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Chapter News   Updated: 2015-06-30    
July / September Chepontuc Newsletter is Available Online!   View
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 newsletter@adk-gfs.org and we'll add it to our web site and newsletter if it appears to be of interest to our members.

Notice the Smart Phone Apps link added to the Chapter Links
Chapter Leadership Positions Exist for 2016
    Chair Positions (3 positions) :
  • The Chapter Chair is the administrative officer of the chapter and shall preside at all meetings of the Chapter and of the Executive Committee, shall appoint, after consultation with the Executive Committee, all Chairs of standing and special committees, and shall perform all other duties ordinarily associated with the office of Chair.
  • The First Vice-Chair shall perform the duties of the Chair in absence of the Chair, be responsible for overseeing the work of committees so designated by the Chair and perform duties as listed in the chapter job description.
  • The Second Vice-Chair shall perform the duties of the Chair and First Vice-Chair in their absence and shall oversee the work of committees so designated by the Chair.
    Director (2 positions)
  • Represents the Chapter on the Club Board of Directors (BOD) and serves as an elected member of the Chapter Executive Committee (EC).
  • Attends monthly Chapter EC meetings and BOD meetings (4 per year).
  • Advises Chapter Chair and EC on all Club matters affecting the Chapter.
  • Reports on BOD meetings to EC. Solicits club input on Club issues.
  • Files written reports on BOD and Club activities for the Chapter Newsletter.
Contact Laura Fiske [ ] if you would like more info or to express interest. Nominations for 2016 are due August 1, 2015
Invasive Species Awareness Week is July 12 to July 18
New York's Invasive Species wareness Week is a state wide effort to raise awareness around this important issue. There are various workshops, trainings, field trips, and lectures planned throughout New York. ADK is hosting several events throughout the week!

For more info and to signup for an event: ADK hosted events
Volunteer needed to become the Chapter Newsletter Editor
This position requires familiarity with Microsoft Word and the knowledge or ability to learn Microsoft Publisher. Publisher uses many of the same concepts and techniques of Microsoft Word with additional features tailored for newsletters. If someone is willing to learn, we will train that person with the skills necessary to become our Newsletter Editor.

The chapter issues a newsletter six times per year that contains information on chapter programs, outings and other activities as well as updates from various committees and the main club. Each issue is between 12 and 16 pages depending on the content. The Newsletter Editor is responsible for formatting between 4 to 7 of these pages.

The Outings Instructions page and the last page do not change. The Outings Calendar, Trip description and Trip review pages are created by the chapter Webmaster and do not require formatting by the Newsletter Editor.

Unique content comes from Executive Committee members. This content is copied to Microsoft Word documents and sent to volunteers to proofread and make corrections.

The previous Newsletter is used as a layout template by the Editor. Content is copy/pasted from the Word documents into text boxes in the Microsoft Publisher document. The Editor prints the Publisher document as a PDF and sends it to the printing company. It is estimated the entire process takes approximately 10-15 hours per newsletter for the Editor.

As a voting member of the Executive Committee this position also requires attendance at the monthly Executive Committee meetings. For more info, please contact Laura Fiske: .
RAGNAR RELAY, is coming to the Adirondacks on Sep 25 - 26! Volunteer and Help ADK Mountain Club and our Chapter!
Ragnar Relay, the largest overnight running relay series in the US, is back in the Adirondacks and, once again, they have chosen ADK as one of the official charity for their Adirondacks Race September 25 & 26.

New this year, ADKers will all be working together at certain exchange points. It's always fun meeting fellow ADKers as we volunteer for this FUN event. Plus, we raise money for ADK since Ragnar donates based on our efforts! Last year we raised $1,100 for the Glens Falls Saratoga Chapter!

Volunteer registration is opening soon! Go to adk.org for more information. Call Rob at ADK (668-4447 ext 26) or Laurie for more details.

The relay starts at the Saratoga Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs, skirts along the Hudson River, passes through the Lake George region, up the southern side of Lake Champlain and ends in Lake Placid.

Volunteers are needed at ADK relay exchange points for various shifts along the 193 mile route including the start/finish lines. Volunteers help with such tasks as exchange set-up and break-down, time keeping, traffic and crowd control and maintenance.

For more info, visit Ragnar ADK Website or Ragnar ADK YouTube Video.
2015-09-23 7pm Raptors of the Adirondacks- Up Close and Personal
Meet Nancy Kimball and her educational raptors native to the Adirondacks; hear her stories and learn about her birds' unique characteristics. Nancy is a wildlife rehabilitator with both NYS and federal licenses.

