Some time ago I came across a book titled Fifty Favorite Climbs: The Ultimate North American Tick List. The author, Mark Kroese, asked fifty celebrated climbers to reveal their favorite climbs on the continent.
Most leaned toward big or exotic routes. Conrad Anker, for example, picked an alpine rock climb on Baffin Island near the Arctic Circle. Alex Lowe chose the Grand Traverse, his eight-hour dash over seven summits in Wyoming’s Tetons.
But I was especially interested in the choice of Jeff Lowe, one of the greatest mountaineers of his generation. Lowe (no relation to Alex) has climbed all over the world and put up hundreds of first ascents. His favorite climb in North America? A four-pitch ice route on Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain that overlooks the Northway. It’s called Gorillas in the Mist.
What I found especially intriguing is that the route has been repeated only once—by Alex Lowe a few days after Jeff Lowe climbed it with Ed Palen, the owner of Rock and River Guide Service in Keene.
That was twenty-one years ago.
You can read about the first ascent of Gorillas in the Mist and the dream of one local climber — Matt Horner — to repeat it in the January/February issue of the Adirondack Explorer.
In other recreational stories in the Explorer, Tony Goodwin writes about new ski tours on the former Finch, Pruyn lands, including a trip to Boreas Ponds, and yours truly writes about an early-season ski on the Jackrabbit Trail.
Speaking of Boreas Ponds, readers of the Almanack are by now well familiar with the controversy over the Adirondack Park Agency’s pending classification of the Boreas Ponds Tract. What has been overlooked is that much of the debate over Wild Forest versus non-motorized Wilderness has been driven by the state’s desire to maintain the dam at the foot of Boreas Ponds. The Explorer looks at whether the state should maintain the dam and, if so, whether workers need motor-vehicle access to do so.
Staff writer Mike Lynch writes about how the millennial generation is using digital media to connect with the great outdoors. Our cover photo illustrates this trend.
Other articles in the new issue include:
- A federal court ruling has jeopardized efforts to the control the cormorant population on Lake Champlain.
- Michael Frenette has spent two decades restoring Great Camp Santanoni to its former grandeur.
- Michael Carr talks about his plans for the Adirondack Land Trust.
- Historian Philip Terrie delves into the 1938 state constitutional convention and the debate over tree cutting in the Forest Preserve.
- The Adirondack Park Agency edges closer to approving a controversial marina on Lower Saranac Lake.
- A study looks at who gets rescued in the Adirondacks and why.
These are just some of the goodies in the latest issue. A few of the articles will be posted on the Almanack. The rest will be available only to subscribers. You can subscribe by clicking here.