Outdoors

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 ...

Skiing and chuckling all the way

SARANAC LAKE - It all started when Joe Pete Wilson was a kid. His parents worked and lived in Lake Placid, where he was born, but they bought a farm in Keene when he was still a young'un.There was a sugarbush at the farm, and there was no way to use skis when collecting the heavy buckets of ...

Hut-to-hut plan moves forward

PAUL SMITHS - Trouble is brewing in the snow-whipped White Mountains of New Hampshire over the proposed location of a new hut that the Appalachian Mountain Club wants to build.It has been about five decades since AMC built a hut in the White Mountains, but this new one is stirring controversy ...

Hardwater a source of fun, and sometimes cash

Finally it appears that winter has fully engulfed the Adirondacks. With temperatures well below zero, the lake ice can be heard moaning and groaning late into the night.Skiers have taken to the trails, where they've been tracking up the glades and the backcountry slides. Ice climbers can be ...

Man drowns after falling into Schroon Lake on snowshoes

SCHROON LAKE - A 66-year-old man was found dead after he snowshoed out onto Schroon Lake and fell into water that wasn't frozen, according to state police.Edward Vandercar of Schroon Lake was reported missing to state police in Schroon Lake on Wednesday. A search began involving police, forest ...

Man drowns after falling into Schroon Lake on snowshoes

SCHROON LAKE - A 66-year-old man was found dead after he snowshoed out onto Schroon Lake and fell into water that wasn't frozen, according to the New York State Police.Edward Vandercar of Schroon Lake was reported missing to state police in Schroon Lake on Wednesday. A search began involving ...