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Alpine Stewardship Gathering Returns to the Adirondacks


September 18th, 2019 Ten years ago, the Adirondacks hosted the Northeastern Alpine Stewardship Gathering for the first time. Since then visitor usage has increased in the High Peaks region, where all of the Park’s alpine ecosystems can be found. In this time of high use, stewardship has been instrumental in READ MORE

Trail Work Report: Haystack and Skylight


August 16th, 2019 ADK's (Adirondack Mountain Club's) professional trail crew (pro crew) always works at a high level, but this month they took their efforts to new heights by tackling projects on two of New York's tallest summits: Haystack and Skylight. With the goal of delineating the trail above treeline READ MORE

A Voice for the Mountains


May 9, 2019 One Summit Steward shares their love for the mountains we call home, and asks for your help in protecting them. When asked to explain my summer job it usually comes out something like this: “Well, I’m a summit steward, so I work on top of a mountain READ MORE

Adirondack 46ers Continue Support for ADK’s Stewardship Programs in the High Peaks Wilderness


Last year, ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) and the Adirondack 46ers (46ers) entered a three-year joint commitment to promote stewardship and conservation throughout the High Peaks Wilderness. The 46ers generously committed $71,000 in funding to protect trails and summits with ADK in 2018, and have provided an additional $34,000 this year READ MORE

Skylight Does Not Want Your Rocks


Why we must break the tradition of carrying rocks up this High Peak By Sadye Bobbette, 2018 Fall Education Intern Mount Skylight, the fourth highest peak in the Adirondacks, is known for the gigantic pile of rocks sitting at the summit. According to an old legend, carrying a rock up READ MORE

For the Love of Wild People


There are certain aspects one anticipates before arriving at the Adirondak Loj. In the summer, it’s the haunting call of a loon in the evening as the sun sets behind Nye Mountain. When autumn settles in, we trade prospects of loons for the vibrant, variegated leaves that will blanket Mt. READ MORE

Monitoring Alpine Plants in the High Peaks


New York State’s rarest ecosystem co-exists with some of the greatest recreational opportunities in the state atop the Adirondack High Peaks. These peaks have been experiencing a dramatic increase in the numbers of hikers over the past seven years. Adirondack High Peaks summit stewards have been educating hikers about the alpine READ MORE

ADK and Adirondack 46ers Work Together to Address High Use in the High Peaks Wilderness


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Neil Woodworth, ADK Executive Director, 518-669-0128 Wes Lampman, ADK Chief Operating Officer, 518-523-3480 Julia Goren, ADK Education Director, 518-523-3480 Photo by Seth Jones   Lake George, NY —  June 13, 2018 – ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) and the Adirondack 46ers (46ers) have come together to READ MORE

Alpine Spring


Alpine plants are the sprinters of the plant world. In the Adirondacks, they have about sixty frost-free days a year in which to bloom and store energy before winter returns. Once the snow and ice start to melt in May, alpine plants begin photosynthesizing immediately. Another adaptation is that alpine READ MORE

How Winter Shapes the Alpine Zone


New York’s alpine zone is a dangerous, gripping, and magnificent place. Above this treeless landscape you are exposed to the elements: ripping wind, slippery ice, and snow that could come up to your boots in one section of trail and up to your waist in another. It is also home READ MORE