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Adirondack Explorer

July, 2007

Around Raquette Lake
Author: James M. Kammer

Review by: NEAL BURDICK

What do Andrew Carnegie, Benjamin Harrison, Ulysses S. Grant, Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone and Mme. Chiang Kai-shek have in common? They all spent time around Raquette Lake for one reason or another. Who knew such a seemingly unprepossessing spot on the Adirondack map could have played host to such luminaries? You will, once you peruse a new book by James M. Kammer, Raquette Lake resident and historian. Around Raquette Lake, appropriately named because it takes us on just the tour its title suggests, is an installment of Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America” series, and it >>More


May, 2007

Adirondacks Alive
Author: Photography by Olaf Soot Essays by Don Mellor

Review by: MIKE VIRTANEN

The crowded field of Adirondack photography is filled with magnificent vistas and stunning details of the natural world. In a way, that’s the problem. Any fool with a disposable point-and-shoot can’t help but return from an outing to the old North Woods with some fetching images. I’ve done it, and there’s the proof. The professionals elevate the game, with better composition, superior equipment and technical precision. But they usually don’t have much to say about their photographs, except the place, time, weather, exposure, etc. One thing that sets Adirondacks Alive apart is the text. Writer Don Mellor, a longtime Adirondack >>More


July, 2006

Adirondack Waters: Spirit of the Mountains
Author: Mark Bowie

Review by: PHIL BROWN

Perhaps it was inevitable that Mark Bowie would become an Adirondack photographer. He grew up just outside the Blue Line and spent most of his childhood summers in the Park. Both his grandfather and father are professional photographers. Mark always liked taking pictures, but he didn’t turn pro until after getting a master’s degree in geology. Now 46, he has been working as a photographer and free-lance writer for a dozen years. The images on these pages are from his first book, Adirondack Waters: Spirit of the Mountains, which is due out this summer.


November, 2005

Short Treks in the Adirondacks and Beyond
Author: Dennis Aprill

Review by: Phil Brown

Dennis Aprill has come out with another book for people looking to hike outside the High Peaks. His first guidebook, Paths Less Traveled, focused on smaller mountains (less than 2,800 feet). Short Treks takes the concept a step further, describing 20 easy hikes that require no summit climbing. Silver Lake Bog, the Hudson Gorge, Lampson Falls, Fernow Forest and Pine Orchard are some of the destinations. The book includes maps, photographs and blank journal pages to document your own adventures.


November, 2005

Two in the Wilderness
Author: Sandra Weber

Review by: Phil Brown

In her fifth work about the Adirondacks, author Sandra Weber has written a children’s book about her adventures in the High Peaks with her 11-year-old daughter, Marcy. The two trekked 60 miles over 11 days, climbing Mount Marcy and Mount Marshall, hiking to Indian Pass and Avalanche Pass, and camping at Duck Hole. They were not alone: The ubiquitous Carl Heilman II took color photos every step of the way. This well-designed book also contains old-time illustrations, sidebars on Adirondack history (natural and human), and snippets from Marcy’s journal.


January, 2005

Adirondack Wilderness
Author: Nathan Farb

Review by: NEAL BURDICK

Untrammeled by man—that was a key phrase in the Wilderness Act, which established the national wilderness system just over 40 years ago, before genderinclusive language gained currency. (Incidentally, the man who coined it, Howard Zahniser, was heavily influenced in his thinking by his experiences in the Adirondacks.) It’s also a phrase that could aptly characterize the sense one gets from perusing Nathan Farb’s much-anticipated new book, Adirondack Wilderness. There isn’t much evidence of trammeling by anybody. Actually, it’s not quite that simple. The fact that the Adirondack wilderness exists today is largely the result of human intervention and our impulse >>More




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