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Adirondack Explorer

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Two decades on  

To mark our twentieth anniversary, we revisit some of the magazine’s (and the Park’s) milestones in “An Explorer chronology.”

Phil Brown retires  

The Explorer hires environmental reporter
Brandon Loomis from the Arizona Republic to replace our longtime editor.   

Salt water in the Park  

A new study sponsored by AdkAction concludes that the state’s salting of Adirondack roads is
contaminating homeowners’ wells.

Big plans for Boreas  

State officials release proposals for trails, parking areas, and other facilities at Boreas Ponds and other parts of the High Peaks Wilderness

Digging into Tahawus mine 

Watchdog reporter Michael Virtanen looks into the past, present, and future of an industrial site near the High Peaks Wilderness.

Tank cars removed  

On a low-level plane flight, the Explorer confirms that tankers are no longer stored on the rail line between North Creek and Tahawus.

Riding the waves  

Alan Wechsler spends a few mellow hours—
notwithstanding the squirt-gun fights—rafting on the Sacandaga River.

Return to Tongue Mt.  

Despite her fear of rattlesnakes, guidebook author
Lisa Ballard revisits one of Lake George’s premier mountains.

Saranac Lake’s big dig  

In the Park’s biggest cleanup project, a state contractor is removing twenty-five thousand tons of polluted sediment from Lake Flower’s Pontiac Bay.

Two sides to Bitcoin  

Several North Country communities fear cryptocurrency companies will exploit their cheap power, but Massena sees them as job creators.

Good times roll  

Participants in the weeklong Cycle Adirondacks tour delight in the Park’s scenery and hospitality —not to mention great food and music.

An old friend  

On July 29, Azure Mountain Friends will celebrate the centennial of a popular fire tower with a magnificent panorama of the northern Adirondacks.



Brief Bio   




It’s Debatable   


On the Wild Side   


Views of the Park   

Naturalist’s Lens   

Book Reviews   

Book Explorer   

Outdoor Skills