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Are you ready to raft? I said, ARE YOU READY TO RAFT? Sorry. Anyway, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office has just now announced details of this year’s Adirondack Challenge, a daylong event to be held this Sunday to promote Adirondack tourism. You...
I’ve been writing a lot recently about tourism in the Adirondacks and the North Country region more broadly.   What I’m finding is kind of a tale of two cities, or rather two very different types of small town.  Some...
Good news for North Country wine lovers this afternoon, as a bill to create the St. Lawrence Wine Trail (here’s a full list of the state’s wine trails) has now passed both houses. North Country Sens. Patty Ritchie, Joe Griffo and Betty...
Campers, hikers, nature lovers: do you go to wild places to get away from modernity? Or do you see value in “having it all?” Here’s why I’m asking. According to the Montréal Gazette (4/29) and other...
With sympathy for the majority of folks who are seriously tired of winter, it has been a fabulous season for skiing. I’m strictly cross country so I can’t speak to downhill conditions. But I imagine those have been good...


Special Reports

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Slideshow
Fishing on the St. Lawrence
Walleye and northern pike season opened the first Saturday in May. David Sommerstein spent a morning with two veteran guides.
Audio Slideshow
90 Miles by Canoe… in a Single Day
The 90-mile Adirondack Canoe Classic takes paddlers from Old Forge to Saranac Lake. Race organizer Brian McDonnell paddled the entire course in a single day—a journey he describes as the "90-mile cannonball."
Photo/Audio Essay
A Trek up Mt. Adams
A land deal will add thousands of acres to the state forest preserve, but it will almost certainly mean the removal of an antique fire tower that sits on Mt. Adams, near the town of Newcomb. Brian Mann made the climb.
Photo Audio Essay
Children's Camps in the Adirondacks
The Adirondack Museum opens today for the summer season. A major new exhibition looks at the history of the region's summer camps.
Photo/Audio Essay
Inside Dark Island's Castle
On the St. Lawrence River near Chippewa Bay, a representative for the buyers of Dark Island and its historic castle gave David Sommerstein a peek of what visitors could see as early as next summer.
Audio Slideshow
A Journey to Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
In the US Senate debate over the country's energy plan, New York's senators oppose plans to drill for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Brian Mann spent a month in the Alaskan wilderness to research this half-hour documentary report.
Photo Audio Essay
A Hike Up the Red Sandstone Trail
David Sommerstein hikes a new trail under construction along the Raquette River near Potsdam.
Photo Audio Essay
Winter Camping in the Adirondack High Peaks
The Adirondacks' High Peaks can be a hard place to find peace and quiet during the busy summer months. Many people choose the winter to get their fix for solitude among New York's tallest mountains. Winter camping offers unique pleasures and sometimes, unexpected perils. Brian Mann and David Sommerstein got plenty of both on a late winter expedition to Lake Colden and Algonquin Peak.
Photo Audio Essay
Snow Art in St. Regis Falls
A team from Dickinson Center won the 2002 New York State Snow Sculpting Competition in St. Regis Falls yesterday. Jody Tosti, an NCPR Team sculptor, spoke with some of her rivals.
Photo Audio Essay
Rock Climbing in the Adirondacks
People climb looking for adventure and amazing views—and a deeper connection to the mountains. Brian Mann climbed Hurricane Crag during the peak of this year's leaf season.
Audio Slideshow
Ellen in Canyonland
NCPR Station Manager Ellen says there's nothing like fear to get her attention as she reports on what she did on her summer vacation.
Photo Audio Essay
Lake Champlain Maritime History, pt. 1
Wreck diving off Burlington with Brian Mann.
Photo Audio Essay
37th Annual Clayton Antique Boat Show
Thousands of people visited Clayton for the 37th annual Antique Boat show and auctiona chance to view St. Lawrence skiffs, launches and runabouts.
Photo Audio Essay
Discovering Adirondack Old Growth Forest
The Adirondacks are home to some of the East's largest Old Growth Forests. Martha Foley talks with a naturalist who spent part of this summer finding the towering trees.
The training trail at Gatineau Park.
The training trail at Gatineau Park.

