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Chapter News   Updated: 2018-08-16    
bullet September 2018 Newsletter is available Online!   View
bullet Bears have been very active and aggressive at all High Peaks backcountry camping areas. - View bearproof container rental info!
bullet Note that Wakely Fire Tower is now open.   Fire Trail Status
bullet Pgm: Trip to Australia & New Zealand. 7pm Sept 20 at Saratoga Lib
images/programs/2018-09-Tammara.jpg Join ADK members Tammara Van Ryn and Chris Lincoln for a presentation on their epic February to April 2018 trip to Australia and New Zealand.

They hiked 250 miles, spent 23 nights in a tent, and 14 nightsin a camper van! Chris and Tammara met with several conservation organizations during their trip, and will share insights gained on invasive species management in addition to their hiking stories. For more info click: View Programs
bullet Save the Date for Our Chapter Annual Dinner on Fri October 26th
images/programs/2018-10-JamieSavage.jpg Our chapter Annual Dinner will be held Friday October 26th at Embassy Suites, Saratoga Springs.

The featured speaker will be Jamie Savage. He is a professor at SUNY-ESF Ranger School in Wanakena, NY and accomplished musician is also co-author of the pocket guide to the Cranberry Lake 50. Jamie is a founding member of The Five Ponds Partners of which, the project manager that developed the trail, the brochure, promotions and leads in the maintenance of the trail. Through story, photos and song, Jamie will describe this 50 mile, multi-day adventure into one of the Adirondack's largest and wildest lakes. More information in the September newsletter.
bullet Our chapter is looking to fill 2 positions on the executive committee
  • The Education Chair over sees the education committee which recruits, screens, selects and arranges for Chapter sponsorship of local youths attending DEC Environmental Education Camps and ADK's High School Summer Trail Projects program. Also the committee sponsors an Outreach Program offering youth oriented outings, workshops and activities at area schools and community events as the need arises.
  • The Publicity Chair disseminates information on Chapter activities to local media outlets and other venues.
The executive committee meets once a month from September to June alternating between Glens Falls and Saratoga. The group is very supportive and fun to work with. Anyone who is interested in learning more about any one of these jobs should contact Kathi Noble at:

bullet Fire Tower Trail Status Info ( from FTC Chair )
  • 2018 July 7 - The repairs to Wakely Mtn FT are complete. All concrete footings were replaced, new hardware and fasteners installed on all the footings, new roof, examination and tightening of all nuts and bolts, removal of the guy wires, and maintenance of trees/brush in the vicinity of the helipad; additionally, minor trail work/brushing was done in preparation for reopening. The crew spent 8 days at the mountain summit to complete the work. With the FT safety issues addressed the trail and FT have been reopened to the public. This was an operation spearheaded by L&F Planners/Foresters with additional support from the Rangers, State Police, Operations, Backcountry Stewards, and of course contractor Dave Vana and his crew.
  • 2018 June 29 - Kane Mountain trail closure: The South Trail up Kane Mountain off Schoolhouse Road is closed. The trail crosses private lands, and the landowner revoked permission for the public to cross. Hikers must use the formal Kane Mountain Trailhead off Green Lake Road.
  • 2018 Spring - Blue Mt. fire tower: the cement building at the base of the tower and all radio equipment has been removed. NYSDEC is working on a project to restore the tower to its historical design. To be completed this year.
  • 2018 Spring - Pillsbury Mt. fire tower: NYSDEC will repair and replace caging that has fallen off near the top of the tower. DEC is working to relocate the radio equipment with plans to reopen the tower cab in 2019.
  • 2018 Spring - Catskill Overlook Mt. fire tower new parking area open: Details
  • 2017 Winter - Climbs to closed mountains will be rejected if used for the ADK Fire Tower Challenge during the the closure period.
  • 2017 Winter - Stay off icy tower steps. No spikes, please - they damage wood steps. Be safe.
  • 2017 Winter - 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.
  • 2017 Winter - Mt Adams Fire Tower has been damaged by ice wind! Fencing and railings were broken off and the tower stairs and landings are slippery. Please do not attempt to go into the tower cab or onto the top landing with the broken fencing.
bullet Sign up for 2019 Chapter Winter Weekend at Heart Lake Feb. 8-10
jocelyn.songer.jpg We are again renting the Wiezel cabin for the Glens Falls - Saratoga Chapter of ADK for our winter weekend 2019! We have reserved it for the weekend of February 8-10. We usually go up Friday afternoon/ evening and head home Sunday night/Monday morning

The three night stay cost is $110 per person and includes the cabin costs and dinners for Saturday and Sunday nights. ( If costs come in below this estimate, we will distribute refunds accordingly. ) The cabin is located near Adirondack LOJ, with the High Peaks at our doorstep. The cabin has heat, lights, and running water, including a full kitchen and two bathrooms. It sleeps 16 and I will begin accepting reservations with payment from members ASAP. A waiting list will be maintained.

Please send checks made payable to Steve Mackey to:
Steve Mackey, 21 MacArthur Dr., Glens Falls, NY 12801-2317.
Email any questions to: smackey33@verizon.net
bullet Fire Tower Guide Released in a Second Edition
Adirondack Mountain Club has released the second edition of its popular hiking guide, Views from on High: Fire Tower Trails in the Adirondacks and Catskills.

Extensively revised and redesigned, it includes a new chapter describing fire towers outside of both parks. The intervening years have seen what coauthor Jim Schneider refers to as "fire tower fever," a sweeping enthusiasm that has helped prompt restoration of numerous towers and their trails. For more info, visit: Press Release

Views from on High: Fire Tower Trails in the Adirondacks and Catskills is 224 pages, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", and includes numerous photos and maps. It is available in softcover for $14.95 ($11.96 members) at book and outdoor supply stores, at ADK stores in Lake George and Lake Placid, through mail order by calling (800) 395-8080, and online at the ADK Store.
bullet New Trails in the Palmertown Conservation Area
Working with Saratoga PLAN graduate students in The State University of New York at Albany 2017 Graduate Planning Studio class recently delivered their final presentation on conservation and recreation analysis of the Palmertown Conservation Area. to develop a strategic and comprehensive conservation plan, stretching from Moreau Lake State Park down to Saratoga Springs.

For details and map click View details
bullet 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: adk.org/product-category/clothing
bullet Make Suggestions to Add Smart Phone Apps to Web Site
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Have you found an app that you like and think other ADKrs might want to check out? If so, send the app name to 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
bullet 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 Kathi Noble at 518-668-3046 or email
bullet Fill out report if you hiked Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area Details
bullet Reminder: Include your email address when renewing membership!
We receive membership information bimonthly and update our membership list with your info! You may renew your ADK membership online by clicking on: Renew Online! - Make sure to select "Glens Falls Saratoga" as your chapter!

You may also update your email address by clicking on the Email Icon.

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