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Outdoors

Runners show mettle in 6er Relay

SARANAC LAKE — Seventeen teams, 12 hours and six mountains. Saturday marked the third Saranac Lake 6er Relay. It was a day of running, tribal dances and the occasional upchuck. Each participant goes up one of six mountains. At the top is a hole punch, so you can prove you ...

I got lost on Baker and all I got was this lousy story

SARANAC LAKE — I’ve hiked Baker Mountain before but never in the dark. It was 6 a.m., and I had 2,457 feet of Blue Line beauty in front of me. Sure, the moon was still high in the sky, but a layer of clouds blocked most of its light. Thankfully, my teammate Justin Simcox let me borrow ...

Lost Pacific Crest Trail hiker rescued in snowstorm

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Robert Campbell was thoroughly soaked, shivering, his wet sleeping bag covering him in the only shelter he could find — a pit toilet in a closed campground — after getting lost in a snowstorm in Oregon while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Campbell was saved on ...

Planting and prepping in the fall

SARANAC LAKE — With a couple of frosts under our belts, the home garden is probably pretty much done in terms of tomatoes and lettuce. While some cold weather crops may still be going strong, there’s no shortage of work that can be done to get the garden ready for next ...

Forked Lake, from the boat launches

Forked Lake is one of the more popular lakes in Hamilton County and with a state campground on the eastern end of the lake, you will find it to be very busy, especially on weekends. Some camping areas are drive-up sites, but many are located slightly off the beaten path where you will ...

APA, DEC taking comments on Blue Mountain Lake boat wash

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency and Department of Environmental Conservation announced a joint comment period on an amendment to the Blue Mountain Lake Wild Forest that would permanently allow a boat wash station to remain in place. The boat wash station, which has been in ...

New ‘Trail Supporter’ patch available

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is encouraging people to purchase a new, yellow “Trail Supporter” patch to support the cost of trail improvement projects. The patches cost $5 and are available at all fishing and hunting license retailers, as well as online. The ...

‘This weekend we were prepared’

KEENE VALLEY — The Columbus Day and Canadian Thanksgiving holiday weekend brought a now-familiar scene to this hamlet. On Saturday and Sunday, hikers walked in packs along Route 73 as cars sped past. Trailhead parking lots overflowed, and vehicles were parked illegally at the ...

Stefanik: Feds should enforce air pollution Good Neighbor rule

KINGSBURY — A rule in the Clean Air Act that keeps states from polluting their neighbors should be enforced, said U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, in a press briefing Friday at the Kingsbury Volunteer Fire Department. Called the Good Neighbor rule, the provision allows the U.S. Environmental ...

Tarzanian trip to Tomany’s dismantled fire tower

Corenne and I have this unique quest to climb all the fire tower peaks in the Adirondacks, even if the fire tower has been removed. This unusual vision brought us to the Arietta region of Hamilton County on a trek that would gain us the summit of Tomany Mountain, with an added adventure of ...

DEC stresses safety this hunting season

SARANAC LAKE — The fall hunting season is upon us, as several early hunting seasons have already begun in the state’s Northern Zone, while regular hunting season starts later this month for big game. In the Northern Zone, which covers the Adirondack Park and Champlain and St. ...

DEC pitches primitive campsite changes

LAKE CLEAR — Members of the state Adirondack Park Agency board ventured away from agency headquarters Thursday afternoon for a field trip to look at how the state Department of Environmental Conservation evaluates primitive campsites. The APA board, along with DEC and APA staff and a ...

APA addresses subdivision, boat wash, utility poles, rail trail

RAY BROOK — At the second day of its regular monthly meeting on Friday, the state Adirondack Park Agency board approved a subdivision in Black Brook, a comment period for a boat wash and a general permit for the replacement of utility poles. The agency board also learned that a state ...

Keene supervisor: Holiday weekend hikers should do research

KEENE — Last weekend was unexpectedly the town of Keene’s busiest of the year for hikers. “It was just a tremendous number of visitors,” said town Supervisor Joe Pete Wilson Jr., who, along with Deputy Supervisor Bob Biesemeyer and Councilor Teresa Cheetham-Palen, spent all day ...

Rangers take part in multiple cliff rescues in the past week

RAY BROOK — In addition to the state forest ranger rescue incidents reported in Wednesday’s Enterprise, here are more that rangers responded to this past week in the Adirondacks. These included two rope rescues from cliffs in the Old Forge area, plus a high-angle rope rescue reported ...

Acid rain consensus cloudy

Last week the Adirondack Council issued a statement on acid rain in the Adirondacks, linking increasing pollution from Midwest power plants to a rise in the acidity of clouds here and saying, “It is troubling to see acid rain re-emerge as a threat to the Adirondack Park.” The ...

Keene puts together plan for holiday hiker response

KEENE — A wave of hiker traffic in the High Peaks this past weekend taxed local resources, putting this town on high alert as the holiday weekend approaches. At their town council meeting Tuesday, Keene officials pieced together a plan to accommodate High Peaks visitors during the ...

Latest court ruling leaves Cedar River bridge project in limbo

A state Supreme Court judge continued to put the brakes on the state’s plan to build a bridge over the Cedar River, which would connect Indian Lake and Minerva. Judge Robert Muller issued a stay and a preliminary injunction on Tuesday, in the pending case against the state Department of ...