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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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Share Ice Out Conditions For Your Favorite Lake or Pond

The ice went out on Lake George on April 13. >>More

In this Magazine

Tracking Adirondack animals

A group of snowshoers led by guide Elizabeth Lee look for animal tracks in the snow near Pok-o-moonshine. >>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

Bids requested on 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

Skiing the Hanging Spear Falls Loop

The Hanging Spear Falls loop is probably the best backcountry ski tour in the Adirondacks that no one knows about.… >>More


plastic bag ban

Poll shows New Yorkers support ban on plastic grocery bags

Nearly two-thirds of registered voters surveyed in April said the single-use plastic bag ban that state lawmakers approved this year… >>More

Adirondack Almanack

Agriscaping: Designing an Edible Landscape

Warrensburgh Beautification is set to host its Annual Spring Membership Meeting & Presentation on Wednesday evening, May 1 at Glen… >>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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Adventure Planner

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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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