All-Year Climbing at the Crux

 The scent of sweaty gym socks hits me, and I scrunch my nose in disgust. Looking around, I see no one else is affected by the smell; instead, they look at peace with smiles on their faces. I quickly feel my face redden and hope no one saw my expression a few seconds ago. It’s only my second time climbing, and I don’t want to offend anyone. Putting a smile on my face, I move closer to one of the Crux staff members and focus on what they are saying. Brian, the director of the Crux, was explaining how young…

Sledding Down Thunder Mountain

Thunder Mountain dog sled tours show a fun and festive time gliding around the snow.

Up the Wall at the Crux

Mountains aren’t the only place to climb. The Crux is has walls you can climb in warmth all year long.

Spiking on the Plattsburgh Shore

(DoNorth/Seth Thomas) Worthy of a postcard from paradise, the fine-grained sand of Plattsburgh City Beach comprises one of the largest freshwater beaches in the United States. It has played host to sporting leagues, fitness classes, major cup events and live music festivals. On July 26, 2014, the beach will host its first ever Pro-Am Volleyball tournament — the Extreme Volleyball Professionals (EVP) Tour. Plattsburgh City Beach features over a mile of sandy beach, a swimming area, tables and grills, a concession stand, kayak rentals and a nature trail. The beach itself is smooth, with minimal rocks — perfect for volleyball. “To…

Tips for a Hopeful Bass Fisher

Lake Champlain’s bass season opens the second Saturday of June and runs through late fall. The lake is popular for its summer tournaments. The fish, including smallmouth and largemouth bass, lay dormant underneath the icy crust that covers the lake over the winter season. The key to knowing when bass fishing starts? Blooming flowers and falling leaves. The best time to go fishing? The season’s first week. At least according to Captain Howard Hammond, a local tour guide. After all, the central south region of Lake Champlain is known in the United States as Bass Country. In this wide and…

Check Out Women on Wheels at the Mayor’s Cup

Group biking offers endurance building and working toward a common goal. W.O.W., a new biking program, is ready to fulfill those things. Made by Plattsburgh’s local Maui North, Women on Wheels of the North Country was made to service women to reach their biking goals. Maui North co-owner Kim Manion explained the group is for women with the goal of improving their bike riding ability, expanding connections and competing in Mayor’s Cup 20-, 50- or 70-mile ride. They can be spotted at this year’s Mayor’s Cup Bike Ride July 12 wearing matching jersey shirts with the group’s logo. Participant Teri LeeLaMora, 42, believes that Women…

Plattsburgh Boasts Its Bass

Bobby Williams, a pro angler for the Bass Federation, glided in his boat in search for the bass that cultivated in the deep and shallow Lake Champlain waters. The water mirrored the sun as a bright glaze set upon the calm, flat surface. Two years ago, Williams decided to stick around after one of the annual New York Bass Federation, NYTBF collegiate tournaments. In three days, Williams caught over 100 fish. Under Champlain’s grayish-blue murky water live 81 different species of fish. Brook trout, lake trout, northern pike, pickerel, rainbow trout and landlocked salmon are among other fish that glide…

Plattsburgh Women Gear Up for Roller Derby

With helmets tight, arms steady and skates poised, eight women crouch, gazing over their shoulders at the lanky skater behind them. A hush overtakes the rambunctious crowd as the announcer starts bellowing: “The legend of these tracks. Right here.” “Five seconds,” the referee cues. The air horn sounds, and cheers erupt from the bleachers as the skaters charge down a straightaway, elbowing and tripping each other as they round the flat oval track’s curve and speed down the opposite stretch. They flip-flop positions, elbows flying. The last skater passes the pack, her hands slashing against her side to signal the…

Find Rich History and Ice Skating at Lake Placid

Worn wooden benches float near gleaming white rafters. Far below, parents and coaches sprinkle the sea of red stadium seats as amateur figure skaters glide along shining ice. A raspy, familiar voice — that of Al Michaels — resonates from a distant television. “Ten seconds, the countdown going on right now!” For a moment, the barren stands fill with jubilant spectators and American flags. “Morrow, up to Silk. Five seconds left in the game.” Glee palpitates the air. “Do you believe in miracles? Yes!” The dainty girls in bejeweled costumes continue circling the ice, unaware the 10 people huddled in…