November, 2010

Raft company owner indicted

The owner of the Hudson River Rafting Company has been indicted on five misdemeanor charges accusing him of endangering clients on whitewater trips. The defendant, Patrick Cunningham, pleaded not guilty to the charges last week in Hamilton County Court, according to the office of District Attorney James Curry. Cunningham is charged with two counts of reckless endangerment in the second degree and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. The charges stem from incidents on August 10 and August 12. The first count of reckless endangerment alleges that on August 10 Cunningham sent clients down the Indian and >>More


November, 2010

Jackrabbit Ski Trail improved

This afternoon I took a short walk to check out the new section of the Jackrabbit Ski Trail created recently by the Adirondack Ski Touring Council. Not surprisingly, I ran into Tony Goodwin. The ASTC executive director, Tony was working with a pick-ax and chainsaw to remove large roots from trail. A helper, Bill Dora, was working farther down the trail. The council not only maintains the Jackrabbit, but it also works on other trails popular with skiers, such as the Van Hoevenberg Trail to Mount Marcy and the trail to Whiteface Landing. Hat’s off to Tony and his gang. >>More


November, 2010

Brandreths sue in dispute over paddling rights

A few days ago, the Brandreth Park Association filed a lawsuit against me, alleging that I trespassed when I canoed through private land last year on my way to Lake Lila. As part of the suit, the association is asking the New York State Supreme Court to declare that the waterways in question—Mud Pond, Mud Pond Outlet, and Shingle Shanty Brook—are not open to the public. I did my two-day trip last May, starting at Little Tupper Lake and ending at Lake Lila, and wrote about it for the Adirondack Explorer. Click here to read that story. I believe the >>More


November, 2010

ADK objects to Moose River Plains plan

The Adirondack Mountain Club is objecting to the state’s recommendation to allow mountain biking on an old road in a portion of the Moose River Plains that has been proposed to be designated Wilderness. ADK Executive Director Neil Woodworth said the mountain-bike corridor would set a bad precedent and could open the door for other uses, such as snowmobiling, normally prohibited in Wilderness Areas. “The harder it is to get into the Wilderness, the more protected it is,” Woodworth said. The state Department of Environmental Conservation proposes to establish the biking corridor in the latest version of its draft management >>More


November, 2010

McCulley testifies against train

Jim McCulley traveled to Albany this week to testify against the state’s continuing subsidization of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. A short article in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise generated a lot of online comments from readers. Click here to read the article. McCulley, the president of the Lake Placid Snowmobile Club, wants to see all or most of the tracks pulled up to create a corridor for biking, hiking, and snowmobiling. Snowmobilers do use the corridor, but McCulley says the rails and ties limit its usefulness. Proponents of the train argue that removing the tracks would be shortsighted at a time >>More


November, 2010

Bat die-off continues

White-nose syndrome, the disease decimating bat populations in the Northeast and beyond, is believed to have spread to all known bat caves in New York, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The fungal disease has reduced the populations of some bat species in the state by 90 percent since it was first documented in 2008. The Graphite Mine in Hague, once the largest hibernaculum in the state, has been especially hard hit. The number of little brown bats has fallen from 185,000 to 2,000, DEC says. Two other species, the northern bat and the endangered Indiana bat, have >>More


November, 2010

Skiers hit the highway

They’re making snow on the one side of Whiteface, and people are skiing the toll road on the other. I guess it must be winter. The Whiteface Mountain Ski Area began making snow on November 2, two weeks earlier than last year, and hopes to open on November 26. But skiers have been hitting the highway on the north side of the mountain for a few weeks already. I went there Sunday for the first time this season and found the road covered in snow (or ice) from the tollbooth all the way to the castle. I saw more skiers >>More


November, 2010

Online auction benefits canoe trail

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is holding its annual online auction through December 3 to raise money for maintaining the 740-mile paddling route. You can bid on 477 items donated by sponsors, including outdoor gear and clothing, paddling lessons,  GPS equipment, and a guidebook to the canoe trail. The Adirondack Explorer donated six year-round subscriptions and six copies of Wild Times, our anthology of paddling and hiking trips. Click here to view all the items for sale. The Northern Forest Canoe Trail starts in Old Forge and ends in northern Maine. The Adirondack leg includes the Fulton Chain of Lakes, >>More


October, 2010

Lost hunters and hikers

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


October, 2010

Did you say free beer?

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


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