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Outdoors

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: East Mountain and Black Peak

It’s hard to believe it was just a few days ago that spring hit the north-country. Well you wouldn’t know it; we had just had a fresh snowfall and seemed we were back into January again. Even though the snowpack still wasn’t all that deep, the solid crust we had made adventurous ...

DEC offers COVID-19 guidance for fishing charters, guides and anglers

New York state is open for fishing and DEC encourages anglers to recreate locally at a nearby waterbody. New York’s lakes and streams offer great opportunities for fishing in a wide array of settings across the state. Even during the current COVID-19 public health crisis, getting ...

Adirondack forest ranger tests positive for COVID-19

A state Department of Environmental Conservation forest ranger based in the Adirondack Park has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The forest ranger was deployed downstate to help with the state’s coronavirus response when he was exposed to the ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Hiking Twin Mountain: Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest

First a little background on Twin Mountain: Twin Mountain doesn’t really have an official name. However, it was given this name by the locals (I can only assume). I found this unofficially and suitably named peak in the Unit Management Plan for the Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest and it showed a ...

ORDA closing some venues, reducing visitation at others

LAKE PLACID -- The state Olympic Regional Development Authority is closing some of its venues and reducing the capacity of visitation at others amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, more major events at ORDA venues have been canceled, including the International Skating Union's World ...

Work underway on Whiteface Mid-Station

WILMINGTON — Work has begun on a new Mid-Station Lodge at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center. The state Olympic Regional Development Authority posted a photo of construction equipment atop the snow-covered mountain on social media March 3 with the caption: “Great news, ground work has started ...

5,000+ sign petition for Big Tupper-ORDA buyout

TUPPER LAKE — A change.org petition requesting that the state purchase the closed Big Tupper Ski Area and turn it into an Olympic Regional Development Authority facility received more than 5,800 signatures by Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 25. Rick Donah, the man who started the petition, is a ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Prepare for your snowshoe trip with this gear list

This list is what I use for most snowshoe excursions. It may seem like a lot of stuff, but as you can see, most of it is wearable and small items.Please feel free to use this list as a starting point, but not an end-all-to-be-all. You may find that you don't need everything, or maybe you need ...

DEC warns of avalanche risk on Adirondack slopes

Heavy snow can be exciting for skiers, snowboarders and winter mountaineers, but for those thinking of heading into the steep Adirondack backcountry, the state Department of Environmental Conservation issued a warning Friday: Be careful of avalanches.DEC said snow was 3 to 5 feet by midday ...

Cuomo would give APA extra $1 million to renovate headquarters

RAY BROOK -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed giving $1 million to the state Adirondack Park Agency to renovate its Ray Brook headquarters.The new capital funding, proposed Tuesday as part of the governor's 2020-21 Executive Budget proposal, would increase the agency's total spending from $5 ...

Weather challenging for duo’s thru-hike of the High Peaks

WILMINGTON - Mike Jaworski and Nick Glasser sat on a tailgate Monday, Jan. 13, drinking champagne and eating prosciutto. They had 46 reasons to celebrate.Thirty minutes earlier, they had wearily hoofed it off the Esther Mountain trailhead. A few hours before that, they had become 46ers on the ...

A slightly different route to the top of Esther

There's nothing like fresh snow for bushwhacking. I had been eyeballing this route for quite some time, and the blue skies accompanied by the fresh white snow was all the convincing I needed to lure some poor soul into joining me. Of course, I may have sugar coated the day a little just to push ...

State expected to help Essex County launch hiker shuttle bus system

KEENE VALLEY - Essex County is gearing up to launch a bus system to shuttle hikers to and from popular trailheads along state Route 73 this summer.Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to announce approximately $1.2 million in state funding for the new system as part of his Executive Budget proposal, ...

State plans to rebuild Whiteface Mid-Station, starting this spring

The state will rebuild the Mid-Station Lodge.The popular midway stop at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center, which was destroyed by fire Nov. 30, is slated to be rebuilt for an estimated cost of $14 million, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office told the Enterprise Saturday.It's one of the projects the governor ...

Pennsylvania man dies from Whiteface skiing injuries

WILMINGTON - A 21-year-old from Pennsylvania has died from injuries he suffered at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center last week.Nicholas Koch of Danville, Pennsylvania, was injured after skiing down the Lower Northway trail and striking a cluster of trees, according to New York State Police. He ...

As ticks continue to move north, research funding vanishes

PAUL SMITHS - Research by Paul Smith's College professor Lee Ann Sporn and her students shows disease-carrying ticks are continuing to become more common throughout the North Country. At the same time, her research is threatened by a lack of funding from the state and federal governments.She ...