Thursday, January 16, 2014

A Busy Year In The Backcountry For Lean2Rescue

Lean2RescuePic1_w400The past year was productive for Lean2Rescue, the volunteer organization that helps rebuild and refurbish Adirondack lean-tos and other back-country infrastructure.  According to an e-mail sent to volunteers by Paul Delucia, one of Lean2Rescue’s organizers, the group worked on or assessed 16 lean-tos, 3 bridges (Calkins, Windfall Trail #1 and Windfall Trail #2), and the fire tower on Woodhull Mountain.

“All of this happened because of you – a very special group of people willing (and eager) to give up their free time to make the Adirondacks a better place for others,” DeLucia wrote to volunteers. “That speaks volumes about who you are.” He also pointed out the many collaborations with other organizations and groups, including DEC whose partnership he called “the keystone of our success.” DeLucia singled out the DEC Operations Crew at Cranberry Lake for special praise.

Other supporting organizations included The 46ers, who “continue to fund all activities in the high peaks, and continue to do so generously,” and ADK who provided access to Johns Brook Lodge and the Peggy O’Brian cabins. DeLucia also singled-out for praise the Hurricane and Northville-Placid Trail ADK chapters along with Hilary Moynihan, Lean-to Adoption Coordinator for the ADK. Other supporters included the towns of Wells and Lake Pleasant; the Open Space Institute and SUNY ESF, for use of the Masten House in Tahawus; the Boy Scouts of America (notably Kellen Arnold and Troop 750 from Phoenix, NY); and Moriah Shock Camp whose “young men worked in miserable weather with surprising enthusiasm.”

Lean-tos the group worked on in 2013 included: Biesemeyer, Bushnell 1 and 2, the Bushnell 2 replacement, Cold Brook, Gulf Brook, Henderson, Meyers, Mud Lake, Nelson Lake, Olmstead Pond, Orebed, Slant Rock (assessment only), Whiteface Mountain (assessment only), Wolf Jaws, and Woodhull Lake. 104 volunteers made 61 forays into the field covering 81 days in total, an average of more than one project per week.

The organization has a large list of projects for 2014, its tenth year. “We fill a very unique niche,” DeLucia wrote to volunteers. “We can never replace the DEC operations, or do the many of the things the more formal clubs accomplish. So we need these other entities to complete the picture. We all have our niches and together we improve the Adirondacks. Our low profile organizational structure allows us to stay focused in the field where there is so much need.”

Those interested in contributing to the work of Lean2Rescue should find them on Facebook.

Photo provided: The Mud Lake lean-to before Lean2Rescue began work.

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John Warren has been exploring the woods and waters of the Adirondacks for more than 45 years. After a career as a print journalist and documentary television producer he founded Adirondack Almanack in 2005 and co-founded Adirondack Atlas in 2015.

John's Adirondack Outdoors Conditions Report can be heard Friday mornings across the region on North Country Public Radio and on WSLP Lake Placid.

He is also on the staff of the New York State Writers Institute and edits The New York History Blog. He is the author of two books of regional history.




One Response

  1. David says:

    You should include the after picture of Mud Lake too, it looks a little better now.