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Being prepared for a backcountry adventure includes telling a reliable person where you are going and when to expect you back, as well as carrying food, water, navigation aids and other essentials.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Safe travel starts with advance planning

There have been a spate of high profile searches for missing hikers in the Adirondacks this summer, most of which have ended with positive outcomes. And while the state Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers are often quick to rescue those who get injured, once a person ...

“Gunner,” a German Shorthair Pointer, recently contracted Lyme disease, which is an affliction that has been steadily increasing across the North Country.
(Photo — Joe Hackett)

A cautionary tale for this time of seasonal transition

Autumn has finally arrived despite recent efforts to restore the summer season with a brief Indian Summer. Fortunately, the mountain breeze has already tinged the air with a sweet pungency of decay. Birds have already begun flying south on their annual migration as the local hills and ...

Skip Baker stands atop an unknown mountaintop.
(Provided photo — Justin Baker)

Fond memories of Skip Baker

LAKE PLACID — Skip Baker assured David Gomlak and Terri Maxymillian that he could give “the nickel tour.” After all, Skip had heard Gomlak’s customary dialogue delivered dozens of times while seated in his token spot at the couple’s Route 73 hostel, TMax-n-Topo’s. While Gomlak ...

ECOs bust illegal hunter

A state Department of Environmental Conservation officer (ECO) busted an illegal hunter in St. Lawrence County after being tipped off by a citizen. On Saturday, Sept. 9, ECO Joel Schneller received a call reporting that two white tail deer had been shot in the town of Russell. The suspected ...

DEC to end terrapin turtle hunting

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced this week that it would be permanently ending its annual terrapin turtle hunting season after next spring’s hunt. The terrapin turtle is native to brackish waters, including the lower Hudson River and Long Island Sound. New York ...

DEC announces small game hunting dates

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced the start dates for small game hunting seasons, including youth hunting opportunities this weekend. Youth waterfowl hunting is allowed this weekend, Sept. 24 and 25, in the Northern Zone and Lake Champlain. Youth hunters must be ...

Alex Stevens, 28, of Hopewell, New Jersey
(Photo provided by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation)

Hiker died of pneumonia after 2 weeks in wilderness

SARANAC LAKE — A coroner and medical examiner say a 28-year-old New Jersey hiker, whose body was found near Wallface Mountain Monday afternoon, died from bronchial pneumonia resulting from a lack of food, a constant wet environment and the cold. These external factors all contributed to ...

Eric Ross, leaning on the trick, the general manager of Adirondack operations for the Lyme Timber Company, talks with members of the state Adirondack Park Agency board and the public, explaining how clear-cutting a forest can be beneficial to the plant life.
(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

APA takes field trip to clear-cut forest

PIERCEFIELD — Members of the state Adirondack Park Agency board and the public took a field trip to Piercefield Thursday to observe a property recently clear-cut by a timber company. The visit was in an effort to cultivate a closer relationship between environmental groups and timber ...

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Rangers continue to be busy

In addition to a massive, 10-day campaign search for a missing New Jersey hiker in the High Peaks Wilderness, rangers continued to help lost and injured people throughout the Adirondacks. --- Town of Newcomb At about 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 11, a hiker called state Department of ...

Alex Stevens, 28, of Hopewell, New Jersey
(Photo provided by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation)

Hiker died of pneumonia after 2 weeks in wilderness

SARANAC LAKE — A coroner and medical examiner say a 28-year-old New Jersey hiker, whose body was found near Wallface Mountain Monday afternoon, died from bronchial pneumonia resulting from a lack of food, a constant wet environment and the cold. These external factors all contributed to ...

