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Choosing the right tip-up
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Lumberjacks in training
PAUL SMITHS — It’s a steamy late July morning in the woods at the beginning of the summer’s first serious heat wave. Flies are swarming and biting incessantly, and it’s work to even stand up.
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Slogging through wet snow on St. Regis
Burned by fires more than a century ago, a large section of St. Regis Mountain’s summit is bare and offers a great place to rest and take in the views. Ponds and lakes are visible in most directions.
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Discovering the freedom of the heel
The first run was awkward and clumsy as if I were riding over the snow-covered ground during an earthquake.
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Ice Fishing 101
Ice fishing, aka hardwater angling, is a popular pastime practiced primarily along the ice belt, a cold-weather zone located north of the 41st parallel that spans the globe. In the United States, the pursuit is enjoyed from the far northwest through the Great Lakes and into New England.
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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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Madawaska Flow to Quebec Brook
DISTANCE: Up to 7 miles round trip
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Seven Carries Route
DISTANCE: 6 miles one way
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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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Enduring ‘The Longest Day and Night’
SARANAC LAKE — In the past year, Becky Sutter has taken up the sport of adventure racing, a grueling competition that requires athletes to be adept in a wide array of activities from paddlesports to mountain biking.
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Great Adirondack Birding Celebration
PAUL SMITHS — The Adirondack Park Agency Visitor Interpretive Center at Paul Smiths will become “Adirondack Birding Headquarters” for the seventh annual Great Adirondack Birding Celebration on June 5-7. It will include birding field trips, trail walks, canoe trips, exhibits, lectures and the popular Teddy Roosevelt Birding Challenge.
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Rock Snot threatens New York fishing waters
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Caution: Spotted salamanders stop here
PAUL SMITHS — In Amherst, Mass., the spring migration of the spotted salamander is a celebrated event.
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