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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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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.
<i>Fusia</i>, sculpted by Chris, Mike and Bill Woodward
Fusia, sculpted by Chris, Mike and Bill Woodward

Snow Fantasies in St. Regis Falls

Despite freezing rain, sleet and snow over the weekend, nine teams from across the state showcased their talents by carving eight ton blocks of snow during the 18th annual New York State Snow Sculpting Championships in St. Regis Falls. Judges awarded 1st Place to the sculpture Fusia, carved by Chris, Bill and Mike Woodward, of St. Regis Falls and Dickinson Center. They'll compete next winter in national snow sculpting competition in Wisconsin. Todd Moe caught up with the winning team Sunday.  Go to full article

Snowmobiles and Kids: Last of a 3 Part Series

Snowmobiles are a growing part of the north country's culture--a source of winter fun for locals and a powerful draw for tourists. But this season has seen a painful number of serious accidents and deaths. More than 20 snowmobilers have died in New York--another 26 in Ottawa and Quebec. And four more in Vermont. High speed and alcohol are two main culprits. But in this final part of our series on snowmobile safety, Brian Mann reports that children may be the most at risk.
Part 1 of series, Part 2 of series.  Go to full article

Snowmobiles & Alcohol: part 2 of a 3-part series

This winter, more than twenty people have died in New York while riding snowmobiles. The North Country has seen a rash of serious accidents, sending dozens more people to the hospital. State officials say drunk riders cause too many of these crashes. Some in the sport say the snowmobile industry should end its long association with bars and alcohol. In this second part of our series on snowmobile safety, Brian Mann reports that there's also a push to toughen laws that punish those who drink and ride.  Go to full article
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Snowmobiles & Reckless Speed: Part 1 of a 3 Part Series

This winter, more than twenty people have died in New York while riding snowmobiles. The sport is wildly popular. Towns like Old Forge and Speculator see snowmobile tourism...  Go to full article

Men's Bobsleigh Championships In Lake Placid

Sled racers from around the world competed this weekend in Lake Placid, which hosted the Men's Bobsleigh World Championships. Athletes faced bitterly cold temperatures, with...  Go to full article
Actor Tom Felton on the banks of the St. Lawrence

Setting the Groundwork for St. Lawrence Carp Tournament

David Sommerstein talks with David Moore of Oklahoma, president of the Carp Anglers Group. He'll oversee technical aspects of the St. Lawrence International Junior Carp...  Go to full article
Photo © <a href="http://tricolour.net">Richard Guy Briggs</a>

Bike Commuters Coast Through Winter Weather

By the first snowfall, most of us have long ago put our bicycles away. But in every city, there are a few die-hard souls who keep pedaling all winter long. The Great Lakes...  Go to full article

Book review: "Women On High"

A new book brings new attention to pioneering women mountaineers, who faced more than the usual obstacles as they explored the world's high peaks. Betsy Kepes has our review.  Go to full article

Man Killed In Snowmobile Accident in Adirondacks

A western New York man was killed when his snowmobile crashed into a utility pole in the Adirondacks. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article
21st Annual Loppet gets underway. Photo provided by ORDA.

Loppet Race Run on Saturday, Locals Fare Well

More than 500 skiers turned out on Saturday for the Lake Placid Loppet, the North Country's premier cross-country ski race. As Brian Mann reports, local racers fared well in...  Go to full article

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