Adirondack Gadabout (outdoors), by Joe Hackett

Risk-taking clearly has its limitations

As youngster, l was an avid risk-taker. I rarely turned down an opportunity to take on a dare. I viewed the outdoors as one big, wild obstacle course, where the waters were always deeper, the mountains always steeper, the ice thinner and my mind forever filled with thoughts of what was going on ...

Enjoy the arrival of an Adirondack spring while it lasts

With the arrival of the Strawberry Moon looming on the near horizon, fish and game will be on the move. Wildflowers will continue to brighten-up the otherwise dark evergreen forests, and the bogs as well. Anglers, paddlers and like-minded outdoor travelers have been enjoying what has ...

A busman’s holiday on the water

It is a prime time to be on the water. Last week, l actually took a day off from my busy spring fishing season ... to go fishing. It was truly a “busman’s holiday,” as l had a couple of old friends along for company. Fortunately, they were along for the ride as well. We managed to pack ...

Ticked off, but hopefully it was just an anomaly

As a result of my chosen occupation, l tend to spend a fair share of time outside — hiking, paddling, fishing or simply enjoying the outdoors. Despite the many natural and man-made threats that outdoor travels may present — everything from foul weather, foul mouths and unruly kids to ...

Lynn Malerba: Leader, guide, athlete and a dear friend

As much as anyone l know, my friend Lynn Malerba loved the woods. She grew up in an outdoor family of guides, hunters and anglers. It was a natural fit that she would eventually continue to carry on the family tradition. After retiring from her career as a physical educator, she took on a ...

Next steps as recreation economy booms

Following one last winter storm, many local communities had to deal with blackouts and flood waters. The heavy snow and winds also downed trees and broke limbs, leaving many local trails impassible. The extent of the damage was evident as anglers and paddlers took to the waters last ...

Winter hangs on for another weekend

Following another late-winter storm, the local communities were still digging out earlier this week. The heavy snow downed trees and broke limbs, leaving many local trails impassible. The extent of the damage will soon become evident as anglers take to the woods following ice-out, which ...

International intrigue with a touch of Irish luck

During my college career I was fortunate to have an opportunity to study abroad on an exchange program through Plattsburgh State. The year was 1976 and the cooperating school was Chester College, a small institution known for its School of Outdoor Pursuits and Physical Education. The ...

Patience pays in times like these

Judging by the depth of the snowpack remaining in the local woods, it may be a while before anglers have an opportunity to hit the lakes and ponds. I expect the lakes ponds will remain socked in with ice until warm weather and a bright sun combine to finally chase the winter away. As ...

Find the right balance when fishing with kids

If there is one single piece of advice l would offer to parents who want to introduce their kids to fishing, it would be to leave their own rods at home, at least for the first few outings. The experience should be all about the child, and their natural surroundings. Trust me, they will ...

Rebirth, renewal and a few ‘woodsisms’

While winter weather will remain in command of the local landscape, there has been a slow but sure warming trend in the forecast. Although winter conditions will likely remain intact in the upper elevations, spring will burst first in the valleys as mud season gives way to the annual ...

Falconry remains intact on the bucket list

It appears winter is getting ready to throw in the towel following one last cold snap. While the lakes and ponds retain their winter hard cover, it appears fair weather is on the way. All the signs are in the air, with the spring migration of birds of all sorts, high water on the rivers ...

Dreaming of an early ice-out with ski poles in hand

Although there’s currently more than two feet of snow in the deep woods, and a thick layer of black ice covering the local lakes and ponds, it’s time to think ahead. While the trout season does not open until April Fools’ Day, it will continue to attract plenty of April fools. ...

Risks beyond our control and comprehension

“There are the times when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.” — George Carlin - The above quotation comes from the late George Carlin, a comedian who had a knack for explaining the unexplainable. The country really needs a good laugh in such times as we are in right ...

Take your time during winter travel

As I work to finish up this week’s column, the warm sun and a cloudless sky have combined to create a bluebird day. It’s already sunburn season, and yet the local snowpack has remained surprisingly intact. As has been my habit of late, I was out skiing with the rising sun again this ...

Cheers, tears and hear-hears after Boreas classification

Snow conditions have been nearly ideal for skiing and snowshoeing, even though plummeting temperatures and mind-chilling windchills have made long jaunts more challenging than usual. However, I prefer snow and ice to rain and slush. Once you’ve learned how to thoroughly enjoy snow, ice ...

Tread lightly: Ice thickness can be deceptive

I’ve been enjoying some of the season’s best ski conditions in recent days. The deep woods currently retain a deep, firm snowpack that allows skiers and or snowshoers to go just about anywhere. While the bulletproof base makes for fast travel, there is still enough powder to slow down ...

Bathing in nature’s sights, sounds and smells

It is likely to be a bit cool for bathing in the local forests at this time of year, especially if the skinny red snake in the thermometer remains curled up in the bulb like a snoozing cobra. However, such was the case as I headed off to visit a secluded parcel of private land with a ...

When Frontier Town builds it, they will come

As the winter weather continues to take hold of the land, the recent cold snap served to deliver an echo from the past. Frigid temperatures provided locals and visitors alike with a taste of the arctic in the Adirondacks. As if we needed it. The cold snap solidified an ice cap on most of the ...

Nature therapy as old as mankind itself

The Barkeaters, who originally ranged across the Adirondack region and throughout New England, had a widely varied diet that was adjusted according to the season to take advantage of annual migrations and breeding seasons. Their diets typically included a mix of berries, tubers, fruit and ...