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Earlier in the summer, readers weighed in on “secret spots” and the ethics behind sharing or publicising them. As we gear up for what is often the pinnacle of fall weekends, it seems more apparent that the secret’s out about the Eastern High Peaks and like Pandora’s box, there’s no going back. The question remains: what path to take?
Here’s a look at some of the week’s top news, on both AdirondackExplorer.org and AdirondackAlmanack.com. If you want to dig in deeper, take a look at our full slate of topical Explorer newsletters, and/or subscribe to receive our daily Almanack updates.
RENEWED CALLS FOR HIGH PEAKS PERMITS: Lately, hiking from the Ausable Club/AMR property or the Loj (and other popular places) means aiming to pull in at 3 a.m. to claim a parking spot. And then there’s the increased trash on the trails and rise in ranger rescues. The craziness of it all has prompted fresh calls for action to address the problem, with permits coming back into the conversation. A Siena College poll reveals a majority of those surveyed are board with some type of limited-entry system. READ MORE
NOT THIS TIME: After some speculation about whether the Ausable Club would impose greater restrictions on its High Peaks access for Columbus Day weekend, the club has decided to hold off for now. READ MORE
HIKER PERMITS? TURNS OUT WE’VE BEEN THERE: Little known fact: A permit system was briefly tried in the mid-1990s at what’s now the Paul Smith’s VIC (Visitor Information Center). Find out why it stopped. READ MORE
A $750 JOY RIDE: The driver who decided to try off-roading his Jeep to Marcy Dam could pay up to $750 in ticket fines. READ MORE
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MORE MOOSE: A story about the majestic moose was one of the top reads on the Almanack this week. READ IT
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