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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.

Historic Re-Enactors: Playing War In A Time of War

Over the weekend, hundreds of re-enactors gathered on the banks of the Saranac River, to recreate the Battle of Plattsburgh. Re-enactments are hugely popular in the North Country. With elaborate costumes and historically accurate weapons, hobbyists relive the frontier days, the French and Indian War, and the Revolutionary War.
This summer's make-believe battles are being fought at a time when the U-S finds itself embroiled in a war that's all too real. As Brian Mann reports, many re-enactors describe their hobby as a way of honoring soldiers who endure the real thing.  Go to full article
Problem bruins trouble Adirondacks

"Problem" Bears Hunted After Camper Injured in Attack

State officials are hunting a pair of rogue black bears in a popular camping area in the eastern High Peaks. The decision to kill the animals follows an attack last week that left a Montreal woman lightly injured. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Lake George: Rattler Bites Researcher

A rattlesnake bit a wildlife biologist on Thursday near the northern shore of Lake George. The Glens Falls Post Star reported Friday that William Brown, a retired professor from Skidmore College, was taken to Glens Falls hospital. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Cannonball Commentary: 90 Miles by Canoe? in a Single Day

The Adirondack Canoe Classic begins tomorrow in Old Forge. The 90-mile race will take more than 250 canoes, kayaks, and guide boats all the way to Saranac Lake. Over the...  Go to full article
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Economy, Wet Weather Hurt Summer Tourism

It's been a tough summer for tourism businesses around the nation. Here in the North Country, the struggling economy conspired with cool, wet weather to keep summer...  Go to full article

Parallels Found Between West Nile Virus and Polio

New York health officials reported the year's first fatal case of West Nile virus last week - an elderly woman from Schuyler County. In most cases, people who contract the...  Go to full article
On the trail...

Audio Postcard: On Horseback In The Laurentians

For many, the Labor Day weekend is a time for getting out on the road - but it's also a great time to get out on the trail. Brian Mann made a quick trip to the Laurentian...  Go to full article
Captain Honk hits the shoreline on Pillar Point.  And displays his latest fish art made from coconuts and seashells (below).

The Joy of Junk: Beachcombing with Captain Honk

You've heard the phrase "one person's trash is another's treasure". A North Country angler and artist who spends most of his time on Lake Ontario turns junk found along the...  Go to full article
Matt Dawson, Hamilton, Ont. places a carp on a padded mat for weighing

St. Lawrence Carp Tourny A Success

Organizers are calling the inaugural St. Lawrence International Junior Carp Tournament a success. 100 young carp anglers reeled in 55 carp over the weekend. Anglers from...  Go to full article
Looking out from Pyramid...

The Big Loop: Hiking Gothics, Armstrong & Upper Wolfjaw

As the summer winds to a close, this is the best time of year for hiking in the Adirondacks. The trails are dry and relatively bug-free. The days are still long enough to...  Go to full article

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