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Outdoors

What’s next for the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor?

RAY BROOK - The state Adirondack Park Agency board on Thursday, Nov. 14 heard a presentation on a new plan connecting trains with trails, from Remsen to Lake Placid.Last December the APA changed the State Land Master Plan's definition of a "travel corridor" to more clearly allow for the removal ...

Keene holds community forum on hiker parking

KEENE VALLEY - The town of Keene was expected to host a community forum on hiker parking Wednesday, Nov. 20.The meeting at the Keene Valley firehouse was to focus on the current state of hiker parking and planning for the next hiking season. Town Supervisor Joe Pete Wilson Jr. said he would ...

Van Ho ski center to open Saturday

LAKE PLACID - The cross-country ski center at Mount Van Hoevenberg is set to open for the season this Saturday, Nov. 16.Snowmaking ramped up at the facility Friday, according to state Olympic Regional Development Authority Communications Director Jon Lundin. Between the snow manufactured with ...

GIVING BACK: Getting all kinds of kids outside

LAKE PLACID - She'd seen mountains before, but these were different.Holly Ernestone, an 11-year-old sixth-grade student in the Lake Placid Central School District, is a member of the Lake Placid Outing Club. She's no stranger to the outdoors. Alongside her brother Tyler, she's making her way ...

State forms planning group for High Peaks

State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced on Nov. 7 the creation of a committee to recommend solutions to problems spurred by increased tourism to the Adirondack High Peaks region.The 13-member committee is being asked to put together a "strategic ...

State forms planning group for High Peaks

State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced on Nov. 7 the creation of a committee to recommend solutions to problems spurred by increased tourism to the Adirondack High Peaks region.The 13-member committee is being asked to put together a "strategic ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Mount Tom: A short but steep adventure

We had just come off of Indian Lake Mountain, and we were raring to go again in the Moose River Plains. We now set our sights on a late-afternoon jaunt, albeit a short excursion, but a bit of something different no less.Mount Tom was our destination, a 2,600-foot peak just off the Moose River ...

Cold weather can be like flipping a coin

In lieu of the off-and-on frigid temps we typically have in the fall it can be crap shoot as to what you might find, especially in higher elevations. I got to thinking that many cold-weather issues come with unpreparedness and a misinterpretation or misunderstanding of the weather patterns. ...

DEC: Avoid trails, summits this weekend due to flooding

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is warning hikers to avoid trails and mountain summits throughout the Adirondacks this weekend.The department announced the advisory Friday afternoon amid widespread reports of road closures, power outages and flooding throughout Essex, ...

Planting and prepping in the fall

SARANAC LAKE - With a couple of frosts under our belts, the home garden is probably pretty much done in terms of tomatoes and lettuce. While some cold weather crops may still be going strong, there's no shortage of work that can be done to get the garden ready for next year.---GarlicGarlic is ...

Forked Lake, from the boat launches

Forked Lake is one of the more popular lakes in Hamilton County and with a state campground on the eastern end of the lake, you will find it to be very busy, especially on weekends.Some camping areas are drive-up sites, but many are located slightly off the beaten path where you will either ...

APA visits Little Green Pond for primitive campsites lesson

LAKE CLEAR - Members of the state Adirondack Park Agency board ventured away from agency headquarters Thursday afternoon, Oct. 10 for a field trip to look at how the state Department of Environmental Conservation evaluates primitive campsites.The APA board, along with DEC and APA staff and a ...

Adirondack Council, cloud researcher disagree on recent acid rain trends

Two weeks ago, the Adirondack Council issued a statement on acid rain in the Adirondacks, linking increasing pollution from Midwest power plants to a rise in the acidity of clouds here and saying, "It is troubling to see acid rain re-emerge as a threat to the Adirondack Park."The researchers ...

Tarzanian trip to Tomany’s dismantled fire tower

Corenne and I have this unique quest to climb all the fire tower peaks in the Adirondacks, even if the fire tower has been removed. This unusual vision brought us to the Arietta region of Hamilton County on a trek that would gain us the summit of Tomany Mountain, with an added adventure of Ely ...

DEC stresses safety this hunting season

SARANAC LAKE - The fall hunting season is upon us, as several early hunting seasons have already begun in the state's Northern Zone, while regular hunting season starts later this month for big game.In the Northern Zone, which covers the Adirondack Park and Champlain and St. Lawrence valleys, ...

Keene puts together plan for holiday hiker response

KEENE - A wave of hiker traffic in the High Peaks this past weekend roiled local resources, putting this town on high alert as the holiday weekend approaches.At their town council meeting Tuesday, Oct. 8, Keene officials pieced together a plan to accommodate High Peaks visitors during the ...

Town of Keene, rangers scramble to deal with number of hikers’ cars

KEENE VALLEY - It was a perfect storm of natural beauty and a crush of people seeking it.In the small hamlet of Keene Valley, leaves colored a rich orange and brown fell from the trees Saturday afternoon, Oct. 5, and scattered across state Route 73 like confetti. It was chilly, but not cold, ...

NORTH COUNTRY AT WORK: Caring for and studying loons with Nina Schoch

SARANAC INN - No matter how hard Nina Schoch tried to answer questions about her job, she couldn't help but keep her eyes on Little Green Pond and the four loons that call it home."Sorry I keep looking," she said about turning her head to watch the loons, pointing to the water. "The birds are ...

Historic ski race remembered during UMP process

LAKE PLACID - Lake Placid is famed for its two Winter Olympics, and while the Miracle on Ice is what most people think of, the 1932 games left some marks on the community as well.One of those was recently unearthed in a unit manangement plan put out by the state Department of Environmental ...