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New kid in camp’s lifelong tools of the trade

October 19, 2018 As a youngster, l was considered to be somewhat of a scallywag, which is a polite Irish term that was often used to explain that l was just a regular old pain in the ... butt. more »»

 
 
 
NOLS releases latest wilderness navigation guide

October 19, 2018 The National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) has published an updated edition of its manual on wilderness navigation, and with the techniques tested in the field by NOLS instructors, this may be... more »»

DEC: Cascade shuttle to trailhead a success

October 12, 2018 LAKE PLACID — The state Department of Environmental Conservation closed parking along state Route 73 this past Columbus Day weekend to curtail the number of cars lined up near the Cascade and... more »»

UP CLOSE: Look to the heavens with stargazer David Craig

October 12, 2018 KEENE — David Craig has a tackle box and a crosshair scope, but he’s not a fisherman or a hunter. more »»

NORTH COUNTRY AT WORK: Forest rangers gear up to tackle growing number of backcountry emergencies

October 5, 2018 WILMINGTON — State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers are increasingly busy with searches and rescues, mostly in the Adirondack and Catskill parks, and throughout those... more »»

DEC warns visitors of leaf peepers, trailhead changes, black bears and trail projects

October 5, 2018 RAY BROOK — Bear activity in the High Peaks has decreased, the state Department of Environmental Conservation says, but it adds that visitors to the North Country should be on the lookout for slow... more »»

DEC touts efforts after report says High Peaks trails need ‘major work’

October 5, 2018 RAY BROOK — In September, the Adirondack Council released a preliminary report saying that the High Peaks and surrounding areas have at least 130 miles of trail that need “major work. more »»

It’s getting a little squirrelly around here

October 4, 2018 With the opening day of the annual big game hunting season set to arrive on Oct. 20, outdoor travelers should take the usual precautions, and be aware that hunters will be in the woods. more »»

Glennon, Smith look to new opportunities at AWI

October 3, 2018 SARANAC LAKE — Things were looking bleak for the small staff of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Adirondack office earlier this year when the parent organization announced the program’s... more »»

Green group: High Peaks trails ‘need major work’

September 28, 2018 LAKE PLACID — The Adirondack Council released a preliminary report on the condition of trails in the High Peaks Wilderness Area and found that well over 100 miles of trail “need major work. more »»

State tries to lighten load on trails

September 28, 2018 LAKE PLACID — Hundreds of cars parked along state Route 73 at the Cascade Mountain trailhead will not be a problem this Columbus Day weeken. more »»

GIVING BACK: Group says new weather station would help assess Mirror Lake salt pollution

September 28, 2018 LAKE PLACID — Over the past few decades, the amount of road salt runoff that has entered Mirror Lake has increased greatly. more »»

Search-and-rescue missions abound

September 28, 2018 RAY BROOK — The state Department of Environmental Conservation released its annual report on how forest rangers spend their year, showing what rangers have been saying: Search-and-rescue missions... more »»

Adirondack hikes included in NY guidebook

September 26, 2018 SARANAC LAKE — The fourth edition of Falcon Guides’ “Hiking New York” is out, and while the book features hikes in 10 different regions of the state, the Adirondacks loom large with two dozen... more »»

Communication is key for autumn travelers

September 26, 2018 As the summer finally fades away and the possibility of a fresh dumping of snow grows closer with each passing day, sportsmen and women, anglers and an ever-growing contingent of woods walkers will... more »»

Ontario man speedflies off Mount Colden, lands in Avalanche Lake

September 21, 2018 LAKE PLACID — The skies over the High Peaks can be filled with eagles, hawks and — frequently — the State Police helicopter. But on Saturday, Sept. more »»

Placid waters for late-season paddle

September 19, 2018 It started back in June, when my friend Jason Labonte asked if I wanted to go paddle Lake Placid. more »»

Learning to adapt to changing weather patterns

September 19, 2018 As another big game hunting season looms on the near horizon, hunters will again most likely be confronted and confounded by the obvious lack of snow on the ground, especially in the upper... more »»

DEC to ban roadside parking at Roaring Brook Falls

September 17, 2018 ST. HUBERTS — The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced that starting Friday, roadside parking along state Route 73 at Roaring Brook Falls will be permanently banned. more »»

Hunting season is upon us

September 14, 2018 The leaves are changing color and the smell of woodsmoke is noticeable here and there. And soon, the woods will be filled not only hikers, but also with hunters. more »»

Are you prepared for that hike?

September 14, 2018 LAKE PLACID — About two dozen service industry workers participated in a Guest Information Summit and Leave No Trace Workshop Tuesday morning, Sept. more »»

 
 

 

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I won’t miss winter, but I will miss the shoveling. Really.

March 23, 2018 This week: 436 lbs. Last week: 433 lbs. Start (Jan. 2): 444 lbs. Total lost: 8 lbs. Now that spring is here, I’ll have to find new methods of exercise. more »

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