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Adirondack Explorer

December, 2018

Adirondack Wild says snowmobile trail illegal

DEC is proposing to build a “community connector” that will enable snowmobilers to travel between the hamlets of Raquette Lake and Long Lake without crossing frozen lakes. About four miles of the trail would pass through the Blue Ridge Wilderness.


December, 2018

Retired DEC scientist wins award for book on reptiles, amphibians

The Snake and the Salamander is a wonderfully illustrated book about reptiles and amphibians, by a veteran New York Department of Environmental Conservation herpetologist.


November, 2018

Battle over Old Mountain Road may be settled

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.


November, 2018

Questions raised about proposed snowmobile trail

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.


November, 2018

New Adirondack Welcome Center tells Park’s story

The Adirondack Welcome Center is a step up from the High Peaks Welcome Centers farther up the Northway.


November, 2018

Classic Rock-Climbing History Gets Update

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.


October, 2018

Ice climber returns from frightening accident

Matt Horner

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.


October, 2018

DEC rebuilds road in Boreas Ponds tract

The Gulf Brook Road was in bad shape when I visited Boreas Ponds in June. So bad that it took thirty minutes to drive my Subaru 3.2 miles to the Fly Pond parking area. So bad that I made a video about it. Since then, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has reconstructed the road to the parking area–ditching, grading, removing rocks, and laying down gravel. The result: this week it took only ten minutes to drive to the Fly Pond lot. The former logging road is gated beyond the lot, so for now visitors must hike or bike the remaining >>More


July, 2018

OSI protects 1,200 acres in Adirondacks

Tub Mill Pond

The Open Space Institute has purchased 1,200 acres abutting the Hammond Pond Wild Forest in the eastern Adirondacks, with an eye toward selling the land to the state for the Forest Preserve. Located in the town of Moriah, the parcel has five ponds, 2.6 miles of waterfront, and numerous scenic views. Tub Mill Pond, the central body of water, contains rainbow trout and brown bullhead and is touted as a destination for anglers and paddlers. “The Open Space Institute is delighted to have protected this forested Adirondack property, rich with spectacular waterfront vistas and opportunities for fishing, kayaking, boating, and >>More


July, 2018

DEC responds to mountain-biking concerns

biker

In its proposed amendment to the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest management plan, the state DEC sets forth a goal of creating two networks of mountain biking trails just north of Blue Ridge Road.