Outdoors

Late-leaving loons rescued

Local loon rescuers have been busy this winter, despite the fact that most of the waterfowl are typically gone from the area by the beginning of January.With the late onset of ice and snow, rescuers were forced to help five loons in just the first week of January."It was a cold and very busy ...

DEC: Ice climber survives 100-foot fall

KEENE - An ice climber was seriously injured but survived a 100-foot fall off an Adirondack mountain, one of two climbers rescued by state Department of Environmental Conservation personnel in separate incidents on Saturday.The 40-year-old man from Stanford, Connecticut, was climbing a route on ...

Car sharing provides cheap trips for skiers, snowboarders

LAKE PLACID - Thanks to a new online car-sharing service dubbed Shredshare, Kim Dumo and a group of avid New York City area snowboarders escaped the blizzard and found their way to Whiteface Mountain for the first time this weekend.The group stayed at the Prague Inn in Lake Placid and had two ...

Late-leaving loons rescued from encroaching ice

RAY BROOK - Local loon rescuers have been kept busy this winter, despite the fact that most loons are typically gone from the area by the beginning of January.With the late onset of ice and snow, rescuers were forced to help five loons in just the first week of January."It was a cold and very ...

Mountain climber works to cure blind

KEENE VALLEY - Geoff Tabin is the kind of guy that most people wouldn't give a second thought to if they saw him on the street or in the airport. Medium height, medium build, nothing remarkable about the man at all.But in some places of the world, Tabin is greeted as a savior and hero. The work ...

Like father, like son: An outdoor life on the ice

A passing cold front finally produced a taste of the winter season all across the region, and there is now skiable snow cover in the woods and on the safe ice covering the lakes and ponds.Although I'm still cautious crossing rivers or streams, there's now 4 to 6 inches of good solid black ice ...

Flurry of activity on Mirror Lake

LAKE PLACID - A couple dozen people gathered atop 8 inches of Mirror Lake ice Friday afternoon outside the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, skating for the first time this season.It was a welcome scene for village businesses, residents and visitors after a late start to winter freezing.The village ...

Going to bat for bats

The northern long-eared bat was once a common sight in Adirondack evening skies, but it has become far less so in the last several years. A fungal infection called white-nose syndrome has decimated the bats' population.The federal Fish and Wildlife Service officially listed the northern ...

Moose tracks — Not just a type of ice cream

RAY BROOK - Ed Reed doesn't want to say how many moose there are in the Adirondacks - not because he's trying to keep it a secret, but the state Department of Environmental Conservation doesn't know how many moose reside here.Reed is the regional wildlife manager for DEC Region 5 and is working ...

Safety in the snow

KEENE - Chuck Boyd at first seemed a little uncomfortable in front of a group of strangers, but as he got talking about skiing and snow and mountains and backcountry travel, he warmed up and soon was rolling along, sharing tales and knowledge about the backcountry that can only be acquired ...

Ice a no-show so far for Lake George’s winter festival

LAKE GEORGE (AP) - A lack of ice is threatening to put a damper on some of the popular outdoor events held on an Adirondack lake during February weekends.Lake George's south basin remains unfrozen with the opening weekend of the four-weekend Winter Carnival a little more than two weeks away. ...

East Coast, Ohio Valley brace for possible big snowstorm

WASHINGTON - Tens of millions of Americans from Washington to Boston and the Ohio Valley could be walloped by an end-of-the-week snowstorm, meteorologists say.Although it's still early, computer forecast models all see a windy, strong slow-moving storm. The big questions are where and how ...

Loon center moves forward downtown

SARANAC LAKE - The proposed Adirondack Loon Center has found a home downtown.Nina Schoch, who runs the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation, says she's partnering with Adirondack Trails and Lodging to share space in the Madden's building on Main Street between Rice Furniture and Saranac Lake ...

Emergency responders train on the ice, provide safety tips

SARANAC LAKE - When a dog or a person falls through the ice, emergency responders say not to go out on the ice to rescue them, but to call the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department.On Sunday, volunteers took to the ice on Lake Colby to perform cold-water rescue exercises with the Saranac Lake ...

Hannaford Helps reusable bags benefit humane society

SARANAC LAKE - The Tri-Lakes Humane Society hopes to raise donations through sales of the blue Hannaford Helps reusable bags.The program was designed to create significant revenue streams for local nonprofits like the Tri-Lakes Humane Society.For every Hannaford Helps reusable bag purchased at ...

DEC has new fisher management plan

The state Department of Environmental Conservation released its new plan to manage one of New York's most famous predators, and the plan sets out some major changes in the way DEC will manage the fisher population over the next decade.Taking into account fisher population trends across the ...

Outdoorswomen have come a long way in a short time

After leafing through a pile of old Forest and Stream magazines from the 1890s, I stumbled upon a commentary titled "Woman Out of Doors." The article was focused on outdoor activities and particularly on whether such pursuits were deemed suitable for women.While such topics are no longer ...

Lake Placid trail map project takes next step

LAKE PLACID - For the second straight year, Cornell University and this community are working together on a local trail map, and this time it could produce a first-of-its-kind consumer map to eventually be used by residents and visitors.After three Cornell graduate students worked on a ...