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2015 Annual Guide
to the Great Outdoors

Features

Johns Brook Lodge, the Last Resort  
This backcountry bunkhouse doubles as base camp for countless
High Peaks hikes
by Luke Cyphers
photographs by Erika Edgley

Club Adirondack
Teeing off at seven noteworthy courses
by Galen Crane
photographs by Nancie Battaglia

Treasured Islands
These Adirondack havens invite boaters, campers and picnick­­­ers.
Photographer Mark Bowie travels across the park in search
of paradise you can paddle to
text and photographs by Mark Bowie

Bird Land
From warbler to owl, raptor to waterfowl, the Adirondacks
is an avian hot spot. Our intrepid reporter goes on the
trail with three local experts
by Christine Jerome
photographs by Erika Edgley and Jeff Nadler

Trail Safe
A forest ranger’s backcountry tips that could save your life
by Scott van Laer
photograph by Lisa Godfrey

Departments

Editor’s Note
Shared Solitude

Biking
The 1-Eye Classic

Access  
Fresh Tracts

Barkeater
Night Moves

Hiking
The Grand Inn-to-Inn Hike

Paddling
Hammond Pond

Stuff
Gotta-Have Gear

Fishing
Cast Adrift

Back Page
Little 46er

May/June 2015

Features

Best of the Adirondacks 2015
Adirondack Life readers’ choice awards

The Secret Life of Ponds
Inside these shape-shifting, primitive worlds

Incredible Journeys
Some creatures—eels, for in­­stance, that hatch in
the Sargasso Sea and migrate to Lake Champlain—
cover astonishing territory once a lifetime, while
ruby-throated hummingbirds commute twice yearly
be­­­tween Central America and the North Country.
As tourist season ap­­proaches, with legions of
humans crossing the Blue Line, we pause to mull
notable comings and goings
by Elizabeth Folwell

The Last Mill Town
From 18th-century battleground to 20th-century
industrial powerhouse, Ticonderoga has occupied a
vital role in the region. How will the town adapt to
21st-century challenges?
by Lisa Bramen

Departments

Short Carries
Smallville

Special Places
Paradox House
by Niki Kourofsky

Barkeater
The Outsider
by Leath Tonino

Working
The Fishin’ Musician
by Elizabeth Folwell

North Country
Superfruit
by Hamilton E. Davis

Back Page
Trout Lily on T Lake Trail
photograph by Johnathan Esper

Cover: Lake Everest, Wilmington. Photograph by Chris Murray

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