The Summit Stewards keep hikers on the trails and make their difficult climb to the top far more interesting and enjoyable. Venturing off the marked paths could damage the vegetation for years.
Much of the work on the overly-used trails is done by volunteers from the Adirondack Mountain Club.
The heavy, annual foot traffic on the High Peaks trails makes repairs necessary. Diversion ditches, rock steps and log and plank walkways always need repair or replacement. Volunteer trail crews are constantly working to make your hiking experience the very best possible.
If you wish to become involved, contact the Adirondack Mountain Club. A few more helping hands are always welcomed.
The people involved do it because they love the mountains, the magnificent summits and the wilderness. Do you?
The American chestnut tree died off many years ago from disease. Al Nichols has some chestnut seedlings and germinated nuts he’d like to give away. If you are interested, call him at 607-263-5105 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Nichols also is looking for people with flowering trees that he can cross with his blight resistant tree.
Rick Brockway writes a weekly outdoors column for The Daily Star. Email him at email@example.com.