UPDATED Sept. 18 with statement from ADK:
The ADK Iroquois Chapter has created a unique challenge that requires participants to camp in 18 of the 21 designated wilderness areas within the Adirondack Park.
Statement from ADK: Ideally, these types of initiatives would undergo wider scrutiny, not just by the ADK Board, relevant committees and staff, but also by partner organizations, such as the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. Regrettably, this challenge was not. We are hoping that the Iroquois Chapter will delay a launch so the challenge can be discussed in more detail.
Important ground rules:
- Wilderness areas are subject to specific management restrictions: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Wilderness_Preservation_System
- Leave no Trace policy must be followed: https://lnt.org/why/7-principles/
- Use the document linked below to keep track of your adventures: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_ZuJFDhMwXGpP21fu4goj7_bsTxUnp8CC2yu1Gadpsw/edit?usp=sharing
- Keep a record of your camping adventures starting on October 1, 2020 and submit them to Wendy Sanders upon completion (contact info in the Google doc).
- A patch and sticker will be mailed to you as soon as your record has been received and reviewed. Include $10 with your record to cover the expense of the patch, sticker and shipping. Make your check payable to the ADK Iroquois Chapter.
This challenge is sponsored by the ADK Iroquois Chapter. See the following link to learn more about this chapter: https://www.adk.org/adk-chapter/iroquois/?pname=iroquois-chapter
Read more about Adirondack wilderness areas:
(Update on Sept. 17 from original post: The Adirondack Wilderness Camping Challenge has been altered to accommodate for the 21 designated wilderness areas described in the New York State 2019 Adirondack Master Plan. This number includes St. Regis Canoe area which is technically not a wilderness area, but is regulated in a similar manner. The challenge now states that participants are required to camp in 18 of the 21 designated wilderness areas within the Adirondack Park.)
Photo: Oswegatchie River, Five Ponds Wilderness, western Adirondack Park. Courtesy of John Davis