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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Getting psyched for the ski season

It’s starting to look a lot like winter on Baker Mountain, the little peak on the outskirts of Saranac Lake. I took the photo above a few days ago while hiking on my lunch hour. I’m already dreaming of cross-country skiing. We don’t have enough snow yet, but we should soon. One trail I’m eager to check out is the Mr. Van Ski Trail, which connects Adirondak Loj and the cross-country-ski center on Mount Van Hoevenberg. The 4.7-mile trail has been around for years, but it had become overgrown and fell into disuse. This fall, the Adirondack Ski Touring Council >>More

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Paddling-rights arguments this Friday

State Supreme Court Justice Richard T. Aulisi is scheduled to hear arguments in a navigation-rights lawsuit at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the Fulton County Courthouse. The suit was filed after I paddled through private property owned by the Friends of Thayer Lake and the Brandreth Park Association in 2009 while journeying from Little Tupper Lake to Lake Lila. I wrote about the trip for the Adirondack Explorer newsmagazine. It was one of a series of articles about navigation rights. The plaintiffs accuse me of trespass. Since I am the defendant, I don’t want to write about the case. However, the >>More

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Climbing in solitude at the end of summer

Fun City at Barkeater Cliffs in the Adirondacks.

When is summer over? When the calendar says? When the temperature drops to the low thirties overnight (as it has in Saranac Lake recently)? Or when you go to Barkeater Cliffs on a sunny weekend and find no one there? The Barkeaters are popular climbing cliffs in Keene. They’re reached by a half-hour hike from the Rock and River lodge, up the Jackrabbit Ski Trail and a herd path. The two previous times I visited, I saw plenty of climbers. When I returned this past Sunday, a week after Labor Day, I was alone. It was kind of eerie, as >>More

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Ranger Report for June-July 2012

Following is the Forest Ranger report for June and July. DEC REGION 5 FOREST RANGER’S JUNE/JULY SEARCH AND RESCUE REPORT ESSEX COUNTY Town of North Elba, High Peaks Wilderness Area On Thursday, June 7, 2012, at about 9:11 am, DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a call reporting an injured hiker at Marcy Dam. Melis Bursin, 28, of New York City, NY, had injured her ankle. The DEC Marcy Dam Caretaker assisted the woman stabilizing the injury. Two DEC Forest Rangers responded and transported Ms. Bursin by UTV to the trailhead at 10:20 pm. Ms. Burstin sought medical attention on >>More

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