the Northville Placid Trail from Lake Durant to Route 28N.
the way out by evening. Saturday the 20th, Upper Saranac Lake cleared completely except for about 200 feet of rolling shell ice in the Northeast Bay and about the same amount of weak ice around the boat launch in Back Bay.
Ice free are;
Lake Colby, Upper Saranac Lake, Lake Clear, Folensby Clear Pond, Fish Creek Pond, Square Pond, Whey Pond and Rollins Pond.
The smaller ponds without much wind exposure still have some ice; Church Pond and Osgood Pond in Paul Smiths are still ice covered.
While skiing today I looked down on Lake Placid to see it frozen
everywhere except the far western end. Rumor has it the lake trout are active near the edge of the ice shelf there.
A week ago winter was still locked in fairly tight with only the south facing slopes free of accumulated snow. I climbed Baker Mountain, one of the Saranac Lake “6”, on Thursday, April 11th and except for the first 100 yards the trail was almost all ice free. As the trail was very muddy, I kept my microSpikes on for the entire hike; they were helpful.
Looking at the north facing slopes of other mountains from the summit of Poke-O-Moonshine we could still see large patches of snow. In the upper elevations there is still substantial snow that likely requires traction
devices or snowshoes.
If we have some nice days in the next week I hope to hike Haystack and/or ScarfaceMountains, both are Saranac Lake 6er peaks.
Cold water can be extremely dangerous. For about a minute after entering the water, Cold Shock Response will affect your breathing. In response to rapid skin cooling initially there is an automatic gasp reflex. In a capsize situation if the
head goes underwater, water may be breathed into the lungs during the gasp causing drowning. A life jacket or PFD helps keep your head above water and can prevent this.
Hypothermia is also a danger, depending upon the person and what they are wearing. Moderate hypothermia will occur between 5 and 30 minutes after submersion in cold water. A wet suit or dry suit will provide thermal protection and minimize the Cold Shock Response and hypothermia.
In New York State, paddlers are required to wear a PFD between November 1st and May 1st.