AROUND THE REGION
Along New York’s Canals
WATERFORD – Get ready for fun, fitness, and adventure on the NYS Canalway System and Canalway Trail. The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor is launching the Canalway Challenge in May to help people achieve their personal fitness goals, while experiencing the Erie Canalway’s many treasures. Whether you’re an avid cyclist or a family looking to get more active, you can walk, run, paddle, or cycle your way to achieving your personal mileage goal.
Participation is free and registration is open to individuals and groups. Simply register online and choose a mileage goal of 15, 90, 180 or 360 miles – end-to-end from Buffalo to Albany. Then get outside to run, walk, cycle, or paddle on the Canalway Trail and NYS Canal System to achieve it. You may complete the Canalway Challenge in one big trip or in many small ones.
Like a hiker seeking to become an Adirondack 46er, you can strive for mileage status and recognition through the Canalway Challenge. The program will offer opportunities to share your experiences on social media and join a Facebook group to be part of a supportive community. Upon completion, you can show off your accomplishment with a photo finish, car/kayak decal and gear bag.
Sign-up when registration goes live in May and start planning your adventures, so you can hit the ground running – or cycling, walking, or paddling – when the Canalway Challenge kicks off! For details, go to: canalwaychallenge.org.
“Trails of the Adirondacks: Hiking America’s Original Wilderness”
LAKE GEORGE – The Adirondack Park is home to the largest protected natural area in the Lower 48 states – six million acres, including more than 10,000 lakes, 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, and thousands of miles of hiking trails running to ponds, waterfalls, and mountain summits through a wide variety of habitats, including wetlands, and old-growth forests. How better to view this wilderness than afoot on the hundreds of trails, many leading to some of the most picturesque summits in North America.
The Trails of the Adirondacks: Hiking America’s Original Wilderness is the official book published with the Adirondack Mountain Club and celebrates America’s original hiking destination through breathtaking contemporary photography, maps, rarely seen archival photos, and text that brings the history of the trails to life.
There are trails for everyone in the Adirondacks. Today, thousands enjoy hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing trails to backcountry destinations all around the park while others aspire to climb all 46 High Peaks. Water trails include the historic Fulton Chain of Lakes, Raquette River, and Saranac Lakes routes, in addition to more intimate paddles across wild ponds and waters that meander through towering mountains and verdant forests. Every season has its own charm, all portrayed here in this one-of-a-kind volume of history and photography along Adirondack trails. From the dramatic beauty of Lake George, to numerous fire tower summits and open ledges and mountaintops scattered around the park, the rugged splendor of the High Peaks, and the bucolic beauty of the Champlain Valley, this book covers it all.
Carl Heilman II has spent the last 40 years hiking and photographing the Adirondacks. His photos have been published in magazines such as Outside, National Parks and presented on PBS. Neal Burdick is editor of the ADK’s magazine, Adirondac, and writes for other regional publications. Bill McKibben is an environmentalist and writer who frequently contributes to The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, and Outside. Since 1922, the Adirondack Mountain Club has been dedicated to protecting New York’s wild lands and waters while teaching people how to enjoy natural places responsibly.
The Trails of the Adirondacks: Hiking America’s Original Wilderness, photography by Carl Heilman II, text by Neal Burdick, and foreword by Bill McKibben. In association with Adirondack Mountain Club, published by Rizzoli New York. For more info, check out: rizzoliusa.com.
Peakquest: Scratch-Off Hiking Companion
SARANAC LAKE – Peakquest announces a creative and unique method to record your hikes as you conquer the 46 Adirondack High Peaks. A new scratch-off card lets you track your hikes as you summit each peak to reveal its elevation marker and the card makes it easier to recall peaks you’ve completed. When all 46 peaks have been scratched away, your quest is complete.
Peakquest was well-received at the Adirondack Sports Summer Expo and more cards coming soon: Fire Tower Challenge, Saranac Lake 6er, Lake Placid 9er, and Winter 46 High Peaks. For more info or to order, visit: peakquest.org.
Make-A-Wish Grants Wish to Florida Boy in Lake Placid
ALBANY – Tiago Cusano had never seen snow, but he had seen bobsledding. Recovering from radiation treatments, Tiago became fascinated with bobsledding, particularly the speed, as he watched the 2018 Winter Olympics on TV at his Miami Springs, Fla. home.
“I want to ride one of those one day,” Tiago said. When it came time for the eight-year-old to make his wish, he told Make-A-Wish Southern Florida he wanted to go down an icy track. With assistance from Make-A-Wish Northeast New York, Tiago and his family got to do just that and much more, as they were introduced to the miracle of winter in Lake Placid.
With new cold-weather gear, Tiago and his family were greeted in mid-February like rock stars the moment they stepped foot in the Olympic village. Tiago met with Olympians past and present. The impressive roster included ski medalist and Make-A-Wish Northeast New York board member Andrew Weibrecht, whose family owns the Mirror Lake Inn, where the Cusanos stayed.
Olympic bobsledders surrounded Tiago much of his wish, including medalists Elana Meyers Taylor and Lauren Gibbs. He watched World Cup bobsled and skeleton races up close at Mt. Van Hoevenberg – “Scary,” he said. Tiago also appeared on international TV, and was the subject of his own news conference.
The mayor of Lake Placid, Craig Randall, was overjoyed to meet Tiago. After hours in the village, it seemed everyone knew Tiago. Diagnosed with a brain tumor, Tiago also went to the top of the Olympic ski jump, toured Herb Brooks Arena, and learned to snowboard and luge. Tiago made snowballs and threw them. He and his 12-year-old sister, Gianna, got into snowball fights with each other, and with anyone willing to throw one back at them. More than a few Olympians were game. This kid from Florida, who had never seen snow grabbed a fistful of winter by his mittens, and said “I like cold more than hot!”
The Garden Parking Lot Closed for Summer 2019
KEENE VALLEY – The Garden Parking Lot at the Garden Trailhead – one of the main access points to the eastern High Peak Wilderness – will be closed to public motor vehicles during the spring and summer of 2019, due to the replacement of the Johns Brook Bridge. Construction of the replacement bridge, located in Keene Valley, will begin as soon as weather and road conditions allow and is expected to last through the summer. No vehicles or pedestrians will be able to pass the bridge once construction is started through completion of the project.
Hikers and backpackers may gain access to the Garden Trailhead by parking at Marcy Field Parking Lot and using the Town of Keene Shuttle. The bus will transport hikers between the parking lot and the trailhead. This will be the only means for accessing the Garden Trailhead during the closure period. The shuttle will operate from 7am to 7pm, seven days a week, for $10 round-trip per person ($13 Canadian). Check the town website for up-to-date shuttle schedules.
Respect the closure, no parking signs and private property. There will be posted ‘no parking’ areas along Adirondack St., Market St., and Johns Brook Rd. Illegally parked cars will be towed. For shuttle info and updates, visit: townofkeeneny.com.