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In the woods and on the podium

August 17, 2016 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 water. more »»

Chute is history

August 11, 2016 LAKE PLACID — Employees from Harlow Excavating & Contracting were busy this week dismantling the unsafe municipal toboggan chute on Parkside Drive, which had been in use on the site for more than 50... more »»

GIVING BACK: Peak to Brew Relay to help benefit local nonprofit groups

August 11, 2016 WILMINGTON — It’s here, more than 4,800 feet above sea level at the top of Whiteface Mountain where a 230-plus mile team relay race will begins at 4 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12. more »»

PSC alumni reunite to climb 46

August 10, 2016 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. more »»

How much is too much on the trail?

August 10, 2016 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. more »»

Camp Colby mansion has gone from grandeur to an unused backdrop

August 9, 2016 SARANAC LAKE — The state Department of Environmental Conservation has a history of acquiring old great camps. Some of those go on to be sold back into private hands. more »»

How to get involved with backyard science

August 3, 2016 Citizen science is a growing field of study, and while the scientists may be the ones studying the hard numbers, normal citizens have become an increasingly important part of many studies. more »»

Overcoming summer doldrums on a backwoods brook

August 3, 2016 As the dog days of summer descend upon the mountain scene, it’s time for ethical anglers to consider the impact of their adventures. more »»

Lake Placid Land Conservancy hosts symposium

July 29, 2016 LAKE PLACID — “Protection isn’t going to be measured by the yard; it’s going to be measured by the inch,” Rocci Aguirre of the Adirondack Council said. more »»

Dog days of summer bring cicadas

July 27, 2016 From the northwest corner of a brand new crescent moon, crickets and cicadas sing a rare and different tune,” goes the Grateful Dead song Terrapin Statio. more »»

Work continues on St. Regis fire tower

July 27, 2016 PAUL SMITHS — A nonprofit group continues to rehabilitate the nearly 100-year-old fire tower that sits atop one of the area’s most popular hikes. Last week, Friends of St. more »»

A new take on the good old outdoors

July 27, 2016 Last week, I devoted this column space to the traditional Scandinavian concept of friluftsliv, which promotes outdoor recreation to provide positive benefits for both the land and healthy people who... more »»

Study: Mirror Lake salt, sand levels higher than expected

July 21, 2016 LAKE PLACID — The AuSable River Association was surprised to find high concentrations of road salt and suspended solids such as sand in unexpected locations along the southeast shore of Mirror Lake,... more »»

Zip line coming to Lake Placid

July 21, 2016 LAKE PLACID — For all the years Jen Jubin has spent at her family’s Cascade Cross Country Ski Center, she’s never been up in one of the ground’s trees. more »»

52-peak challenge for a cause

July 20, 2016 Neil Luckhurst is no stranger to hiking in the Adirondacks and has done multiple single-season assaults on the 46 High Peaks. He has even bushwhacked all of them to. more »»

Friluftsliv is alive and well in the Adirondacks

July 20, 2016 Recognizing the human need for a comfortable coexistence in the outdoors is an example of what the concept of “friluftsliv” has to offer. more »»

Rangers provide invaluable public service

July 13, 2016 Each and every week, you can read in this paper about state forest rangers rescuing lost people or providing backcountry medical care to hikers with broken ankles. more »»

Cooking up an appetite with tasty camp fare

July 13, 2016 The old saying “an Army marches on its stomach” also holds true for hikers, paddlers and similar outdoor travelers. more »»

Ernie Coons is a mentor who will be missed

July 8, 2016 Every kid needs an old timer to kick around with It’s the way of the woods, especially when it comes to outdoor pursuits. more »»



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