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The Changing Nature of Backcountry Users


The wild lands of the Adirondack Park are much healthier in general than they were a hundred years ago. The way the public interacts with these lands has also dramatically shifted over that time. Instead of grizzled Adirondack guides leading "sports" on hunting and fishing expeditions, most visitors to the READ MORE

Exploring Heart Lake through a 4th Grade Lens


Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) finished up its Three Seasons at Heart Lake school outreach program last week.  ADK educators provide environmental and outdoor education to nine Adirondack 4th grade classrooms three times during the school year.  Each classroom then visits Heart Lake for an outdoor educational program.  This Spring, ADK READ MORE

The Road to Paradise


After several hours of steep and quiet climbing, hours spent staring down at my feet monitoring my careful footwork through the dim glow of my headlamp, the first signs of sunrise finally beckoned on the horizon.  I could not believe that we were actually here.  It all started a few READ MORE

Teen Aquatic Stewardship Program: Photo Gallery


Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) partnered with the Ausable River Association to offer a Teen Aquatic Stewardship Program this year. Participants, ages 14 to 17, learned about watersheds, developed basic paddling skills, were introduced to basic limnological sampling, compared the water quality of Heart Lake and Mirror Lake, sampled benthic macroinvertebrates READ MORE

Advanced Teen Backpacking: Photo Gallery


Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) offered an advanced teen backpacking program for the first time this summer.  This inaugural group hiked over 45 miles from Long Lake to the Adirondak Loj.   Starting their trip on the Northville-Placid Trail they turned off of it at Duck Hole and headed back to READ MORE

Have you been to JBL?


Surely anyone working on climbing all the High Peaks has passed by this beautiful building in the woods with its welcoming porch lined with Adirondack chairs. The question is - have you been inside? I’ve been hiking in the High Peaks and a member of ADK for the last 9 READ MORE

2016 Trail Work Preview


Adirondack Mountain Club's (ADK) Professional Trail Crew works hard to maintain the trails that you all love. Professional trail crews construct and maintain non-motorized trails throughout New York State’s Forest Preserve. As a major partner of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), ADK works on trails to the some of READ MORE

National Trails Day® 2016


National Trails Day® was a success this year with over one hundred volunteers working on trails in the High Peaks Region. Many of the projects focused on addressing the increase in improper disposal of human waste in the High Peaks.  New outhouses were installed at the Cascade Trailhead, the Mr. READ MORE

Membership Month Interview Series: Josh


For May is Membership Month, I asked some of ADK’s young members about why they joined and what they love about ADK. Here’s what Josh Baker of the Albany Chapter had to say: Why did you join ADK? I originally joined ADK in 2014 because I had just started hiking READ MORE

Membership Month Interview Series: Felicia


For May is Membership Month, I asked some of ADK’s young members about why they joined and what they love about ADK. Here’s what Felicia Neahr of the Northville-Placid Trail Chapter had to say! Why did you join ADK? I initially joined ADK in 2013 after attending a guided hike READ MORE