Outdoors

From bridge to bridge on Two Bridge Brook

I’ve driven over the little bridge on Oregon Plains Road thousands of times. And while I’ve stopped there to fish a few times, I’ve never gone and paddled Sumner Brook. So with a strong enough breeze to keep the bugs down earlier this week, I put my kayak in near the bridge and began ...

Energetic newcomer mourned after fatal accident

LAKE PLACID — An accidental fall that claimed the life of Garsevan Bekauri, 23, is believed to have occurred on Monday evening, two days before another hiker found him dead at the bottom of a waterfall. Essex County Coroner Frank Whitelaw said Bekauri died within seconds of falling, ...

St. Lawrence River named best bass fishery in the U.S.

MASSENA — When it comes to best bass fisheries, the St. Lawrence River is tops in the nation, according to Bassmaster Magazine. The magazine announced Monday that, for the first time ever, the St. Lawrence River earned the top spot in the nation in its 2019 rankings. “Over the past ...

Enthusiastic Lake Placid newcomer mourned after fatal waterfall accident

LAKE PLACID — An accidental fall that claimed the life of Garsevan Bekauri, 23, is believed to have occurred on Monday evening, two days before another hiker found him dead at the bottom of a waterfall. Essex County Coroner Frank Whitelaw said Bekauri died within seconds of falling, ...

Court: All trees are timber, not just big ones

An appeals court on Wednesday reversed the 2017 decision of a lower branch of the state Supreme Court, ruling that the state cutting trees to construct snowmobile connector trails in the Forest Preserve is not constitutional. A key portion of the decision was based on the definition of ...

Hiker found dead at waterfall

KEENE — A 23-year-old man died Wednesday after a fall from Cascade Falls in the town of Keene. Garsevan Bekauri, of Lake Placid and formerly of Geneva, was found dead Wednesday evening by a passing hiker, according to Essex County Coroner Frank Whitelaw. Whitelaw said it appears Bekauri ...

Ride for the River returns with another day of activities

WILMINGTON — The Ausable River Association and Cycle Adirondacks have announced the eighth annual Ride for the River set for Sunday, July 21. The family-friendly event is a fully supported road cycling tour featuring four distance options, all showcasing the AuSable River ...

Hiker dies of apparent fall from Cascade Mountain waterfall

KEENE — A 23-year-old man died Wednesday after a fall from Cascade Falls in the town of Keene. Garsevan Bekauri, of Lake Placid and formerly of Geneva, was found dead Wednesday evening by a passing hiker, according to Essex County Coroner Frank Whitelaw. Whitelaw said it appears Bekauri ...

DEC will study trailhead transit

ELIZABETHTOWN — The state Department of Environmental Conservation is in the early stages of commissioning a transit study of state Route 73, due to pressure from hikers and climbers parking at the road’s popular trailheads. The study will look at whether there’s a need for hiker ...

‘Frontcountry stewards’ will greet hikers on Rt. 73 in Keene

KEENE — The town of Keene, the Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute and the Paul Smith’s College adventure guides are providing information and education to hikers through a new “Frontcountry steward” program. These stewards will be positioned at popular ...

New challenge pairs hiking with local beer

LAKE PLACID — The Adirondacks have become the world’s leader in hiking challenges, but the latest one is still sure to bring a smile to plenty of people’s faces. The ADK6Pack requires hikers to scale six different mountains within the Blue Line and then visit a locally owned brewery ...

High Peaks by water

LAKE PLACID — As hiking season heats up and parking lots begin to fill earlier and earlier, the High Peaks — with all their allure — may best be avoided during the summer crush. But there’s another way to enjoy the Adirondacks’ most popular wilderness, and that’s by ...

Bear Mountain to Burnt Rock on a steamy day

It’s inspiring to visit an area that you have not fully explored. This is what drives you. As mountains go, I can’t claim that the Cranberry Lake Wild Forest has tall-peaked summits, or wide expansive views from their tops, but they do create the foothills of the Adirondacks. On ...

New Frontier Town Campground opens today

NORTH HUDSON — The new Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian and Day Use Area opens for the season today. State officials celebrated the completion of construction at the site Wednesday. Located at the site of the former Frontier Town amusement park, which shuttered its doors in the late ...

DEC issues final management plan for Saranac Lake Wild Forest

RAY BROOK — The state Department of Environmental Conservation has finalized its plan for about 75,000 acres in and around the Tri-Lakes area after nearly two decades in the works. The unit management plan for the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest includes dozens of miles of new trails, the ...

Concern mounts as APA faces year without full board

RAY BROOK — The state Senate session ended last week with four nominees to the state Adirondack Park Agency board left in limbo, and while local government and environmental groups remain at odds, everyone seems to agree that the APA needs a full collection of board members. The APA board ...

Bathrooms coming to boat launch

SARANAC LAKE — A pause in Tuesday’s gray drizzle allowed for the announcement that a bathroom will be built at the Lake Flower Boat Launch and that the Lake Flower remediation project is complete. For many years village officials have been asking the state Department of Environmental ...