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Technique triumphs over brute strength

July 23, 2011 There is an old saying which claims that behind every successful gentleman, there remains a very tired lady. Over the course of the past week, I had the good fortune to observe such a situatio. more »»

The outdoor life is a life well spent

July 16, 2011 Recently, I spent a few hours sorting through a stack of old appointment calendars that were hidden away on a shelf in my office. more »»

Fresh discovery around every bend in the river

July 9, 2011 There is no denying the pull of a river, it is a peculiar allure that makes flowing waters distinct. more »»

Summer blasts off with big opening weekend

July 2, 2011 Fourth of July weekend traditionally signals the launch of the Adirondacks’ summer tourism season. more »»

Rains, cool evenings keep oxygen levels up

June 18, 2011 Passing storms with heavy rains have continued to keep area water levels well above average for this time of year. more »»

Watching out for wildlife in the spring

June 11, 2011 For the past two weeks, I have been engaged in a daily battle with a persistent robin. The bird has been attempting to establish a nest in the rafters of my garag. more »»

Wet and wild week of weather in the woods

June 4, 2011 Last week was certainly an interesting time to be in the woods or on the waters of the Adirondacks, as fast-moving weather patterns delivered a unique combination of heavy rains and severe electrica... more »»

Outdoor ethics, even when no one is watching

May 28, 2011 There is always room for improvement in our personal outdoor behavior. Ethics are principles we apply to such behavior, even when we know nobody is watching. more »»

Spring brings new life to the woods

May 14, 2011 By all indications, it appears the spring season has finally settled in across the North Country. more »»

Water: The great unifier

May 7, 2011 For most of the past week, the region has experienced serious issues with flooding and high-water conditions. Roads and bridges were washed out, homes and camps flooded and dams were jeopardized. more »»

Still waiting for that first whiff of spring

April 30, 2011 I am pleased to report ice-out has finally occurred. The ponds opened up last weekend. However, there are a number of local lakes that remain socked in, including many of the upper-elevation ponds. more »»

Not that much has changed in the last century

April 23, 2011 As I wait with increasing impatience for winter’s hardtop to lift from the local lakes and ponds, I’ve decided to drift through the dusty, musty recesses of a box of old books. more »»

Seasons blend with snow and sap

April 9, 2011 As I work on this week’s column, snow continues to fall outside of my windows. I can’t complain; it sure beats the rain. more »»

Not quite ready to exchange ski poles for fishing poles

April 2, 2011 Outside the window, there are big, fat snowflakes floating like goosedown in the cold morning air. more »»

Old-timers possess centuries of wisdom

March 26, 2011 When Adirondack ponds finally shed winter’s hard cap, it will be the beginning of my 33rd season guiding guests on local streams and other faraway waters. more »»

Guides make annual pilgrimage to Lake Placid

March 19, 2011 It has been nearly 30 years since the first gathering of Adirondack guides was hosted in the spring of 1982. The inaugural event was held at the old Lake Placid Club Resort. more »»

Spring’s shuffle stunned by winter’s wrath

March 12, 2011 In a typical year, the local snowpack would already be deteriorated. more »»

The lighter side of the outdoors

March 5, 2011 A few weeks ago, I penned a column titled “Code of the Woods” that was intended to offer a humorous perspective on camping and backwoods etiquette. Some readers understood and some didn’t. more »»

Handmade and homegrown: It’s only natural

February 26, 2011 I have always had an affinity for locally produced products made with natural materials. more »»

Code of the woods has changed over the years

February 19, 2011 Similar to the code of the West, there was once a code of the woods. It was an unwritten set of common sense practices and values that were respected by woodsmen, hunters, anglers and hikers alike. more »»



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