October 24, 2022 — Lake Placid, NY — For the twenty-second consecutive year, the Adirondack 46ers have pledged support for ADK’s (Adirondack Mountain Club’s) professional trail crew by announcing a $58,500 donation to fund trail projects in the High Peaks Wilderness for the 2023 season. This is in addition to a 2020 commitment to donate $25,000 a year to ADK for the Adirondack High Peaks Summit Stewardship Program through 2023.
The Adirondack 46ers have been a consistent supporter of trail work in the Adirondack Park for many years, including investing over $500,000 in ADK’s trails program over the last two decades. Their commitment to supporting trail projects has also scaled with increases in visitor use, with around $400,000 of that support coming over the last decade when visitation has been the highest.
“The 46er organization is committed to improvements in the Adirondacks, both through the work of our volunteer trail crew and herd path adopters and through support of programs such as the ADK Professional Trail Crew. We are pleased to be able to continue to partner with the ADK in making a difference on the trails,” said Laurie Rankin, Adirondack 46ers President.
“ADK thanks the Adirondack 46ers for their incredible support both today and over the last two decades,” said Michael Barrett, ADK Executive Director. “By supporting trail work and summit stewards, the 46ers have helped ensure that the High Peaks region stays protected for generations to come.”
“Every summer, our professional trail crews continue building safer and more sustainable trails in the High Peaks Wilderness. This would not be possible without the unwavering support of the Adirondack 46ers,” said Charlotte Staats, ADK Trails Manager. “Their investment in our crews is an investment in sustainable trails and the future of outdoor recreation.”
This year’s commitment from the Adirondack 46ers will fund training for ADK’s professional trail crew and the continuation of two projects in the High Peaks Wilderness, one near Slant Rock and another near Avalanche Lake.
Based out of the Adirondack Park in New York State, ADK is a leader in providing outdoor education, promoting responsible recreation, and organizing stewardship experiences. Since 1922, the organization has worked to increase access to the backcountry by building trails, conserving natural areas, and developing a stewardship community that supports the ethical and safe use of New York’s outdoor spaces. A member, donor, and volunteer-supported organization, ADK reaches across New York through its 27 chapters to inspire people to enjoy the outdoors ethically.
Photo at top: Adirondack Mountain Club website photo.