Wednesday, January 6, 2021

The year in photos: Adirondack highlights

There’s no question about it: 2020 was a challenging year due to the pandemic. But luckily, at the Explorer, we sometimes get to escape the realities of the pandemic and go on adventures in the scenic and wild backcountry of the Adirondacks.

Along the way, we capture those moments with photos. In an effort to share those moments with readers, I have put together a collection of images from 2020. The gallery, which can be found below, includes images from excursions to Hurricane Mountain to sunrise hikes on Poke-O-Moonshine to paddling trips on the Saranac River.

In addition to those photos, we have shots of Adirondackers, including people like Jori Welkin, who runs Hub on the Hill, a food distribution nonprofit in the eastern Adirondacks, and Bob Liseno, a volunteer who taught students how to build lean-tos in Saranac Lake.

I encourage you to check out the photos and look back at some of the struggles but also good times we had in 2020.


Sunrise view at Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain. Photo by Mike Lynch

Editor’s note: And in case you missed it here are some top recreation stories from 2020, compiled by Mike. This post first appeared in his weekly “Backcountry Journal” newsletter. Click here to sign up.

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Mike Lynch is a staff writer and photographer for the nonprofit Adirondack Explorer, the regional bimonthly news magazine with a focus on outdoor recreation and environmental issues. Mike’s favorite outdoor activities include paddling, hiking, fishing and backcountry skiing. In 2011, he paddled the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail from Old Forge to Fort Kent, Maine. From 2007 until 2014, Mike worked as an outdoors writer and photographer for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise in Saranac Lake. Mike welcomes story ideas and can be reached at

2 Responses

  1. Chris says:

    Thank you. But it would be much easier to watch if there was an “advance” button so one could click through (and the progress indicator was in the same frame on my laptop.) As-is it just takes too long/too much effort to watch.

  2. Randy says:

    Thank you. And thank you for fixing the concern of the original commenter- was able to buzz through at my own pace on the laptop!

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