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Jim Goodwin, age 97, taught a generation of military climbers
Jim Goodwin, age 97, taught a generation of military climbers

Memories: Adirondack mountaineer fights with 10th Mtn. in Italy

The 10th Mountain Division stationed at Fort Drum has one of the most storied histories of any unit in the U.S. Army. During the Italian campaign of World War II, the 10th's soldiers were famous for scaling cliffs to attack German positions that had been viewed as impregnable. Jim Goodwin, from Keene Valley, grew up climbing and skiing in the Adirondacks and in the 1940s he was one of the pioneers of American mountaineering. When the 10th Mountain Division was being formed, Goodwin was recruited to help train the soldiers. He later served with the unit as a medic during the fighting in northern Italy. Goodwin is ninety-seven years old now, a retired schoolteacher. He sat down with Brian Mann to talk about his experience at war.  Go to full article
Screen shot from <i>The Last Ridge</i>
Screen shot from The Last Ridge

The uphill battle of the 10th Mountain

A new documentary about Fort Drum's 10th Mountain Division debuts Sunday at 7pm on WPBS in Watertown. The Last Ridge: the Uphill Battles of the 10th Mountain Division uses vintage film footage, first-person accounts, and on-location reenactments to bring to life the 10th Mountain's role in World War 2. NPR's Scott Simon is the narrator. Abbie Kealy directed, wrote, and produced The Last Ridge. She told David Sommerstein it's the story of the division's daring assault on the German front in the mountains of northern Italy in 1945.  Go to full article
Debate rages over funding for Gore Mt. and the Ski Bowl
Debate rages over funding for Gore Mt. and the Ski Bowl

ORDA president says North Creek money needs "pro-active" review

Earlier this week, the Olympic Regional Development Authority's board of directors reopened the debate over how to spend $5.5 million slated for the North Creek ski bowl. That action infuriated Johnsburg town supervisor Bill Thomas, who says the fund should be used to connect the ski bowl to the state-run ski center at Gore Mountain. But the interconnect project has been delayed by an environmental review. Some ORDA board members believe that there might be better uses for the money. ORDA board president Patrick Barrett grew up in St. Regis Falls and owns property in Lake Placid. He was chosen to lead the development authority by former Governor George Pataki, who made the appointment just a week before leaving office. Barrett spoke yesterday with Brian Mann, about this controversy and about his vision for ORDA.  Go to full article
A fight over $5.5 for North Creek's ski bowl
A fight over $5.5 for North Creek's ski bowl

ORDA, local leader feud over $5.5 million ski fund

A fight has erupted between the Olympic Regional Development Authority and one of the Adirondack Park's most influential local government leaders. At a meeting this week, ORDA's board decided to re-open the question of how to spend a $5.5 million fund. The money had been set aside for a chair lift that would connect North Creek's local ski bowl with the stat-run Gore Mountain ski area. That project has been delayed by litigation and by a review of possible environmental impacts. The Adirondack Daily Enterprise reported yesterday that several ORDA officials say the money might be lost if it's not spent on other projects. According to the newspaper, other proposals for the fund include upgrades to the Gore Mountain base lodge and construction of a learning center. But Johnsburg Town Supervisor Bill Thomas, whose community includes North Creek, accused ORDA of trying to raid money that locals fought hard to win. Thomas, who also sits on the Adirondack Park Agency board, spoke with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

Slush and Mud?But Spring Skiing's Great!

A forecast of high winds, rain and fog is enough to deter most of us from stepping into cross-country skis. But Emily Tyner, who lives in the Lake Clear-Paul Smiths area, says this is her favorite season for skiing. She spoke with Todd Moe.  Go to full article

One Skier Killed, One Injured at Gore Mt.

A 56-year-old skier was killed and a teenager suffered head trauma in separate accidents yesterday at the Gore Mountain Ski area. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Skiing the Jackrabbit on a Sticky Snow Day

One of the most popular ski trails in the Adirondacks runs through the McKenzie Mt. Wilderness between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. It's a stretch of the Jackrabbit trail that you can do on a long lunch break, if conditions are right. Brian Mann made the trip recently and sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article

A Thanksgiving X-Country Ski

Ski areas around the region opened over the Thanksgiving weekend. Whiteface and Gore Mountains offered a first taste of downhill skiing and snow boarding. Brian Mann strapped on his cross-country skis for the first time at the Mt. Van Hoevenberg-Verizon Sports Complex in Lake Placid. He sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

A Classic Canoe Route, Perfect For X-Country Skis

Over the weekend, temperatures in the Adirondacks topped sixty degrees. There's not much snow in the backcountry, but many lakes still have a solid layer of ice - and people are still getting outdoors. Brian Mann skied the route of the 7 carries -- a traditional canoe route north of Saranac Lake.  Go to full article
A view of Lower Ausable Lake
A view of Lower Ausable Lake

Audio Postcard: At Lower Ausable Lake, Searching For Winter

It's been a tough year for winter sports. Snowmobile riders, skiers, ice fishers, snow shoers -- they've all struggled with warm rainy weather. Another big thaw is expected over the next couple of days. But even in a sketchy year, the north country offers some rare outdoor experiences, if you know where to look. Brian Mann sends this audio postcard from Lower Ausable Lake in the high peaks.  Go to full article

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