Wild Wolf Pond

Wild Wolf Pond

A new trail through old growth Photograph by Nancie Battaglia Photographers refer to the “magic hour,” when light flowing through a landscape is distinctly golden, something that usually happens at the beginning and end of a clear day. During our trek into Wolf Pond...
A Great Big Adventure

A Great Big Adventure

A dad and his daughter unlock the secluded beauty of the Essex Chain Lakes Photograph by Johnathan Esper “My bag is so heavy!” moaned my daughter, Oaklee, sagging straps off her shoulders and making a sad puppy face in my direction. Part of me wanted to...
A Ranger Problem

A Ranger Problem

Doing more with less—again Photograph by Nancie Battaglia A s the first half of 2020 has shown, New York State Forest Rangers are blessed, and burdened, with a wide-ranging portfolio. In February and early March, rangers managed an influx of winter hikers on popular...
Island Getaway

Island Getaway

Walk on water to Valcour, where history and natural beauty are the main attractions Photograph by Nancie Battaglia Is it safe? It’s a rational question. The thought of stepping out onto a vast expanse of ice, which not long ago was an inland sea of liquid water—really...
The Gear to Get

The Gear to Get

Top picks from local outfitters Photograph courtesy of Gossamer Gear When the time comes for your next Adirondack adventure, you’ll need the right equipment to be safe and comfortable. Luckily, the go-to experts at Adirondack Lakes and Trails Outfitters, in Saranac...

Soul of the Summits

Throughout 2019, in celebration of Adirondack Life’s 50th anniversary, we’re sharing an article per week from our archives—one for each year since 1970. Brian Mann interviewed an Adirondack icon, Grace Hudowalski, in 2001, nearly three years before her death at age...
Mother of a Hike

Mother of a Hike

photograph by Lisa Ballard   Going up and growing up along the MacIntyre Range I’m the kind of hiker who needs a reward for my efforts, typically a bald mountaintop or a fire tower with a grand view. At age 57 and an Adirondack native, I’ve trekked hundreds of...
Routes Revival

Routes Revival

photograph by Kevin MacKenzie   Climbing in the footholds of a legend Back in the day when people listened to music on iPods, I stood at the base of Chapel Pond Slab and spun the click wheel to Kind of Blue. Although a novice climber, I had it in mind to...