Friday, June 28, 2013

‘Adirondack Explorer’ Has Finch, Pruyn Deal Covered

Explorer-coverThose of you who read Adirondack Almanack regularly know we’ve attempted to keep you informed about the controversy over how to classify the former Finch, Pruyn lands recently acquired by the state from the Nature Conservancy.

The same is true of our print partner, Adirondack Explorer. In the July-August issue, which was just finished, you’ll find a detailed explanation of the various options for managing the lands—with maps and a chart—as well as firsthand accounts of outings on these additions to the Forest Preserve.

The photo on the cover, taken by Nancie Battaglia, shows two canoeists running a rapid on a stretch of the upper Hudson. The trip we did that day, from Newcomb to a new takeout just below the confluence of the Goodnow River, was made possible by the Finch, Pruyn acquisition.

In another article, Tom Woodman, the Explorer publisher, describes a hike to OK Slip Falls, the highest cascade in the Adirondack Park. As a result of the Finch deal, the waterfall is now open to the general public, though the state has yet to create a trail.

Both recreational articles and the article about the classification controversy will be posted on the Almanack in the coming weeks. We’ll also post an update on the paddlers’ rights lawsuit involving the Explorer. As some of you know, I was sued for trespass after paddling through private land in 2009. A state judge dismissed the suit, but the landowners are appealing.

The latest Explorer also contains articles on, among other things, the state’s decision to rethink the future of a wilderness rail corridor, Patrick Cunninghan’s reopening of his rafting business following a series of legal travails, TDI’s proposal to bury an electrical transmission line beneath Lake Champlain, the Adirondack Park Agency’s abandonment of rules to protect the rare Bicknell’s thrush, the Lake Placid Outing Club’s successful program to provide kids healthy outlets, and backcountry skiers’ push for the right to maintain glades in the Forest Preserve.

Our centerspread contains several gorgeous paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe from her days on Lake George. The accompanying text is historian Phil Terrie’s review of Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George¸ a coffee-table book issued as a companion to an exhibit of the artist’s work at the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls (it runs through September 15).

We have two other book articles in the current issue: Betsy Kepes writes about the new edition of An Adirondack Passage and Tony Goodwin reviews Peak Experiences, an anthology of disasters and near-disasters in the mountains of the Northeast.

Our regular columnists write about the Caspian tern (John Thaxton), the porcupine (Ed Kanze), the majesty of the Hudson River (Fred LeBrun). For his Talk of the Towns feature, Tom Woodman interviews Assemblyman Marc Butler, whose far-flung district ranges from the Mohawk River to the St. Lawrence, including a large swath of the Adirondacks. The artist Jerry Russell shows us how to lift a canoe on his Outdoor Skills page.

There’s more, but this gives you a good idea of what to expect when the new Explorer arrives in your mailbox in the days ahead—and what you’re missing if you don’t subscribe. (Click here to visit our website and subscribe online.)

Meantime, some of you might enjoy this article about climbing a classic route on Upper Washbowl Cliff in Keene Valley.

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Phil Brown is the former Editor of Adirondack Explorer, the regional bimonthly with a focus on outdoor recreation and environmental issues, the same topics he writes about here at Adirondack Almanack. Phil is also an energetic outdoorsman whose job and personal interests often find him hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, trail running, and backcountry skiing. He is the author of Adirondack Paddling: 60 Great Flatwater Adventures, which he co-published with the Adirondack Mountain Club, and the editor of Bob Marshall in the Adirondacks, an anthology of Marshall’s writings.Visit Lost Pond Press for more information.

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