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Entries from April 28th, 2011

DEC Information and Advice Regarding High Waters and Flooding

April 28th, 2011 · 1 Comment · News

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) notes that the combination of heavy rains and significant snowmelt has brought high water levels throughout the region resulting in conditions that are not conducive to hiking, camping, boating and paddling. Despite the good weather forecasted for this weekend DEC is discouraging the public from entering the woods or accessing the waters of the Adirondacks for the following reasons:

  • Many roads in the Adirondacks have been closed due to flooding and washouts.
  • Streams are very high and most stream crossings that don’t have a foot bridge are impossible or dangerous to cross.
  • Many trails and campsites adjacent to streams, and other waters, are flooded. Other trails in lower elevations are very muddy and wet.
  • High winds moved through the area. Due to soils being saturated with water these winds may result in numerous trees being toppled. Trails and campsites may be covered and blocked by fallen trees.
  • The danger of landslides on mountain slopes is high due to saturated soils.
  • Snow is still present above 2600 feet, the snow is soft and slushy. Snowshoes are required to prevent “post holing”, avoid injuries and ease travel.
  • Water levels are high and water temperatures are low, rivers and streams are running swiftly.
  • Waters may contain logs, limbs and other debris.
  • High waters also conceal navigation hazards such as boulders, rock shelves, docks and other structures that normally are easily seen and avoided.

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The Next Generation of Olympians Descend on NYC May 10th

April 19th, 2011 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Meet Olympic Medalists & Sochi 2014 Hopefuls at Fundraiser in Central Park

LAKE PLACID, NY – Vancouver Winter Olympic Gold, Silver and Bronze Medalists will be in Central Park for an evening of entertainment to benefit the Next Generation of Olympians and Sochi 2014 hopefuls.

Andrew Weibrecht wins bronzeThis event presents a rare opportunity to meet Nordic Combined Gold and Silver Medalist Bill Demong, Super G Bronze Medalist Andrew Weibrecht, and aspiring Sochi 2014 athletes on a rare break from their rigorous training schedules. Olympian Casey Colby, U.S. Ski Team member Tommy Biesemeyer, U.S. Olympic Ski Jumpers Nicholas Alexander and Peter Frenette, and U.S. Olympic Biathlete Tim Burke will also be in attendance.

In 2010, New York’s premier ski program, the New York State Ski Educational Foundation, sent seven athletes to the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. NYSEF will host its first New York City gala fundraiser Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 6:30 pm in the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park, New York City. Proceeds from ticket sales and an auction will be donated to the Endowment Fund to Support the Next Generation, and the NYSEF scholarship and general funds.

General admission tickets for the event are $250 and $150 for attendees 18 and under. Tickets may be purchased online at: nysef.org/nyc.html.

In partnership with NYSEF, the Next Generation gala event is sponsored in part by Northwood School and the National Sports Academy at Lake Placid, and will feature an auction, cocktails and dinner. Additional sponsors include the Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa, Whiteface Mountain and CJS Sales. For more information, contact Emily McGuire at emily@inphorminc.com or log on to nysef.org/nyc.html.

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ADK to host 2011 Black Fly Affair

April 19th, 2011 · No Comments · Adirondack News

QUEENSBURY, N.Y. – One of the region’s largest and most exciting auctions is coming to the Hiland Park Country Club.

“Black Fly Affair: A Hikers Ball” is a great opportunity to shop for bargains on original artwork, outdoor gear, jewelry, weekend getaways, tickets to cultural events and more. Proceeds from the event support the Adirondack Mountain Club’s conservation and outdoor education programs.

ADK’s 15th annual gala and auction will be held from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., Saturday, May 21, at the Hiland Park Country Club, 195 Haviland Road, Queensbury. The Black Fly Affair is ADK’s signature event and largest fund-raiser. Recommended attire is formal dress (black tie) and hiking boots, although the dress code will not be strictly enforced.

Stan Hall, president of the Cooperstown Brewing Co., is the honorary chairperson. Radio personality Gregory McKnight will be master of ceremonies. There will be food, beverages and dancing to the music of Standing Room Only. Cooperstown Brewing Co. will provide samples of its premium ales, porters and stouts.

ADK boasts one of the largest silent auctions in the region in addition to its very lively live auction. Jim and Danielle Carter of Acorn Estates & Appraisals will conduct the auction. A preview of auction items is available at http://adk.maestroweb.com.

Tickets are $45 per person until May 13, and $55 after May 13 and at the door. For reservations, call (800) 395-8080 Ext. 25 or register online at www.adk.org. Discounted room rates for Black Fly attendees are available at Clarion Inn & Suites, 1454 Route 9, Lake George. Hiland Park Golf Club is offering Black Fly participants a special deal on a round of golf before the event. Call (518) 793-2000 for tee times.

Corporate sponsors of Black Fly Affair are the Times Union, Jaeger & Flynn Associates, TD Bank, Cool Insuring Agency, Price Chopper Golub Foundation and JBI Helicopter Services. To donate an auction item or to become a corporate sponsor, contact Deb Zack at (800) 395-8080 Ext. 42.

The Adirondack Mountain Club is the oldest and largest organization dedicated to the protection of the New York Forest Preserve. ADK helps protect the Forest Preserve, state parks and other wild lands and waters through conservation and advocacy, environmental education and responsible recreation. More information is available at www.adk.org.

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Vintage Adirondacks: Land of My Dreams

April 15th, 2011 · 8 Comments · Adirondack Life

I love the old-time films. My favorite part happens about 6:45 in.

Shot on 8mm film. The story takes place on Bluff Island in the Adirondacks, Saranac Lake, New York. My great grandparents had a house that Joe built himself from scratch. The DEC took the house down after a law was made that people could only camp on certified islands in the lake. Joseph J. Harley was an amateur film maker who made many other movies and won awards for them.

I couldn’t find much information about the filmographer, but at one point he was President of the American Cinema League.

Enjoy, and make sure you check out Part 2 and Part 3.

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Adirondack’s Wildest Police Video

April 12th, 2011 · No Comments · Adirondack Life

I will neither confirm or deny any support or opposition to ATVs. Too “risky”.

(via Adirondack Almanack)

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Your Adirondack Base Camp

April 11th, 2011 · No Comments · Miscellania

Hey, did you know that Schroon Lake, New York is:

Easy to get to, Close to Everything?


Let’s see:

  1. Nestled in the Magnificent Adirondack Park? …… check
  2. Scenic Mountain Landscapes?….. check
  3. Endless Waterways, Beaches, and Wilderness?….. check
  4. Arts Community?….. check
  5. Main Street with General Store, Cafes, and Restuarants?….. check
  6. Authentic Adirondack Experience?….. check
  7. Saavy Travelers, Rugged Outdoors-people, and Families?….. check

Schroon Lake, NY is Adirondack Base Camp
Well, obviously it must be Your Adirondack Base Camp.
Check them out if you’re planning a trip to the Adirondacks.

Update: North Warren, NY too?!!

North Warren, NY - Another Adirondack Base Camp

Update II:Old Forge is “Adirondack Base Camp” for visitors who launch out near and far seeking everything from serenity to adventure.”

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Dropping Marcy

April 7th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Adirondack Life

(via Adirondack Backcountry Skiing)

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