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Cathy Mumford at the end of the NFCT in Fort Kent, Maine.
Cathy Mumford at the end of the NFCT in Fort Kent, Maine.

A midlife solo kayak adventure

A New Jersey woman spent most of this summer paddling from the Adirondacks to Maine. Cathy Mumford is the first woman to solo through-paddle the entire 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail. During her 62-day kayak odyssey she passed through 22 rivers and streams, 56 miles of lakes, 55 miles of portages in 62 carries and three national wildlife refuges. The trail crosses northern New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Quebec. NFCT officials say fewer than 30 paddlers have completed the full length of water trail in a single trip, since it was completed in 2006. Mumford grew up along the shores of a reservoir in Colts Neck, New Jersey. With her children grown, and after being laid off from her job, Mumford wanted to take a long-distance kayak trip that would allow for some soul-searching. Now, she plans to share the challenge of wilderness tripping with young women, and write about her experiences. Todd Moe spoke with Mumford about the summer trek, celebrating her 50th birthday on the water and relying on her 9-foot plastic kayak, nicknamed "Sparky".  Go to full article
Catherine and Ryan at the start of their hike south on the Appalachian Trail.
Catherine and Ryan at the start of their hike south on the Appalachian Trail.

A paddle and hike to remember

An Old Forge couple spent most of this spring and summer outdoors. Catherine and Ryan Thompson paddled the Northern Forest Canoe Trail from Old Forge to Maine, and then hiked the entire Appalachian Trail. They began the nearly 3,000 mile journey from the Adirondacks to Georgia, by canoe and foot, in April. They finished their trek last Thursday. This was their fourth backpacking adventure together. Todd Moe talks with them about life on the water and trail.  Go to full article

APA action expected on Big Tupper, snowmobile trails

A plan to reopen a chairlift and ski trails at the defunct Big Tupper Ski Area is expected to win final Adirondack Park Agency approval today. The permit was approved by an APA committee yesterday.

Big Tupper has been closed since 1999. A group of volunteers in Tupper Lake has been raising funds and working to reopen chair 2 and possibly the rope tow at the ski center. The effort comes as developer Michael Foxman's plans to reopen the ski center and build a large resort development around the mountain are headed to an adjudicatory hearing, possibly early next year.

Guidelines for construction and maintenance of snowmobile trails on state land in the Adirondacks are expected to come to a final vote today at the APA meeting in Ray Brook. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
"Crooked Tamarack and Cotton Grass Three" by Georgeanne Gaffney. Used with permission.
"Crooked Tamarack and Cotton Grass Three" by Georgeanne Gaffney. Used with permission.

Creating and sharing art in a favorite place

A new exhibit at the Paul Smiths Visitor Interpretive Center features artwork based on hikes at the VIC throughout the seasons. Todd Moe talks with artist Georgeanne Gaffney about her show, "Meander". She says most of the eleven new pieces are based on trips through the woods at the VIC.  Go to full article

In celebration of trails

This Saturday marks the 17th annual National Trails Day. It's an opportunity for the public and trail enthusiasts to explore and celebrate the nation's trail system. In the Cranberry Lake area this Saturday, volunteers will work on nine different trail projects, and the new "Cranberry Lake 50" loop trail around the lake will officially open. Jamie Savage is a local singer/songwriter who also teaches at the Ranger School in Wanakena. He told Todd Moe more about National Trails Day.  Go to full article

Trail cleanup part of National Trails Day

National Trails Day, this Saturday, is an annual nationwide day of public events. It's considered the country's largest celebration of the outdoors. The Adirondack Mountain Club is also celebrating its 85th anniversary and its first trail program, the 133-mile long Northville-Placid trail. Todd Moe spoke with Wes Lampman, ADK Director of Field Programs, who says about a hundred volunteers are expected to help with trail maintenance work on Saturday.  Go to full article

Environmentalists detail problems of state parks

An environmental group says New York's parks have become tired and worn out under the Pataki Administration, and are asking the newly elected Governor, Eliot Spitzer, to invest $300 million to fix them up. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Preview: National Trails Day

Hundreds of outdoor enthusiasts in the North Country will spend tomorrow cleaning up, mending and clearing trails. Those who use trails in the region will help celebrate National Trails Day. Todd Moe talks with Jamie Savage, who's organizing the 3rd annual National Trails Day activities in the Clifton-Fine area.  Go to full article

Rights Sought to Finish 4600-mile NC Trail

For the last 23 years, the National Park Service and groups of volunteers have been trying to create a 4,600 mile hiking trail. Once completed, the North Country National Scenic Trail would meander from New York to North Dakota. As the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Tamar Charney reports, organizers hope Congress will pass a bill that will make the trail easier to finish.  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

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