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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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Video of ice lining Ausable River near Upper Jay

Highway crews removed ice from the East Branch of the Ausable River this winter to clear a channel, hoping to prevent ice jams. The ice… >>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

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

Explorer Reports

DEC requests another hold on rail line abandonment

The DEC abandonment filing noted that the state has added nearly 70,000 acres of wildlands since 2012 that either lie along or would be accessible… >>More

Outdoor Recreation

Should smartphones be an essential item for backcountry users?

Intern Amy Harff looks at whether smartphones should be an essential item for backcountry users, given how commonly they are… >>More


Lake Champlain ice

Champlain’s ice-up a rare gift

Loss of ice is one factor in the water temperatures in the lake, where the surface on average has warmed… >>More

Adirondack Almanack

Naj Wikoff: The Healing Powers of Nature

Is being out in Nature healing? An increasing body of evidence says yes according to Florence Williams, the author of… >>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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