Have you ever taken in the vista from Iroquois Peak? Paddled up the Opalescent? Skied across frozen ponds near Fish Creek? Followed Don Mellor on an ice climb above Chapel Pond?
The regular Explorer comes out every two months, but in between the May/June and July/August issues, we publish the outings guide. Each guide describes a variety of recreational outings—hikes, paddles, ski tours, rock climbs, raft trips. Subscribers who collect the guides year after year end up with a cornucopia of suggestions for enjoying the Adirondack Park
This year’s guide describes eight hikes, two canoe trips, four ski tours, one rock climb, and one ice climb. We think there’s something for everyone. The hikes, for instance, range from a two-day trek up Mount Marcy to a two-hour jaunt around Cascade Lake in the Pigeon Lake Wilderness. But even if you don’t plan on repeating any of these trips, we hope you’ll like reading about them.
The cover shot was taken by Lisa Densmore Ballard, a prolific outdoors writer and photographer. It shows her husband, Jack Ballard, near the summit of Marcy. Lisa, by the way, grew up in Saranac Lake but now lives in Montana. She returns to the Adirondacks a few times a year.
If you’re an Explorer subscriber, you should get the outings guide around June 1. If you’re not a subscriber, click here to start a subscription.