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.
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.
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.
The ADK does outstanding work in may areas. They have shown positvie results is preserving land for future generations, maintaning trails for present use and detailing the history of the region. They have clearly demonstrated that with time, dedication and hard work, a positive impact can be made on the community and the benefit many people.
The ADK is dedicated to the conservation, preservation, and enjoyment of the Adirondack Mountains. I've been a member for longer than I can remember. They mainatin trails and huts throughout the park. They conduct educational programs teaching city folks like me how to enjoy the backcountry safely.
Through their tireless work developing and maintianing trails in the Adirondack mountains, educating people about the region, and advocating for preservation and smart resource use, the Adirondack Mountain Club has enriched the lives of everyone who has visited this beautiful part of the country.