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Adirondack Mountain Club, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Environmental Education, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Mission: 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. The Club, founded in 1922, is a member-directed organization committed to public service and stewardship. ADK employs a balanced approach to outdoor recreation, advocacy, environmental education and natural resource conservation. ADK encourages the involvement of all people in its mission and activities; its goal is to be a community that is comfortable, inviting, and accessible.

Programs: ADK's Conservation and Advocacy Program develops policies and implements initiatives that promote the responsible recreational use, protection, stewardship, and acquisition of New York's wild lands, parks and waterways. Working with ADK's Conservation Committee and various chapter conservation committees, our advocacy work advances these goals in the areas of government, legal, and public affairs.ADK's Education Program provides opportunities for individuals and groups to develop knowledge, skills, understanding, and an appreciation of the natural environment. ADK's Trails Program promotes land stewardship through the development and maintenance of a quality, all encompassing trail system while encouraging responsible use and protection of New York State's Forest Preserve, Parks and other wild lands and waters. ADK Recreation Programs promote responsible enjoyment of our natural areas. ADK's 27 chapters located in New York State, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, offer over one thousand recreational activities each year including hiking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Paul47

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Cory S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

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.

Marcia H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Adirondack Mountain Club is an awesome organization. They help in educating the general public how to protect our wilderness. Between guided hikes and outings and trail maintenance - they are involved in it all. Their web site is very user friendly with many options for the outdoor enthusiasts. Check it out! adk.org