When Jim McCulley drove his snowmobile on Old Mountain Road in 2003, he touched off a series of court battles that lasted fifteen years. For now, at least, the legal saga appears to have ended.
Some ponds and lakes are freezing up early, and people are already hitting groomed and backcountry ski trails.
The proposed trail would cross South Inlet near Raquette Lake and run four miles through the Blue Ridge Wilderness, to the south of Route 28.
The new edition of Yankee Rock and Ice describes Matt Horner’s efforts to repeat a notoriously difficult ice climb called Gorillas in the Mist on Poke-O-Moonshine’s cliffs.
Hamlets to Huts’s goal is to connect Adirondack villages and outposts via people power in all seasons, allowing them to experience the backcountry without lugging all the gear. It’s patterned after European hut-to-hut systems, and the yurt trails of Vermont and Colorado. In the Adirondacks, the emphasis is community-based lodging, in part because new structures are prohibited in the state Forest Preserve.
Hikers value protecting the Adirondack Park’s wild character more than expanding recreation opportunities.
The northern Adirondacks has been cold and wet, with the region experiencing several snowfalls in late October. The snow isn’t sticking to the ground in the lower elevations yet due to above-freezing ground temperatures, but it’s been cold enough that ice has developed on some small ponds.
The Whiteface Veterans Memorial Highway opened in 1936. From spring to fall, motorists can drive up the road and then ride an elevator more than 260 feet up to the 4,867-foot summit. The elevator has been closed since fall 2017.
Phil Brown skis the Tupper Lake Triad on a snowy March day.
The accident occurred on Feb. 8, 2017, while Horner was leading a client up a 200-foot route called Rhiannon. He had paused to twist in an ice screw, with the intention of clipping his climbing rope to the screw to protect against a fall. He never got the chance.