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Outdoor Recreation

The state pays the Adirondack Mountain Club and other groups to maintain trails.

Trails showing their age

Observers say more money is needed to repair and maintain an antiquated network of hiking routes. By MIKE LYNCH When many of the… >>More

Natural History


Changes for Fisher, Marten, and Bobcat Seasons

Furbearer trapping will begin soon in many parts of New York State, following changes to fisher and marten trapping seasons,… >>More



Constraints on Public Participation in Adirondack Park Management

There are many ways to constrain the boundaries around public participation in decision-making. One way is to sidestep the law… >>More

History & Culture


Test Yourself: Some Mountain Movie Trivia

In keeping with some old-fashioned parlor games and modern trivia fun, here are 15 questions incorporating the names of some… >>More

The Video Room

Early-Season Ice Climbing With MudRat

  Kevin “MudRat” MacKenzie posted this video on YouTube after climbing the Skinny Slide on Upper Wolfjaw Mountain in search… >>More

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Each issue of the Adirondack Explorer contains reviews of the non-fiction books that matter most to our readers. The subjects include Adirondack history, outdoor recreation, wildlife, natural history, and public policy. Most of the past reviews are now available online.

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