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The Culture of Climbing: Chasing the Pure Route Rock Climbing on the Adirondacks, part 2

For many, time spent on the rock isn't just a battle against nature. It's also a form of personal expression. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Hurricane Crag: Rock Climbing in the Adirondacks, part 1

Rock climbing in the Adirondacks--these days it's more sophisticated and much safer. But the reasons people climb are much the same. They go looking for adventure and amazing views--and a deeper connection to the mountains. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Sandra Weber, author of Mt Marcy: The High Peak of New York

Martha Foley talks with author Sandra Weber about her book on Mount Marcy, New York's highest peak.  Go to full article

Bear Troubles in the Adirondacks

The black bear problem continues in the High Peaks. A safe visit is still possible, but campers need good information and the proper equipment. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Summit Stewards Teach Hikers Alpine Conservancy

Brian Mann sends this report from the top of Alonguin Mountain in the Adirondack High Peaks. There, the "Summit Stewards" are teaching backpackers how to travel lightly.  Go to full article

Nature Conservancy Protects Fragile Alpine Vegetation on Adirondack Peaks

For over a decade the Adirondack Nature Conservancy has been protecting the alpines of the Adirondacks through education and careful observation. But that may not be enough, and the group's started a new technique for conservation--carrying rocks up to the summits to stabilize the delicate plants that grow there. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Lower Wolfjaw: Avoiding the High Peaks Crowds

Brian Mann sends an audio postcard from Lower Wolfjaw Mountain in the High Peaks. Brian looks at the ways that hikers are are avoiding crowds in the Adirondacks.  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

Lake Colden Cabin: A Vital Tool for Search-and-Rescues

When state officials announced that a new cabin was being built on Lake Colden, in the High Peaks, the decision was controversial. That part of the Adirondacks is a designated "wilderness area". By law, that means human structures should be kept to a minimum. Supporters of the new cabin argued that it would be a vital tool for rangers and ski patrols who work in the back country. That claim was born out this winter. The Lake Colden outpost was used as a base of operations in two successful searches. Brian Mann visited Lake Colden in the fall, as construction was winding down. He sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Lost Hikers Describe Struggle to Survive Blizzard

Yesterday, a state police helicopter flew two Canadian hikers to a hospital in Saranac Lake. The men were lost in the High Peaks for four days. They faced a fierce winter storm and sub-zero temperatures. As Brian Mann reports, there were times when the hikers thought they wouldn't survive.  Go to full article

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