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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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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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Fisherman\'s fantasia
The Adirondacks have a long and storied history of angling adventures, which dates back for centuries. Encompassing more than 30,000 miles of streams and rivers and an estimated 4,500 lakes, backwoods ponds and beaver flows, the Park also includes a large section of the western shore of Lake Champlain, the sixth-largest lake in the country.
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Dreaming of spring brook trout
The trout season officially begins on April 1 across the entire state of New York. Interestingly, it is also known as April Fools’ Day.
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Five Winter Trips
Mount Marcy
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Revisiting the Wright Peak ski trail
After several hours of climbing, the stunted spruces in the krummholz zone gave way to a bare, white summit and blue skies that allowed one’s vision to stretch for miles. Algonquin gleamed to the right, and minutes later, after reaching the summit, Mount Colden came into view, its slides and drainages etched into a dark mass of trees and shadows.
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To catch a snowy owl
Every winter, from November through April, Drs. Francis and Frederick Hamerstrom went to Texas to study Harris Hawks and then continued into Mexico to study osprey on the Baja Peninsula. The Hamerstroms, world renowned biologists, were my mentors when I went to graduate school in the mid-1980s.
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Bartlett’s bagpiper
Bill Smith says he has run enough miles in his lifetime to have circled the earth twice, and by the end of his life he hopes to add enough miles to do it one more time.
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Densmore shares her passion for the trail
Saranac Lake native Lisa Densmore has penned a new hiking guidebook for the Adirondacks that is geared toward hikers of all levels.
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Nonprofit group plays a significant role in connecting waterways
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