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The First Black Summit Steward and the Journey to Representation


By Klarisse Torriente It was the day before Father’s Day when I asked my dad to meet me at the trailhead of Wyndham Peak in the Catskills. We were slated to do our first hike together since we attempted when I was 8, and failed miserably. Of course I picked READ MORE

Choosing the Right Path: A Muddy Day with Fourth Graders


By Tom Manitta & Maggie Newell Fall is a very popular time of year at Heart Lake. Vibrant leaves and cool weather are a welcome relief after the bugs and heat of summer. With the brisk breeze comes another exciting thing for ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) educators: it's the start READ MORE

New York’s Green Amendment: A Right to Clean Water and Clean Air


The following appeared in the 2021 Sep/Oct issue of Adirondac Magazine By Maya K. van Rossum  How can anyone be opposed to New Yorkers having a right to clean water and air? Most New Yorkers—in fact most U.S. residents—believe they already have this right and are shocked to learn that is not true. READ MORE

5 Myths About Hiking Gear


By Mary Dougherty and Noah Haber, HPIC Staff Perfect gear doesn’t exist. While some items may be more quality than others, we think that issues like budget, your itinerary, and personal preference are more important to consider. To help you find what works best for your needs and interests, let’s READ MORE

Trail Work Update: Avalanche Lake – Lake Colden Connector Trail


ADK's (Adirondack Mountain Club's) professional trail crew returned to Avalanche Lake this summer to continue rerouting the 0.3-mile section of trail that runs between Lake Colden and Avalanche Lake. Heavily used by backpackers and day hikers, this section of trail suffers from annual flooding due its proximity to a nearby READ MORE

ADK Welcomes Back Julia Goren as Deputy Director 


July 20, 2021 – Lake Placid, NY – ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) is excited to announce that Julia Goren will be rejoining the organization as Deputy Director in August. Goren is returning to ADK after three years with the Adirondack Council as their VISION Project Director. Goren previously worked for ADK for 14 years, during which time she led the Adirondack High Peaks Summit Stewardship Program and ADK’s Education Department.   Seth READ MORE

What is Photopoint Monitoring?


Founded in 1989, the Adirondack High Peaks Summit Stewardship Program has a clear goal: protect New York’s alpine zone and ensure it continues to recover from recreation-related impacts. For over 30 years, summit stewards have worked toward this end by engaging in hiker education, scientific research, and trail maintenance. But READ MORE

Meet the 2021 Naturalists!


Every summer, ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) brings on naturalist interns to the Adirondak Loj and Heart Lake Program Center. Using their unique interests and experiences, they are each tasked with creating a guided walk program that focuses on a specific topic. In years past, we have had a Heart READ MORE

Welcome Back, Volunteers


Last weekend, ADK hosted its first major volunteer event since 2019. Over 50 volunteers turned out for ADK Trails Day at the Heart Lake Program Center, where they restored a bridge on the Van Hoevenberg Trail, placed new markers on ski trails, and started defining a rerouted Long Trail on READ MORE

3 Trail Projects We Are Excited About in 2021


Another summer, another season of trail work in the Adirondack Park. After working through a pandemic-limited season in 2020, we are excited to bring on a full professional trail crew this year. Here are three projects that we are looking forward to heading into the 2021 season. 1. Protecting Alpine READ MORE