Outdoors

Climber hurt in fall on Pitchoff

KEENE - A climber suffered serious injuries while rock climbing on Pitchoff Mountain between Keene and Lake Placid before 4 p.m. Monday, May 23.Essex County 911 notified Department of Environmental Conservation dispatch in Ray Brook that there had been a climbing accident on the "Roaches on the ...

Hut-to-hut plan moves forward

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has released a concept plan for a hut-to-hut system in the Five Towns area of the central Adirondacks: Newcomb, Long Lake, Indian Lake, Minerva and North Hudson.The plan was developed by Leading EDGE of Saranac Lake and had been requested by ...

DEC seeks help in finding missing hunter

BRANT LAKE - State Department of Environmental Conservation officials are asking the public to keep an eye out for clues to the whereabouts of a hunter missing since last November.Thomas Messick was hunting with a group near Brant Lake when he was last seen on Nov. 15. Despite a two-month long ...

Addressing Adirondack ‘poop problem’

WILMINGTON (AP) - A community group is addressing what it calls a "poop problem" in the Adirondacks by providing portable toilets at popular trailheads in the High Peaks region.The Ausable River Association says it has been organizing the placement of porta-potties along the river for six years ...

Fishing championships coming to area

SARANAC LAKE - The Tri-Lakes is home to many championship competitions, like the Empire State Games, luge, bobsled and the upcoming snowshoe race next winter. But another championship is heading our way next week in the form of the U.S. National Fly Fishing Championships.The fly fishing ...

The woods is where to find the goods

While the stereotypical image of an angler is often framed by the sight of Joe Sixpack sitting patiently in a boat waiting for a bite, the actual portrait is far different.Anglers contribute to the environment in numerous ways. They pay fees for licensing and excise taxes on all fishing ...

Highs, lows and in-betweens

ST. HUBERTS - Our friend Maggie had just slid a good 25 feet down Giant Mountain, gravity pulling her through snowy branches and stone-cold tree limbs before she came to a smack of a stop well off the trail.Her fall probably took fewer than two seconds, a spill from the icy switchback where I ...

House lots to ski trails?

SARANAC LAKE -The town of Harrietstown wants to buy a string of properties taken by Franklin County for unpaid taxes and add them to the acreage of the neighboring town-owned Dewey Mountain Recreation Center.If it happens, the roughly 70-acre cross-country ski, snowshoe and mountain bike center ...

Trail run returns for 12th year

KEENE VALLEY - The Mountaineer gear store in Keene Valley will host the 12th annual Great Adirondack Trail Run on June 11 in Keene Valley. The run is a fundraiser for the Ausable and Boquet River Associations.There are two events that day, an 11.5-mile strenuous run up Hopkins Mountain and a ...

Another busy week for local rangers

State forest rangers were engaged in numerous rescues around the Adirondacks this past week.---Town of Indian LakeHamilton County sheriffs contacted Department of Environmental Conservation dispatch in Ray Brook Sunday, May 15 after a call from a 34-year-old man was dropped while he reported ...

APA accepting comments on Wilmington trail plan

RAY BROOK - The state Adirondack Park Agency announced that it will accept public comments on a proposed amendment to the Wilmington Wild Forest Unit Management Plan from now through June 10.The plan would add about 6 miles of trails to the 17,000-acre forest and would also reroute some of the ...

A quiet paddle with uncle Brad

We didn't see the first loon of the day until we were on our second pond. It was off in the distance, too far away to get good pictures of. But so were the only other people on the pond, and even though we could see their small canoes, they were far enough away that none of their sounds hit our ...

Wild Bill connects fishing legend to descendant

Rueben Woods, a portly, old sporting goods salesman from Syracuse, had bested the finest European and British fly casters at the World Casting Championships.His accomplishments at the 1898 World Championships that were hosted in London, was a political/sporting feat comparable to the Miracle on ...

Railroad group’s facts aren’t always on track

Shortly after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday that the state is going through with a plan that would remove train tracks between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake, the Adirondack Rail Preservation Society released a statement announcing that it had filed a lawsuit in April against the state ...

Land trust raises money to buy iconic Harrietstown vista

SARANAC LAKE - The sun rises over Whiteface Mountain in the distance. A low fog hovers over the Bloomingdale Bog. And an old cemetery sits quietly to the side.One of the most iconic views in the Tri-Lakes area belongs to an old farm that few people know the name of. But most locals, and plenty ...

Adirondack state campgrounds open for summer

ALBANY - State campgrounds in the Adirondack and Catskill parks officially opened Friday for the summer season.The state Department of Environmental Conservation operates 52 campgrounds and six day-use areas in the Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserves. The summer camping season runs through ...

Former Camp Gabriels prison: ‘Forever wild’ exempt?

MALONE - Franklin County legislators want to amend the state constitution to ease the sale of the former Camp Gabriels prison.Legislators approved a resolution Thursday calling for a statewide referendum that, if approved, would exempt the 92-acre prison property in the town of Brighton from ...

Governor green-lights rail-trail plan

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced $23 million in funding for a plan to split the state-owned Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor into one section for trains and another for a trail.Tracks are to be removed and replaced with a multi-use trail on the 34 miles between Lake Placid and Tupper ...