Saturday, August 27, 2011

Thatcher’s Peak Finder for Fire Towers

“Thatcher’s Peak Finders for Ten Historic Fire Towers in the Adirondacks” is now available. The new Peak Finder deck identifies the summits and landmarks seen from ten popular Adirondack fire towers: over 8,000 square miles of mountains, lakes, history, and watersheds, including 42 of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks.

“Steel fire towers were installed on these ten Adirondack peaks almost 100 years ago, and they have been a destination for hikers of all ages ever since,” said Thatcher Hogan, designer and publisher of the popular series of Peak Finder guides. “But only now is there a guide to help hikers identify what they are looking at.”

The view from fire towers is, by its very nature, dramatic. Extending 20-60 feet above the summits, fire towers were designed to provide unobstructed 360 degree views of the surrounding Adirondack wilderness. From the fire tower on Blue Mountain (in Blue Mountain Lake, NY), for example, hikers can use Thatcher’s Peak Finder to identify Mt. Marcy and 19 other Adirondack High Peaks, 100 additional peaks and landmarks, plus numerous lakes and ponds in two major watersheds—the Raquette River watershed in the west and north, and the Hudson River watershed in the east and south.

Thatcher’s Peak Finders for Ten Historic Fire Towers in the Adirondacks includes:

• Azure Mountain, Paul Smiths/Santa Clara, NY

• Bald Mountain (Rondaxe Mountain), Old Forge, NY

• Belfry Mountain, Port Henry/Mineville, NY

• Blue Mountain, Blue Mountain Lake, NY

• Goodnow Mountain, Adirondack Interpretive Center, Newcomb, NY

• Hadley Mountain, Hadley/Lake Luzerne, NY

• Mt Arab, Tupper Lake, NY

• Pillsbury Mountain, Indian Lake/Speculator, NY

• Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain, Keeseville/Willsboro, NY

• Vanderwhacker Mountain, Newcomb, NY

Thatcher’s Peak Finders are small enough to fit in your day pack, each Peak Finder has a sturdy plastic rivet that holds the deck of line drawings together, allowing individual pages to simply rotate out of the deck like the blade of a pocket knife. The pages’ detailed drawings are created from original photography shot specifically for each peak, so they represent what hikers will typically see without binoculars, and without distortion. Adirondack High Peaks that can be seen are also highlighted with their height and historic rank.

Thatcher’s Peak Finders for Ten Historic Fire Towers in the Adirondacks is available at for $16.95 US, plus first class / priority shipping to addresses in the U.S. and Canada. See the website for other decks of Thatcher’s Peak Finders (family hikes in the northern Adirondacks, and the Adirondack high peaks around Adirondack Loj) and for retail store locations.

Note: Books and other products noticed on this site have been provided by the publishers.

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