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Adirondack Explorer

Adirondack Explorer November/December 2019

Seven issues a year devoted to the enjoyment and protection of the Adirondack Park. In-depth writing and vivid photography bring the Adirondacks to life in tales of recreational adventure, coverage of environmental and policy issues and exploration of the communities that make up this unique six-million acre park.

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3 min.
adirondack students join climate protests

Hundreds rallied in Saranac Lake for climate action on Sept. 20, led by youth activists who left school as part of the Global Climate Strike. “We need more action and less talk. That is why we are here, and that is what we demand,” 15-year-old Astrid Livesey said in front of about 400 climate strikers congregated at Riverside Park. MORE PHOTOS Livesey was joined by many of her fellow Saranac Lake High School students, who marched from school to the event. The strike was part of a worldwide movement. Students from other local schools rode buses to the park, and adults of all ages joined in solidarity with teenagers working to continue the #FridaysForFuture movement started by the young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. Representatives from the Wild Center’s Youth Climate Program, the Lake Placid…

3 min.
adk appoints director

The Adirondack Mountain Club will have a new executive director in November. Missouri attorney Michael Barrett will replace Neil Woodworth, who plans to help with the transition for several months and then remain for the immediate future as counsel to the conservation and recreation group. PREVIOUS COVERAGE Barrett is a former foreign language interrogator for the U.S. Army. He earned a law degree in 2002 and later worked in the Spitzer and Paterson administrations. For the last four years he has directed the Missouri State Public Defender System. Before that he was counsel to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and then spent three years as a deputy attorney general. “I look forward to building on the successes that have already been achieved by this incredible organization,” Barrett said in an ADK news release. Woodworth has…

2 min.
brief bio: pj preuss

Age: 46 Birthplace: Blooming Grove Residence: Long Lake Occupation: Facilities manager for Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake. Accomplishments: I have had the opportunity to travel and enjoy the outdoors all around the USA. Climbing all the 35 High peaks in the Catskill Mountains in six days for a fundraiser… not as big as the Adirondack 46, but that is on my list. Starting a wonderful family and finding a great place to live and work. Favorite Adirondack adventure: There are so many, but my family and I are very fond of camping at Rollins Pond. We love spending the days canoeing and swimming the lake, not to mention, they have an awesome ice cream trailer that comes through the campground every night! Favorite view: There are two I love. One is driving home…

10 min.
who protects the park?

Many Adirondack Park Agency observers wonder how it can do its job with a depleted board. Three seats are vacant, and another four members are still serving on expired terms. Their mandate is to protect the park’s state-owned forest preserve and oversee proposed developments on its private lands. While environmentalists worry about the consequences of a weakened APA board, critics suggest that Gov. Andrew Cuomo likes it this way. PREVIOUS COVERAGE “The governor is perfectly satisfied with the current status quo,” says David Gibson, managing partner of the nonprofit Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve. Gibson is referring both to the state’s failure last session to fill the board vacancies, and, more broadly, to the diminishing influence and independence of the APA. There are supposed to be 11 APA board members; currently there are…

8 min.
‘murray’s fools’ at 150

The story of High Peaks crowds is familiar by now: jammed and limited parking places along Route 73, eroded and deteriorating trails on Cascade and Giant, poop in the woods. The problem? Too many people and consequently a diminution of both the fragile wilderness and the wilderness experience that brought them here in the first place. Where have we run into this before? In 1869, a century and a half ago, the distinguished Boston publisher Fields, Osgood released a book that it hoped would make a buck or two but for which it had only modest hopes. This was “Adventures in the Wilderness; or, Camp-Life in the Adirondacks,” by a Boston clergyman, William Henry Harrison Murray. Much to the delight of publisher and author, the book struck a nerve and became an overnight…

4 min.
a summit with vision

When hiking or snowshoeing the Pinnacle, there is one thing that stands out: the amazing views of Lake George from the summit. The views from the Pinnacle—a small mountain just outside Bolton Landing—rival just about any mountain in the Adirondack Park, at least those that overlook lakes. From the summit, one can see a large expanse of Lake George, including the Tongue Mountain range, the Narrows, Shelving Rock, Buck Mountain, and Dome Island. “When we closed on the Pinnacle, there were people literally waiting at the gate to go up it,” said Lake George Land Conservancy Executive Director Jamie Brown. “There was so much anticipation for it.” That was in 2015. Now about 15,000 people a year hike the one-mile trail, according to Lake George Land Conservancy land steward Alex Novick, who oversees…