Popular outdoors writer dies

We were shocked to hear of Dennis Aprill’s death over the weekend. Dennis was the outdoors writer for the Plattsburgh Press-Republican and taught journalism at Plattsburgh State College.

The newspaper reported that he died Saturday from pancreatic cancer.

Dennis Aprill
Dennis Aprill

Dennis, who was sixty-three, had just published the third edition of his guidebook Good Fishing in the Adirondacks. In fact, we received it just last week.

Good Fishing, published by Countryman Press, contains eighteen chapters written by some the region’s most experienced anglers. Dennis wrote one of the chapters himself (on backcountry fishing) and edited the rest.

He also wrote two hiking guidebooks, Paths Less Traveled and Short Treks in the Adirondacks and Beyond.

But he was probably best known as the “Outdoor Perspective” columnist for the Press-Republican. He had written for the newspaper once a week since 1990—in all, more than a thousand pieces.

“He was especially proud that in all that time he’d never missed a week, whether to illness, vacation or life’s emergencies,” said Bob Grady, the paper’s editor. “For me, he’ll be hard to replace as a contributor to the paper, but impossible to replace as a friend.”

Dennis also wrote for other publications, including the Adirondack Explorer.

North Country Public Radio has posted two interviews with Aprill that originally aired in 2005 and 2006.

About Phil Brown

Phil Brown edited the Adirondack Explorer from 1999 until his retirement in 2018. He continues to explore the park and to write for the publication and website.

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