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3 Things to Know about Winter Hiking Above Tree Line

2021-01-26T08:57:30-05:00

Tree line: the line or altitude above which no trees grow. Many popular summits in the Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness—namely Cascade, Wright, Algonquin, and Marcy—have sections of trail that are completely exposed above tree line. While this offers astounding views of the surrounding landscape, it also brings with it important READ MORE

Adirondack 46ers Support Crucial High Peaks Stewardship Programs

2020-11-16T10:21:20-05:00

Lake Placid, NY – November 16, 2020 – After another busy year in the High Peaks Wilderness, the Adirondack 46ers have doubled down on their dedication to supporting critical stewardship programs in the High Peaks Wilderness. Last week they announced a $41,000 commitment to ADK’s (Adirondack Mountain Club’s) professional trail crew. READ MORE

Our Favorite Shoulder Season Hikes: Western Adirondacks

2021-01-26T08:57:31-05:00

Running from mid-October through early December and late March through May, shoulder season is a great time of year to explore low elevation hikes in the Adirondack Park. As the seasons shift, snow and ice packs are often unstable at higher elevations—especially in the High Peaks Wilderness—making for unsafe and READ MORE

Hiker Data Shows Impacts from Pandemic, Increase in Novice Hikers

2021-01-26T08:57:31-05:00

Lake Placid, NY – October 28, 2020 – In keeping with a decade-long trend of growing hiker numbers, this summer was again a busy one at ADK’s (Adirondack Mountain Club’s) Heart Lake Program Center (HLPC). Without question, the pandemic played a role in motivating people to get outside. However, this surge READ MORE

Lighting Your Way

2021-01-26T08:57:31-05:00

The following appeared in the 2020 Nov/Dec issue of Adirondac Magazine By Tom Hart Advances in headlamps make lighting your way during the dark hours of winter an easy task. But before we go any further: Even on trips intended for only daylight hours, always pack a headlamp. Do not READ MORE

ADK Trailhead Stewards Reached Thousands of Hikers in 2020

2021-01-26T08:57:31-05:00

ADK’s (Adirondack Mountain Club) Trailhead Stewardship Program (ADK TSP) has finished its fourth season of education at the Heart Lake Program Center. Normally running from Memorial Day Weekend through Columbus Day Weekend, the program saw a delayed start in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. After New York State came READ MORE

ADK Links Outdoor and Online Learning

2021-01-26T08:57:31-05:00

Fall at Heart Lake is usually accompanied by the sounds and sights of fourth graders exploring Mt. Jo as participants in ADK’s (Adirondack Mountain Club’s) Marie L. Haberl School Outreach Program: Three Seasons at Heart Lake. As foliage shifts from green to shades of red, orange, and yellow, ADK educators READ MORE

Why We Say “Cotton Kills”

2021-01-26T08:57:31-05:00

The phrase “cotton kills” is an old adage in outdoor recreation circles. Though it might sound dramatic, this statement is actually supported by science. Cotton greatly increases the risk of hypothermia for outdoor recreators because a) it absorbs significantly more water than other fabrics, and b) loses the ability to READ MORE

Achilles’ Ankle

2021-01-26T08:57:31-05:00

The following appeared in the 2020 Sep/Oct issue of Adirondac Magazine By Tom Welch, M.D. In decades of running, hiking, and climbing, I have had only one ankle sprain. I was running on a dark road at night (pretty dumb!), when my right foot stepped into a rut on the READ MORE

Plan Ahead and Prepare: Packing the Ten Essentials

2021-01-26T08:57:31-05:00

As you pack for your next outdoor adventure, ask yourself: if I get hurt or lost, do I have what I need to survive a night in the backcountry? If you have packed the Ten Essentials, then your answer should be “yes”! What are the Ten Essentials? The Ten Essentials READ MORE