Outdoors

Lake Eaton derby Saturday

The seventh annual Lake Eaton Fishing Derby is planned for this Saturday, and organizers say it is going ahead as planned.Alex Roalsvig, director of parks, recreation, and tourism for the town of Long Lake, said the ice was 8 to 11 inches thick last week, and freezing temperatures since then ...

Adirondack weather stations go live

A state network of environmental monitoring systems recently activated two new weather stations in the Adirondacks, and many more are scheduled to go live by the end of the year.The state Mesonet is a weather-monitoring system designed, implemented and operated by scientists such as Jerry ...

Lake Colden caretaker locates lost hiker

LAKE PLACID - State forest rangers and backcountry staff were busy once again this past weekend in the High Peak Wilderness.On Saturday, DEC dispatch in Ray Brook received notification of the activation of a personal locator beacon near Mount Marcy, and were able to establish text contact with ...

Mount Van Ho cross-country trails closed this week

LAKE PLACID - The Mount Van Hoevenberg cross-country ski center will be closed this week and the Olympic Jumping Complex's upper loop will be open for nordic skiing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Mount Van Hoevenberg season passes will be honored and trails pass are $12.Skiers should show their pass or ...

St. Andrew’s Society of the Adirondacks Scholarship available

LAKE PLACID - The St. Andrew's Society of the Adirondacks offers an annual Joseph McCallie Scholarship.Named for one of the founding members of the society, the scholarship is awarded to support study of Scottish music, dance and language, as well as writings in the areas of Scottish history, ...

Big crowd, big fish

TUPPER LAKE - The Northern Challenge ice fishing tournament went off as planned Saturday, despite warming temperatures threatening ice levels last week.More than 1,100 people were officially registered for the tournament, but judging by the number of kids and families running around, the number ...

Foundation will hold annual hiking fundraiser

LAKE PLACID - The ADK High Peaks Foundation raises money each year in an unusual way. Unlike most charities, which coddle their benefactors, the High Peaks Foundation makes donors put in some serious effort before giving up their hard-earned money.The annual fundraiser includes trying to get ...

The road to Whiteface

LAKE PLACID - When Josh Suskewicz looks at mountain towns and ski resorts across the country, he sees the "ultimate opportunity" for destinations like Whiteface Mountain.The Brooklyn-based partner at the innovation consulting firm Innosight and frequent skier foresees the evolution of social ...

ADK shapes students into mountaineers

LAKE PLACID - The winter weather this year may be a joke, but learning to survive outdoors is still no laughing matter to students of the Adirondack Mountain Club's annual Winter Mountaineering School.ADK has hosted the winter skills school for more than 60 years, and despite the lack of snow ...

Still waiting for winter to show its face

Although I still harbor dreams that a traditional winter will magically unfold across the local landscape, the reality of our current situation has become painfully obvious.As I gaze across the golf course in our side yard, the scene remains primarily green. The groundhog has already been out, ...

Franklin County legislature calls for rails with trails

The Franklin County Board of Legislators added its voice to the rail/trail debate Thursday by unanimously resolving that it supports keeping and upgrading the rail line.The seven-member legislature, which meets in Malone, also called for adding a parallel trail to the state-owned Remsen-Lake ...

DEC accepting applications to raise pheasants

ALBANY - The state Department of Environmental Conservation is now accepting applications for its annual day-old pheasant chick program.The DEC distributes day-old pheasants to qualified people who meet conditions for rearing them. Participants are required to release the chicks no later than ...

Big Tupper won’t open this season

TUPPER LAKE - Despite the best efforts of a dedicated crew of volunteers, Big Tupper Ski Area will not open this season.The all-volunteer-run mountain is operated by Adirondack Residents Intent on Saving their Economy, a local organization that promotes economic growth in the Adirondack Park. ...

Hiker who photographed keg found guilty in absentia

LAKE PLACID - A New York City area hiker who gained some infamy after his Facebook photos of a mountaintop keg party went viral has been found guilty of leading a group of more than 15 people.However, the defendant was not present last week when North Elba town Judge Dean Dietrich found him ...

Expert: Route where ice climber fell is ‘notoriously thin’

LAKE PLACID - Ice climbing is an inherently dangerous sport, says local climbing legend Don Mellor.That's why he wasn't surprised to be asked for help in rescuing a 40-year-old man who had fallen while climbing the "Screw and Climaxe" route on the north side of Pitchoff Mountain on Jan. ...

Franklin County legislature calls for rails with trails

The Franklin County Board of Legislators added its voice to the rail/trail debate Thursday by unanimously resolving that it supports keeping and upgrading the rail line.The seven-member legislature, which meets in Malone, also called for adding a parallel trail to the state-owned Remsen-Lake ...

McCulley: Old Mountain fight is about wider DEC-town road disputes

LAKE PLACID - Jim McCulley and his lawyer say the state Department of Environmental Conservation and its former commissioner Joe Martens overstepped legal bounds by overturning a 2009 ruling on Old Mountain Road last summer.McCulley and his lawyer Matthew Norfolk, both of Lake Placid, made that ...

Northern Challenge will proceed

The wildly popular Northern Challenge fishing derby is planned for this coming Saturday on Simon Pond in Tupper Lake, and despite the warm weather, organizer Dave McMahon says everything is on schedule."We had between 8 and 10 inches of ice," McMahon said Monday, "so it looks like we are going ...

Forest rangers airlift injured hiker

LAKE PLACID - Forest rangers were once again busy Sunday rescuing an injured hiker in the High Peaks Wilderness Area.The Department of Environmental Conservation dispatch center in Ray Brook received a call from staff at the Adirondak Loj about a distressed hiker. The 55-year-old New Hampshire ...

Blast of warmth brings in February

Unseasonably warm temperatures have caused many Tri-Lakes residents to wonder, "What is going on?"On Sunday, the mercury climbed to nearly 50 degrees Fahrenheit, and the National Weather Service in Burlington, Vermont, predicted a high of 47 degrees for today, a drop to 32 degrees Tuesday, and ...