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

Fire Patrol: How to Build Campfires Responsibly


The following appeared in the 2021 Jul/Aug issue of Adirondac Magazine Campfires are an integral part of many peoples’ outdoor experience. They’re an opportunity to gather with family and friends, to catch up and connect. Campfires help take off the evening chill and radiate a glow of light. You might READ MORE

Conservation and Advocacy Report – September 2021


The following is a summary of key conservation and advocacy efforts by ADK. Interested in learning more? Subscribe to our email list and to our bi-monthly magazine, Adirondac. Proposal: Debar Lodge A new constitutional amendment, sponsored by Assemblymember Jones (A7535), was put forward recently. This proposal would remove Debar Lodge and some surrounding 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

Exposed to the Elements: Alpine Trail Work on High Peaks


By Andrew Hamlin, Trails Coordinator Let's head above treeline to one of the Adirondack Park’s highest summits to explore alpine trail work. This is a unique setting in the Adirondacks that requires some different tactics from us as trail workers to approach effectively. First, what do I mean when I READ MORE

DackMap Launches Real-Time Parking Information Feature


July 29, 2021 – Lake Placid, NY – ADK and DackMap are excited to announce an updated version of the cellphone application that includes real-time information for hikers visiting the High Peaks Wilderness. After announcing a partnership back in March, ADK and DackMap have worked together to improve the app so 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