In a rare and prudent request, Ranger Scott VanLaer (NYSDEC) has requested that backpackers heading into the Johns Brook Valley NOT camp at Slant Rock this weekend due to bear activity. The bear is reported approaching campers for food at the lean-to. The lean-to is located along the popular Phelps Trail.
Here is the post on @ScottvanLaer Twitter page.
Asking that campers do not stay at Slant Rock (EHPWA) this weekend. A bear has been very active. I will be in the area but the best temporary measure would be to remove his attraction entirely. Consider camping lower, at Howard Hill or sites near Johns Brook Lodge. Please RT
— ADK Ranger (@ScottvanLaer) June 29, 2018
For the hiker that is new to the High Peaks Wilderness, you must use a bear canister while backpacking in the Eastern High Peaks. Backpackers should always be aware of bear risk while camping, here are some tips on bear safety.
Map of Slant Rock Area
Also, NYS has warned people about the heat this weekend
Dangerous heat and humidity will begin this weekend and last through Monday.
Find cooling centers and swimming locations across the state. https://t.co/pKSdTZqbSN
— State of New York (@NYGov) June 27, 2018
Be well and safe…
Backwoods wanderer with a passion for backpacking, hiking, kayaking, and exploring the wilds of the Catskills and Adirondacks in New York. A Catskill 3500 Club Member and Adirondack Forty-Sixer. Climbed Mount Rainier. Professionally an Exercise Physiologist.