My first hiking trips into the mountains in Upstate NY called the Adirondacks were on trails maintained by the Adirondack Mountain Club, from parking lots maintained by the Club, and lodges owned and maintained by the club. It was these trips that fuelled by passion for the mountains and led to great mountaineering adventures in Alaska and The Cascades. Since then I've returned to the Adirondack Mountains with a renewed appreciation for everything the ADK has done and look forward to introducing a new generation of yougsters to the magical inspiration that can be found there.
I am a member and Membership Chair for my local chapter. It is a wonderful organization not only because of all the environmental causes that it supports but for the people I have met over the years through this organization-can not say enough.
We are relatively new members of the Adirondack Mountain Club. We have taken an educational course and participated in guided groups climbing the high peaks. The instructors and guides to be extremely knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. The facilities are clean and welcoming. The Adirondack Mountain Club makes available many supplies and resources for both the classes and climbs. We look forward to further trips and programs with the Adirondack Mountain Club. This organization is an asset to the enjoyment and preservation of the Adirondack Mountains.
I've been a member of ADK for almost two years. Since I am a college student, it's difficult for me to find time to participate in a large number of ADK's events, but I read their newsletters faithfully and have found that they consistently offer a wide range of activities. I've only ever had good experiences when I have interacted with ADK, and plan on staying a member for life.
Great cause, super communication and excellent execution. after decades of involvement, I continue to be so impressed, I became a life member.
The Adirondac Mountain Club aka "ADK" is a terrific member driven organization which has for the better part of a century has organized and enabled recreational opportunities and conservation projects throughout the Adirondack Mountains of New York and the New York State as a whole. It has been able to continue its excellent work and grow due to its unique organization in which dues are shared with it's local chapters. Approximately 40 cents of every dollar raised from dues is shared in this way - allowing local chapters to publish their own outing schedule and undertake their own local activities such as maintaining trials in a number of local state parks and preserves as well as supporting the main chapter conservation projects and maintaining club's properties in the High Peaks area of the Adirondack Mountains.
ADK works incredibly hard to maintain the beauty, integrity and eco-system of the Adirondacks through: extensive volunteer activities, including trail and shelter maintenance and many group leisure outdoor activities; education, especially for citizens and public officials who are not acquainted with the full story behind proposed legislation that could adversely affect the region; youth and adult programs: and exceptional publications. But beyond these outreach activities, ADK is a personal, warm and friendly organization dedicated to assisting everyone to enjoy the treasure that is the Adirondacks,
The people who maintain the trails, the ADK lodge, and all the ADK voulunteers have contributed greatly to my "peak" experiences hiking in the Adirondacks. Ryan Doyle, whose title I believe is ADK Education Prgram Director, deserves special mention. After my first hike with him in a group up Esther and Whiteface one beautiful aumumn day, I went on to hike many more peaks, including several in the winter. In the midst of this, "life" was happening back at home, and looking forward to hiking with Ryan in a group helped me maintain motivation to deal with my family challenges. Ryan Doyle fits the spirit of the mountains as I found them; he has helped me keep my awe of them alive, as well as my desire to experience them.
I have been a member of ADK for many years and involved in its leadership for several. This is a unique organization in many ways,not the least of which is that it is member directed. It has been able to blend its roles of environmental education and advocacy with an extensive program involving members in recreational and volunteer work projects. Over the years, I have been able to participate in activities as diverse as canoe outings, trail building and outdoor eduacation programs for local school children. ADK has a network of chapters thoughout the state who further its goals through involvement in issues relevant to their particular area. The organization also maintains two lodges in the Adirondacks where it helps the public enjoy their public lands in a safe and environmently friendly way. We try to teach by doing; maintaining trails, supporting our "summit steward"program or promoting green technology at our own property. In short, ADK is a great organization for people who love the outdoors and are concerned with its preservation to work with other people to achieve these goals
Since I have been a child, I have enjoyed trips to the Adirondacks to camp, canoe, relax, enjoy the beauty of nature, and especially to climb the mountains there, especially the High Peaks. The Adirondack Mountain Club has insured good stewardship of the Adirondacks, promoted education, maintained the many trails that thousands use yearly, and advocated at the governmental level for structures, policies, and laws to preserve and even improve the Adirondacks for my generation and generations to come. they have worked with many groups purchase more and more land to be forever wild. As a hiker, I greatly appreciate all that they do to facilitate the ability to climb the many mountains of the Adirondacks and enjoy the physical challenges and the amazing views that one experiences by climbing an Adirondack mountain. This is a fine organization that I am happy to support.
