Monday, May 15, 2023

Tales of the Adirondacks, Past & Present: First Adirondack Adventure by Heidi Roland

Hiker Heidi Roland and her husband on their first hike.

Our next OurStoryBridge, Inc. story share features avid hiker, Heidi Roland, from North Elba Narratives in Lake Placid, NY. In her story titled “First Adirondack Adventure,” she recounts her first hike with her boyfriend (now husband) in the Adirondack High Peaks in 1982, and she also illustrates how she became a 46er. To listen to First Adirondack Adventure in its entirety, please visit this link:

The Adirondack Almanack will share stories written by those who live, work, and play in the ADK, courtesy of OurStoryBridge, Inc. These stories, which will be a combination of current and past events, people, outdoor activities and more, will be published on a weekly basis. The stories will focus on various locations situated in the Adirondack region, including the High Peaks, the town of Keene, and many other areas around the Park. Stories are compartmentalized into the following categories, arts & culture, catastrophes, work, people, outdoor activities, daily life, community, and natural & man-made environments.

Visit to hear more stories from around the Adirondacks. To listen to more stories from North Elba Narratives, visit

Those who wish to contribute to OurStoryBridge, Inc. can find more information on how to share a story of their own and create their own OurStoryBridge by utilizing tool kits at the link here.


Photo provided by Martha Swan, Founder and Executive Director, John Brown Lives!

About OurStoryBridge, Inc.:

OurStoryBridge is a national project, led by a team of volunteers and implemented at the grassroots level by local libraries, historical societies, museums, and issue oriented organizations, that supports the creation of three- to five-minute, locally created audio stories with related photographs, as well as their online accessibility, by posting them on a website that appeals to both young and old and can be produced at low cost.

About Adirondack Community:

Sponsored by the Keene Valley Library, Adirondack Community is a multi-year local history project that collects and organizes audio stories and related photographs from town of Keene community members through this online platform to share our rich social and cultural history in New York State’s Adirondack Mountains.

Story #7 of our sharing series: Story Credit to OurStoryBridge, Inc./North Elba Narratives.

Photo at top: Hiker Heidi Roland and her boyfriend (now husband) on their first hike in the Adirondack High Peaks. Photo courtesy of OurStoryBridge,Inc./North Elba Narratives.

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The Adirondack Almanack publishes occasional guest essays from Adirondack residents, visitors, and those with an interest in the Adirondack Park. Submissions should be directed to Almanack editor Melissa Hart at

3 Responses

  1. Jim Schaefer says:

    The posting of the story is great. I really really don’t like the: OurStoryBridge logo! Holy cow what are you thinking/ The stories are about the Adirondacks and you have an URBAN suspended bridge as your logo????
    How about a little wooden foot bridge? Or the floating Fulton-Chain bridges? Or a rustic board over a stream?
    I get the connection–the metaphor. Your current logo image is counterintuitive to the place all the stories are about.
    OK OK you want an urban to wilderness link? Then do it with part of a suspension bridge AND a log bridge. THINK ABOUT IT.

    • JohnL says:

      Agreed Jim, but I’ll go a step beyond the bridge itself and say it’s just plain UGLY. Looks like two people standing back to back and screaming at something….or someone.

  2. Jim S. says:

    I enjoyed hearing of your adventure. A current photo along with the original would be 😎 cool.

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