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A Major Peak Gets a New Name


By Grace L. Hudowalski, Published in 1942 The high, slender pinnacle to the south of Dix Mountain has a new name—Hough Peak! To most of us this comes as a surprise for we have been calling this mountain “Marshall”—after Bob and George who climbed it—for years. The name “Middle Dix” READ MORE

Return to Pharaoh Lake Wilderness


For the past two years I’ve been working in Albany with the Adirondack Mountain Club. The Adirondack Park is relatively new to me, but apparently it is not new to my family. While working on genealogy and sorting through family artifacts with my parents, we are beginning to discover a READ MORE

Johns Brook Lodge Turns 90


Johns Brook Lodge (JBL) has been part of Adirondack Mountain Club’s (ADK) identity from its very beginning, welcoming guests to experience the Adirondacks 3.5 miles up the Johns Brook Valley.  90 years ago, on July 1, 1925, JBL opened its doors and ever since it has been a place where READ MORE

Mike Douglas, Gary Koch and Jim Mosher: 30 YEARS of lean-to stewardship and still counting!


The lean-to is wonderfully expressive of the spirit and traditions of these vast mountain lands. To approach one after a day of adventure is to find a mute, yet impelling invitation to chum with Nature, to enjoy intimate communion with the woods and to become an active participant in the READ MORE

Hurricane Trail Re-route: A Herculean and Timely Effort


Many times, 3694-foot Hurricane Mountain has been in the news due to demolition threats to its 35-foot fire tower (built in 1919 and closed in 1979). No more: 2015 will see the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) restore the historic structure to full public access and provide READ MORE

90 Years on Northville-Placid Trail


The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) is celebrating the 90th anniversary of the completion of the Northville-Placid Trail (N-P Trail) this year.  The N-P Trail, originally called The Long Trail is a north-south foot path that traverses through the heart of the Adirondacks from Northville to Lake Placid, NY.  This 135 READ MORE

In Memory of Alice Waterhouse


Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to make any turns on the Heart Lake ski slope this winter yet. The limited snow accumulation hasn’t allowed it. I still pass by the ski slope frequently this time of year and every time I go by I pass a sign at the bottom READ MORE

Mistake to Tradition: Story of Johns Brook Lodge Brand


If you have been to Johns Brook Lodge you may have noticed the peculiar use of a backwards J in the acronym JBL.  For many, this may just seem like another odd tradition of an organization that likes to cause confusion with odd or misspelled names, such as Adirondak Loj.  READ MORE

What is with the spelling of Adirondak Loj?


I came to the Adirondak Loj for the first time with a group of friends when I was in high school. The Loj was too expensive for a couple of high schoolers who watered plants in a greenhouse and bagged groceries for a living twenty hours a week, but we READ MORE