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Adirondack Explorer

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

July, 2011

Heaven Up-h’isted-ness! The History of the Adirondack Forty-Sixers
Author: Various authors

Review by: Philip Terrie

EARLY IN 1838, geologist Ebenezer Emmons, part of a team of scientists assessing New York’s natural resources, submitted a report to the state Assembly. In it he described his fieldwork of the previous summer. Among other things, he had led the first recorded ascent of the state’s highest peak, which he named Mount Marcy, for William Learned Marcy, the sitting governor. Emmons also proposed a name for the rugged region of which Marcy was more or less the center: “The cluster of mountains in the neighborhood of the Upper Hudson and Ausable rivers, I propose to call the Adirondack group, >>More

January, 2011

Long Distance Testing the Limits of Body and Spirit in a Year of Living Strenuously
Author: Bill McKibben

Review by: Phil Brown

SEVERAL YEARS AGO, we asked Bill McKibben to ski the entire Jackrabbit Trail in a single day and write about it. Saranac Lake to Keene. That’s twenty-four miles, but that wasn’t enough for McKibben. When he turned his story in, I learned he started instead at Paul Smith’s, where there is an orphan piece of the Jackrabbit. By following this trail and then a railroad bed, he was able to make it to Saranac Lake and add ten or eleven miles to the trek. Why extend an already-lengthy trip by slogging along a boring railroad track? I thought Bill must >>More

May, 2010

The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing
Author: Kirk Deeter and Charlie Meyers

Review by: Phil Brown

If you’re a golfer, you may have heard of Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book, a popular compilation of golf tips related in an amusing, plainspoken style. Kirk Deeter, an editor-at-large for Field & Stream, is a golfer who benefited from Penick’s advice. So he and Charlie Meyers, the late outdoors editor for the Denver Post, collaborated on a similar book for anglers: The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing. Like Penick, the authors drew on decades of experience. They have distilled their wisdom into 250 tips, usually just a paragraph or two long. They are divided into five chapters: Casting, Presentation, >>More

March, 2010

No Place I’d Rather Be: Wit and Wisdom from Adirondack Lean-to Journals
Author: Stuart F. Mesinger

Review by: Michael Virtanen

PROBABLY THE MOST interesting fact in No Place I’d Rather Be: Wit and Wisdom from Adirondack Lean-to Journals is buried in the back under Forest Preserve camping regulations. First among the state’s five rules for the backcountry log structures is this: “Must be shared by groups up to the capacity (eight persons) of the shelter.” Stuart F. Mesinger writes early in his book, published by the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK), that this regulation “oddly” isn’t posted on the walls of the 212 or so shelters found in the Adirondack Park. Occasionally, that has led to uncivilized behavior in the Old >>More

January, 2010

Adirondack Peak Experiences
Author: Carol Stone White

Review by: Michael Virtanen

ADIRONDACK PEAK Experiences: Mountaineering Adventures, Misadventures and the Pursuit of “The 46” contains eighty-six essays and one poem inspired by wilderness outings, mostly in the High Peaks. It also contains brief histories of the Adirondack Mountain Club and the Adirondack Forty-Sixers (whose members have climbed all forty-six of the peaks). Carol Stone White, a Forty-Sixer herself, edited the anthology. Most of the accounts are short, written by enthusiasts about their own adventures. Many are illustrated by small black-and-white photographs. As many hikers know, the forty-six High Peaks were first climbed by Bob and George Marshall, along with their guide, Herb >>More

March, 2009

High Peaks A History of Hiking in the Adirondacks
Author: Tim Rowland


Tim Rowland’s High Peaks: A History of Hiking the Adirondacks from Noah to Neoprene is an impressionistic review of those aspects of Adirondack history that helped form the landscape that modern-day hikers traverse. Rowland, a humor columnist for the Herald-Mail in Hagerstown, Md., began visiting the Adirondacks in the 1960s, staying at his grandfather’s camp on Third Lake in the Fulton Chain. His first climb was up neighboring Bald Mountain at age 6, an ascent he fondly recalls in the introduction. He quickly admits, however, that at 8 he was allowed to operate his grandfather’s motorboat, and it was another >>More

July, 2008

At the Mercy of the Mountains
Author: Peter Bronski


As the author of the “Accident Reports” column in Adirondac, I am always amazed at the number of individuals who say that’s the first thing they read in the magazine. And so Peter Bronski’s book At the Mercy of the Mountains should have an immediate audience eager to learn about the tragedies, unsolved mysteries and tales of epic survival in the Adirondacks. Bronski hopes that readers will gain a better appreciation of the dangers faced in the wilds. If so, that could reduce the number of additional chapters in any sequel. The book begins with a long introduction about Adirondack >>More

March, 2006

Women with Altitude
Author: Carol Stone White


Everyone in the North Country knows an aspiring 46er or soon learns to recognize one: firm calves, purposeful expression and a lofty to-do list. Forty-Sixers earn the title, of course, by climbing all of the Adirondack High Peaks, most of which top 4,000 feet. The Adirondack Forty- Sixers organization, established in the 1930s, records more than 5,500 members. Less numerous are the winter 46ers, those who scale the peaks while everyone else is curled up in front of the fireplace; rarer still are the female winter 46ers. As of March 2001 (when the logbooks atop the trailless peaks were removed >>More


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