hikers will be directed to the Cross Country Parking Lot at ORDA’s Olympic Sports Complex beginning Friday morning and throughout the holiday weekend. Only designated shuttles >>More


September, 2018

Featured Paddle: Essex Chain Lakes


The Essex Chain Lakes Complex contains 18 water bodies totaling 785 acres that range in size from 3-acre Chub Pond to 216-acre Third Lake. Paddlers can carry their canoe or kayak 0.25 miles to Deer Pond from the Deer Pond Parking Area at the end of the Cornell/Deer Pond Road. The 0.5-mile carry from Deer Pond to Third Lake is located directly across the pond on its southern shore. Once in Third Lake, paddlers can access Second Lake by water and from there travel to First Lake using a 0.1-mile carry trail. On the northern shore of » Continue Reading. >>More


September, 2018

Recent Adirondack Forest 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 Newcomb Wilderness Rescue: On Sept. 12, a pair of hikers on Mount Marshall reported to Essex County 911 that one of them, a 69-year-old New Hampshire woman, had sustained a >>More


September, 2018

A Perfect Storm of Bad Luck; One Tough Guy on Black Lake


A front-runner for 1930s “it seemed like a good idea at the time” award was 40-year-old Harry Baxter of Syracuse. In early September, he and his wife, Louisa, and one of their sons were camping at Black Lake in western St. Lawrence County. Thirty-six hours later he was in desperate straits, clinging to a small, rocky island and life itself. Harry’s troubles resulted from a series of questionable choices. The first was fishing from a small boat in conditions that Baxter himself later described as heavy seas. The second was going alone, perhaps not the best idea, and the third >>More


September, 2018

Parking Along Rte 73 Near Roaring Brook Falls Prohibited


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that the State is prohibiting parking on the shoulders of both lanes of State Route 73 near the Roaring Brook Falls Trailhead starting Friday, Sept. 21. According to an announcement by DEC: “The parking prohibition supports DEC’s multi-year, comprehensive effort to promote sustainable tourism and address public safety in the Adirondacks.” Parking will be prohibited on the shoulder of the northbound lane from the entrance to the Roaring Brook Trailhead Parking area north to the bridge over Putnam Brook. Parking will be prohibited on the shoulder of the southbound >>More


September, 2018

Registration Open For Lake George Trail Race


The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) is set to host its second Amy’s Adventure Race for the Lake (Amy’s Race) at Amy’s Park in North Bolton on Saturday, September 29. The race course, which is 4.5 miles/7.2 kilometers in length, is entirely off-road, and goes over brooks, up hills and through the scenic marshes of the 500-acre preserve. All ages are welcome to compete, and friends and family are encouraged to attend to cheer on the competitors. Registrations for the race can be made online for $25 per person or the morning of the race for $30 (registration opens at >>More


September, 2018

Poetry: The Hiker


The Hiker As the hiker capers through an unpainted gallery of birch logs, the crackling of chipmunks on sticks carries no weight. Captured by the sculpted breath of a grey-lyre like wind-his love of the trail corresponds to inter rupted questions: the cadence of candy apple brown pine cones, and the moon hiding its migration within the amber colored glass of monarch eyes. Yes, the hiker walks towards unborn steps, since before his seed heart began pumping in the silent chamber of the placenta. View original post.


September, 2018

New Map Of Adirondack Mountain-Bike Trails


The Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA) has published a full-color map of more than 75 miles of moutain-bike trails in Saranac Lake, Lake Placid, Wilmington, and Elizabethtown. In all, the map shows trail networks in 10 locations: Mount Pisgah and Dewey Mountain in Saranac Lake; Brewster Peninsula, Henry’s Woods, and the woods near the Lake Placid Club and Craig Wood golf course in Lake Placid; the Flume and Hardy Road trails in Wilmington; and Blueberry Hill and Otis Mountain in Elizabethtown. Trails are color-coded: green for easy, blue for intermediate, black for advanced, red for expert only. Perhaps it’s my eyes, >>More


September, 2018

Upcoming Lake Placid Sporting Events Schedule


New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) has announced their schedule of events on the Whiteface Lake Placid fall/winter 2018-’19 calendar. Dates and schedules are subject to change. The schedule of events follows: Oct. 17-21, 2018 – North Atlantic Regional Figure Skating Championships. This is the first step in the U.S. Figure Skating qualifying competition structure. The top four skaters in each level – juvenile, intermediate, novice, junior and senior – will advance to the Eastern Sectional Figure Skating Championships. The top four at sectionals in each level will then advance to the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in January. >>More