WELCOME! The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) is dedicated to the protection and responsible recreational use of the New York Forest Preserve, our parks, and other natural lands and waters. The Mid-Hudson Chapter of ADK is a wholly volunteer organization committed to public service and stewardship. It seeks to use a balanced approach to outdoor recreation, advocacy, environmental education, and natural resource conservation. Explore this site to learn more about our local chapter and the larger, state-wide ADK.
Our spring newsletter with all hikes, paddles, events, and news from Mid-Hudson ADK is now online.
At 4PM we will have a special guest speaker from the NY-NJ Trail Conference.
Jeff Senterman, who is the Trail Conference’s Senior Program Coordinator, will tell us the story behind the creation and development of the Catskill Park and its trails. Jeff will focus on the history behind the park and be inviting audience participation throughout the presentation. We were very fortunate to get Jeff to speak to our group.After Jeff’s presentation dinner will be available for those who wish to stay. Cost of the meal is $27 per person and includes tax/tip. The menu will consist of 3 entrée choices: Eggplant Parmigiano, Chicken Marsala, Stuffed Fillet of Sole *Dinner also includes salad/penne pasta and water/coffee/tea. All other beverages are extra charge.
If you plan to attend the event please email Brenda Harding at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 18. Please say whether or not you plan to stay for the meal as well.
We’ve added a photo page for our members. (Find it under Outings.) If you have a photo site (such as Flickr) where you post photos of club outings, send the link and we will include it on our site. We can also post low-res versions of photos–let’s say up to four per outing. Send your submissions to: MidHudsonadk@gmail.com.
An experienced campground host describes a week as a host at Heart Lake
by Jon Bowen
My wife, Kathy, and I have been campground hosts at Heart Lake for 8-9 weeks during the past 8 years. Our week at Heart Lake is always enjoyable and we look forward to it each year. The campground host program is available to all ADK members by contacting the coordinator. This past year Doug Paquette, the coordinator of the program “retired” and I was asked to coordinate the host program for this summer.
The week begins at 12 noon on a Sunday and ends a week later at 12 noon. A typical day for us begins early when we walk from the campground to the Loj to check our email using the Loj’s wifi. This is followed by breakfast in the dining room where we interact with the Loj guests and some campers who sign up for breakfast. Experiences hiking the High Peaks are exchanged; “newbies” are given advice; when asked, we suggest trails and hikes to inexperienced hikers, etc. At 8am, we check in at the front desk and provide with a list of late camping arrivals to contact about registering at the Loj. Sometimes there are other messages to transmit to campers. We make a circuit of all the campsites picking up litter as we go. We check the washroom to ensure both have necessary supplies. Usually we finish our loop between 9 and 9:30am and again check in at the front desk to let them know of any problems.
At that point, we are free for a few hours. We walk to the Loj kitchen to make our trail lunch then we usually hike somewhere that’s not too long—Rocky Falls, Marcy Dam, Mt. Jo, Mt Van Hoevenburg from Heart Lake or other trails in the vicinity such as Owl Head Lookout, Blueberry Cobbles, Rooster Comb, Baxter Mtn, Cooper Kiln Pond, Haystack Mtn (Saranac Lake), etc. With the campground responsibilities, there isn’t enough time to hike the longer High peak trails, although a few times I have climbed a high peak while Kathy did the host duties.
Later in the afternoon, we make another circuit of the campground. This time, we check to see if campers who should have checked out actually left. We enter unoccupied campsites and pick up litter or other items that should not be there. We also check occupied sites where no one is around for food left out that bears and other animals would be attracted to. Since we are both musicians (hammered dulcimer, flute, pennywhistle) late afternoon is a good time for us to practice at our campsite.
Dinner at the Loj is next with people extolling the day’s exploits and planning the following day’s hikes. After dinner we return to our site where we sell firewood after the High Peaks Information Center (HPIC) is closed. We usually sit around a fire reading between sales. Quiet hours are at 10pm and a staff member walks the campground at that time and speaks with groups who are too loud. Prior to the 10am quiet time, Usually 9:30-9:45 we make a loop in the campground to warn people of the impending quiet time.
The campground has a short list of rules that we remind campers of during our interactions with them on each of our “walk-throughs”.
If the above appeals to you, perhaps you’re interested in learning MORE ABOUT THE Campground Host Program. If so, email ADK.CGH@gmail.com. This email address can also be accessed through ADK’s website.
Jon Bowen is Campground Host Program Coordinator, 2014
Our Winter Newsletter is now posted online. Click here to view or download.
Check out the great outings for December, January, and February, now on our Outings page!