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Chapter News Updated: February 07 2020 14:59:42.
January 2020 Newsletter is available Online!
ADK Fire Tower Challenge - Trail closures
- Gore Mountain: Effective Nov. 16, 2019 until the end of the ski season, Gore is temporarily removed from the ADK Fire Tower Challenge or the ADK Winter Fire Tower Challenge. Gore Mountain does not allow uphill travel on the mountain during the ski season for obvious safety reasons.
- Stillwater Mountain: Fire tower and trail closed Oct 8 - Will reopen 12/21/2019.
- Spruce Mountain: Fire tower and trail closed Oct 26 - Will reopen 12/8/2019. Climbs to closed mountains will be rejected if used for the ADK Fire Tower Challenge during the closure period.
Banff Film Festival World Tour: Feb. 14, 15 at 7pm (Fri, Sat.)
SOLD OUT !!!
50 People on Wait List.
Our Chapter Rents Snowshoes at Luzerne Market
12 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY 12846.
- Hours: Sat. 8:30 - 7:30 & Sun. 8:30 - 5:00
- Phone: 518-696-4234.
- Information: email@example.com
We have 2 pairs of MSR's and 3 pairs of Tubbs.
One of the Tubbs is for children.
Daily Rental is $10 a pair
ADK Trailhead Stewardship Program - Interested ?
Application deadline: February 21, 2020
Need more information? Have questions? How to apply? View Details
- Bobby Clark, ADK HPIC: firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-523-3480 ext. 122
- Jim Schneider email@example.com 518-421-4975
Special Donations for 2020 by our chapter.
Mo Coutant Wins Volunteer Award from ADK Mountain Club
In her many years as a chapter volunteer she has served as Chapter chair, vice-chair, newsletter editor and director. She is also dedicated to getting people outdoors. For years she has led a weekly hike or paddle, clocking 40-60 chapter outings each year - that is more than 200 outings over the last five years! The people on her trips love her and have come to rely on her passion for and knowledge of the region to get out and explore.
She also provides a great service to all ADK members by hosting two workdays each year to do maintenance on the Headquarters building on Goggins Road. You can find Mo and her volunteers raking leaves, washing windows and other tasks that would likely go undone without her efforts. She makes the days fun and always brings homemade treats and other snacks to take care of her crew.
Mo doesn't stop there though. Two years ago she spearheaded an effort to have the ADK Glens Falls-Saratoga chapter bring the Banff Mountain Film Festival to Glens Falls. It sold out its first show two years ago; a second night was added this year and both nights sold out. Mo manages all of the coordination, from the contract with Banff to securing sponsors, to bringing tickets to people who order them. She follows through in her characteristic Mo way, by bringing homemade chocolate chip cookies to thank the sponsors and partners after the event.
You can see that Mo provides great service to members of ADK with her work at Headquarters, to Chapter members through her Chapter leadership and extensive outings offerings, and to the greater community by raising ADK's profile with the film festival. We all benefit from Mo's talents and her generosity of time and spirit. She is an extraordinary volunteer. Congratulations Mo for being recognized and awarded for your time to the organization.
Chepontuc Footnotes will go green or at least greener!
Please know that as long as you inform us that you wish to continue to receive Chepontuc Footnotes via the postal service, you will continue to do so.
Consider leaving less of a trace on our environment, leave a few more trees standing and make the money spent on the production and mailing of the newsletter available to support the activities we appreciate, like hiking, paddling, trail maintenance and the many conservation efforts that are being undertaken by ADK.
If you wish to continue to receive a printed copy, please complete the form in the link below and return it by December 1, 2019 to: Membership; Glens Falls-Saratoga Chapter ADK; P.O. Box 2314; Glens Falls, New York 12801.
Detailed Infomation and Opt In Form
Seeking applicants aged 11 to 17 for the 2020 camp season
For those in the older age range who prefer a more rugged experience, which includes five days out in the woods with hands-on experience learning the ins and outs of trail maintenance, ADK's headquarters offers its own Teen Trail program. The chapter pays the $285 fee for the Teen Trails program. Applicants here will have a choice of several possible locations, which in the past included the High Peaks Area, portions of the Northville-Placid Trail and the Lake George area, though several other areas fall into consideration dependent upon need.
DEC applications must be in by December 20. Acceptance will be on a first come, first served basis and registration must be done by the chosen candidate.
DEC camper sponsorships have been selected and we currently have a waiting list. Please note : We are still accepting applications for the ADK Teen Trails sponsorship (age range 14-17) - Deadline is March 15, 2020.
Details and links to forms on the Education Page
Sign up for 2019 Chapter Winter Camp at Heart Lake Feb. 7-10
The three night stay cost is $110 per person and includes the cabin rental and group 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. We almost always take a few people off the waiting list.
Most of the regulars are winter 46'ers, so if you are working on your WInter 46, there are a lot of us, to help you get a mountain or two. There is also quite a few of us that cross country ski. We show slide shows and movies Saturday and Sunday night. Feel free to bring some of your computer pictures from your previous adventures to share. We are happy to see new faces.
Please send checks made payable to Steve Mackey to:
Steve Mackey, 21 MacArthur Dr., Glens Falls, NY 12801-2317.
Email any questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your Chapter Needs Some Good Volunteers!
If you are interested in learning about open positions on the Executive Committee, please contact Brian or a current Vice Chair. All officer contact information is available in the newsletter or on the website under the chapter information tab.
The description of duties for all officers and elected positions is also available on our website at chapter by-laws .
There is no prerequisite, only the willingness to serve as a leader for the chapter. Most positions have a one-year term and nominations are due August 1st.
Nominations and officer biographies will be published in the September-November Chapter newsletter. Please contact me directly with any questions or nominations.
Brian Coville, Young Member Group & Nominating Committee Chair
Additional Fire Tower Trail Status Info
- Stay off icy tower steps. No spikes, please - they damage wood steps. Be safe.
- 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.
Outings Updates ... Please Note
- No Parking this Summer on RT 73 from Rooster Comb trailhead to Roaring Brook Falls. This is in addition to RT 73 summer parking restrictions set up last year, so plan appropriately. Consider the shuttle or hiking elsewhere when lots are full.
Bears have been very active and aggressive!
Fire Tower Guide Released in a Second Edition
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.
New Trails in the Palmertown Conservation Area
For details and map click View details
Fire Tower Challenge Merchandise is Available for Purchase.
Purchase online at: adk.org/product-category/clothing
Make Suggestions to Add Smart Phone Apps to Web Site
Notice the Smart Phone Apps link added to the Chapter Links
Fill out report if you hiked Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area
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!
Special Donations for 2020 by our chapter.