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Big Slide Mountain (Source:  Wikipedia)
Big Slide Mountain (Source: Wikipedia)

Audio postcard: A final taste of winter on Big Slide Mountain

Spring weather came early this year in the North Country, but there's still plenty of snow in the higher elevations of the Adirondacks. Brian Mann spent a recent weekend snow-shoeing and climbing in the mountains near Keene Valley. He sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article
Sara summits Bald Peak!
Sara summits Bald Peak!

Audio Postcard: Climbing into winter on Bald Peak

Winter is still coming and going down in the valleys of the North Country, with days of rain mixed with ice and snow. But up in the high country, true winter is already locked in, turning summits into windswept, lunar landscapes. Brian Mann went trekking on Bald Peak near Elizabethtown recently with his dog Sara. He sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article
Jim Goodwin, age 97, taught a generation of military climbers
Jim Goodwin, age 97, taught a generation of military climbers

Memories: Adirondack mountaineer fights with 10th Mtn. in Italy

The 10th Mountain Division stationed at Fort Drum has one of the most storied histories of any unit in the U.S. Army. During the Italian campaign of World War II, the 10th's soldiers were famous for scaling cliffs to attack German positions that had been viewed as impregnable. Jim Goodwin, from Keene Valley, grew up climbing and skiing in the Adirondacks and in the 1940s he was one of the pioneers of American mountaineering. When the 10th Mountain Division was being formed, Goodwin was recruited to help train the soldiers. He later served with the unit as a medic during the fighting in northern Italy. Goodwin is ninety-seven years old now, a retired schoolteacher. He sat down with Brian Mann to talk about his experience at war.  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

The Culture of Climbing: Chasing the Pure Route

If you've driven through the Adirondacks in mid-summer, you've probably seen tiny figures dangling from massive cliffs. Rock climbers in the North Country have been braving the rain and bugs for nearly a century, pioneering some of the most rugged routes in the world. For many, time spent on the rock isn't just as a battle against nature. It's also a form of personal expression. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Winter Camping & Climbing in the 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 last weekend.  Go to full article

Bears and Backpackers in Co-habitation

This summer, tens of thousands of hikers and campers will flock to the eastern High Peaks. Waiting for them will be a small group of aggressive black bears. The animals have learned to see campsites and backpacks as a prime source of food. Forest rangers say the risk of a life-threatening encounter is growing. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

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