Outdoors writer and Senior Reporter Ad Crable cherishes a childhood memory of following his father through muddy cornfields while pheasant hunting in Illinois. “I was 6 and trying to keep up. It rubbed off on me, and I guess that was when a lifelong love of nature and the outdoors was instilled,” he says. For decades, Crable has been sharing that love with LNP readers, whether it’s a midnight search for spotted salamanders or wade fishing for smallmouth bass in the Susquehanna River
“I really strive to cover all aspects of the outdoors in LNP, not just the most popular, like hiking and fishing and hunting,” Crable says. “I really enjoy seeking in the crevices.” Among his favorite discoveries was a local club that caught freshwater eel by lantern light.
Sometimes Crable takes his readers along for the ride — literally. Twenty years ago, he wrote about a winter backpacking trip he took with former staff writer Jon Rutter. They typically pick one weekend every winter to camp out in a remote Pennsylvania wild spot under the harshest conditions.
Over the years, readers from all walks of life have asked to go along. This year, 14 people joined Crable and Rutter on a trek into Delaware State Forest — their largest-ever group.
“Every year there are people who have never tried this before and, with some trepidation, allow themselves to stay out overnight under the stars when it’s well below freezing,” he says. “It’s a different way of seeing your surroundings.” And it doesn’t have to be a remote location in the dark of winter. It can be one of the many “islands of wilderness” right here in Lancaster County, from river hills to vernal ponds. For Crable, sharing these findings with readers is one of the most satisfying parts of his job.
“I feel like I have introduced people to some of the natural wonders in their backyard.”
Contact Ad Crable and share your thoughts: acrable@LNPnews.com