Outdoors

Hot summer creates lightning danger

Don't believe the old adage that says, "lightning never strikes the same place twice."According to the Empire State Building website, one of the most iconic buildings in the world is hit by lightning nearly two dozen times each year. And that's just one building, surrounded by taller ...

In the woods and on the podium

Apparently, last week's column touched a nerve among a variety of woods travelers. The story touched on how much is too much in terms of overuse of the local woods and waters.While several readers claimed they had not seen "any obvious overload" on the trails, others claimed that "the trails ...

Climb 2020

KEENE - In four years at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, atop the podium for the first time will be a rock climber.The inclusion of sport climbing - a form of rock climbing - at the Olympics is seen as a breakthrough for the sport to many. Medals will be awarded via a combined point system of three ...

Natural death for hiker

The cause of death for a 43-year-old hiker from western New York was determined to be natural in an autopsy performed at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake this morning.Essex County coroner Frank Whitelaw said Michael Sawyer of Geneseo, who collapsed and died while descending a trail on ...

Different court again halts DEC tree cutting for snowmobile trail

A justice from the Appellate Division of the state court system has halted tree cutting by the state Department of Environmental Conservation for another 10 days at least.Protect the Adirondacks had filed a lawsuit against the DEC for tree cutting that was occurring on a community connector ...

Hiker who died on Cascade identified as Geneseo man

LAKE PLACID - A 43-year-old man from western New York died while hiking on Cascade Mountain Thursday morning.Essex County Cornoner Frank Whitelaw identified the man this morning as Michael Sawyer of Geneseo.Whitelaw said Sawyer climbed to the mountain's summit with his wife and was descending ...

Great South Woods proposal submitted

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced this week that a proposal to improve recreation on about 20 million acres of land is moving forward.The proposal, which was put together by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, highlights recreational opportunities ...

Wilmington Wild Forest UMP OK’d

WILMINGTON - State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos has formally approved a plan that amends the Wilmington Wild Forest Unit Management Plan.The amendment called for several miles of new trails, rerouting of some existing trails to limit erosion and ...

Bids sought to run aquatic invasive species program

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking bids to run boat washes and decontamination stations throughout the Adirondack Park to help prevent the spread and introduction of aquatic invasive species.It's called the the Adirondack Park Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Spread ...

Unidentified man dies on Cascade Mountain trail

LAKE PLACID - A 43-year-old man died while hiking a Cascade Mountain trail this morning.Essex County 911 received a phone call informing them that the man had collapsed while ascending the trail. State police, equipped with an automated external defibrillator, responded along with fire and ...

#ClimbIt4Climate raises nearly $30K

It's been two weeks of tremendous ups and downs for Bethany Garretson.The professor at Paul Smith's College is on pace to finish this Friday a 14-day hike of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks originally measured as more than 4,000 feet above sea level, part of the Climb it 4 Climate fundraiser.The ...

DEC warns of nuisance bear

SARANAC LAKE - The state Department of Environmental Conservation is warning village residents to be on the lookout for a bear that has been causing considerable problems for homeowners.The bear has been raiding garbage cans and bird feeders in the southeast part of the village, roughly from ...

Judge lets DEC resume work on trail

ALBANY (AP) - New York environmental officials say a court has cleared them to resume work on an Adirondack snowmobile trail.The state Department of Environmental Conservation says a trial court judge has denied a motion for a preliminary injunction against a multi-use trail connecting Newcomb, ...

DEC asks anglers to take it easy on cold-water species

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is asking anglers to take care with cold-water fish as water temperatures rise due to heat and lack of rain.The DEC says that cold-water species such as trout and salmon require cold water to survive, and with lake temperatures rising, the ...

Off to camp

SARANAC LAKE - "Best. Week. Ever!" shouted Eric Johnston Jr. with his hands stretched well over his head."I'm friends with literally everyone in my cabin," he added enthusiastically. Johnston, a 12-year-old from Albany, said that hiking Haystack Mountain in Ray Brook and doing an overnight ...

Class of 46 reunion

Two Paul Smith's College alumni almost didn't hike the High Peaks this summer, and it all came down to a judge's decision to disallow the renaming of the college."We were going to boycott the reunion if the name change went through," laughed Jeremy Marble and Mike LeMay. The college hosts a ...

How much is too much on the trail?

Although I owned a pair of Dunham "waffle stompers" back in the 1970s (which was over a century ago), my favorite hiking boots were a pair of Converse high top Chuckie D sneakers. While they didn't provide the best traction or ankle support, they were lightweight, great on the rocks and they ...

APA, DEC seek comment on ski trail reroute

RAY BROOK - The state Adirondack Park Agency voted to approve a Department of Environmental Conservation plan to reroute two trails at Mount Van Hoevenberg at the agency's regular meeting Friday morning. The two agencies will now go to the public with a simultaneous comment period on the ...