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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

Wilmington Wild Forest Plan Released

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has released a draft plan for managing 14,000 acres of Adirondack forest in Essex and Clinton Counties. The public will be allowed to comment at a meeting tomorrow. Those who've already seen the plan have mixed reviews. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

Commentary: The Classic Adirondack Leanto

It's a little cool and damp lately for most of us fair-weather campers. But we know from past commentaries that neither rain, nor snow, not black flies keeps Betsy Kepes out of the woods. We also know that things are not always perfect out there.  Go to full article

Low-impact Trekking with Llamas

For over 4,000 years, llamas have been used to carry loads through rough mountain terrain. Out West, it's not uncommon to see llamas carrying tents, sleeping bags, and food for hikers. In the Northeast llamas are still an unusual sight on the trail, but an increasing number of people are starting to go trekking with them. They're agile, surefooted, and tread lightly on the earth. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Tamar Charney reports.  Go to full article

Trails Wet, Fragile at Higher Elevations

This spring's wet, cold weather means hiking trails in the High Peaks are still in soggy condition. The Department of Environmental Conservation is warning backpackers to stay off trails in higher elevations. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence University Students Test Themselves Against a Mountain

Last month, a group of students from St. Lawrence University traveled to central Mexico. They were hoping to scale Orizaba - the third highest peak in North America. The week-long expedition gave the students a chance to climb into thin air. For many of the students, it was also a first chance to explore a different culture. Brian Mann went along on the trip. He sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Group Plans Champlain Valley Interstate Walking Trail System

A consortium of groups have come together to try to attract reactional walkers to the area. The group hopes to develop a walking trail system that connects communities on the New York and Vermont shores of Lake Champlain. Beth Schmidt reports.  Go to full article

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

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