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Eric Sammis talks with NCPR's Todd Moe on the summit of Mount Arab.
Eric Sammis talks with NCPR's Todd Moe on the summit of Mount Arab.

Heard Up North: a summer job with a view

For nearly 20 years, volunteer Summit Stewards have greeted visitors on Adirondack mountaintops. During the hiking season they work alone or in pairs maintaining trails and keeping track of visitors. Todd Moe recently climbed Mount Arab, near Tupper Lake, with a group from the Adirondack Mountain Club. At the summit and fire tower, he talked to Eric Sammis, a SUNY-Potsdam student, who's spending five weeks on Arab as part an Environmental Studies degree. For today's "Heard up North," a summer job with a view.  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
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
Rideau Trail Association volunteers Jessie Hunter and Jim Fox.
Rideau Trail Association volunteers Jessie Hunter and Jim Fox.

Through forest and bog on the Rideau Trail

With leaf-peeper season coming up, this can be a great time to spend a few hours tromping amidst natural splendor. One option is the Rideau Trail, the longest in Eastern Ontario, crossing terrain known as the Canadian Shield. It's over 180 miles long and includes field, forest, bog and lake country. This unconventional trail even runs right through towns along the way. Douglas Knapp proposed the Kingston-to-Ottawa foot trail in 1971. Amazingly, it was completed in less than a year, after a small group of university students secured a summer grant to cut and mark the way. Ottawa correspondent Lucy Martin spoke with two of the many volunteers who help keep the trail open today: Jim Fox and Jessie Hunter.  Go to full article
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
The new trail is part of the National Park Service system (Source:  DEC)
The new trail is part of the National Park Service system (Source: DEC)

New Adrondack trail ties North Country to 4600-mile trail

A proposed new 140-mile trail will from Crown Point on the shore of Lake Champlain across the Adirondacks to Boonville. The route will tie into a 4600-mile long national trail that's now under construction. The east-west route runs all the way to North Dakota. Peter Frank is chief of the bureau of Forest Preserve Management with the Department of Environmental Conservation. He spoke with Brian Mann. Public hearings on the proposed trail will be held December 5 and 6 in Warrensburg and Boonville.  Go to full article
Trail to Bald Peak
Trail to Bald Peak

Up through clouds to summer on Bald Peak

Winter has finally arrived in the North Country, bringing enough snow that ski areas have opened in the Adirondacks and the Green Mountains. Just before the snow began to fly, Brian Mann went for an Indian Summer hike in the Giant Mountain Wilderness. He sent this postcard from Bald Peak.  Go to full article
Sara on the trail
Sara on the trail

Rainy day (with dog) on Mt. Frederica

The Whitney Wilderness Area near Tupper Lake is the hub for a growing network of popular canoe routes. But the region's logging roads and trails also offer a lot for hikers and hunters to explore. A couple of weeks ago, Brian Mann spent the day on the shore of Lake Lila and climbed Mount Frederica. He sent this audio postcard.

NOTE: Later this week, on Thanksgiving morning, we'll revisit a paddling trip to Rock Pond in the Whitney Wilderness.  Go to full article

Bear Canister Rule Proposed for High Peaks

New York state wants overnight campers to carry bear-resistant canisters in the eastern High Peaks. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

A "Common Man's" Hiking Guide to the St. Lawrence Valley

If you go to the outdoor section of your local bookstore, you'll find dozens of guidebooks for the Adirondacks and several for the Lake Champlain area and the Tug Hill Plateau. But you'll be lucky to find even a couple dedicated to hiking trails in the St. Lawrence Valley. Author Roger Fulton saw the niche and wrote a book called 25 Short Hikes and Interesting Walks in the Thousand Islands and St. Lawrence Seaway Region. Fulton summers in Alexandria Bay and winters in Florida. He told David Sommerstein that he and co-author Michael Carpenter are retired state policemen.  Go to full article

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