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2018-19 Southern Adirondack Guide

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26 With over 200 classes, there’s plenty to explore, discover and create! Visit our Gift Shop featuring hand crafted items from our talented presenters. 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne | 518-696-2400 www.adirondackfolkschool.org Adirondack Folk School (AFS) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, unique for its dedication to teaching the arts, crafts, and cultural heritage of the Adirondack region. Made up of local artisans, crafts people, and volunteers, we offer noncompetitive education focusing on the student. Located in Lake Luzerne, NY, we are situated in the southern Adirondack Park, a State park of over six-million acres of “forever wild” protected land. The beauty and natural abundance of this environment influenced the skilled artisans that created the pack basket, twig furniture, birch bark containers, the Adirondack chair, the guide boat, and the Adirondack leanto. These are the home furnishings, boats, and decor still found in cabins, lodges, and homes today throughout the region which have helped create the unique “Adirondack Style”. Today, our region hosts these and numerous other creative forms of expression. Our instructors from around the country share their knowledge and skills, and inspire you with their enthusiasm. In addition to our hands-on classes, Adirondack storytellers and musicians share the cultural heritage of the Adirondacks through demonstrations, special programs, and our fireside evening gatherings. The Fire Tower Challenge Whether it’s the view from the summit or from the tower--or the experiences in route--”fire tower fever” grips you right away and there’s no turning back. The Glens Falls-Saratoga Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) created the Fire Tower Challenge to encourage hikers to appreciate fire towers, their history and the peaks where they are located. What is the Fire Tower Challenge? The Fire Tower Challenge began with the publication of the guidebook, ‘Views from on High: Fire Tower Trails in the Adirondacks and Catskills’ by John P. (Jack) Freeman. The Challenge hikes are described in detail, along with a fascinating essay describing the history of Forest Preserve fire towers by noted historic preservationist Wesley H. Haynes. The book is published by the ADK Mountain Club. To buy Views from on High call 1-800-395-8080 (8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Mon through Sat.), visit the Club’s Lake George or Heart Lake facilities or purchase online from the ADK Mountain Club Online Store, It is also available from bookstores and outdoor retailers. In North Creek, Hudson River Trading Company typically carries the book. You don’t need to be a member of ADK to take part in the Challenge. Rules of the Fire Tower Challenge: To complete the Challenge and receive the official full-color patch, hikers must climb and document, by date, ascents of at least 23 fire tower summits: 18 of 23 Adirondack Park summits and all 5 Catskill Park summits. Climbing each tower itself is not required, nor in fact recommended, for those towers that have not been restored for safe public use. The mountain should have a standing fire tower on the date of your ascent. Two of the Adirondack towers described in Views from on High have been removed—see list on reverse. When registering the dates of your climb, be sure to use extra sheets of paper to describe details of interest: weather, wildlife sightings, your impressions, your companions - and whatever else caught your attention. We really want you to share your experiences with us, so please be expressive. Reach our advertisers at: ADKDiningGuide.com • ADKStoresandGalleries.com • ADKEntertainment.com • ADKAccommodations.com

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