Admiral Richard Byrd writes about solitude in his 1938 memoir ALONE. I read a battered copy of ALONE a few summers ago when I was hauling around a heavy pack and tools, doing wilderness trail work. Reading that book made my hardships seem trivial....
In recent years, it seems everyone is doing a trail guide of some kind. I’m going to take a different route: the “cheap hikes”–short and relatively easy, with great views for not a lot of effort or time, a big bang for your...
Aug 10, 2001 — This summer, dozens of hikers in the Adirondacks have had close encounters with black bears. The animals are looking for picnic baskets, not prey, but state forest rangers worry that inexperienced campers could get hurt. In this second of a two-part series, Brian Mann joined a hunt organized to identify and tag the most aggressive bears. Go to full article
Jul 24, 2001 — 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
Apr 18, 2001 — 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
Mar 20, 2001 — 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
Mar 09, 2001 — 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