Written by David Flinn
Issue three was published in June 1984.
The leaves on the trees have replaced the snow on the ground. As the warmer months arrive, the mountains beckon. This issue is for those people who are interested in exploring the Adirondacks, both hikers and climber alike. While we are concerned directly with local information, we feel it important to expose places where Adirondackers have also traveled.
The main goal of this magazine is to provide interesting and reliable information in an enjoyable and readible context, thus the fictional format of the Gore-tex and hikers articles. They serve to minimize the banality in which technical infornation is often presented. We are extremely interested in publishing outdoor journalism -- short fictional accounts, water sports, fishing, and many other facets of mountain literature. Please feel free to write. See you on top!
Written by David Flinn
When launching Alpine Journal, it is important to discuss the motivation and mission behind the work. While there is other content, the following article was published in the very first issue of the Adirondack Alpine Journal and is still relevant today. Here is the mission of the Journal, written back in December 1983.
It is very frustrating, at times, when you observe the large gap in current outdoor periodicals. In one case, a magazine such as Climbing, Mountain (no longer published), or Backpacker may interest you immensely, but it is written with a national and international coverage. one wishes for more of a regional information source. Adirondack Life is a wonderful magazine because it is concerned with New York's North Country. But it's information is very general in content. As a climber and mountain lover, I must wait for two or three issues untill I can read about cross country skiing.
So Adirondack Alpine Journal has been established to bridge the gap in literature and so repress our frustration. This journal is concerned in the issues tha confront folks who like to go "High Up" in the Adirondacks. Whether in climbing the mountain with a daypack or a rope, one will appreciate the current information produced herewithin. We wish to offer various articles in each issue. Such topics as:
- First Ascents and New Climbs
- Clothing Review
- Mountain History
- Book Reviews
- Information on Activities
- Classified Ads
- Maps of the Area.
These categories are our basic direction of information. I stress that it is most important for others to express their insight and knowledge in this journal, and trust that they will be so moved to send some ideas or writing to us for publication.