In 2010 I saw what other organizations were doing for the Virgin islands National Park and guided ADK to initiating a program of volunteering in the Park in 2011. We were able to field a force of 20 persons ,maximum size permitted, and we did trail work and were introduced to the island of St John. it was a success and was followed in 2012 with another trip. ADK organized the volunteers , made sure we were fed and housed and we produced a trail project that is lasting and an addition to the park experience.
I have been an active member of ADK, Mid-Hudson Chapter for over 30 years. I've hiked, kayaked, held various Chapter offices anyoud worked on trails in the Catskills, and maintained a section of of AT. Wonderful experience. You get to meet and work with some great people.
I have been active in the Adirondack Mountain Club for years. I eventually became a volunteer after seeing all the positive time and energy the club spends on conservation, stewardship, environmental education and the like. I personally serve as Education Chair of my local chapter and have been rewarded ten times over by the response of youngsters being introduced to hiking, Leave No Trace, nature identification and appreciation via activities I have led and sponsorships to environmental camps and trail maintenance internships that I have been able to connect youth with.
As a member of the ADK I have been on hikes and a vacation trip to St. Johns in the American Virgin Islands. THe hikes are good, especially with the rating system if you have limitations. The trip to St. Johns was the trip of a lifetime because of superb organizers and participants. We are moving back to the Adirondacks hoping to take advantage of more outings. I highly recomend the ADK for their diligence in safety and education. Thanks ADK for getting us out more!
For about 30 years I have volunteered in various capacities with the ADK. As a trip leader for over 10 years in the Johns Brook valley I was always given clear direction, great support, and the freedom to make the decisions I needed as the on-scene leader. As a campground host I was always treated with the same kind of courtesy. In these endeavors over this long time, I feel that these opportunities have had positive impacts on hundreds of people in their appreciation for wilderness and both its fragility and beauty.
Adirondack Mountain Club, Inc. through education and environmental advocacy helps protect the largest park in the United States. I have personally helped as a lean-to steward and trail maintenance volunteer. I stay in the clubs lodging facilities and have hiked extensively in the high peaks of the region. I have canoed the waterways and swum in the rivers and lakes. I can think of no other organization I'd rather contribute my time and money too.
On one hike they really impressed me with how much they do to maintain the environment. One gentlman gave us tips on trail closings following hurricane Irene. Another checked our food storage container. We saw a work group on the trail. Not only in the ADK's, their interest extends to oil "fracking", the Catskill's, Canoers, and more. They offer diverse programs for overseas excursions, ADK education, and general wilderness training to name a few. They are active in goverment lobies. They maintain and improve trails for the volume of people treking through NY's forests. Overall, one of the better to belong to!
I maintain two sections of the ADK trail from Spruce Pond to Tinker Falls. It is a very popular, frequently hiked trail as there is a spectacular view from Jones [hang glider] hill as well as the Falls.
I have always admired the ADK's dedication to issues in the Adirondacks and Catskills. Whether it as been trail maintenance. legal battles to retain the Preserves in both areas, or simple providing low cost venues for hikers, The ADK has been a leader among environmental groups that support the Adirondacks. While I am not in the area to volunteer that much i do try to support the club as much as possible.
ADK is a wonderful organization with the interest of making the Adirondacks available to all who want to enjoy its splendor. They offer many programs, group activities and provide faculties to make access possible.
