We just received the Forest Ranger Report for September and October from the state Department Environmental Conservation’s Region 5, which includes most of the Adirondack Park. The report follows verbatim. Essex County Town of Wilmington, Private Lands On Wednesday, September 22, 2010, at 12:09 pm, the DEC Dispatch Center in Ray Brook received a report that a man had collapsed on the trail near the base of High Falls Gorge. DEC Forest Rangers responded to the scene and located James McCrann, 73, of Hicksville, NY, sitting on the side of the trail. Mr. McCrann was alert and conscious and was >>More
What goes up must come down. But not always easily. Take Tower of Power, a spicy, twenty-five-foot route at the Nine Corners bouldering ground in the southern Adirondacks. Bouldering is simply rock climbing without rope, close to the ground. But close is a relative thing.
Kayakers feud with tourist company over paddling rights on the Ausable River. By BRIAN MANN For the first time ever this year, whitewater paddlers have enjoyed the right to plunge through the Ausable Chasm in the northeastern Adirondacks, testing their skills against waterfalls and rapids that had been off-limits. “Coming over that first drop, you’re entering this magical place,” said Andrew Ludke, a kayaker from Pennsylvania who was one of the first to make the run. “You pit your personal skills against that of the river and that of the natural environment.” The chasm is one of the most captivating >>More
Free pizza, free beer, and free movies. Have we got your attention? High Peaks Cyclery will show a series of climbing films tonight at its High Peaks Mountain Guides House in Lake Placid. The doors open at 6 p.m. Scott Arno, the Guides House coordinator, said the films’ topics include ice climbing, bouldering, base jumping, and death in the mountains. He expects the screenings will start from 6:30-7 p.m. There is no admission charge. Again, free pizza, snacks, and beer will be served. On Saturday night, the Guides House will host a reception and show a trailer for Ride the Divide, >>More
Anybody who pays attention to the photo credits in the Adirondack Explorer knows how much we rely on the work of Carl Heilman II to enliven our pages. In our next issue, we plan to run Carl’s photos of the Eagle Slide on Giant Mountain–which many people regard as the most spectacular slide in the Adirondacks. I climbed the Eagle last month with Carl and Eli Bickford, a twelve-year-old boy who loves slides. Besides taking photos, Carl shot the video embedded below. The short clip shows me ascending a crack near the top of the slide. I advise those wondering >>More
For all you strong hikers out there … I don’t know how old you are, but the ageless mountains can figure this out for me. First, tell us how many High Peaks you can climb in a day. Any strong hiker can climb one, and we won’t believe you if you say you can climb ten. So your answer must be between 2 and 9. Now follow these steps: Multiply this number by 2. Add 5. Multiply the result by 50. If you’ve already had your birthday this year, add 1760. If you haven’t, add 1759. Now subtract the four-digit >>More
The owner of the Hudson River Rafting Company and one of his guides face charges of reckless endangerment for allegedly sending customers on whitewater trips without licensed guides. Patrick Cunningham, the company’s owner, and Heath Bromley, the guide, pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charges in Indian Lake Town Court, according to the Hamilton County district attorney’s office. The charges of second-degree reckless endangerment stem from two separate incidents last month. Details of the charges are contained in court documents filed by Forest Ranger Steven Ovitt. On August 10, Bromley “falsely” stated to Greg Kaasman, an employee of Longacre Expeditions, >>More
Bluff Island is a well-known landmark on Lower Saranac Lake. It’s easily reached by a short paddle from the Route 3 bridge west of the village of Saranac Lake. Head north through First Pond and enter a channel. As you emerge from the channel, you’ll see Bluff Island straight ahead, less than a mile from the highway. The south side of the island features a seventy-foot cliff that rises straight up from the water. Occasionally, rock climbers scale the precipice. The guidebook Adirondack Rock says of Bluff: “it’s one-star climbing in a five-star location.” Bluff Island is probably better known >>More
The Explorer tests the navigability of a posted stretch of the Beaver River. By PHIL BROWN The Beaver River starts at Lake Lila and flows for eight miles through largely wild country to Stillwater Reservoir, and in so doing it connects two of the Adirondack Park’s most popular destinations for canoe camping. But you don’t have to end at Stillwater. You could continue down the Beaver through a series of smaller impoundments, linked by carry trails, until you’ve left the Park altogether. Nor do you have to start at Lake Lila.