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Runners take their marks
Runners take their marks

Celebrating 40 years of NCPR with a ramble at the Paul Smiths VIC

North Country Public Radio is celebrating 40 years on the air. Over the weekend, more than fifty runners and walkers gathered for a 40k/20k race at the Paul Smiths VIC north of Saranac Lake. Brian Mann signed on for what he calls his "20k speed-mosey" and sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article
Standing on an "ice-wave" looking down Southwick Beach.
Standing on an "ice-wave" looking down Southwick Beach.

Frozen waves on a frozen beach on Lake Ontario

Southwick Beach in Jefferson County is a favorite spot to enjoy summer sun and surf on Lake Ontario. But in the winter, it undergoes a frigid transformation. David Sommerstein went looking for beach and found a landscape of ice. He sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article
The Toll Road starts off with lots of scrapes and bumps...
The Toll Road starts off with lots of scrapes and bumps...

First big snow brings first Adk ski

A sizable snowstorm smacked much of the North Country on Thursday, dropping five inches in some parts of the Adirondacks.
That means snow shovels and window scrapers, not to mention a few fender-benders. But it also means a first chance to dust off those cross-country skis that have been sitting in the garage all summer. Brian Mann took the afternoon off to enjoy the weather and sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

A postcard from the Tug Hill side of Winter

Winter sports like skiing and snowmobiling are big business in the North Country. For many people, they're also a passion and a way of life. Adirondack reporter Brian Mann chased skiable snow as storms hit parts of the region earlier this month. He sent this audio postcard from the Tug Hill.  Go to full article
An island in Chair Rock Flow on the southern shore of Cranberry Lake (Phil Brown)
An island in Chair Rock Flow on the southern shore of Cranberry Lake (Phil Brown)

South of Cranberry Lake, Wild Mountain Meadows

The south shore of Cranberry Lake, near Wanakena, opens into some of the wildest country in the Adirondacks. Camps and cabins give way to miles of forest and sprawling meadows. Brian Mann and Adirondack Explorer editor Phil brown spent three days hiking the valleys around Chair Rock Creek. Brian sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article
Bob Martin scales ice in the Adirondacks
Bob Martin scales ice in the Adirondacks

Climbing Through Ice & Wind in the Adirondacks

On a winter drive through Cascade Pass or Wilmington Notch in the Adirondacks, you can find climbers perched on the side of waterfalls or clinging to frozen cliff faces. For those willing to brave single-digit temperatures and sometimes harsh conditions, ice climbing offers another way to experience the mountains. Bob Martin from Saranac Lake scaled a popular route recently near Wilmington. He sent this audio postcard.  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 that you can do on a long lunch break, if conditions are right. Brian Mann made the trip recently and sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article
Listening for Bicknell's thrush
Listening for Bicknell's thrush

On Lyon Mountain, an Increasingly Rare Songbird Makes Itself Heard

Every summer, birders across the Adirondacks and the Green Mountains climb high looking for alpine songbirds. The annual census helps researchers to track the health and population of rare and endangered birds. Brian Mann joined a group on Lyon Mountain last month searching for the Bicknell's thrush. He sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Behind The Scenes At The Metropolitan Opera

Tomorrow afternoon, North Country Public Radio will air a live performance of The Magic Flute, performed by the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center. This is the 74th year of the Met broadcast. It's a tradition here in New York and Vermont. Across the world, eleven million people hear great voices like Renee Fleming and legendary conductors like James Levine. Opera has a reputation that's more high culture than blue collar. But every week, the Met's broadcasts rely on an invisible army of tradesmen. For every singer, there's a carpenter. For every musician, there's a seamstress or a truck driver. Brian Mann visited the Met recently, for a glimpse of this behind-the-scenes world. He sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article
A view of Lower Ausable Lake
A view of Lower Ausable Lake

Audio Postcard: At Lower Ausable Lake, Searching For Winter

It's been a tough year for winter sports. Snowmobile riders, skiers, ice fishers, snow shoers -- they've all struggled with warm rainy weather. Another big thaw is expected over the next couple of days. But even in a sketchy year, the north country offers some rare outdoor experiences, if you know where to look. Brian Mann sends this audio postcard from Lower Ausable Lake in the high peaks.  Go to full article

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