Thursday, July 18, 2019

Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (July 18)

CompassThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon and fully updated by Friday afternoon.

Contribute Your Knowledge: Add a comment below, or send your observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to adklmanack@gmail.com.

Learn and practice the seven Leave No Trace principles. Carry out what you have carried in. Do not leave gear, food, or other items at lean-tos and campsites. Do not litter. Take the free online Leave No Trace course here.

BE PREPARED! Start slow, gain experience. Carry proper safety equipment and weather protection and bring plenty of water and lights, and a map. When on the trail, stay together, monitor the time, and be prepared to turn back. Accidents happen to the most experienced people. Be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods in cold temperatures. Always carry food, a space blanket, emergency whistle, first aid kit, fire making tools, extra clothing layers and socks, a map and compass, and the knowledge to use them. Inform someone of your itinerary and before entering the backcountry or launching a boat check the National Weather Service watches, warnings, and advisories here. Follow Adirondack weather forecasts at Burlington and Albany and consult the High Elevation, Recreation, or Lake Champlain forecasts.

July 18th, 2019 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.


Thursday, July 18, 2019

Saranac Lake’s Street Fest Set For Saturday

saranac lake street festThe first-ever Saranac Lake Street Fest has been set for Saturday, July 20th, from 2 to 9 pm. Main Street will be closed from Berkeley Green to the Saranac Lake Free Library to make room for vendors, stilt walkers, buskers, artists, poetry for passerby by, a tarot card reader, a magician and more. Street Fest is free and open to the public.

Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes and participation in various activities will be encouraged throughout the day, including three contests: most Street Fest-iest costume, loon calling and bubble gum blowing. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, July 18, 2019

Unexpected Night In The Woods, Tired Hikers Turn Into Rescues

forest ranger logoNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry.

What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, July 18, 2019

7th Annual Adirondack Challenge Festival

Adirondack Challenge Festival touch a truck The 7th Annual Adirondack Challenge Festival in Indian Lake has been set for, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 19 – 21.

Governor Andrew Cuomo inaugurated this annual event in Indian Lake seven years ago to highlight recreational tourism in the Adirondack Park. The annual event has become an opportunity for Indian Lake businesses, organizations and the Town to showcase themselves with a variety of visitor activities. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Wilmington Festival Showcases Expanding Mountain Bike Trails

wilmington mountain bikingThe Town of Wilmington is set to host their third Wilmington Mountain Bike Festival, showcasing the area’s rapidly growing web of mountain biking trails, from August 30th to September 1st, 2019.

The three-day event capitalizes on Wilmington as a hub for over 25 miles of locally-built and rider-maintained single track trails. The town was recently named one of America’s 20 Best Mountain Biking Towns by National Geographic. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Indian Lake Poker Paddle Set for Saturday

indian lake poker paddleThe Indian Lake Poker Paddle has been set for Saturday, July 20th. Attendees will start and finish at Byron Park. Check in starts at 10:30 am, with the paddle and card drawings from noon to 3:30 pm.

The Indian Lake Poker Paddle is an annual event sponsored by the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce. Attendees explore the shores and bays of the scenic Indian Lake. Anything that floats and is propelled by a paddle qualifies including canoes, kayaks, SUPs, rowboats, guideboats, and rafts. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

US Waterski Show In Long Lake July 20th

waterski showThe US Waterski Show Team is set to perform in Long Lake at the Long Lake Town Beach on Saturday, July 20th. Demonstrations of pyramids, tricks and barefoot waterskiing begin at the Town Beach starting at 10 am with the team performance at 2 pm.

The showcase will be along the Long Lake beach waterfront in front of the Helms Seaplane Base and the Long Lake Town Beach along NYS Route 30. Spectators are invited to enjoy an array of synchronized jumps and quadruple-decker pyramids and glittery costumes. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Wild Center Adds River Otters With Kanienkehaka Names

Tawi:ne the river otter

Two male North American river otters made their debut at the Wild Center’s Otter Falls exhibit on June 22.

