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Spring is in the air!

bear canisterGreetings to all Adirondack Hikers, Spring is officially here and we have some updates to make.  First of all Bear season has begun and it's mandatory for all campers to use Bear Canisters in the park (starting April 1st), so don't forget your can at home.  The bears apparently are beginning to awaken from their long winter slumber - so be prepared and don't lose your precious food supply to mr. bear.

Also please note that even though spring is here, the Snowshoe rule is still in effect.  Until the snow level drops considerably the rangers are still enforcing this rule.  Better to be safe than sorry, and we all know that the Adirondack winter lasts a lot longer up at the  higher altitudes.

We're getting all ready for the warmer months, and looking
forward to hearing about your climbs!
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The Winter Countdown...

Adirondack Winter: Is Officially Over

The winter countdown has come to a close, The official "Winter 46ers" is over.  As of March 21st - your summit bids will not count as winter climbs. Even though  many of us know that the winter conditions will persist for another month or two after this date, those of you trying to gain a "W" on your 46er quest.

If you're going out make sure to check the weather forecast and have the proper gear (Snowshoes etc.).  Even though winter is considered over, we all know that the Adirondack mountains continue to have very wintery conditions for another few months. With the ending of winter, lets hear a big round of applause for Spring and Summer!
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Adirondack Winter Member Photo Feature...

Browsing through our online photo gallery you have to be amazed by the beauty of the Adirondack State Park.  The majestic peaks, ice encrusted trees, the wildlife getting ready to emerge once again this spring.  Here are a few sample shots from our members - - - great shots everyone!

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Server Upgrade Complete

HikeADKs.com Server Upgrade Complete:

Wanted to let all of our users know that we've moved the HikeADKs.com site to our new server.  If you experience any down time we appologize, we are trying our best to make is a smooth transition.

The new server has a ton more storage, more RAM and should be considerably faster. If anyone experiences problems please use the Contact page and let us know - everything should be up and running by Monday morning. Use the contact button up top to let me know if you have any problems with the site. We will be testing the new system for the next few days to iron our any kinks.
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Lunar Eclipse - Wednesday Night

nasa_lunar_eclipse_195_28aug07.jpg "Skywatchers in the Western Hemisphere will be able to view the full moon in shades of red as it slides into the shadow of the Earth during a total lunar eclipse Wednesday night.

If weather conditions are favorable, the entire eclipse will be visible in South America and most of North America late Wednesday. People in western Europe, Africa and western Asia can view the eclipse before dawn on Thursday.

The U.S. space agency, NASA, says the major stage of the eclipse will last about 50 minutes at 0301 GMT until 0351 GMT. NASA says the moon can take on a dramatically colorful appearance, from bright orange to blood red, as it passes through the Earth's shadow."

This will be your last chance to see a full eclipse, next one is scheduled in 2010. So make sure you get outside around 8:45pm, full Eclipse around 10:26pm.

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Graphic Showing Eclipse Times for the North East