Hands-on concrete service makes this club more meaningful to me than a group that is mainly interested in legal policy and politics. Simple good natured interpersonal help in canoeing, hiking, photography, how to information on day packing, trips, eating, and cautions taught by fellow local members in a welcoming manner makes this club superior for me.
A wilderness lodge - John's Brook Lodge - brings a new meaning to enjoying the trails in the Adirondacks. A long weekend planned, friends from a New Jersey hiking club ventured to the Haystacks, Marcy, Yarde, and Big Slide to begin the process of hikig the 46'ers. The trek into the lodge form the Garden Parking lot is a beautiful walk and the perfect setting for the beginning of this experience. With a number of ppular trailheads leading in all directions, one has the option to hike or just hang out at the lodge and cool your feet in the brook. The ADK runs a ship-shape lodge with experienced staff and eco-friendly services. A jewel not to be missed!
Adirondack Mountain Club has long played the role of Educator, Steward and Supporter of Hikers and Paddlers in the Northeast. It has been the champion of caring for the environment and using the mountains, lakes and rivers of this area with concern for generations to come. The club has been instrumental in helping pass legislation to that end. I've been involved with the club for over 40 years and have reaped the benefits of their work and will continue to be a supporter as long as i can so that others may as well.
To me the outdoors is the last frontier. We need to preserve it and enjoy it. The more we respect this great resource the more we will get back. The ADK has a passion for the environment and nature. I'm a firm believer in their mission statement - The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) is dedicated to the protection and responsible recreational use of the New York State Forest Preserve, and other parks, wild lands, and waters vital to our members and chapters.
I love the ADK and rely heavily on the facilities and information offered. My drug of choice is hiking in the Adirondack Mountains and frequently stay at the Adirondack Loj and the Johns Brook Lodge. The ADK website along with the High Peaks Information Center at the Loj are essential sources of information regarding trail conditions. More than once these resources proved invaluable in deciding the appropriate gear to pack and trails to hike.
I have been an ADK member for at least 30 years. I have learned so much from other members and the club postings. They help me keep up with the latest environmental issues in my area in addition to keeping me healthy from hiking or canoeing.
I am a donor and volunteer for the ADK. I donate on top of my membership fees and in 2011 also participated in the ididaride, a 75-mile fundraising road bike ride in the central Adirondacks. I have to admit I was a bit worried about completing the tour, but wound up doing fine, thanks to 4 well-stocked rest stops along the way and lots of encouragement from everyone involved. I have also stayed at Adirondack Loj and Johns Brook Lodge, ADK's flagship lodging options in the High Peaks area, both of which provide a good base camp for hiking nearby 46'ers and other points of interest. My volunteer work for ADK has been representing the organization at EMS Club Days for the past several years. Laurie Schweighardt and Deb Zack have kept me well-stocked with brochures, signage and give-aways, including reusable cloth shopping bags, and I really enjoy doing this. The ADK is just a great organization with great employees and vision!
ADK provides an invaluable service in providing for the protection of wild lands in the Adirondack mountain preserve, as well as serving as a model for other organizations of this type. I have utilized their educational programs, vacationed at their lodgings, had transcendental experiences in the protected wilds, and have learned to be a better advocate for my own community and environment. I imagine that I will be a life-long member of ADK.
Joining the ADK was one of the best decisions I ever made. I have had the opportunity to meet some amazing people and make lifelong friends, learn responsible recreation as well as useful survival skills, and be part of a group who make a difference in the environment. As a volunteer trip leader, I have been able to inspire other members with the power of the outdoors, teach outdoor skills to new hikers, and improve on my own leadership skills. My membership and interactions with ADK have been life-changing and have led to my rewarding career in wilderness therapy.
This organization helps preserve and protect the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. It's members and volunteers generally live and work in the area concerned and participate actively in hiking, canoeing, and other nonmotorized recreational use of the mountain's trails and waterways. In addition, we actively volunteer through the club for trail maintenance and other activities that directly aid in conservation of the area. There are several chapters and each has particular trails or areas that they help maintain. When we work on a trail, we see directly the impact that we have on the area. We feel that we directly benefit every user of the trail, from the first time visitor to the long time resident. I think that the best way to help people understand the importance of the outdoors environment is to get them actively using trails and outdoor areas with a miniumum of motorized equipment. They begin to understand that a clean environment isn't just an extra - that we and the other living things that share this earth depend on it.