The pair’s Kanienkehaka names – Tawi:ne and Rohsno:re – were revealed on July 6 as part of The Wild Center’s Ways of Knowing celebration. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Rangers Say Man Had Long-Term Camp On State Land

NYS Forest Rangers told the press Tuesday that on July 11 at 7:40 p.m., a call came in to DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch from the father of a man who was camping long-term on state land in the Hoffman Notch Wilderness Area, in violation of the law.

Rangers said the 36-year-old male from Crown Point was communicating with his father over the course of several weeks but the father stated that he had not heard from the son in some time and that he had missed the last two supply drops. Worried about his son’s well-being, he requested Forest Rangers do a welfare check based on his last known location. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Amy Godine on John Brown Pilgrimages, Lake Placid Club

Adirondack Life contributor and independent scholar Amy Godine is set to track the history of pilgrimages to abolitionist John Brown’s North Elba grave and home, with an emphasis on the yearly visits of the John Brown Memorial Association from Philadelphia and the exclusionary Lake Placid Club.

From 1922 into the 1970s, black activists gathered at Brown’s shrine to honor his May birthday with speeches, sermons, and song. People in Lake Placid participated too, spurning the segregationist culture of the Jim Crow era. Of special interest to Godine is the complicated relationship of the black city pilgrims with the notoriously exclusionary Lake Placid Club. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Traditional Colton Country Day This Saturday

The Blue MysticsThe town of Colton’s annual summer festival has been set for this Saturday, July 20th. This years celebration features a week of events with daily activities before and after the traditional Country Day celebration. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Adirondack Pack Basket Workshop in Old Forge

pack basket provided by ViewView Arts Center in Old Forge is set to host a basketry workshop. Participants can make and leave with a staple tradition of the Adirondacks: the pack basket. This class is set for August 21 from 9 am to 5 pm.

This class will be taught by Linda Scherz. Weaving baskets for more than 30 years, Scherz is a highly skilled artisan and teacher. In this one-day workshop, participants will learn to weave a 14″ traditional Adirondack pack basket ready for their next hiking or canoe trip. All materials and tools will be provided. » Continue Reading.


Monday, July 15, 2019

Adirondack Harvest: Farmers Markets Support Local Growers

Saranac Lake Village Farmers Market courtesy Regional Office of Sustainable TourismFarmers Markets (marketplaces where people gather to buy and trade goods and services, exchange news, and share stories with one another) can be traced back 5000-years, to Egyptian villages and towns along the Nile.

They have deep roots in American history too; enduring as a part of our society, business, and trade since 1634, when the first Farmers’ Market in the ‘New World’ opened for business in Boston, Massachusetts. Throughout much of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, outdoor marketplaces remained vital centers of commerce in both American cities and rural communities. » Continue Reading.


Monday, July 15, 2019

Brook Floater Mussels

freshwater mussel Freshwater mussels are not exactly charismatic. They don’t flit gracefully about like a Karner blue butterfly, or munch on clover like a cottontail. They aren’t known for their sweet songs like a wood thrush, and they don’t close down traffic on the first rainy night of spring like spotted salamanders. They are fish parasites at one stage of their lives, and they don’t even taste good like their saltwater cousins. » Continue Reading.


Monday, July 15, 2019

Saranac Lake, Science, and Space Exploration

Benton Ressler onstage in Chicago prior to coming to Saranac LakeHistoric Saranac Lake is set to host a presentation, “Saranac Lake, Science, and Space Exploration,” by Barry Ressler on Saturday, July 20th, from 7 to 8 pm, in the John Black Room at the Saranac Laboratory Museum.

Ressler will share about his family’s roots in Saranac Lake and his own fascinating career in science, medical technology, alternative energy, artificial intelligence, and space exploration. » Continue Reading.