Gatineau Hosts 40th Ski Marathon

Two to three thousand cross-country skiers gather later this month for the 40th annual Canadian Ski Marathon in Gatineau, Quebec. The scenic 160 kilometers - that's nearly 100 miles - are divided into 10 self-serve "smorgasbord" stages of varying difficulty. It's a non-profit event - not exactly a race. Skiers stop when they want. It all starts Saturday morning, February 11th in Gatineau and ends Sunday the 12th in Lachute. The deadline to register in Feb. 3. It's a family weekend: individuals or teams, young or old, novice or expert -- all are welcome. Lucy Martin found some skiers-in-training in Gatineau Park.  Go to full article
Snowmobilers on Racquette Lake

Pulling Another Vehicle Out of Racquette Lake

Unseasonably warm weather has made lake ice thinner than normal. The state has issued warnings across the region to snowmobilers and other vehicles should exercise extreme caution on the ice. There have been multiple reports of snowmobiles breaking through the ice.

On Friday, Dean Pohl, of Racquette Lake was heading out ice fishing with his daughter - they went through the ice. They escaped without injury, but the truck remained there all weekend. Yesterday afternoon the truck was excavated from the lake. Gregory Warner spoke with DEC officer Casey Kelly, who help supervise the excavation. It's not the first time he's had to do this, though he said this one had a particularly festive atmosphere.  Go to full article
The snowy boardwalk stretches through Silver Lake Bog.

A Winter Walk Through an Adirondack Bog

The unseasonably warm weather lately has canceled many outdoor festivities this month that celebrate snow and ice. But it's been a boon to those who enjoy the chance to hike a favorite trail. This is the quiet season. Where the ground is white you notice everything else in detail: the bark and twigs of trees, birds and exposed rocks. The best part is discovering the tracks and movement patterns of animals through the snow. Last Friday, Todd Moe bundled up and hit the trail with outdoors writer and author Dennis Aprill. He's written a book, Short Treks in the Adirondacks and Beyond, and Todd met him for a quick walk through the woods at Silver Lake Bog. it's tucked away in southwestern Clinton County near Duncan Mountain and Union Falls. The path is on a suspended boardwalk owned by the Nature Conservancy. It's a favorite non-winter destination for many and Dennis was eager to tour the area after a fresh, light blanket of snow.  Go to full article

Thin Ice Treacherous for Snowmobile Riders

Officials in northern New York, Vermont, and Ontario are urging snowmobile riders to stay off of frozen lakes and rivers. A warmer-than-usual January combined with several...  Go to full article
Lake Placid Coach Tim Nardiello

USOC Bars Nardiello From Olympics, Blasts Lake Placid Sled Group

The US Olympic Committee says Lake Placid skeleton coach Tim Nardiello won't be allowed to coach the American sled team at next month's Winter Games in Turin, Italy. The...  Go to full article
Adk Explorer Editor Phil Brown

Article Examines "Big 4" Adk Green Groups

In the latest issue of the Adirondack Explorer, editor Phil Brown profiles the "big four" environmental groups that operate inside the Park. Brown compares the history and...  Go to full article

Nardiello Decision Expected, Federation Replaces Exec Director

An arbitrator could decide as early as today whether Lake Placid coach Tim Nardiello should return to the US Olympic skeleton team. Meanwhile, the Lake Placid-based sled...  Go to full article
An earlier year's Ice Palace

Poised and Ready: An Ice Sculptor Waits to Carve

The Winter Carnival in Saranac Lake is less than three weeks away. One of the highlights of the annual event is the "ice palace." Preparations would normally have begun...  Go to full article

Skiing the Jackrabbit on a Sticky Snow Day

One of the most popular ski trails in the Adirondacks runs through the McKenzie Mt. Wilderness between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. It's a stretch of the Jackrabbit trail...  Go to full article

Heard Up North: An Ice Sculptor on his medium

There's at least one man celebrating the return of sub-freezing temperatures this weekend. Ed Sharmer of Saranac Lake is an ice sculptor. He'll be organizing the building of...  Go to full article

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