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Adirondack Explorer

November, 2018

Phone coordinates pinpoint unprepared hikers

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Dressed in cotton and inappropriate footwear, the unprepared hiker found himself in inhospitable conditions.


November, 2018

Rangers rescue hikers and a hunter

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On Nov. 3 at 11:08 a.m., DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call regarding a 20-year-old male from Lake Placid who became separated from his hunting party.


October, 2018

Forest rangers rescue hikers

DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a transferred call from Franklin County 911 from a hiker reporting that a 27-year-old companion from Astoria had injured her knee halfway up Basin Mountain. Forest Rangers Peter Evans and James Giglinto were dispatched to respond on a UTV on the Southside Trail to the John’s Brook Outpost.


October, 2018

Mountaineer to come under new ownership

An iconic Adirondack gear store will come under new ownership in the coming weeks. The Mountaineer, located in Keene Valley, announced recently on its website that the McClelland family is selling the store to the Wise family.  The family is expected to take over in November once the sale is finalized. “The Mountaineer has been the pride and joy of the McClelland family for many years, and it is time to open up another chapter in the life of this renowned emporium of fine mountaineering equipment and gear. Time to get younger leadership at the helm and infuse the business >>More


October, 2018

Rangers rescue campers and hikers

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On Oct. 11 at 9:09 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a request for assistance from two hikers, 25 and 26 years old from Buffalo, who became disoriented while descending the Great Range.


October, 2018

West Branch of the Sacandaga River gets improved access for paddlers

There’s a new paddlers’ take-out site along the West Branch of the Sacandaga River in the Shaker Place Conservation Easement Tract in Hamilton County, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced recently. DEC completed rehabilitating the road and parking area for the Shaker Place take-out along State Route 10 prior to the Columbus Day holiday weekend. The take-out previously involved climbing a steep bank to get back to State Route 10.  In 2017, the Student Conservation Association Adirondack Corps (SCA) trail crew constructed a short path between the parking area and the river. A point-to-point paddle down the West Branch >>More


October, 2018

Forest rangers rescue hunters and hiker

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents statewide. 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 backcountry.


October, 2018

DEC warns motorists about moose after three recent accidents

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is warning motorists to be on the alert for moose. This past weekend three moose-vehicle accidents were reported resulting in the death of the moose in each collision. New York has no recorded human fatalities resulting from an accident with a moose. Early fall is the breeding season for moose in the Adirondacks. During this period, moose often wander looking for mates, leading them to areas where they are not typically seen. Moose are much larger and taller than deer. Their large body causes greater damage, and, when struck, their height often causes them >>More


October, 2018

Forest rangers rescue lost hikers

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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents statewide. 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 backcountry.


September, 2018

Lake Champlain’s New Invader: Fishhook waterflea

Researchers confirmed the presence of fishhook waterflea (Cercopagis pengoi) in Lake Champlain, bringing the known number of nonnative and aquatic invasive species in Lake Champlain to 51.  The fishhook waterflea is similar to the spiny waterflea, which was confirmed in Lake Champlain in 2014; they are both small crustaceans that are aggressive predators of zooplankton and are known to foul fishing lines.