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I have no idea how we (David on the left) looked so upbeat at this point. We were soaked and freezing. Photo: some guy we saw at Avalanche Lake
I have no idea how we (David on the left) looked so upbeat at this point. We were soaked and freezing. Photo: some guy we saw at Avalanche Lake

What went wrong winter camping in the High Peaks

It's a long holiday weekend, and not a lot of news, to be honest. So it's a good time to dip into the archive and listen to some of our favorite stories.

Today we're going to go way back, more than a decade back, to late winter 2002. Brian Mann and I skied up to Lake Colden in the heart of the High Peaks for the kind of solace you can only get winter camping. We got plenty of that, but also unexpected perils and a pretty dicey escape. It was an adventure. Here's the story.  Go to full article
Jackie Altman paints "en plein air" near Lake Placid.
Jackie Altman paints "en plein air" near Lake Placid.

Art that conveys a sense of immediacy

Many Adirondack artists will tell you that our region offers nearly all the elements a landscape painter looks for - mountains, trees, waterways and ever-changing hues of green, gray and blue. You'll find dozens of artists outdoors this week in the Adirondacks painting "plein air" during Saranac Lake's Fourth Annual Plein Air Festival, part of the "Great Adirondack Days" celebration.

It's a time-honored tradition, particularly by artists who want to convey a sense of immediacy. They'll find a spot with a great view of a mountain or along a stream, prop up an easel and paint just as they see it. Most works are completed within hours on the spot. Spontaneity is key. Bugs, rain and fleeting sunlight are challenges.

Last summer, Todd Moe tagged along when Lake Placid artist Jackie Altman returned to a favorite spot with views of some of the High Peaks.  Go to full article
Iowa Pacific hopes to haul millions of tons of tailings from the old Tahawus mine
Iowa Pacific hopes to haul millions of tons of tailings from the old Tahawus mine

Iowa Pacific wins fight to rebuild railroad into Adirondack Park

A Federal agency has given a Chicago-based company the green light to revive a 30-mile industrial railroad that stretches from North Creek to Newcomb. The track cuts through the Adirondack Park into the eastern High Peaks, one of the most popular destinations for hikers and campers.

Green groups opposed the project, arguing that the rail line violated protected forest preserve land. But as Brian Mann reports, they now say their fight to block the project is over.  Go to full article

Climbing, collecting and shaping rocks

About 20 years ago, Matt Horner started climbing rocks and ice in the High Peaks. Today, the Keene Valley resident continues to work and play around granite boulders, but he's found a way to make art. More than 60 of his works -- carved sculptures and stone vessels -- are on display at View in Old Forge this season.

Matt is also a professional fly-fishing guide and well-acquainted with the smooth river stones in the region. He told Todd Moe that shaping stones started a few years ago while working on a rock wall.  Go to full article
The "Road to Dannemora" features a local cast and is part of a children's theatre workshop.
The "Road to Dannemora" features a local cast and is part of a children's theatre workshop.

Preview: "Road to Dannemora" in Keene Valley

A North Country teen spent most of his summer vacation working on an original musical. Road to Dannemora debuts at Keene Central School on Saturday night. 16-year-old Sam Balzac wrote the music and worked with his mother, Kathy Recchia, on the lyrics. They're both long time members of the Book and Blanket Players, a community theater group in Jay. Todd Moe spoke with Sam and Kathy about the process of creating a musical.

"The Road to Dannemora" will be performed at the Keene Central School Auditorium this Saturday night, 7pm. Free admission. Donations Accepted.  Go to full article
Wesley Wamganz, age 22
Wesley Wamganz, age 22

No sign of Wamsganz Wednesday, search to resume

A small army of searchers will head back out into the woods this morning, hoping to locate 22-year-old Wesley Wamsganz from Saranac Lake.

Wamsganz was last seen on Saturday heading into the woods near the Adirondack Loj in the High Peaks region. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
Allen Mann with his son David on the summit of Noonmark Mountain (Photo:  Brian Mann)
Allen Mann with his son David on the summit of Noonmark Mountain (Photo: Brian Mann)

On a sweltering summer day, why not climb a High Peak?

The North Country is caught in the same summer heat wave that's gripping much of the eastern US and Canada.

For most people, the heat means a lot of time spent with the air conditioner, or a trip to the local swimming hole.

But our reporter Brian Mann and his brother Allen decided that the best place to cool off was the top of Noonmark Mountain in the High Peaks. Brian sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article
Red pin marks section of Old Mountain Rd. Source: Google Maps
Red pin marks section of Old Mountain Rd. Source: Google Maps

Decision could open Adirondack roads to motorized use

A Lake Placid snowmobiler has won a landmark case over motorized access to a road in the Adirondacks. Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Pete Grannis has dismissed a ticket issued to Jim McCulley for operating his pick-up truck on Old Mountain Road. The old road runs between North Elba and Keene in Essex County. It's part of the popular Jackrabbit cross country ski trail. As Chris Knight reports, the decision turns on the point of when an old road is technically abandoned...or not. And it could have implications for Forest Preserve roads throughout the Adirondack Park.  Go to full article
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

Ice climbers rescued from high peaks

A group of ice climbers were rescued Sunday by DEC forest rangers yesterday after spending the night on the side of one of the Adirondack high peaks. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

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