Outdoors

An easy walk to a spectacular view

INDIAN LAKE - It's not too often that a new trail opens up in the Adirondacks, but when the state acquires something as beautiful as OK Slip Falls, it has to get a trail in place quickly because something that spectacular can't be kept hidden from the public for long.The trail, which opened in ...

Waiting for the turn of seasons

Although the mountaintops are still snow-capped and ice still secures the lakes and ponds, there are already numerous signs that indicate the spring season will soon be underway.Despite the ice jams that continue to obstruct many local rivers, there has already been been a lot of activity in ...

Despite scant snowpack, rain keeps water levels up

ALBANY - No snowpack, no problem.As an exceptionally warm winter winds down, snowpack is scant around many Northeast mountains. Spring runoff from that snow is normally crucial for maintaining water levels on rivers and reservoirs, but late-winter rain is doing the job of melting snow in many ...

Despite terminal lung cancer, man and his son set out to become 46ers together

The plan, Dave Clark says, is to start anew every three weeks. Every time, it begins on a hospital bed and ends atop an Adirondack High Peak.Clark is constrained to this timetable due to stage IV lung cancer. Despite an 80 percent chance he dies this year, he treats each three-week block of ...

‘Proud to be his friend’

A 57-year-old fisherman who died this week will be remembered fondly, according to family and friends.Gregory Manchester of Petersburgh, east of Troy along the Vermont-Massachusetts border, died Monday after falling through the ice on Union Falls Pond sometime on Sunday. According to his ...

Fisherman dies

UNION FALLS - A local man died Monday after falling through ice on Union Falls Pond.Gregory Manchester, 59, lived in the Union Falls area of the town of Franklin and was pronounced dead Monday afternoon at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, according to Lt. William Williams of the state ...

Man falls through ice, makes it to cabin, dies at hospital

UNION FALLS - A local man died Monday after falling through ice on Union Falls Pond.Gregory Manchester, 59, lived in the Union Falls area of the town of Franklin and was pronounced dead Monday afternoon at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, according to Lt. William Williams of the state ...

School mourns boy killed by boulder

Connor McLaughlin had made friends quickly in his first year at Greenwich Middle Grade School, and his classmates had a hard time Monday dealing with his death.In a freak accident, the 12-year-old and and his uncle/guardian - he lived with his uncle and aunt - were admiring the grand Roaring ...

Rangers help injured hiker

LAKE PLACID - State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers were called to assist an injured 29-year-old man on Phelps Mountain this past Saturday.DEC dispatch in Ray Brook received a call from the man at 3:10 p.m. He was wearing microspikes but still slipped and got injured in ...

Falling rock kills 12-year-old boy at Roaring Brook Falls

A falling boulder killed a 12-year-old boy from Greenwich, New York, Sunday at the base of Roaring Brook Falls near St. Huberts.Connor McLaughlin was with his uncle Jesse Malone, 40, also of Greenwich, at the base of the falls when the large rock dislodged from above and fell about 100 feet ...

Colton town board backs state rail-trail plan

COLTON - The Colton town board resolved last week to support a controversial state rail-trail plan and asked that it be started soon.In a 3-0 vote - two members were away on vacation - the board passed a resolution Wednesday endorsing Option No. 7, an addition to the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel ...

Three Adirondack campgrounds will get makeovers

ALBANY (AP) - Three state campgrounds in the Adirondacks are getting a makeover.The Department of Environmental Conservation has proposed upgrades for Limekiln Lake, Eighth Lake and Lake Durant campgrounds. The work is to be done over the next five years.The agency is accepting public comments ...

Spring trout stocking sites named

ALBANY (AP) - With trout-fishing season just a few weeks away, New York's Department of Environmental Conservation has spring stocking lists available.Trout stocking begins in mid-March and runs through May. The DEC website provides a list of stocked waters, anticipated number of fish to be ...

A hard day for schoolmates of boy killed by boulder

Connor McLaughlin had made friends quickly in his first year at Greenwich Middle Grade School, and his classmates had a hard time Monday dealing with his death the day before.In a freak accident, the 12-year-old and and his uncle were admiring the grand Roaring Brook Falls near St. Huberts ...

Man dies after falling through ice on Union Falls Pond (update)

UNION FALLS - A local man died today after falling through ice on Union Falls Pond, authorities said this evening.Authorities have not yet named the man, but he was 59 years old, lived in the Union Falls area and was pronounced dead this afternoon at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, ...

12-year-old dies at Roaring Brook Falls

LAKE PLACID - A 12-year-old boy from Greenwich was killed today at the base of Roaring Brook Falls on Giant Mountain, outside of Keene Valley. According to Essex County Coroner Frank Whitelaw, the boy was with his uncle at the base of the falls when a large rock dislodged from above ...

Falling rock kills 12-year-old boy at Roaring Brook Falls

A falling rock killed a 12-year-old boy from Greenwich, New York, today at the base of Roaring Brook Falls near St. Huberts.The boy was with his uncle at the base of the falls when the large rock dislodged from above and hit the pair, according to Essex County Coroner Frank Whitelaw. The boy ...

Fitness program tracked fatal hike

An avid hiker who perished in the High Peaks last weekend liked to keep track of her trips using a fitness tracker that can be viewed online. The program shows not only her remarkable fitness accomplishments, but also her final hike on Friday, March 4.Hua Davis, 61, of Wilmington, Delaware, ...

APA allows bikes in Essex Chain, Pine Lake lands

RAY BROOK - The state Adirondack Park Agency decided Friday morning that bicycling in two primitive areas conforms to the State Land Master Plan.The full agency board voted to approve a measure that would allow mountain biking on old logging roads in the recently acquired Essex Chain Lakes and ...