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Chapter News   Updated: 2018-06-15    
bullet July 2018 Newsletter is Available Online!   View
bullet Pgm: Trip to Australia & New Zealand. 7pm Sept 20 at Saratoga Lib
jocelyn.songer.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 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 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
  • 2018 Spring - Wakely Mt. fire tower repair is scheduled for late June with a planned trail reopening by early July which it will rejoin the Challenge.
  • 2017 Winter - Wakely Mountain fire tower and trail closed until further notice.
  • 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 ADK Announces new 20-mile Route for 7/29/2018 Annual Ididaride!
The new route is ideal for off-road riders, fat-tire bikes, gravel-grinders and overland riders.

For those ididaride! cyclists who prefer being in the woods and a little closer to nature, rather than sharing the pavement and enjoying the expansive views along the traditional 75-mile road course, ADK has replaced the "short" road bike ride from Indian Lake with a 20-mile super-scenic mountain/hybrid bike route tour loop. The ride starts from the Gore Mt. Ski Bowl in North Creek, just like the 75-mile road bike route.

Some highlights of the 20-miler include biking along North Creek, crossing both Straight and Chatiemac Brooks and their waterfalls (familiar names to Gore Mt. skiers), biking along Mill Brook, passing tiny Riparius and its historic train depot, biking along rural sections of the mighty Hudson River as it flows through the Village of North Creek to Riparius and finally, possibly saving the best for last, biking on the suspended boardwalk trail that crosses under Rt. 28, bringing riders back to the Ski Bowl.

It is estimated that this new mountain/hybrid bike route is about 60% dirt road, 20% dirt and rock trail, 20% paved road and 100% pure Adirondacks!

For more info or to signup, viewInformation or contact Sunday Conine, Annual Fund Manager for ADK at (518) 668-4447 X42 with any questions!
bullet Banff Mountain Film Festival Post Event Report
We sold out the Theater at SUNY ADK with 400 attendees. We covered all the costs and have money left over to dedicate to putting on the show next year. We will be hearing from our Banff contact soon to schedule the Feb 2019 show.

For Report: Click View Report + Comments
In Memory of Our Friend Eric Krantz (7/13/1940 - 3/27/18)
We're sure many of you have heard that a regular to our Tuesday outings, Eric Krantz, was in a bicycling accident and died at the end of March. Eric was such a great guy. He was always amusing us with corny puns, amazing us with his poetry that he could bring to mind and recite even though he wrote it a decade or more ago, educating us by identifying birds by their calls, or by sight, if could spot them, or just entertaining us with all his stories of his travels and amazing life.
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 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 Conservation Plan.

More Information     Town Board Letter     Town Board Report
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 ADK Mountain Club needs good participation for Supervised Volunteer Trails Program
supervised.trailwork.jpg 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: Details
bullet 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 adkpaddles.bvh@gmail.com

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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