“Fire towers enabled our forebears to literally see the forest through the trees,
moving them to comprehend its vast scale, understand its importance,
and dedicate themselves to its preservation.”

— Wesley H. Haynes, historic preservationist


Lake George, NY—August 27, 2018—The 2019 edition of ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club)’s award-winning calendar, featuring evocative scenes from Adirondack and Catskill fire tower peaks, is now published and available for purchase from ADK and bookstores and outdoor retailers throughout the Northeast.

Once used as fire safety and observation lookouts, the famed historic fire towers add an element of discovery to hikes. ADK has been celebrating fire towers since the early 1990s, when a series of surprisingly rapid tower restorations prompted publication of ADK’s popular hiking guide Views From On High: Fire Tower Trails in the Adirondacks and Catskills, the second edition of which was released last November.

The 2019 calendar features evocative scenes from Adirondack and Catskill fire tower peaks by outstanding photographers, complemented by small images and excerpts from Views From On High noting details on the hike to these sites, including round-trip distance and summit elevation.

Many of these locations will be familiar to those working to complete the ADK Fire Tower Challenge, which requires hikers to ascend and document at least 23 of 30 fire tower summits found in both parks.

Photographs used in the calendar are by Andy Arthur of Delmar, New York; Nancie Battaglia of Lake Placid, New York; Mark Bowie of Pittsfield, Massachusetts; Zack Clothier of Seeley Lake, Montana; Stephanie Graudons of Hartford, Vermont; Russ Hartung of Morrisonville, New York; Carl Heilman II of Brant Lake, New York; Joanne Kennedy of Plattsburgh, New York; Wes Lampman of Silver Lake, New York; Mark Meschinelli of Peru, New York; Chris Murray of Syracuse, New York; Hardie Truesdale of Orleans, Massachusetts; and Jacob C. (Jake) Wilde of Queensbury, New York.

Scenes include views of and from Lyon Mountain, Hunter Mountain, Blue Mountain, Overlook Mountain, Hadley Mountain, Spruce Mountain, Black Mountain, Hurricane Mountain, Moxham Mountain, St. Regis Mountain, Belfry Mountain, and Poke-O Moonshine Mountain, and showcase striking scenery such as vivid sunsets, swaths of foliage, lake mist, rock faces, and thick coatings of snow.

The calendar was produced by ADK Publications staff Ann Hough of Keene, New York, and Andrea Masters of Ballston Spa, New York.

Purchase of this and other ADK publications helps support ADK’s programs in conservation, advocacy, education, stewardship, and recreation. Also available are hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and canoeing guides; natural history guides; and cultural and literary histories of the Adirondack and Catskill Parks.

ADK’s 2018 Calendar was awarded the national Calendar Marketing Association’s Silver Award in the Best Non-Profit Retail category. A panel of judges rated the entries on the quality of the artwork, photography, and graphics; the readability and information quality of the calendar grid; the originality of the calendar; the complete execution of the calendar subject or theme; and the fulfillment of the category entered. The ADK calendar has won more than a dozen awards in the national Calendar Marketing Association’s awards program.

The 12-by-9-inch wall calendar (opening to 12 by 18 inches) retails for $12.95. ADK member price is $10.36. The calendar is widely available at bookstores, outdoor stores, and at ADK’s facilities in Lake George and at Heart Lake near Lake Placid. Quantity discounts are available for commercial and corporate customers.

Call ADK at 800-395-8080 or 518-668-4447 (Monday to Saturday, 8:30 AM—5 PM) to place an order, or order online at ADK.org.

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About ADK

ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and advocating for New York State’s wild lands and waters while also teaching people how to enjoy natural places responsibly. Since 1922, the organization has offered people opportunities to stay and play in as well as protect, discover, and explore the outdoors. Today, ADK has 30,000 members in 27 chapters statewide and is served by a professional, year-round staff. The organization is recognized as a vital voice in the commitment to environmental stewardship and ethical outdoor recreation in New York State. For more information on membership or making a difference, head to ADK.org or follow ADK on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.