Friday, January 16, 2015

Adirondack Mountain Club's 2015 Winterfest

By Seth Jones
Photos by Lisa Godfrey
Thank you to everyone who came out and participated in this year's Winterfest.  It was a huge success.  Close to 300 people participated in the over 20 activities that were offered during the day.  We couldn't have done it with out our many sponsors, partners and volunteers.  Thank you for coming out and celebrating the many ways we can stay active outside in the winter. 

Brian Delaney from High Peaks Cyclery teaching a ski waxing clinic.
John Dimond from Human Power Planet Earth teaching Nordic Skating

Having fun in the Kid's Zone

Start of High Peaks Cyclery's ski race
Ski racers on the trail
Lunch treats by Cedar Run Bakery
Backcountry Safety and Avalanche Preparedness talk by Ranger Giglinto
Curling on Heart Lake
Non-Profits like Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics in our tent
Hanging out by a fire
There were so many other great events and organizations during this event that are not represented in these photos.  There was a great evening of music by Annie in the Water and great food from Adirondak Loj's Chef Dan.  We hope to see you back next year!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

ADK Opens Renovated Tyler Cabin to Public

By Seth Jones

Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) has a new facility available for rent at its Heart Lake Program Center outside of Lake Placid, NY.  Tyler Cabin, built in the 1970's, has previously housed staff over the past couple of decades.  This past year, ADK completely renovated this facility and it is now available to the public as a rental.  Tyler cabin is a two bedroom cabin with a beautiful view of Heart Lake.  The cabin accommodates a maximum of six people with one bedroom with a queen bed, one bedroom with two twin beds, and a pull out sofa in the living room.  There is also a kitchen/dining area and full bathroom. The beds are provided with pillows and linens but not towels. The cabin has a kitchen with all necessary kitchenware, stove, sink, and fridge. There is an outside picnic area with fire pit and easy access to the hiking trails and Heart Lake.  Rates for Tyler Cabin range from $259-$299 per night.

Tyler Cabin located close to the Adirondak Loj

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

New York Bans Fracking!

Allegheny National Forest in PA (Shell)

By Paul Gallery

Environmental conservation has been a part of my life since I was a child. I owe a lot of that to my parents who constantly reinforced the idea that nature was an important part of human life. Various trips to the Adirondacks, learning to rehabilitate wildlife and what seemed like an endless stream of World Wildlife Foundation, Sierra Club and The Nature Conservancy mail that arrived at our doorstep all subliminally imparted in me a desire to protect the wild places of our country.

Over the course of my life I have faced opposition to this core belief. I’ve also forged lifelong friendships with the people I share this belief with. We are youthful and we want to lead sustainable, environmentally conscious lives. We live in a time where climate change is bearing down upon us and our natural resources are being exploited with reckless abandon. The future is a scary place for us to think about and it becomes easy to lose hope in saving a planet we constantly damage. However, it doesn’t have to be this way, the future can be bright and it isn’t irrational to have hope. 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Adirondack Mountain Club Applauds the New York State Decision to Ban Fracking

By ADK's Public Affairs Office

The Adirondack Mountain Club applauds the decision by Governor Andrew Cuomo, Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joseph Martens,and Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker to protect the air, waters, lands, and health of New Yorkers by prohibiting high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) or fracking in New York, now and forever.

“This decision was made on the basis of sound science and public health considerations.  Governor Cuomo told New Yorkers that the difficult decision to permit or ban fracking would be based on “sound science” and he kept that promise,”said Neil Woodworth, Executive Director of the Adirondack Mountain Club.

This landmark decision was solidly based on scientific and health studies done by doctors and scientists in other states with active shale fracking operations. Dr. Zucker’s staff carefully assembled research on methane and chemical contamination of groundwater, air, and lands in the vicinity of the fracking operations in Wyoming, Colorado, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Texas.

Governor Cuomo’s decision will protect New York’s abundant and precious surface and groundwater supplies from the billions of gallons of severely contaminated water that would have been produced if the state had given a green light to fracking in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays. This wastewater is too polluted to be treated by any waste water treatment facility and must be disposed of by deep injection drilling. No one knows what the future environmental consequences of this activity will be. Of equal concern is the evidence of methane, benzene, toluene, and other dangerous chemicals in the groundwater near fracking operations due to failures in the concrete and steel components of the drill casings. ADK is especially pleased that the state forests and wildlife management areas that provide a wild setting for the Finger Lakes Trail and the North Country National Scenic Trail will not be despoiled by frack drilling on or under these precious lands.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

My Home Away From Home

By Jason Brown

There are some places in the world that you visit once and instantly have a connection with. Something in the air hits you, and you immediately know you’ve found a place you can call your home away from home.  For me, it’s the Adirondack Park in upstate New York, the largest park in the continental United States. At roughly the size of the state of Vermont, the Adirondacks always provides an abundance of excitement.

I first visited the Adirondacks several years ago. A few friends of mine had invited me to do some hiking in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness, and having been bitten by the backpacking bug not long before, I gladly obliged. The Eastern High Peaks is well known for housing the largest mountains in New York, the highest being Mt. Marcy at 5,344 feet. For me, it was a chance to really test my mettle against a few of the peaks.

Friday, December 12, 2014

New York Plans Progressive Strategy to Combat Aquatic Invasives

St. Regis Canoe Area

By ADK's Public Affairs Office

For many New Yorkers, the awe inspiring beauty of our waterways is difficult to put into words. The light breeze that carries crisp fresh air into your lungs, the soft plunk of your paddle as it breaks water and the gentle lapping of the lake against the sides of your boat create a tangible tranquility. As your craft cuts across the cold and clear water, the haunting song of a loon echoes across the landscape. Perhaps a harbinger of a disturbing change, the loons call is not yet complete when a putrid scent assaults your senses. The clean water is marred by dense mats of vegetation, clinging to your paddle and boat. The smell, created by masses of dead plant matter, is a sign of an aquatic invasion.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Love from a Distance

By Jacqueline Keating

It was love at first sight. When it happened, I was too young to have ever had been in a serious relationship before, but I knew it was the real thing. When we were apart, I thought about nothing else. When we were together, there was nowhere else I wanted to be. I would anxiously count down the days until our next reunion, my heart rate accelerated and my eyes filled will happy tears whenever I caught that first glimpse after time spent apart.

I don’t know exactly when first sight was (I couldn’t have been older than two years old). But like most of us who desperately follow this blog from busy offices or cluttered houses with our camping gear piled in the garage collecting dust, I am hopelessly in love with the Adirondacks, and my life would be on a very different path if we had never met.