March - May 2017 Newsletter is Available Online!
Neal Andrews: 7/29/62 - 12/11/16
The hiking community, near and far, lost a great leader this past December. The Glens Falls - Saratoga Chapter
of ADK lost a legendary hike leader, tireless volunteer, and member willing to step in when needed.
Neal Andrews helped many Chapter members and others become 46rs, learn map & compass skills, or push their limit
on a regular hike. He was a 46r, winter 46r, climbed the highest peaks in the 50 states, and travelled the world
with others to hike some of the highest peaks. Those who travelled with him have no shortage of amazing tales
of the adventures and we would sometimes hear little snippets of them during a Chapter Programs.
It seems like most of the funny stories revolve around the lodging Neal would find rather than the hike!
Wed March 22 - Hiking in Patagonian Andes at 7 pm Saratoga Lib
In Spring of 2016 John Schneider spent two weeks hiking in Patagonia of South America. He trekked the famous "W Route"
on a four-day hike in Torres Del Paine National Park in Chile.
He also hiked in the area of 8,000 foot high Mount Fitz Roy in Los Claciares National Park in Argentina.
DEC Notice: Wakely Mountain Fire Tower closed to the public!
Wakely Mountain Fire Tower has been found to be structurally unsound and has been closed to the public until further notice.
Wakley Mountain will continue to be included in the Fire Tower Challenge.
"Climbing towers is not required, nor is it recommended, for those towers that have not been restored
for safe public use." - Fire Tower Challenge Rules.
DEC Notice: Spruce Mountain Fire Tower - Stay off private property
A dirt road ascends Spruce Mountain from the side of the mountain opposite the hiking trail.
It leads to the Saratoga County communications building just below the fire tower. This road is on private property
and is not accessible to the public. It is extremely important that we always respect the rights of property owners.
Please do not use this road.
Fire Tower Challenge Merchandise is Available for Purchase.
FTC Hats and T-Shirts
can be purchased at ADK Headquarters located at 814 Goggins Road
in Lake George off Northway Exit 21.
Will make a great Christmas or birthday gift.
Purchase online at:
Recruiting Youngsters for Summer Camp - Free to Candidates
Linda Rinado is the Education Chair of the Glens Falls-Saratoga chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club.
One of her roles
is to recruit youngsters for summer camp ... either an environmental DEC camp (Colby in Saranac Lake (ages 11 to 13)
or Pack Forest ages 11 to 13 or 14 to 17) above Warrensburg) or a week of hands on experience learning trail maintenance
on an actual project through ADK headquarters (locations to be determined - ages 14 to 17).
Our chapter pays for the week so it is free to the candidate.
You can get further info and applications by going to the
... or contacting Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Lashomb - New Young Members Chair for our chapter
Steve graduated from SUNY Potsdam with a concentration in Environmental Studies.
His first job out of college was an AmeriCorps internship as a trailworker throughout the Adirondacks for the
Student Conservation Association. Since then, he has been working for environmentally based non-profits, forestry companies
and renewable energy companies. He currently works as a Solar Energy Consultant for SolarCity. Between his college studies
and recent work experience he has developed a tremendous love for the outdoors that has evolved into a dedication to protect
and conserve our natural resources.
His goal as Chair of the Young Members Committee is to engage students from local colleges
to participate with the committee which will teach about non-profit management and the roles of committees within organizations.
He is a believer in the importance of environmental education. Education is the key to shaping the young minds of the world's
future environmental leaders.
Leave No Trace Education Offered by Club
Ryan Doyle coordinates our "Leave No Trace" programs and has several courses scheduled for the season.
Custom trainings for groups is also offered, although the priority is pre-scheduled courses.
FYI, our June 4-5 Trainer course is completely booked.
Reduced tuitions for student participants who are involved at the chapter level.
Also note that scholarships are available from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics:
Advocacy for Protection of Queensbury's Big Cedar Swamp
The Big Cedar Swamp is a 900+ acre Class I wetland located in the Town of Queensbury, between Quaker Road and the
Warren County Airport, which is home to a diverse wildlife population, including several "Species of Special Concern",
a large, well-preserved, northern white cedar swamp, and a globally rare marl fen, which is one of less than ten such
habitats in the world. It is listed as a "Regional Priority Conservation Project" in the New York State Open Space
Town Board Letter
Town Board Report
DEC Announces Opening of Trail, Fire Tower on Spruce Mtn
On October 7, 2015, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) held a celebration for a long awaited opening
of Spruce Mountain's new trail and rehabilitated fire tower. The "unlacing" ceremony took place at the bottom of the
fire tower with two hiking shoes cleverly tied together across the first set of stairs. The DEC Region 5 Director,
Bob Stegemann, Neil Woodworth of ADK and other involved partners untied the shoelaces to make it official.
For more info:
View Press Release
View Tower Details
Make Suggestions to Add Smart Phone Apps to Web Site
Have you found an app that you like and think other ADKrs might want to check out?
If so, send the app name to email@example.com
and we'll add it to our web site and newsletter if it appears to be of
interest to members.
Notice the Smart Phone Apps
link added to the Chapter Links
ADK Mountain Club needs good participation for Supervised Volunteer Trails Program
Since 1986, the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) has been hosting volunteers to participate in trail projects. In that time, over 10,000 volunteers took part in maintaining the trails of the Adirondack Park. Our volunteer trails program is not just about the trails though, it's also about the people that maintain them. I can say with confidence that all 10,000+ volunteers who participated in ADK's volunteer trails program left with a sense of stewardship for the Adirondacks. They know firsthand how much hard work it takes, and how rewarding it is, to keep our Adirondack trail system in tip-top shape.
It is going to be a tall order to fill all of these projects. For this expansion to be possible in the future
we need good participation.
Your help would mean 10,000 more great experiences, a more pleasant hiking adventure and the protection of wild areas
along trail corridors.
We have several scholarship opportunities available for our High School Volunteer Program.
These scholarships would cover the cost of our participation fee. Our newest addition is the ADK Woods Woman Scholarship.
This scholarship is available to a high school aged woman who wants to participate in a volunteer trail project.
For more information:
Help with Recreation Planning as member of multi-chapter group?
ADK is forming a Recreation Working Group to help the chapters with subjects such as trip leader training, assisting in the planning
of annual/seasonal outings, and best practices: what chapters do well and could share with other chapters.
We would like to have members (this is not a formal committee) from several different chapters,
with around 10 people. We will eventually have an annual face-to-face meeting (location to be determined),
as well as the occasional conference call. Some of our work will also be done via e-mail.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Bob Van Hise at (716) 628-0355
or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Your Chapter Needs Some Good Volunteers!
As a way to develop a listing of chapter members that want to help out with the chapter, a volunteer request form has been developed.
Please complete the volunteer form indicating your areas of interest and a member of the executive committee will get back
to you to discuss the next steps.
The form is located in the Chapter Links under "Chapter Information Forms & Guidelines" or the link:
Volunteer Request Form
Contact Laura Fiske at 518-884-0345 or email
Fill out report if you hiked Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area
Reminder: Include your email address when renewing membership!
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