In this Magazine


Bikers on a roll / 8
Fifteen years in the making DEC’s plan for the
Saranac Lakes Wild Forest calls for thirty-five miles of mountain-bike trails.

The girls of summer / 12
Alumnae and other volunteers restore a beloved Girl Scouts camp on Eagle Island on Upper
Saranac Lake.

Quiet times on the Bog / 16
Our editor and his daughter enjoy a leisurely
paddle on an overlooked stretch of river near Tupper Lake.

Coot Hill’s a breeze / 20
David Thomas-Train takes a short hike to an airy perch above Lake Champlain and reflects on its curious history.

Kids on the trail / 22
Leigh Hornbeck leads her two young boys up Sawyer Mountain, a small peak outside Indian Lake.

Are rangers overworked? / 24
Critics say DEC’s rescue force needs more recruits to keep up with the increase in hikers and state lands.

Business buzz / 26
Some people fear that a new helicopter-tour company will disturb wildlife and the wilderness experience.

Fear for Article 14 / 28
Green groups say a constitutional convention would jeopardize the revered forever-wild clause, but not everyone agrees.

Reconstructing history / 30
Mark Wilcox restores homes the old-fashioned way, right down to the square nails and plaster mixed with horsehair.

You name it, he’ll hike it / 32
Erik Schlimmer sets out to visit every peak, pond, stream, swamp and any other landmark worthy
of a name.

Man for all seasons / 36
Carl Heilman II’s new photography book
captures the beauty of the Adirondack Park in
all six seasons.

The tick list / 60
Researchers worry that deer ticks may bring other diseases besides Lyme to the Adirondack Park.


Briefs 4-5
Brief Bio 6
Views of the Park 35
Editorial 38
Letters 39
Viewpoints 41, 43
It’s Debatable 45
Birdwatch 47
On the Wild Side 49
Trailblazer 50
Naturalist’s Lens 59
Book Reviews 62, 64, 66, 69
Book Explorer 69
Outdoor Skills 70