She has just published a book "Possums to Porcupines: the Wild Life of an Adirondack Rehabilitator" about her experiences caring for orphaned and injured mammals, songbirds, and raptors for the last 14 years.

She is a founding member of North Country Wild Care, a nonprofit network of home based wildlife rehabilitators, and belongs to the NYS Wildlife Rehabilitation Council and the Ntl Wildlife Rehabilitator's Assn. Anyone who wishes to bring an item from NCWC's wish list is encouraged to do so.
This program is sponsored jointly with the Southern Adirondack Audubon Society. Please avoid wearing fragranced products because they trigger allergies, asthma, and migraines in others attending the event.
2015-10-23 Annual Dinner at Great Escape Lodge in Queensbury
The entertainment this year will be a screening of the new movie, "The 46ers Film: Can you Hear Them Calling?"

This is written, directed and produced by Blake Cortright, a native of Latham. Matt Elton is the Director of Photography and hails from Queensbury. It is a beautifully filmed documentary showcasing the Adirondack High Peaks and the men and women who successfully reach all 46 summits.

We are honored and delighted that both Blake and Matt will join us on the night for one of the first screenings of their film. Join us for a delicious plated dinner followed by dessert and coffee before the show.

Registration information will be in the September issue of the Chepontuc Footnotes and also available online on this web site after Labor Day.
ADK 2015 Fall Outing Oct 2 - 4 in the Hudson Valley
This Fall, explore the magnificent Hudson River Valley Region. The Mid Hudson Chapter invites all ADKers, their families and friends, for a weekend of guided hikes, paddles, bike rides, and visits to historic and cultural sites.

For more information: click on Fall Outing Details
2015 Chapter Winter Weekend Heart Lake February 5-8
We are again renting the Wiezel cabin for the Glens Falls Saratoga Chapter of ADK for our winter weekend 2016! We have reserved it for the weekend of February 5-8.

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

Please email any questions to: smackey33@verizon.net
ADK Mtn Club Announces Backcountry Citizen Science Projects
Adirondack Mountain Club is pleased to announce that it will be initiating two Backcountry Citizen Science projects, thanks to the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP).

The projects entitled "Backcountry Water Monitors" and "Backcountry Forest Monitors" have been funded through LCBP's Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention, and Education and Outreach Program respectively.

These projects involve recruiting volunteers to survey their favorite trails, lakes, and ponds for aquatic invasive species and forest pests.

For more information: View
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: Details
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

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 chapterchair@adk-gfs.org
J. Schneider Report on Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area to DEC View
Fill out report if you hiked Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area Details
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 at any time, by clicking on the Email Icon.
Help Prevent Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species
Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) are non-native plants and animals that threaten native plants, wildlife, and their habitat. Boats, equipment, clothing and even dogs can spread AIS from one waterway to another waterway unless they are properly cleaned and dried. AIS found in Adirondack waters include water chestnut, zebra mussel, eurasian watermilfoil, spiny waterflea, hydrilla and non-native crayfish and minnows. Once they are established in a waterbody, they are very difficult to eradicate.

Prevent the spread of AIS by following these guidelines:

Inspect and Remove any visible mud, plants, fish or organisms from boats, trailers, equipment, clothing, dogs etc. Discard the items in an upland area or in one of the invasive species disposal stations that DEC has installed at many boat launch sites.

Drain all water holding compartments and equipment before you leave the access site. Remember to include equipment, such as neoprene shoes or pumps used to remove water from boats.

Dry - Because some AIS are not easily visible, the most effective method to ensure that no invasive species are transported to a new waterway is to completely dry your boat and equipment before using it in a new waterway. Drying times vary, depending on the type of boat and equipment. The outside of a boat will dry rapidly, but areas not reached by the sun or lacking good air circulation, such as the interior portions of some kayaks, will take additional time to dry completely.

For more information on how you can help prevent the spread of AIS, go to www.dec.ny.gov/animals/48221.html or adkinvasives.com

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Miscellaneous Links

Adirondack Almanack
Adirondack Explorer's Online Journal
Hadley Mt Firetower
LA Group Lake George Hike/Bike Masterplan
LG Hiking Trails
LG Rim Trail

Saratoga County Trails Map from Saratoga PLAN View Map

ADK Forum Adopt-a-Wildland Blog Adopt-a-Wildland Rprt-2013 Hiker's Corner Northville Placid Trail