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Chapter News   Updated: 2015-01-22    
Volunteer needed to become the Chapter Newsletter Editor
A volunteer is needed to join the Chapter Executive Committee as the Newsletter Editor. This position requires the knowledge or ability to learn Microsoft Publisher. Experience with Microsoft Word would be useful.

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 requests submissions from Executive Committee members, creates the newsletter layout, copy, photographs and type set, edits the content along with a three member editing team, and sends the final newsletter to the printing company.

Many of the pages of the newsletter are automatically generated or standard features that just require updates. New content varies. It is estimated the entire process takes approximately 15-20 hours per newsletter. 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: .
Since 2010 Our Chapter offers the Winter Fire Tower Challenge
Since 2010 the Glens Fall-Saratoga Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club offers a new Fire Tower Challenge: the Winter Fire Tower Challenge. Climb 18 of the Adirondack mountains with fire towers and all five in the Catskills between December 21 and March 21 and you can earn a rocker for your Fire Tower Challenge patch. You can keep track of your climbs on the regular brochure, noting at the top of the form that it's the Winter Challenge.

Please note that like the regular Fire Tower Challenge, it is not necessary to climb the actual towers. In fact, it is inadvisable to climb an icy fire tower. Some trailhead parking areas might not be plowed in winter presenting access challenges. Winter hiking while exciting can be more strenuous especially if the trail has not been previously tracked-out and there are less daylight hours with shorter periods of twilight.

Update: Spruce Mountain - Fire Tower Challenge
Trail access to the Spruce Mountain summit passes through private property owned by Lyme Timber Company in Hanover, NH. Without obtaining permission prior to your hike, the public does not have permission to trespass on Lyme Timber Company land. Because of this access issue, Spruce Mountain is currently not included in the Fire Tower Challenge. Climbs completed prior to January 12, 2015 will count towards the challenge. NYS DEC and Lyme Timber Company have a tentative agreement to open the trail completely for public access (the trail will be closed during big game rifle season). When this agreement is finalized, NYS DEC and ADK (Glen Falls-Saratoga Chapter) will post a notice on their respective websites. At which time, Spruce Mountain will again be included in the Fire Tower Challenge. For more information contact:

Update: Loon Lake Mountain included in the Fire Tower Challenge
Effective November 2, 2011 Loon Lake Mountain in the northern Adirondacks is included in the Fire Tower Challenge and counts toward the 18 Adirondack fire towers. If you have a brochure that does not list this fire tower, please manually add it to the list along with the date of your climb in order to receive credit for this tower. For more information contact contact:
Need Support for Petition to Transfer Lands to Moreau State Park
We are asking for your support in the transfer of management of the western portion of the State-owned lands surrounding the former McGregor Prison, including Grant's Cottage Historic site, to the Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, as an addition to Moreau State Park.

Link to view details and sign petition: Details and Petition
Banff Film and Book Festival coming to Saratoga on February 20
The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival is coming to Saratoga Springs on February 20, 2015! Contact Skidmore College Outing Club or email

For more info: Banff Mt Festival Link
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
Our Chapter Rents Snowshoes
Snowshoes are at ADK Member Services in Lake George. Call 518-668-4447 for reservations and hours. We have two pairs of men's MSR Denali snowshoes, two pairs of women's Tubbs snowshoes and two pairs of children's Tubbs snowshoes.
ADK Members: $10 weekdays, $15 weekends
Non Members: $13 weekdays, $18 weekends
Draft NYS Open Space Plan
The NYS DEC has recently released the Draft NYS Open Space Plan for review and comment. The comment period is closed View document PDF: Draft Open Source Plan
2015 ADK Winter Mountaineering School - Jan 27 to Feb 2
The Adirondack Mountain Club has sponsored the Winter Mountaineering School for over 60 years. Its purpose is to promote and teach safe winter mountaineering and camping techniques. Registration deadline is Jan 15.

The school is staffed by experienced all-volunteer instructors who, each year, plan and execute the program designed around experiential learning allowing students to spend the majority of their school time learning, practicing, and applying skills necessary to safely climb and camp in a variety of winter conditions.

To view the flyer, registration and more information: View Details
2015 Chapter Winter Weekend Heart Lake
The 16 reservations for the Wiezel Cabin, Feb. 20-22, 2015 have been filled. Thanks to Rick Lennox, we will happily celebrate his Winter 46R finish, on 2/21/15. There are 5 on the waiting list, which is a reasonable limit. Participants will be sent details early in 2015. We look forward to another great winter weekend.

  Steve Mackey
  21 MacArthur Dr
  Glens Falls, NY 12801-2317

Please email any questions to:
J. Schneider Report on Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area to DEC View
Fill out report if you hiked Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area Details
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