Last Updated: September 15, 2021

ADK COVID-19 Updates, Precautions, and Protocols 


Due to high COVID-19 transmission levels in Essex County, we have updated our health and safety standards in order to provide a safe environment for our guests, visitors, and staff. They are as follows:

  • Effective 9/1, guests over the age of 12 will be required to show proof of vaccination upon check-in unless a valid medical exemption is provided.
  • Masks are required indoors for all guests regardless of vaccination status.
  • Shared bunkrooms and dining arrangements will have limited capacity to encourage social distancing.

We ask that guests make every effort to maintain social distancing (6 feet or more) from staff and guests outside their party. We also ask guests to maintain healthy hand sanitation, including regular hand washing and use of hand sanitizer.

If a guest experiences symptoms of COVID-19 during their visit, we ask that they notify ADK staff immediately and make arrangements to leave the property. Refunds will be provided for guests who need to leave due to exhibiting signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

Thank you for your support. Please call us at 518-523-3441 ext. 1 with any questions.


Below are some general criteria participants must meet to protect ADK staff, other program participants, and our greater community. In addition to meeting these criteria, all participants will be asked to submit their proof of vaccination prior to the start of the program. Listed below are the mandatory criteria for all participants for in-person ADK programs. All criteria must be met in order to participate:

  • Effective 9/13, all program and guided trip participants over the age of 12 will be required to show proof of vaccination upon check-in unless a valid medical exemption is provided.
  • All participants and trip leaders must bring proper personal protective equipment (PPE) in the form of a face covering (mask) on all programs.
  • Participants must not have any of the signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection at the time of the program, or within the last 10 days prior to the program.
  • Participants must not have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days or had contact with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case within the last 10 days.

If a participant does not meet all of the above criteria, they MUST cancel their reservation by calling ADK’s reservation staff at 518-523-3480 ext. 1 where they will be given a full refund, or a full refund in the form of “ADK Dollars” to be used in the future.

Additional Risk Management Guidelines for In-person Programs

  • It is required for ADK instructors and participants to wear face masks when 6-feet of separation is not possible and while inside buildings
    Social distancing will be encouraged throughout the program, which includes maintaining the proper separation of 6-feet or more along the trail.
  • Participants are strongly encouraged to bring hand sanitizer with them. Certain communal locations, such as trailheads, campsites, backcountry outhouses, around scenic vistas, and on the summit, may be unavoidable and warrant additional contamination precautions.
  • Participants should come prepared with their own form of water treatment to guard against Giardia and other protozoa. If desired, ADK guides will provide chemical treatment, but ADK guides will no longer provide mechanical pump treatment to avoid direct contact with participants’ water bottles.
  • In the event of a medical situation, ADK guides will initially walk participants through their own first-aid to avoid direct contact. If this is not possible, ADK guides may
    perform first-aid. Both the leader and the person receiving aid should wear face masks and protective gloves.

Overnight Trips will Require Additional Self-Sufficiency 

  • Communal meals will operate differently than in previous seasons. Breakfast will stay the same, ADK will provide individual packets of oatmeal, instant coffee, tea, walnuts, and dried cranberries. Dinners will change slightly to entail more dehydrated meals. Individual lunches will now be the responsibility of the participants. In the past, ADK provided communal lunches, with sandwich thins, peanut butter & jelly, cheddar cheese, summer sausage, sugar snap peas, baby carrots, and trail mix. Please arrive at our meeting point with your own lunches and eating utensils.
  • ADK will provide all overnight participants with their own bear canister for storing all food, trash, and scented toiletry items. Participants are expected to carry their own bear canisters. Bear canisters are bulky, so a 65-liter backpack is recommended for all overnight trips. All bear canisters will be sanitized before distribution.
  • ADK encourages the use of personal gear instead of relying on ADK equipment. With proper notification, a solo tent and a backpack can be provided. We will allow equipment to sit for 72 hours and use a rotational system before equipment is cycled back to other participants.
  • If you possess your own water purification system, please bring it so that we minimize our contact with your water bottles.
  • ADK will still provide stoves, fuel, pots for boiling water, navigation and GPS equipment, group first aid, and chemical water treatment which will only be used by the guide or trip leader.

ADK will continue to analyze the complex issues surrounding the current pandemic. Group safety is paramount, and we greatly appreciate your adaptability as we grapple with this fluid situation.