ADK has it all- advocacy, education, opportunities to volunteer and many wonderful experiences in Nature. So the ADK is not only about nature, but it immerses a member /volunteer in nature. The hiking schedule has a wide variety of outdoor experiences for a variety of abilities. The members of the ADK are dedicated to the outdoors-especially to the Adirondack Park. This is an environmental group that offers members and volunteers the complete nature experience!
ADK does a great job planning outings and educating the community in both local and national issues with the result that many members become life long friends.
We have been members of the ADK for over 30 years. We have taken walks with ADK guides, used ADK guide books to plan our various trips in the Adirondacks, stayed at Adirondack Loj and are serious readers of ADK publications. They keep us up to date on environmental issues that are important to the area and their educational information helps people who love the out of doors and the Adirondack region in particular to understand issues in the environment and in government that are important. Their outreach is excellent and their mission to educate people to better enjoy the out of doors with appreciation and safety is admirable.
Participating in ADK encouraged me to set a goal of becoming an Adirondack 46er, which I officially accomplished in 2005, having completed the hikes before that but taking a while to get my paperwork filed so that I could be officially registered. For many of the hikes, I joined organized ADK hikes, but I also did a number on my own. On one of the trailless hikes in which I did not make it to the summit before turning back, I came upon a group of three hikers/campers from Sweden, and they informed me that the woman who was one of their group had twisted her leg and could not make it back to the ADK Loj, so I hurried back and notified the ranger there, who immediately set in action a rescue operation, so that this woman could be airlifted by helicopter to receive medical assistance, and the way in which she would be rescued would be to have two rangers coming from different directions meet her with a stretcher to carry her to a location where a helicopter could get access to her. I have met a number of interesting people, from many parts of the world, while hiking in the Adirondacks, and I will continue to look forward to new adventures with fellow hikers as long as I am able to be an active hiker. I feel honored to continue to be associated with the ADK, of which my membership is in the Albany Chapter.
ADK not only builds and maintains trails and facilities in the Adirondacks, but also educates people on how to enjoy the outdoors in a safe manner. The Club supports all trails and environmental issues around New York State and stives to preserve the "wilderness" for future generations.
Been a member for 20+ years. Great organization....Always friendly and helpful. Been spending time at their ADK Loj every year of those 20+ years. Will always remain a member
ADK is for all who cherish outdoor experiences and want to be Heard on the issues of conservation and environmental protection on the local, state and national level. it is a community of committed people who also love to be out on the trail with like minded adventurers of all ages.
I have been a member of the ADK for 30 years and have been using its resources for a long time. Between educational programs, guide books, club trail maintenance and area information in its website and publications the experience with the ADK has been enjoyable, educational and very meaningful to me and my family.
I've been a member of ADK for 24 years. ADK provides a critical voice for protection of the wilderness. ADK advocates for the protection of wild lands and waters through a balanced approach of conservation and advocacy, environmental education, and responsible recreation. ADK has a strong educational ethic as evidenced by the "High Peaks Summit Steward" program. This program educates hikers about the fragile alpine ecosystems found atop the highest peaks in the Adirondacks. Volunteers are the heart of ADK, setting the club’s conservation agenda, organizing outings, maintaining trails, and performing numerous other essential tasks. I have been a Spring and Fall work Weekend volunteer since 1993. These work weekends are an example of and a celebration of ADK's vpolunteer spirit and philosophy. If you enjoy hiking, kayaking, or simply being out of doors, ADK is an organization for you.
The Adirondack Mountain Club has as its mission to best serve the Adirondack Mountains of New York. Besides being an advocate for the region the club also promotes hiking and other various outdoor activities. It's been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, starting with my Father and Uncle taking me camping in the High Peaks region. The club maintains hundreds of miles of hiking and skiing trails, provides informative lecture series, organizes outings and has one of the best camp grounds in the US.
