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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.