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By Brian Nearing, Times Union, link to original post

For the first time in more than a century, thousands of acres of Adirondack land around the Essex Chain of Lakes is open to the public for hiking, paddling, skiing, fishing and hunting.

Held for years by the Finch Pruyn timber company, the lands were opened for public access Monday under an interim plan by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

In August 2012, the state bought 69,000 acres of former Finch lands from The Nature Conservancy, which had bought it from the timber company. With the opening of the Essex portion, about 22,000 of these acres are open to public recreation, which permits day use, but not overnight camping.

Motor vehicle access to Essex lands is open on Cornell Road and on the Boots to Cornell Road. Cars and trucks are allowed to drive on Cornell Road from Woods Road to a gate on the Boots to Cornell Road. A parking area allows access to Deer Pond.

Paddlers may portage canoes and kayaks about a quarter mile to Deer Pond. From there, a half-mile portage reaches a put-in on Third Lake. Paddlers can travel by water to explore First, Second, Fourth, Fifth and Seventh Lakes of the Essex Chain.

Members of private hunting camps that held leases with Finch retain rights that permit motorized access not available to the public, and also have one-acre exclusive-use envelopes around their camp buildings.

A map of the Essex Chain Lakes tract is available online at http://bit.ly/1fGv8Pf

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Kayak Thousand Islands

Kayak Thousand Islands

The publisher of the Common Man outdoor trail & paddle guides for NY, FL and VT has had a major webpage meltdown. As a temporary sole source, the webpage at www.RogerFulton.com has become the backup and the only current online source for most of the Common Man trail guides. The only glitch is that this web page can’t take credit cards, but can accept cash, checks or money orders by mail.

Ski - Lake George

Ski – Lake George

Common Man Books are a great source of trail information for Lake George, Saratoga Springs, the 1,000 Islands,and Adirondacks fire towers. Many of the links in this blog to Common Man books will be dead. Click here instead.

Bike Saratoga NY

Bike Saratoga NY

Paddle Lake George NY

Paddle Lake George NY

Roger Fulton
Phone; 386-956-6089
email: Roger@RogerFulton.com
Webpage: http://www.RogerFulton.com.

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If you’re thinking of heading to the Adirondacks this Fall (or any time) for a some biking, here’s a helpful resource: BikeAdirondacks.org

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The Board of Directors for ARISE announced Friday that they plan on re-opening Big Tupper Ski Area for the 2013-2014 ski season. ARISE and Big Tupper Management recently met to discuss the overall operation, and to review the financial challenges they are faced with. ARISE Chairman Jim LaValley said that this years operation will be handled entirely by volunteers. He went on to say that, “even though the operation is all volunteer, the people involved bring incredible experience and knowledge about the ski industry. And even though the ski experience will be a no frills operation, it will provide a great ski experience.”

This season, Big Tupper will not be selling pre-season passes, but will wait for enough snow to arrive before offering any ticket sales. Day passes will cost $25, and ARISE is working on discount pricing for books of 5 or 10 passes. ARISE Board Member Russ Cronin, Jr. said, “ because we do not have snowmaking, we thought the best financial approach for the skiing public is to wait until we have enough snow. We are hoping for a great skiing winter.”

LaValley said that, “our lifts have been inspected, trails will be mowed, and our application to the Adirondack Park Agency has been submitted. We were left with enough money to get ourselves to the point of opening. And, we will be holding a couple of fundraising events to help with some of the larger expenses, including insurance and grooming.”

After ARISE operated the ski area for three seasons, and forced to close last winter, the community is already showing its excitement as word has begun to spread about opening this season. LaValley said, “ARISE’s mission is to provide the community of Tupper Lake with an effort to improve the local economy. It became abundantly clear last year that Big Tupper Ski Area has a huge impact and we have to do everything we can to keep it operating while waiting for the Adirondack Club project to work through the Article 78 lawsuit.” LaValley added, “ARISE will be announcing some other economic initiatives within the next 60 days that will bring additional positive news to the community. We believe that the Article 78 lawsuit will be over in the very near future, and now is the time to begin planning for other business inquiries that have already begun to develop as a result of the Adirondack Club and Resort.”

This season Steve Stevenson will serve as Coordinator, while Don Dew, Jr. And Kate Bencze will share the responsibilities of being Administrative and Volunteer Managers. Cliff Lamere will continue as Lift Operations Manager, and Bill Mozdzier will continue as Trails Manager.

source: SkiBigTupper.org

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Trail Run the Adirondacks

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North Elba wants tracks gone, favors multi-use trail

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Click here to read: Climbers find challenging routes, aesthetic beauty at Adirondack boulder fields

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