New map on Hurricane
Thanks to the NYS Archives, a talented climbing and photographic team in Keene, and relentless volunteers, the Hurricane Fire Tower has a new fire-sighting map table that offers hikers a special look at the tower’s role in saving the Adirondack Forest.
The new map table, installed on Labor Day, combines a hand-drawn outline of surrounding peaks, which were created for virtually all the fire tower mountains back in the early 20th Century, with a modern topographic map. Friends of Hurricane Mountain volunteers located the original sketch in the NYS Archives, and for $10, were able to purchase a high-quality reproduction.
Then the climbing/guiding/photography team of Karen and RL Stoltz took over, and created the combination image hikers will see up on the peak today. You can clearly visualize how the observers used their maps to locate “smokes” out there in the woods, and call in fire locations to Rangers on the ground.
Bob Hunter of Lake Placid, an Adirondack Mountain Club summit steward volunteer, carried the 28-pound map table up Hurricane on Sept. 6. And the new table was secured in place within an hour–just before a storm blew in. With any luck, the heavy duty lexan and aluminum framing will withstand Hurricane’s stormy weather, and the loving embrace of thousands of hikers, for many years to come.
Photos courtesy of Mary Jean Bland