Bruce Kennedy and Yvon Ranger (boat 187) came from Plattsburgh and Ontario to participate in the Adirondack Canoe Classic. Boat 93, Kathleen McNamee and Dan Havens, came from Virginia.
(Enterprise photo — Glynis Hart)

Adirondack Canoe Classic Full Results

Adirondack Canoe Classic “90-Miler” Friday, Sept. 8 to Sunday, Sept. 10 Results OPEN TOURING Name (hometown) DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3 TOTAL George Bellerose (Weybridge VT) 7:03:06 5:26:55 3:53:22 16:23:23 Robert Hayes (Albany) DNF DNS DNS —— Willie Janeway ...

At the heart of the State “Great” Range trail in the High Peaks Wilderness, the changing autumn colors of Gothics’ northwest and southwest faces blends in with the changing colors as seen from the summit of neighboring Saddleback Mountain.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

High Peaks hues

Cornell University professor Karl Niklas predicts bright 2017 fall foliage in New York state, based on the season’s adequate rainfall and amicable temperatures. Niklas’s research focuses on plant biology and the relationship between plants and the physical environment. “Based on ...

Maj. John Tibbits, front, commander of New York State Police Troop B, and Eric Lahr, division director of the state forest ranger program, speak Monday afternoon in Newcomb about finding the body of Alex Stevens, 28, in the High Peaks Wilderness.
(Photo provided — Brian Mann, North Country Public Radio)

Body of missing hiker found near Wallface Mountain

Forest rangers on Monday located the body of Alex Stevens, the 28-year-old hiker who has been missing since Sept. 2, on a scree field near Wallface Pond, in the vicinity of Wallface Mountain. The Hopewell, New Jersey, resident had set out for a three-day hike in the High Peaks Wilderness ...

A search map shows where Alex Stevens was found, marked with a red X, as well as colored circles with "c"s marking "clues" he left behind, as seen Monday at a press conference in Newcomb. Search officials did not talk about these clues.
(Photo provided — Brian Mann, North Country Public Radio)

Body of missing hiker found near Wallface Mountain (update)

Forest rangers on Monday located the body of Alex Stevens, the 28-year-old hiker who has been missing since Sept. 2, on a scree field near Wallface Pond, in the vicinity of Wallface Mountain. The Hopewell, New Jersey, resident had set out for a three-day hike in the High Peaks Wilderness ...

DEC to host trout stream meeting

PLATTSBURGH — The state Department of Environmental Conservation is hosting a public meeting on trout stream management on Tuesday, Sept. 26. The meeting is part of a series the DEC is putting on around the state this year. Starting at 7 p.m., DEC staff will give a presentation on current ...

The High Peaks can be seen from the fire tower cabin on Belfry Mountain, which is one of four hikes that make up the Moriah Challenge.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Four hikes of the Moriah Challenge

MORIAH – Earlier this summer, the Moriah Chamber of Commerce announced a new hiking challenge, ala the 46ers and Saranac Lake 6er programs. The challenge requires hikers to take on four different walks around Moriah. There are a few mountains and a scenic pond in the mix, and these ...

A loon on Henderson Lake with Wallface Mountain in the background.
(Provided photo — Joe Hackett)

Lost hikers, Teddy Roosevelt and more

Last week’s column focused on the search and eventual rescue of a soldier from Fort Drum who had become lost on St. Regis Mountain while hiking. The missing soldier, a member of the famed 10th Mountain Division, was eventually located on the second day of search efforts. He had managed to ...

Alex Stevens, 28, of Hopewell, New Jersey
(Photo provided by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation)

Rangers set up wilderness base camp to continue Stevens search

A 28-year-old New Jersey man still had not been found as of late Friday afternoon, and forest rangers have set up a backcountry base camp from which to continue the search over the weekend if necessary. Deep in the High Peaks Wilderness, forest rangers from the state Department of ...

Alex Stevens, 28, of Hopewell, New Jersey
(Photo provided by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation)

Rangers set up wilderness base camp to continue Stevens search

A 28-year-old New Jersey man still had not been found as of late Friday afternoon, and forest rangers have set up a backcountry base camp from which to continue the search over the weekend if necessary. Deep in the High Peaks Wilderness, forest rangers from the state Department of ...