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Notes from the North Woods

Meadow Hackett from Ray Brook celebrates the climb on the summit of St. Regis Mountain, while knocking off another one of the Saranac Sixers.

Meadow Hackett from Ray Brook celebrates the climb on the summit of St. Regis Mountain, while knocking off another one of the Saranac Sixers.

By all appearances, the winter season is here to stay. Despite the usual thaws, and a few occasional bouts of rain, the winter of ‘13-’14 has been relatively normal and just plain, old cold.

The snow has come and gone, and enough of the white stuff stuck around long enough for most skiers and snowshoers to have a good go at it.

The hard water anglers have been on the ice covered lakes and ponds for nearly two weeks already, and they largely seem happily content.

Reports continue to trickle in with tall tales of big fishtails, including some photos of the monster pike taken from Great Sacandaga Lake, some nice salmon from Lake Clear and an unexpectedly large, lake trout that was taken from a lake that shall remain nameless.

Unfortunately, there is only limited snow cover in the woods after last week’s rains and in many areas the recent ice storm left trails crisscrossed with downed saplings and scattered branches

Until the next snowfall, some of the best opportunities will be found ski skating, or just simply skating across the local snow covered lakes and ponds.

With the potential for a few inches of fresh snow on the way, there may also be some skiable trails available on a few local Fire Truck Trails especially in and around the St. Regis/Paul Smiths area. However, crampons should still be considered standard equipment for all travelers.

The Chilly Saranac Sixers

On Dec. 21, the ever frosty village of Saranac Lake launched the latest round of the Saranac Sixers Campaign while hosting the inaugural edition of the Winter Sixers and the Ultra Winter Sixers.

The Ultra Winter Sixers in attendance were composed of a certain set of individuals who obviously enjoy traveling up, over, down and through some of the most tortuous terrain the local mountains have to offer, in all sorts of weather.

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