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Outdoors

15K hikers sign up for AMR parking system

ST. HUBERTS — More than 15,000 hikers signed up to use the new Adirondack Mountain Reserve pilot parking reservation system over the summer, AMR and the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Monday, Sept. 20. The online reservation system, HikeAMR, was launched in May in ...

Wilmington Mountain Bike Festival gaining traction

WILMINGTON — The Wilmington Mountain Bike Festival will return Sept. 3 to 5 after taking a year off due to the coronavirus pandemic, yet health guidelines have altered the way people register for the event. This year, onsite registration is not available, according to Josh Wilson, ...

Police: Hiker died on Dix Mountain trail from ‘medical episode’

State Police have identified a 41-year-old man from the Buffalo area who died while hiking in the Dix Mountain Wilderness Area on Aug. 9. State Police Troop B Public Information Officer Jennifer Fleishman said Jason R. Capizzi of East Aurora suffered a “medical episode” while descending ...

Route 73 hiker shuttle will begin on Saturday

A new shuttle system, designed to alleviate longstanding parking issues along state Route 73 by bringing hikers to their desired High Peaks trailhead, is expected to start service on Saturday, Aug. 21. The state Department of Environmental Conservation — which is partnering with Essex ...

ADK looks to buy Cascade Ski Center

LAKE PLACID — The Adirondack Mountain Club has applied for state funding to purchase the Cascade Ski Center, with the goal of keeping the cross-country ski trails open and using the main building to expand capacity for its educational and hiker outreach programs. ADK Executive Director ...

Norah Galvin summits 46th High Peak on 14th birthday

LAKE PLACID — Norah Galvin was 5 years old when she climbed her first High Peak. Like any childhood memory, some details of the experience have faded over time. Galvin remembers running around with her friend, Zarela Gulli, on their way to the top. She remembers it being an overcast ...