I value the protection and maintenance of the Adirondack park and the organization and leadership on a wide range of hikes, canoeing, and other outdoor activities available at all levels of participation from beginner to advanced.
The ADK has been a great resource as I enter retirement. Have done some wonderful high peaks area hikes with ADK guides, and volunteered in the ADK Winter Host Program (WHP) which entails staying in a cabin at the Johns Brook Lodge (JBL)area in the High Peaks and providing warming hut accommodations to winter hikers, trail information and oversight of weekend winter hikers in the area. The ADK chapter web sites are great places to go to learn about upcoming outings, trail conditions, and practical advice for outdoor hiking in the Adirondack Park. During the WHP weekend, was able to assist other hikers returning from difficult sub-zero weather and trail conditions in High Peaks, provide warmth & warm drinks, relay information to rangers regarding trail accident, and offer general advice. It was much appreciated. Also maintained the main lodge (JBL), removed snow from rooftop solar panels to keep radio contact alive, and check on guests who had booked rustic lodging in JBL's 2 other ADK cabins.
I've been hiking the high peaks of the Adirondacks with my family and friends for decades, and the spirit and hard work of all of the volunteers and employees is exemplary.
I had been paddleing flat water for some time and wanted to try whitwater. A friend just bought a boat and then I bought one too. We went out a couple times together and then it happened he coldn't go and I wanted to. I herd about ADK and the Schenectady chapter and decided to join. I made a call to one of the group leaders planing a trip he welcommed me and I have been hook ever since. I could not have found a better group of people to on the water wtih.
The ADK MT CLUB has such a dedicated staff and volunteer group that is continously working to keep an experience in the Adirondacks, Catskills and more as real, green and outdoors as possible. If you want to learn about hiking, flora, fauna, skills workshops they keep it down to earth and real. No gas and electric burning amusements, back to basics not all electronics and eco eating machines. They are continously finding ways to use green products, labor and lighting as to not compromise any earthly qualities but educate the public as things should be for all in keeping safe and healthy.
I've been a member since 1980, and it has been a huge asset in my life. I have actively enjoyed, hiking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, conservation activities, meeting like-minded people, and volunteering to clear trails and enjoying extended trips to the Sierras, the Canadian Rockies, and the Alps. Its a great way to learn about the Adirondacks and other wild places. I have used the lodges and taken their education courses. It is one non-profit that will really enrich your life.
I lead hikes for the Adirondack Mountain Club. I like sharing the hiking experience. I find the experience to be fulfilling. The response from hikers is very positive and they always appreciate the hike leader for organizing and leading. I've seen new hikers have great hikes and go on to become avid hikers and even trip leaders.
ADK has always provided fantastic training for my wilderness expedition staff. I have always been able to access them for special help during my staff training and consistently see their staff members living out what they teach.
This organization serves as stewards to the beautiful Adirondack mountains. They help in instruction, public safety and prservation of some of our most beautiful outdoor areas. They sponsor programs for all ages and a wide variety of interests of activities and learining experiences within the Adirondacks and through their local chapters. I had the experience this past summer to travel with a guide provided by ADK and stay in some of the lodging built and maiantained by their members. i also witnessed extensive trailwork being performed by some of it's volunteer crews. It is heart breaking to learn taht the work I saw being completed was washed away 2 weeks later by Hurricane Irene. I have every faith that ADK will continue ot's wonderful stewardship of the trails and mountains to further serve the public that enjoy this amazing area.
I've been a member since I was a junior member (while at Camp Lincoln) in the early 1950's. ADK is a fabulous advocate for the Adirondack Mountain Park (New York State's huge North Park) as well as other parks in New York State (Catskills). Fighting lumber companies, developers, and the 4-wheel ATV lobbies, ADK has pushed for stewardship of the parks, FOREVER WILD. This is a concept which most residents of New York State do not appreciate, and ADK makes their presence felt in the Legislature and Governor's office. ADK also has a huge network of volunteers who help to maintain state park trails, and the ADK facilitiies. If you have never stayed at Johns Brook Lodge, you have a treat-of-your-life waiting for you. I can't say enough good things about this organization; I wish some donor would give them $1,000,000,000 to counteract all of the threats which face this park.
