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Lake Placid, adirondacks, usa — The spring “turnover” of Mirror Lake and concerns about water salinity levels was the topic of a special meeting of community and municipals leaders from the Village of Lake Placid and Town of North Elba on March 30 in Lake Placid. Testing and sampling of Mirror Lake over the winter have indicated a rising level of salinity due primarily to road salt used by road maintenance crews to melt snow and ice on the western side of the lake, along Main Street. The recreational epicenter of the popular year-round vacation community,... continue reading
 
As a newcomer to the Adirondacks, I'm getting ready to spend my first snow season in the mountains. I was anxious to learn what I would need to help me become a veteran of winter sports, where to begin? Having limited skiing experience in the past, I know I will need equipment…but what? How much should I spend? Where do I go if I break something? What do I need besides skis or a snowboard? Luckily, we have tons of experts right in the area to help. Whether you’re a beginner – like me – or a seasoned pro, these six shops offer the equipment, knowledge and service you’ll need to help you get... continue reading
 
Why Climb the High Peaks in Winter? “The rewards are many and varied for the man, in good physical condition, with the patience and good sense to plan his Adirondack mountaineering trips, ahead of time, with necessary detail.  His equipment sound, and clothing and food adequate, he may swing along the trail which on one day may sparkle with frost crystals over the powder snow; and on the next may be a sea of slush.  Prepared is he for the terrible nose dive of the thermometer at a moment’s notice, and yes, willing, even after climbing three thousand feet with a pack, to turn back, not... continue reading
 
Are you a trip leader? Trip planning techniques for all seasons. Are you leading a trip up an Adirondack mountain, to a pond, along the river, or someplace else that’s really cool? Well, there are some things to consider before you head out. While I am sure that you want everyone to have a good time there are safety concerns that you should look at first; then you can look into being the tour guide that introduces others to the history of the area or boiling up some hot water for pine tea. Sit back and ask yourself these questions and keep them in mind if the trip is an open invite, which... continue reading
 
We have been getting dumped on this winter with light fluffy powder, but that hasn’t stopped us from taking on more difficult hikes. Breaking trail can be very tiring, but we got an early start, brought plenty of food and water, and worked our way up to the really challenging adventures. Esther via White Brook was going to be one of those challenges that we had to get ready for. Feeling good, feeling rested, and feeling inspired we scoped out a potential route on our topo map and made the early morning drive over to Wilmington to do it. We had been eyeballing White Brook and Esther for quite... continue reading
 
I’m all about hiking the High Peaks in any season. I usually only want to hike High Peaks rather than any other mountains, there’s just something about conquering a 4,000 foot peak with my own two feet that sucks me in. However, this year on Martin Luther King weekend, I realized that I can still have a great time on non-High Peaks, if only I head out with an open mind and open eyes. Planning and Packing When my hiking group first planned our trip, we were aiming for Phelps Mountain, which is the 32nd tallest High Peak in the Adirondacks. We’ve only done two High Peaks in the winter -... continue reading
 
Did you know that the fire tower challenge also has a winter category? Between December 21 and March 21 you can work on your winter fire tower climbs and earn a really cool winter rocker. “Climb 18 of the 23 Adirondack Mountains with fire towers and all five in the Catskills between December 21 and March 21 and you can earn a rocker for your Fire Tower Challenge patch. Please note that like the regular Fire Tower Challenge, it is not necessary to climb the actual towers,” www.adk-gfs.org. Hurricane In Winter The thing is, I have been to many of the firetowers in the winter but my wife... continue reading
 
While all the 46 High Peaks should be experienced by everyone, there is one in particular that is a must for winter climbers, and that is Seymour. The Seward Mountains reside in the Western High Peaks Region and cover a massive expanse of tall, steep, rugged, and secluded mountains. Consisting of Seward, Donaldson, Emmons, and Seymour these mountains also boast some pretty dramatic views while hiking along the well-developed herd paths. Seymour stands slightly less than 4100’ in elevation. However, unlike the other three, Seymour stands alone in its solitude. While many have made the direct... continue reading
 
If you're a winter outdoor recreationist you're in for a great January in Lake Placid! We've got some awesome events spread out through the month, all but one taking place outdoors.  Extreme outdoor films will blow you away The one event exception that's not taking place in an outdoor venue is the Banff Mountain Film Festival, which is ABOUT the great outdoors, but obviously takes place in a theater. The Lake Placid Center for the Arts plays host to the annual festival celebrating the extremists of outdoor sports around the world. After viewing the clips on the BMFF website, I for one won't... continue reading
 
So —— you’re wondering what goes on in the Adirondacks on New Year’s Eve? Well, if you weren’t, I bet you are now. Gotcha. Hike into the New Year... Believe it or not, lots of folks take off on a hike to ring in the New Year from the summit of one of our High Peaks. Others tackle a smaller, easier destination, like Cobble Hill - right in town it's only a 30 to 45 minute hike. Check out this “spin”, looking down on the village of Lake Placid and the High Peaks on a full moon night. This would be my choice for a short hike, with a return in time for dinner and celebrating... continue reading
 

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