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Books: "The Allure of Deep Woods"

A Vermont writer's latest book focuses on his solo trek through one of the most remote parts of the Adirondacks. Todd Moe talks with Walt McLaughlin about The Allure of Deep Woods, which details his solitary hike on the Northville-Placid Trail. McLaughlin has hiked Vermont's Long Trail end-to-end, through the Northeast and the Alaskan bush. He's written about his outdoor experiences in Adirondac, Vermont Life, The New York Conservationist and many other periodicals. McLaughlin told Todd Moe that his writings often reflect on the importance of wildness.  Go to full article
St. Lawrence County Trail Coordinator Deb Christy introduces the meeting with the history of the committee's efforts to create the trail. Photo: Claire Woodcock
St. Lawrence County Trail Coordinator Deb Christy introduces the meeting with the history of the committee's efforts to create the trail. Photo: Claire Woodcock

A first look at the SLC Multi-Use Trail System

The St. Lawrence County Recreational Trails Advisory Board has been working for some time to create a sustainable community-linking system throughout the county. Last week, community members had their first look at maps of the trail route.  Go to full article
Authorities say Young, age 44, liked to hike in the Adirondacks (Photo distributed by State Police)
Authorities say Young, age 44, liked to hike in the Adirondacks (Photo distributed by State Police)

Missing woman's body found near Inlet

Forest rangers in the Adirondacks have found the body of a Central New York woman who went missing last Friday. 44-year-old Kerry Young was found near the town of Inlet yesterday, following a two-day search that involved helicopters and more than fifty people. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
Cathy Mumford at the end of the NFCT in Fort Kent, Maine.
Cathy Mumford at the end of the NFCT in Fort Kent, Maine.

A midlife solo kayak adventure

A New Jersey woman spent most of this summer paddling from the Adirondacks to Maine. Cathy Mumford is the first woman to solo through-paddle the entire 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail. During her 62-day kayak odyssey she passed through 22 rivers and streams, 56 miles of lakes, 55 miles of portages in 62 carries and three national wildlife refuges. The trail crosses northern New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Quebec. NFCT officials say fewer than 30 paddlers have completed the full length of water trail in a single trip, since it was completed in 2006. Mumford grew up along the shores of a reservoir in Colts Neck, New Jersey. With her children grown, and after being laid off from her job, Mumford wanted to take a long-distance kayak trip that would allow for some soul-searching. Now, she plans to share the challenge of wilderness tripping with young women, and write about her experiences. Todd Moe spoke with Mumford about the summer trek, celebrating her 50th birthday on the water and relying on her 9-foot plastic kayak, nicknamed "Sparky".  Go to full article
Catherine and Ryan at the start of their hike south on the Appalachian Trail.
Catherine and Ryan at the start of their hike south on the Appalachian Trail.

A paddle and hike to remember

An Old Forge couple spent most of this spring and summer outdoors. Catherine and Ryan Thompson paddled the Northern Forest Canoe Trail from Old Forge to Maine, and then hiked the entire Appalachian Trail. They began the nearly 3,000 mile journey from the Adirondacks to Georgia, by canoe and foot, in April. They finished their trek last Thursday. This was their fourth backpacking adventure together. Todd Moe talks with them about life on the water and trail.  Go to full article
Nicholas and Brian at water's edge on Crane Mountain (Photos:  Allen Mann)
Nicholas and Brian at water's edge on Crane Mountain (Photos: Allen Mann)

Crane Mountain offers a hike, gorgeous views & a swim

It's been a classic summer so far, with plenty of sunshine and hot days. Our Adirondack bureau chief, Brian Mann, has been taking advantage of the weather, paddling and climbing.

Brian's latest favorite discovery is Crane Mountain, in Warren County, which offers a short, fun hike along with fantastic views.

But the real prize is a gorgeous mountain pond located near the summit. Brian visited recently with his son Nicholas and sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article
Dennis Aprill passed away unexpectedly on Saturday
Dennis Aprill passed away unexpectedly on Saturday

North Country loses two outdoor advocates, Ed Ketchledge & Dennis Aprill

Ed Ketchledge was a prominent teacher and naturalist who helped found the Summit Steward program on the High Peaks.

Dennis Aprill was the outdoor columnist for the Plattsburgh Press-Republican, who also wrote popular guidebooks.

Brian Mann has this remembrance.  Go to full article

Adirondack postcard: Raquette Falls, with no bugs and no mud

After last week's blast of snow, it's finally starting to feel really summery outside. Brian Mann went for a hike near Tupper Lake, looking for spring flowers. He sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article
Wilson on the Baxter Mountain trail
Wilson on the Baxter Mountain trail

Leashes and hiking boots: A new book looks at dogs on Adirondack trails

For a lot of people in the North Country, a hike in the woods wouldn't be the same without a dog. A new guidebook published this summer offers a great list of trails in the Adirondacks that are dog-friendly, along with good advice for taking your pet into the woods. Brian Mann hit the trail this week with the book's editor, Libby Treadwell, and sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article
Rose Rivezzi preps the group on trail etiquette
Rose Rivezzi preps the group on trail etiquette

Off the computer and on the trail

The Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club wraps up its first season of hikes introducing kids to mountains and trails. It's a high-tech, busy world, and organizers would like more families to move from desktop to mountaintop. Family excursions this summer included hikes along beginner mountain trails -- day trips into the outdoors with youngsters in mind. Todd Moe tagged along during a hike up Mount Arab and found families reconnecting with nature.  Go to full article

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