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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

Study Values Adirondack Tourism

A new study by SUNY Potsdam professor John Omohundro concludes that hikers, paddlers, and mountain bikers contribute millions in tourist dollars to the Adirondacks.  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

Search Ends: Canadian Hikers Found

Two Canadians missing on Mt. Marcy were found last night. 19-year-old Phillip Mousseau and 20-year-old Jean Richer turned up at the state's High Peaks outpost near Lake Colden. The men apparently followed a trail through deep snow that had been cleared by state forest rangers. The trail led them to the ranger's cabin at 7:30 in the evening--after four days lost in the mountains. Despite a two-day blizzard that shut down the North Country, the pair are described as in good condition. Both were hungry and dehydrated, with mild hypothermia, but there were no signs of frostbite or other injuries. The men spent last night at Lake Colden. At this hour (8 am) a helicopter is en route to fly them out of the mountains. Brian Mann visited the search headquarters late yesterday afternoon. He sends this report.  Go to full article

Outdoor Accident: Two Die in Adirondacks

Authorities say two people died over the weekend in the Adirondacks. The separate incidents involved a snowmobile accident near Speculator and a hiker who fell ill in the High Peaks. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

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