January 5, 2014

Outdoors Briefs: Jan. 5, 2014

Town of Long Lake Announces Winter Hiking Expeditions

LONG LAKE — The Town of Long Lake and certified guide Spencer Morrissey will be hosting three winter hikes, on Jan. 11, Jan. 25 and Feb. 22.

The Jan. 11 hike to Snowy Mountain is part of Winter Trails Day and is free; all other trips are $20 a person. Sign up in advance to reserve your spot. There is a maximum of 15 on each trip. Winter trips are not recommended for kids under 12 without prior experience in similar outings. Transportation is provided by the Town of Long Lake, and will meet at the Long Lake Town Offices, 1130 Deerland Road, Long Lake, at 8 am. Call 624-3077 to reserve a spot.

On Jan. 25, Morrissey will lead hikers up Sawyer and Little Sawyer; the Feb. 22 hike will feature Mount Adams.

Snowshoes are required for all hikes, even if snow level is low. Snowshoe and equipment rentals are available through Hoss’s Country Corner 624-2481 and The ADK Trading Post 624-2357. Boots need to be warm; regular hiking boots will not be enough and in no instance will low top shoes be allowed. Gaiters are highly recommended. People will be turned away if guide feels proper preparation and gear is inadequate.

Required equipment includes: Waterproof/breathable pants and jacket; 2 liters of water or Gatorade; warm hat; 2 pairs gloves/mittens; warm boots and non-cotton socks; a backpack; lunch and snacks; midweight or heavyweight underwear, top and bottom; snowshoes; headlamp; chemical hand warmers and toe warmers; and a fleece/Pirmaloft jacket.

OutbackridersATV Club to meet

MORRISONVILLE — The Outbackriders ATV Club monthly meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, at the Clinton County Fairgrounds, Route 22B, Morrisonville.

The meeting will take place in the Conservation Building.

All are welcome.

Officials: Numbers show new Vermont bear season works

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — More than 10,000 hunters bought special tags to hunt bears during Vermont’s first two-part bear season in 2013, a number that surprised and pleased Vermont Fish and Wildlife officials who manage the state’s bear population.

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