Director Archive


Oct 1, 2017

Tom Ortmeyer

As the summer season comes to a close, it is good to take a quick look back and reflect on what turned out to be a very busy summer for many of us.

First of all at Heart Lake, the High Peaks Information Center (HPIC) renovations have been completed and the center is in use with good reviews. However, there are a number of things remaining to be done on the project, and the construction of the new washhouse and concession stand have been delayed until Spring 2018. Four weddings took place at the Adirondac Loj this summer, among all of the other activities, and two more are planned for this fall.

Wes Lampman has become ADK’s first Chief Operating Officer. He replaces former Deputy Executive Director John Million, who has relocated to Minnesota. Laurie Martin has joined ADK as Development Director. Laurie has a strong background in conservation and land policy, plus fund raising for environmental groups.

The ADK Pro Trail Crew had another busy season, with significant projects on the Mt. Colden Trail (sponsored by the 46ers) and Avalanche Pass. In our area, they have completed a project in the Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest, and they are now reported to be working on the Beaver Flow Trail in the Five Ponds Wilderness.

ADK’s first Cycle Outing will be held next June in Potsdam, on the Clarkson University campus. The Outing will be co-led by John Barron and myself, and is an outgrowth of our Cycle Routes e-book. The outing is planned to be similar in nature to ADK’s popular Paddle Outing, with trips planned and led by the outing participants. Details of the outing are on the ADK Outings web page, and a brief description is in this month’s issue of Adirondack. While this outing is not a chapter activity, we would welcome local volunteers, particularly those interested in leading a trip in this initial outing when the trips will be new to most of the participants. And of course, you are all welcome to sign up for the outing and ride every day.

Note that ADK’s Forever Wild On Line Auction runs October 4 through October 25, with previews beginning on line on September 25. I’m sure there will be many interesting lots in the auction.