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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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High Waters on the Raquette River

I drove over to Coreys and visited Stony Creek and the Raquette River this morning to check on the water levels. They were at flood… >>More

In this Magazine

Tickets for violations decline as rangers focus on rescuing, educating backcountry users

Even as thousands more hikers and campers poured into the Adirondack backcountry patrolled by forest rangers over the past decade, state data show ticket writing… >>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

Paddling Film Festival Visits Lake Placid Saturday

Some great canoe and kayak adventure films from around the world will be shown when the Paddling Film Festival World… >>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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