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Adirondack Explorer

November, 2016

12 Adventures on New State Lands: Exploring the Finch, Pruyn Tracts
Author: Phil Brown

Review by: John Pitarresi

Chances are good that you’ve never seen Pine Lake. Or OK Slip Falls. You can now. Pine Lake and OK Slip Falls are two natural gems of the Adirondack Park that until recently had rarely been visited by the general public. New York State’s historic purchase of sixty-five thousand acres of former Finch, Pruyn & Company timberlands from the Nature Conservancy has put them into the public domain. But how do you get to them? What can you do once you get there? Phil Brown has the answers. 12 Adventures on New State Lands: Exploring the Finch, Pruyn Tracts is >>More


September, 2016

Bouldering comes of age
Author: Justin Sanford

Review by: Phil Brown

By PHIL BROWN Years ago I often used to see a line of cars parked along McKenzie Pond Road outside Saranac Lake and wonder why they were there. There was no trailhead there, no house, just nondescript woods. Eventually, I learned that those woods harbored a collection of giant boulders and that people would drive for hours to climb them. Not just any people, but hard-core climbers willing to abrade their fingertips on tiny crimps, strain their biceps on overhanging rock, and curse the sky as they labor up routes that are often less than ten feet long. That is, >>More


November, 2014

Adirondack 102 Club: Your Passport & Guide to the North Country
Author: Marty Podskoch

Review by: Neal Burdick

  Join the 102 club The Adirondacks are a mishmash of municipal and county jurisdictions. Take Saranac Lake: it’s a village that straddles two counties and three towns, none of which is named Saranac Lake. Just to make things more complicated, a town in the Adirondack Park is what’s often called a township in parts of America that appreciate some sense of order. But if we are near Saranac Lake and announce we are going into town, we mean the village of Saranac Lake, not the town of St. Armand, which we may already be in and is one of the three towns that the village dribbles into. You get >>More


May, 2013

Adirondacks: A Great Destination
Author: Annie Stoltie

Review by: Neal Burdick

A 5-star travel guide I like to think of myself as fairly knowledgeable about the Adirondacks—not an expert exactly, but I’ve been around for a while. So it was with great relish that I picked up the latest Explorer’s Guides volume on the region (not related to the Explorer you’re reading), hoping to find a mistake, an omission, something—anything—wrong with it. I couldn’t do it. Failed miserably. And that is very frustrating for a self-appointed know-it-all. The book really is about as comprehensive a guide to the Adirondacks as you can find. If it isn’t between these covers, you probably >>More


November, 2012

Discover the Adirondacks
Author: Peter W. Kick

Review by: Phil Brown

THE APPALACHIAN Mountain Club has published a multisport guidebook that contains suggestions for hiking, paddling, and biking in the Adirondack Park. Written by Peter Kick, Discover the Adirondacks covers twenty-six hikes, thirteen canoe trips, and eleven bike rides throughout the Park, with accompanying maps and black-and-white photos. It also includes a number of short essays on natural and human history. With any book like this, you can quibble with the author’s choices. Do we really need to send more people up Mount Jo? Why didn’t he include any paddling trips in the High Peaks Region—such as Henderson Lake or the >>More


January, 2009

The Adirondack Book
Author: Annie Stoltie and Elizabeth Folwell

Review by: JOHN ROWEN

The sixth edition of The Adirondack Book is a treasure trove for visitors to the North Country, with information about 1,300 hotels, restaurants, stores, recreational opportunities and other attractions. Authors Annie Stoltie and Elizabeth Folwell, both editors at Adirondack Life, write well, often with wit, and are objective in their evaluations. They tell you the positives and negatives of a place and let you make up your own mind. The Adirondack Book opens with a historical overview, “The People’s Park.” If you’re planning a trip to the Adirondacks, the authors suggest that you bring “your love of mystery and your >>More


March, 2004

Adirondack Waterfall Guide
Author: Russell Dunn

Review by: NEAL BURDICK

Until 1979, Lampson Falls, on the northwest edge of the Adirondack Park, where the Grass River starts its tumble into the St. Lawrence Valley, was in private hands and off limits to the public. But thanks to the persistence of Paul Jamieson and others, the state bought the falls, and it is now a popular destination. I am among the spot’s devotees. I have visited the falls in all seasons, in many circumstances and have always found them captivating, whatever their mood (and mine). When I’m there, I often ask myself what it is about waterfalls that we find so >>More