I am a long-term member of the Adirondack Mountain Club. I support the ADK because it is one of the strongest voices in the Northeast that actively supports the care and protection of our natural environment. Focusing on the Adirondack and Catskill mountains, the ADK is in the forefront of conserving our forest heritage. With so many commercial and political entities looking to exploit our remaining wilderness areas it is essential that organizations like the ADK act to defend these last great places.
As a member of ADK I am thoroughly impressed by its diligence in the protection of the Adirondack Mountain area and its efforts to maintain ADK trails for the safe use of the hiking public while conserving the natural environment surrounding the trails. From reading their publications and other area sources I see ADK as an effective and aggressive but rational advocate for area with politicians and state government while recognizing the interests of local residents and communities. One excellent example of their work is the revitalization and extensive maintenance of trail up Lyon Mountain in the Northern Adirondacks. This near "high peak" with fire tower provides beautiful views of not only the Adirondacks but north into Canada and east to Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains of Vermont. The views were well worth the challenging climb made possible by ADK efforts.
I grew up in the Adirondack State Park and now that I am away it is my 'go-to' place to feel truly at home. I have memories of staying in a lean-to on Wallface with my husband the week before my wedding. I climbed Algonquin as a present with my brother when I graduated from college. My daugher went to a college in the park. The Adirondack Park is a yearly treak whether to visit friends or kayak or walk in the wilderness. The ADK plays a major role in promoting and protecting and nurturing this place I still call home.
The adk is an institution devoted to the preservation of open public lands for use by citizens today and future generations. Being a member not only gets you discounts on stays but also provides newsletters, resources to improve your paddling and back country skills, and offers classes. They lobby against hydro tracking, acid rain producing coal pollution in the mid west, and the deforestation of new Yorkshire forest.
ADK is a great group for people interested in the outdoors and the beautiful mountains in the Adirondacks and around the world. They have wonderful excursions from the Adirondack lakes to overseas. I went on a great paddle to Low's Lake in the Adirondacks and to a wonderful 10 day hike in Norway. Both extremely reasonable. They also do trail work here in New York in the Adirondacks and Catskills and encourage young people to get outdoors.
The Adirondack Club has great direct impact on the environment and has an astounding array of opportunities for volunteers
The Adirondack Mountain Club is responsible for my knowing anything at all about the lush beauty and wonderful resources of the Adirondack region of my state. About 15 years ago, I signed up for a High Peaks Traverse guided by Adirondack Mountain Club members. I was hooked from that day forward. The ADK is a primary steward of the wilderness in the Adirondack Mountain region and provides many activities for people to experience the richness and beauty of the area.
I belong to many local, national and international environmental groups. ADK is my favorite local group and in my top 3 internationally! I volunteer with their operations and lead their beautiful Adirondack Mountain bicycle tour. The reason I volunteer with them is because they are so dedicated, efficient, and fun, life-loving people! The group protects the huge Adirondack Park, yet promotes its enjoyment through hands-on maintenance, leadership of outdoor experiences, and the sharing of ideas and planning strategies.
I first became aware of the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) in 1976, the year I first climbed a mountain in the Adirondacks. Since then I have come to greatly admire this organization, becoming a member in the early 80's and supporting them financially as well. The club has been instrumental through its considerable influence within the NYS, in protecting and expanding the public lands of the Adirondack Park, the largest of its kind in the 48 contiguous states. The ADK employs both lobbying and litigation to protest the interests of preservation. I have personally benefited from the educational arm of the club, with its interpretative centers, canoeing and hiking guidebooks, and summit steward programs, to name a few. Since that first mountain I have climbed over a 100 more, enjoying this still pristine wilderness. I don't think that would have been possible without the diligence and volunteer efforts of the ADK