Whether it's the view from the summit or from the tower--or the experiences enroute--"fire tower fever" grips
you right away and there's no turning back. Sound familiar? Then you're a person for whom the
Glens Falls-Saratoga Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) has
created the ADK Fire Tower Challenge.
Consider the spectacular views of the surrounding hills and valleys. Consider the wildlife you may see along
the way and the botanically interesting vegetation on the summits. And consider that for some 50 - 70 years
the cabs atop these towers were the outlooks of "fire spotters," observers whose lonesome vigil was broken
only occasionally by visits from the public.
What is the ADK Fire Tower Challenge?
The Challenge begins with the publication of the guidebook,
'Views from on High: Fire Tower Trails in the Adirondacks and Catskills'
by John P. (Jack) Freeman.
The Challenge hikes are described in detail, along with a fascinating essay describing the history
of Forest Preserve fire towers by noted historic preservationist Wesley H. Haynes. The book is published by the ADK.
To buy Views from on High:
Call 1-800-395-8080 (8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Mon through Sat.), visit our Lake George or Heart Lake facilities
or purchase online from the
ADK Mountain Club Online Store
It is also available from bookstores and outdoor retailers.
You don't need to be a member of ADK to take part in the Challenge.
The Winter ADK Fire Tower Challenge!
Since 2010 the Glens Fall-Saratoga Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club offers a new Challenge: the ADK 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 ADK 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.
Due to Gore Mountain not allowing uphill travel during ski season the ADK Fire Tower Challenge committee has decided to remove Gore from the tower list during
the winter ski season. Dates will vary depending on the opening and closing of the ski season. This is being done for obvious safety reasons.
Rules of the ADK Fire Tower Challenge:
Some quotes from some recent fire tower challenge finishers:
It may take 4 to 6 weeks before your check is cashed and your patches are mailed!
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