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Densmore highlights day hikes

May 4, 2011
By MIKE LYNCH, News Outdoors Writer
FalconGuides has published a new book about hiking in the Adirondacks written by Saranac Lake native Lisa Densmore.

The book, “Best Easy Day Hikes: Adirondacks,” is a more compact version of “Hiking in the Adirondacks,” which was published in 2010.

The book is broken down in two ways. The table of contents lists chapters by six geographic regions: High Peaks, northern, central, southern, west-central and eastern.

There is also a trail finder section that categorizes the trips by defining characteristics. For instance, there are four hikes identified as “best hikes for small children.” Another section caters to people with dogs, another focuses on fall hiking. There are eight of these categories overall.

This small book is different from its predecessor in that it focuses on easy hikes, as it states in the title. The original “Hiking in the Adirondacks,” is for the more hard-core hiker. The new book contains 22 hikes overall, compared to 42 in the first.

If you know that you are never going to venture into the High Peaks to tackle some of the more challenging hikes, this smaller version is probably the book for you. If you may want to venture into hiking harder mountains, definitely pick up the original. But there’s no need to pick up copies of both guidebooks. The original contains both the easy and difficult hikes.

An accomplished writer, Densmore has penned several guidebooks on the White Mountains and Adirondacks. Last year, Backpacker magazine and FalconGuides teamed up to publish her book, “Predicting Weather: Forecasting, Planning & Preparing.”

Densmore is the Emmy-winning host and field producer of Wildlife Journal, which airs on New Hampshire Public Television. She also works periodically for other networks that produce outdoor programming, such as the Outdoor Channel, Versus and ESPN.

As a photographer, Densmore’s images have appeared in Backpacker, Adirondack Life and Adirondack Explorer. She has also written hundreds of freelance articles.

One advantage of this new book compared to the earlier one is that it is small. It would fit into a pocket or backpack without being a burden.

“The Adirondack Park is a hiker’s nirvana,” Densmore writes in her new book. “The routes in this book are generally under 6 miles long and promise a big reward for relatively modest effort. You’ll certainly find eye-popping views, as well as water, wildlife, unique geologic formations, and interesting plant-life.”

This 110-page book is $9.95, while the original costs $18.95.

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