About Francesca Krempa

Francesca Krempa is a 2020 Adirondack Explorer reporting intern and a student at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York.

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  1. Barry L Hewitt says

    When we get cell phone towers in the forgotten Western part of the Adirondacks? Many people hike, camp and kyack with no way to reach emergency personnel.

  2. Alison says

    Barry Hewitt- it’s the backcounty. If you’re not prepared to be out of cell phone service than perhaps you shouldn’t be there. There are plenty of parks and spaces out west where this is a given. People need to be responsible.

    And permitting should come in some form, not as a last resort. We don’t want the adirondacks to turn into the White Mountains…Whether that be for just people staying overnight in the high peaks or for increasingly popular trailheads.

    They also NEED to do something about hikers not knowing how to bury their poop. It’s disgusting. On popular weekends they should have a ranger at the trailheads fining people if they don’t have a trowel (or instead of the fine they can be offered to purchase a trowel at the trail head).

  3. Michelle Dion says

    It’s not that big a deal to pack out your personal solid waste in a Biffy bag. Lots of people are accustomed to picking up carrying out dog droppings. After I did it the first time, I realized it was the same process. It’s a matter of hikers learning that it’s possible to clean up after themselves in a hygienic, simple way that is actually easier than digging a cat hole. A public education campaign would help help to inform people how to bag & carry their poop hygienically and normalize the practice.

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