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Adirondack Explorer

May, 2010

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail The Official Guidebook
Author: Mountaineers Books

Review by: Phil Brown

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is a paradox. It’s been around forever, but it was “completed” just four years ago. Whatever, we’re glad it exists. The NFCT is a 740-mile water trail that follows Native American paddling routes. It starts in Old Forge and ends in northern Maine, after passing through Vermont, Quebec, and New Hampshire. This includes sixty-two carries, totaling fifty-miles. You can paddle it in the other direction, but that will require more portaging. The nonprofit Northern Forest Canoe Trail Inc. has done a great job of promotion. Over the past ten years, the group has put up >>More

November, 2009

Adirondack Trails with Tales
Author: Russell Dunn and Barbara Delaney

Review by: Neal Burdick

There are lots of Adirondack trail guides. And there are lots of Adirondack history books. But there aren’t many books that do both equally well. Licensed guides Russell Dunn and Barbara Delaney have successfully achieved this merger with Adirondack Trails with Tales. The subtitle, History Hikes through the Adirondack Park and the Lake George, Lake Champlain and Mohawk Valley Regions (aside from the quibble that two of those three regions are mostly in the Adirondack Park) gives us a good idea of what we’ll find between these covers. And what we find are over two dozen hikes that are redolent >>More

November, 2009

Dog Hikes in the Adirondacks
Author: Annie Stoltie and Elizabeth Ward

Review by: Phil Brown

Let the dogs out You love walking in the woods and you love your dog, so naturally you love walking in the woods with your dog. And your dog loves it, too—as long as you pick the right trail. But with hundreds of trails in the Adirondack Park, where to start? You’ll find some suggestions in Dog Hikes in the Adirondacks: 20 Trails to Enjoy with Your Best Friend, recently released by Shaggy Dog Press. Several Adirondack writers, editors, and photographers contributed to the book without compensation. Proceeds will go to animal shelters and humane societies in the North Country. >>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

November, 2008

Adirondack Birding
Author: John M.C. Peterson & Gary N. Lee


Adirondack Birding: 60 Great Places to Find Birds is just what the title suggests—a guide to birding hot spots within (in a couple of cases just outside) the Blue Line, written by veteran birder-naturalists John M.C. (“Mike”) Peterson and Gary N. Lee. The selected sites range from the Four Brothers Islands and Ticonderoga Marsh in the Champlain lowlands to the Five Ponds Wilderness and the Tug Hill Wildlife Management Area in the west, from Lyon Mountain and Debar Pond in the north to Powley-Piseco Road and the Washington County Grasslands in the south. Each site treatment features a map and >>More

November, 2008

Adirondack Paddler’s Guide
Author: Dave Cilley


Some of my favorite canoe trips are included in Adirondack Paddler’s Guide, a highly welcome guidebook by Dave Cilley, the owner of St. Regis Canoe Outfitters in Saranac Lake and Floodwood. The Lower Osgood is one of them. I’ve paddled and written about it many times, though only once did I choose to start from the highest navigable point, encountering, as Cilley warns, considerable brush-whipping from alders whose branches had grown across the river. It can be a little disconcerting when faced with a brisk spring current. The branches sting, they tear off eyeglasses and hats, and there is little >>More

September, 2008

Adirondack Rock: A Rock Climber’s Guide
Author: Jim Lawyer and Jeremy Haas


Don Mellor, the author of Climbing in the Adirondacks, still remembers the letter he received from some Canadians who used the book to try to find a climbing route. They spent the day bushwhacking through the woods and were not happy about it. “Do you sniff glue? Do you work with strong chemicals?” the climbers asked. The two-page letter was embellished with stick-figure drawings of Mellor being run over by a bus, hanging from a tree and being tossed off a cliff. The lesson: Rock climbers take their guidebooks seriously, and woe to the author who misinforms, even inadvertently. A >>More

May, 2008

Northville-Placid Trail
Author: Jeffrey and Donna Case

Review by: RICK KARLIN

No one knows the Northville-Placid Trail better than Jeffrey and Donna Case. They have hiked it each spring for more than 20 years, so it’s only natural that they would be called on to rewrite the Adirondack Mountain Club’s guidebook for the 132-mile trail. ADK released a new edition late last year, the first update in 13 years. It has been thoroughly rewritten to reflect changes in the route and mileage counts. “We went through it from stem to stern,” said John Kettlewell, the club’s publications director. For example, the bridge at Sampson Bog, between Spruce Lake and West Canada >>More

May, 2004

Canoe and Kayak Guide East-Central New York State
Author: Kathie Armstrong and Chet Harvey

Review by: MARK BOWIE

The Adirondack Mountain Club Canoe and Kayak Guide: East-Central New York State is the fourth in a series of guides to the canoeable waters of the state. It replaces ADK’s Adirondack Canoe Waters: South Flow and is chock-full of good information. Unlike its predecessor, this guidebook ranges far beyond the Blue Line to describe major rivers and tributaries in central and eastern New York and western Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Its focus, however, remains the Adirondacks. The Adirondack waters covered include the Hudson, Cedar, Miami, Boreas, Schroon and Sacandaga rivers, Cheney Pond, West Canada Creek, and Northwest Bay Brook on >>More

May, 2004

Adirondack Paddler’s Map
Author: Dave Cilley

Review by: MARK BOWIE

Paddlesports Press of Saranac Lake recently released the Adirondack Paddler’s Map, a waterproof, double-sided foldout of the northern Adirondack canoe country. It is a full-color, shaded-relief topographic map measuring about 36-by-44 inches. Though the generous size can be unwieldy, that can be excused, as it covers hundreds of miles of our paddling waters. It is absolutely beautiful! The cartography, based on state and federal geographic data, is by John Barge and Meg Van Dyck-Holmes. The map is the brainchild of Dave Cilley, owner of St. Regis Canoe Outfitters. He notes that the map’s scale of 1:50,000 (1 inch = 0.8 >>More