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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

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

Membership Month Interview Series: Katie


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 Katie Alois of the Schenectady Chapter had to say! When did you join ADK? I joined ADK in January 2016, the winter after I hiked to READ MORE

Adirondack Archangels: Adirondack High Peaks Essay Collection Released


After more than a quarter-century of protecting New York State’s alpine zone, the acclaimed Adirondack High Peaks Summit Stewardship Program is being recognized once again owing to a new publication. Adirondack Archangels: Guardians of the High Peaks, published by the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK), is a newly released collection of 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

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

Why Should You Care About the Environmental Protection Fund?


As you may have heard by now, the New York Governor’s budget is going to include $300 million for the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). This is the largest the EPF has ever been and it’s over $100 million more than it was in 2015. This is great news for those who would label themselves “enviros” in New York. But why? What can we accomplish with $300 million dollars and how does it affect Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) members directly? Well listen in, because this new line of funding has some significant impacts. Generically speaking this program protects open space, revitalizes waterfronts, supports recycling, preserves farmland, enhances water quality, and helps connect New Yorkers with the outdoors. It will enable the state to buy more Forest Preserve in the Adirondacks and Catskills. READ MORE

The Turnaround Time


My day off finally comes, the weather is ideal and I’m anxious to get out on the trail for a much needed wilderness experience. The evening before is spent gathering gear, reviewing the map and preparing for my hike. Backpack, pack cover, non-cotton clothing, warm layers, plenty of food and 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