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Breakdown of Adirondack campgrounds
The state Department of Environmental Conservation operates public campgrounds within the Adirondack Park. Most of these campgrounds have reservable sites, but also serve customers on a first come, first served basis. Except for a few exceptions, each campground has hot showers, potable water and trash and recycling.
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How to build an emergency shelter
An unplanned night in the woods is something that many people, well, don't plan for. But if a hiker, hunter or backcountry user finds themself out in the cold, having a solid base of knowledge on finding or making a shelter can mean the difference between life and death, comfort and misery.
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Keep the peace with the right tent
"To me, it's a successful expedition if you still want to be friends with your partners at the end," Chuck Bruha laughed. And a big part of not wanting to kill each other after a few nights of camping is comfort. Comfortable people tend not to hate each other after 72 hours.
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Schlimmer recounts tales from the field
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Split Rock full of surprises
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BOOK REVIEW: Bible of backcountry stewardship
Before hikers and campers had heard of leave-no-trace principals, Guy and Laura Waterman were preaching in their their 1979 book "Backwoods Ethics"that users of the backcountry should have a limited impact when adventuring through the backcountry.
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How to start a fire in wet conditions
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Memorable late-winter ski trip
It was the late winter of 1982 when I first traveled the Northville-Placid Trail outside of the fishing season. Brook trout had always been my main quarry, and I often ventured along the historic 132-mile passage between Lake Placid with Northville, in search of wild brookies, and I still do. My wandering ways always focused on the small, remote ponds that are concentrated in and around the Cold River valley.
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Natural and man-made beauties of the Park
NEWCOMB -- The Adirondack Park is well known for its natural places: vast forests, quiet backcountry ponds and rugged High Peaks.
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Rangers recall rescue efforts
Shortly after Steve Mastaitis lost the trail as he descended from Mount Marcy\'s summit, assistant forest ranger Neil Van Dyke received word that the man had disappeared.
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Cedar River paddling
Cedar River
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Jay Mountain hike
Jay Mountain Wilderness
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Summit steward program extends its reach
Cascade, one of the most popular and accesible mountains in the Adirondacks, is expected to have a summit steward presence this summer.
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Five Winter Trips
Mount Marcy
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Doing the dirty work
As the four Student Conservation Association workers sat around a campfire on a St. Regis Pond island, storm clouds moved across the sky. An occasional lightning bolt lit up the water and thunderclaps drowned out the crackling of the small fire.
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Dog days of Spring
The sun peaked against a blue sky as Katy and I gathered our gear in the Rooster Comb trail parking lot just south of Keene Valley on the west side of state Route 73 on April 25.
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A dozen intrinsic seasonal delights
1. Drive the Whiteface Mountain toll road. Walk the long, cool tunnel on a humid day to take the elevator to the summit, and watch as the sun begins to set. It’s a lazy man’s way to climb a High Peak.
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Keep paradise in place: Help stop the spread of invasive species
You have the gear. You have the perfect weather. But do you have a hitchhiker, too? The “nature” of travel and outdoor recreation has changed. Human activities aid the spread of invasive species when plants and pests hitchhike with us to new areas.
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Long Lake’s legendary guide
LONG LAKE — In searching for the source of the Hudson River in the Adirondack High Peaks midway through the 19th century, author Benson Lossing sought the best guide available.
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Summers pass fast, but memories last
Summer is the most fleeting of all Adirondack seasons. It typically arrives late and departs early, yet memories of the season can last a lifetime. Adirondack summers have staying power.
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Paddle and hiking trips: The best of both worlds
For those who enjoy excursions that combine paddling and hiking, some Adirondack outdoorsmen have some suggestions for you. Here are three trips that include the best of both worlds.
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The Park: More than just a tourist destination
What is it that makes a visit to the Adirondack Park so special?
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Waterfalls, flood plains and mountains
LONG LAKE - Paddling from Long Lake to Axton Landing on the Raquette River offers great scenery, some history and the chance to view a pair of waterfalls along the way.
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Christmas every day at Santa’s Workshop
Opening in 1949, the oldest theme park in the United States is an expert in the field of family entertainment. Nestled on the side of scenic Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondacks, the village has a magical atmosphere that immediately tells the visitor that he or she has entered a very special world. Santa’s Workshop is just 12 miles northeast of Lake Placid.
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Olympic village of Lake Placid
Set in the grandeur of the Adirondacks, one of the last great wilderness areas of the East Coast, the Lake Placid region of Essex County offers visiting nature lovers an experience filled with arts, history, education and sports.
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Santa’s Workshop and Whiteface Mountain, Wilmington has something for everyone
The Whiteface region in Essex County is home to legendary Whiteface Mountain and the famous Ausable River. During the summer and fall seasons, take a scenic gondola ride up the mountain for a panoramic view of the High Peaks, Lake Champlain, and north to Montreal. Drive up the Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway to the amazing castle and summit observation deck. There’s also mountain biking on Whiteface, with additional hiking and bicycling trails throughout the valley.
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Rafting the mighty Hudson
INDIAN LAKE — The mighty Hudson, long synonymous with New York’s history of exploration and transportation, also lures modern Adirondack adventurers with an exhilarating ride through some of the most remote areas of the Park.
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