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Should we stop rescuing people in wilderness?

I was intrigued by the essay “The Case Against Search and Rescue,” by Robert Kruszyna, a New Hampshire resident. I later learned he is a… >>More

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Scenes from the 2018 Wilmington Whiteface Mountain bike race

In the May issue of the Explorer, Alan Wechsler writes about competing in the the Wilmington Whiteface 100-kilometer (62-mile) bike race last June. The race… >>More

In this Magazine

Paul Smith’s VIC plans new and improved trails to attract skiers

Paul Smith's College plans a two-stage trail improvement project that would turn the center’s cross-country ski trails into a competition-class venue that college officials hope… >>More

The Video Room

Skiing the Jackrabbit Trail

Explorer editor Brandon Loomis skis the Jackrabbit Trail from Whiteface Inn Lane to McKenzie Pond Road in February 2019. A… >>More

News Releases

A rescue, two body recoveries, and advice for unprepared hikers

A rescue, two body recoveries, and advice for unprepared hikers

Statistics from Cascade Mountain show that more than 100 hikers were encountered each day on Saturday and Sunday. Approximately 40… >>More

Explorer Reports

Four bids received for rail line to North Creek

Bidders are expected to propose freight and possible passenger excursions, maintain the tracks and infrastructure, and its connections to Canadian Pacific and points south, according… >>More

Outdoor Recreation

Garden parking lot to close Monday

The Garden parking lot at the Garden Trailhead will be closed to public motor vehicles and pedestrians starting Monday and… >>More


Lake George could model water solutions, author says

Sandra Postel—author, most recently, of “Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity”—has never  underestimated the challenges of restoring water… >>More

Adirondack Almanack

Climate Change Action Symposium Set for Saranac Lake

Adirondack Voters for Change will present a climate change symposium focused on solutions through public policy changes and promoting climate-friendly… >>More

Book Reviews

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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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One mission of the Adirondack Explorer is to show people how to enjoy New York State’s great wilderness. Every issue includes accounts of hiking, paddling, cross-country skiing, rock climbing, bicycling, and other outdoor pursuits. Subscribers get unlimited access to our Adventure Planner, an online archive of hundreds of recreational stories.

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