Outdoors

Wind chill atop Whiteface hits minus 77.9

WILMINGTON — The temperature atop the state’s fifth highest peak hit 31 degrees below zero Fahrenheit early Monday morning, and with a steady breeze, the wind chill reached a bone-chilling 77.9 degrees below zero. The University at Albany’s Atmospheric Research Center measures ...

Frigid air, high winds sweep the Northeast; at least seven dead

CONCORD, N.H. — Falling temperatures replaced the weekend’s falling snow Monday as bitter cold and gusty winds swept across the eastern United States. The National Weather Service had forecast that temperatures would be more than 20 degrees below normal across the Northeast, with wind ...

Plumley to leave Adirondack Wild, will start private consultancy

Dan Plumley, one of the founding members of the green group Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve, announced last week that he will leave the group to form a new consultancy firm with an eye on more international conservation work. “Dan Plumley has been a tireless advocate for ...

Snowmobiler ID’d in Great Sacandaga Lake fatal crash

BROADALBIN — A Dutchess County man, Steven Page, was killed in a snowmobile accident Friday night on the Great Sacandaga Lake after striking a pressure ridge. Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino said Page had just bought a new snowmobile and took it out for his first time on Friday ...

Wind chill atop Whiteface hits bone-chilling cold

WILMINGTON — The temperature atop the state’s fifth highest peak hit 31 degrees below zero Fahrenheit early Monday morning, and with a steady breeze, the wind chill reached a bone-chilling 77.9 degrees below zero. The University at Albany’s Atmospheric Research Center measures ...

N.Y. to review spending on environmental protection

ALBANY (AP) — New York state lawmakers are kicking off their budget work for the year by examining state spending on environmental protection. The Assembly and Senate have scheduled a joint budget hearing on Wednesday to examine funding for programs relating to water quality, land ...

TNC survey takes pulse of voters

A bipartisan sample of likely 2020 New York voters said in a recent survey that climate change is not only happening, but that the state should take concrete steps to address it. The New York state office of The Nature Conservancy commissioned a survey late last year that found a ...

It’s time for macho hunters to make room

Although the allure of outdoor adventure travel will likely never again attain the popularity it once enjoyed during the backpacking boom of the 1970s, the outdoor industry remains vibrant and uniquely resilient. In addition to such traditional markets as biking, hiking, boating, fishing and ...

NY Conservation Voters group releases agenda

The New York League of Conservation Voters recently released its 2019 statewide agenda, and while some of the items relate to traffic around New York City, many of the items would affect the environment all around the Empire State. “The 2019 New York State Policy Agenda will drive our ...

Santanoni events only today

ALBANY — Due to the forecasted heavy snow on Sunday, and the below-zero temperatures and high winds on Monday, this weekend’s Camp Santanoni Winter Weekend event will be limited to today only, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced on Friday. The event has been ...

DEC warns of avalanche danger

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is warning skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers and backcountry users of an elevated risk of avalanche danger in the High Peaks due to current conditions and the likelihood of more snow this weekend. "Due to current snow depths and conditions, ...

Mountainfest to take place this weekend

KEENE VALLEY — The Mountaineer gear store and Adirondack Rock and River in Keene Valley will host the 23rd annual Mountainfest this weekend, with presentations, gear sales and courses on ice and slide climbing, avalanche safety and snowshoeing. The events kick off Friday night with a ...

Mountaineering Festival brings climbing stars to town

KEENE VALLEY — The Mountaineer and Adirondack Rock and River will host the 23rd annual Adirondack International Mountaineering Festival from Friday, Jan. 18 to Monday, Jan. 21. There are limited spaces available for the two clinics: Snowshoe Adventure and Climb a Slide. If anyone is ...

Gov. would keep staffing flat at most state agencies in the Adirondacks

Except for prison hiring, staffing levels wouldn’t change much at state agencies especially active in the Adirondacks, if Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive branch budget passes through the Legislature unchanged. The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision would add 153 staff ...

Rangers help snowmobilers, hiker

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers helped several snowmobilers last week, as well as a hiker who got lost in whiteout conditions. --- Town of North Elba On Tuesday, Jan. 8, a 26-year-old Rochester woman called for assistance when she lost the trail while ...

Troopers find Pa. teen who left for Adirondacks

New York State Police found a 17-year-old from southeastern Pennsylvania Monday night, a day after he left home and told his parents he was in the Adirondack Mountains to camp and didn’t want to be found. Stephen Fiorenza’s mother had seen him around 10 p.m. Sunday night at the family ...

Police: Pennsylvania teen runs away to Adirondacks

Police in southeastern Pennsylvania are looking for a 17-year-old who left home and told his parents he is in the Adirondack Mountains to camp and doesn’t want to be found. Stephen C. Fiorenza’s mother last saw him around 10 p.m. Sunday night at the family home in the York, Pennsylvania, ...

Comprehensive look at an Adirondack icon

SARANAC LAKE — It all started in Saranac Lake, at what many consider to be the first hotel in the interior of the Adirondacks built to cater to the rich and playful. And out of that one hotel, an Adirondack legend was born. “The Adirondack Guideboat,” by Stephen B. Sulavik, with ...

Man slips on ice, dislocates wife’s elbow

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers responded to a request for help on Bald Mountain in the town of Webb this past Friday after a man slipped on ice and slammed into his 57-year-old wife, causing her to fall and dislocate her left elbow. Rangers, environmental ...

State opening great camp again for 3 weekends

ALBANY (AP) — A trio of winter weekend events will be held for the sixth straight year at Camp Santanoni in the Adirondack Mountains. Cross-country skiers and snowshoers will have access to the historic camp properties located in the town of Newcomb in Essex County. They’ll be able to ...