|2013 ADK Professional Trail Crew|
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Friday, February 28, 2014
|Bog bridges between Boundary and Iroquois|
By Wes LampmanThe 2013 field season was one to remember. Not for the 2-3 feet of snow that blanketed the High Peaks region on Memorial Day Weekend or the seemingly endless rainfall in June or the incredibly wet trail conditions that were a result from said snow and rain, but for the incredible accomplishments that were made by the people working on the trails and summits in spite of the inhospitable conditions. As you will see, the quantity and quality of work that was completed by ADK volunteers and staff is staggering.
Looking forward to the 2014 field season, there are many exciting projects and opportunities for volunteers as well as for the professional summit stewards and trail crew. On National Trails Day ADK’s Supervised Volunteer Trails Program (SVTP) will be celebrating the 90th anniversary of the completion of the Northville-Lake Placid Trail (N-PT) in Northville. Trail projects will focus on the newly constructed reroute of the trail in the Silver Lake Wilderness and continuing the southern reroute into the Shaker Mountain Wild Forest. The Town of Northville is very excited to be hosting the event and has a number of activities planned that will be simultaneously taking place on Saturday in the town park during the trail work day. Register soon to secure your spot and to ensure that you can be a part of this historic reroute of the N-PT.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
|Amphitheatre of Gothics|
By Brendan WiltseI had no idea that avalanches occurred in the Adirondacks until the winter of 2007-2008. That winter I was working at the High Peaks Information Center (HPIC) and living on the Adirondak Loj property. I had quite a bit of winter hiking and backpacking experience before then, but that year I started backcountry skiing. It was through conversations with Forest Ranger Jim Giglinto that I learned about the risk of avalanches in the Adirondack backcountry. Since then I have gone on to take the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) Level 1 course and have spent a considerable amount of time in the backcountry.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
By Seth JonesUnfortunately, I haven’t been able to make any turns on the Heart Lake ski slope this winter yet. The limited snow accumulation hasn’t allowed it. I still pass by the ski slope frequently this time of year and every time I go by I pass a sign at the bottom with the inscription, “This Ski Slope is Dedicated to the Memory of Alice Waterhouse.” I had always wondered who Alice Waterhouse was and why the ski slope was named after her. I finally found an answer last week while I was looking through old Adirondac magazines. There was an obituary about Alice Waterhouse written by William E. Endicott in the September 1984 issue. The obituary is below.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
|New Bushnell Falls Lean-to|
By Brendan WiltseThe backcountry is a great equalizer, a place where people from all walks of life can put aside their differences. They can focus on the joy of climbing a peak or the beauty of a waterfall. The things that divide us are left behind, leaving only the unifying nature of living intimately with the land, even if that is for only a brief period. In the backcountry, everyone looks out for one another, regardless of whether they are a best friend or a stranger.
The volunteers that help maintain our public lands represent the epitome of this altruistic behavior. They give their time, money, and health to make sure that others have a safe and enjoyable trip. One of the groups that never cease to amaze me in regard to selfless determination for the greater good is Lean2Rescue.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
By Jon BowenMy wife, Kathy, and I have been campground hosts at Heart Lake’s Wilderness Campground for the past 8 years. For one week, each summer, we volunteer our time as campground hosts, helping to provide campers with a quality and safe camping experience. Our week at Heart Lake is always enjoyable and we look forward to it each year. The campground host program is available to all Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) members and we are still looking for campground hosts for this upcoming summer.
Friday, January 17, 2014
|Voltaic Fuse 6W|
By Brendan WiltseHikers and backpackers are bringing more and more electronic devices into the backcountry. As a result, I have seen a plethora of portable energy products hit the market. These range from solar panels, batteries, cook stoves that generate electricity, and even hydrogen fuel cells. I was recently given the opportunity to test Voltaic System's Fuse 6W solar panel system.
You can view the full list of specs here. This setup includes a 6 watt solar panel that outputs at 6 Volts. This is used to charge a 4,000 mAh battery. The whole package weights in at 1.3lbs (600grams). The bag portion is large enough to accommodate the battery, smart phone/tablet, and extra cables.