What to put on the cover? That’s always a big question at magazines. At the Adirondack Explorer, our designer, Susan Bibeau, usually mocks up two or three versions of the cover and then lets the rest of us choose. Sometimes it’s hard to decide, but not this time.
The cover of our May/June issue shows Daniel Burdick holding his son, Charlie, on top of the Pinnacle near Santa Clara. It was Charlie’s first climb. Charlie’s grandpa, Neal Burdick, wrote about the hike.
The Pinnacle is on the northern edge of the Adirondack Park, a bit remote for most folks, but if you happen to be in the neighborhood it’s a great little hike. And judging from Neal’s story, it’s an ideal trail for introducing young children to the joys of hiking.
The May/June issue contains several other stories about outdoor recreation:
- Lisa Densmore’s climb of Catamount, a rocky knob northeast of Whiteface Mountain.
- Ethan Rouen’s three-day exploration of Lows Lake.
- My own adventure on one of the new rock-climbing routes on cliffs near Silver Lake.
Because we at the Explorer enjoy our days in the woods or on the water, we are keen on protecting the Park’s wild lands. Over the past year, we have run a series of articles examining the effectiveness of the Adirondack Park Agency and its regulations. In this issue, the scholar Philip Terrie reflects on the series and offers suggestions for strengthening protections of the region’s shorelines, ridges, and privately owned backcountry.
Ken Aaron continues his coverage of the lawsuit filed against me by landowners after I canoed through their property in 2009. In case you haven’t heard, the judge dismissed all the complaints against me. The landowners, however, say they intend to appeal.
I contributed an article on the plight of the Park’s six remaining movie theaters: they must raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for digital technology or else go out of business. Nancie Battaglia took some great photos for the piece.
In one of the Viewpoints, Christopher Amato takes the state Department of Environmental Conservation, his former agency, to task for proposing a Wild Forest classification for the Essex Chain of Lakes. Amato thinks a Canoe Area classification would better protect the lakes. And that was the department’s thinking when Amato was DEC’s assistant commissioner for lands and forests.
We also have lots of wildlife in this issue: spruce grouse, eagles, moose, and the bobolink.
These are just a few of the stories and subjects covered in the May/June issue. We’ll be posting some of the stories on Adirondack Almanack in the coming weeks.