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ACC Bylaws Amended

The Adirondack Climber’s Coalition held its 2nd board meeting Thursday December 6th.  During the meeting, several amendments were proposed and approved to the organization’s bylaws.  Most notable was the creation of the Treasurer position, filled by Rhonda McGovern and the addition of Michelle Sirois to the Board of Directors. The newly revised bylaws are below.  […]

High Peaks Wilderness and Vanderwhacker Wild Forest Unit Management Plan Amendments Access Alert!

The DEC and the APA are taking concurrent public comments around the proposed amendments to the High Peaks Unit Management Plan and the Vanderwhacker Wild Forest Unit Management Plan. Downloadable PDF’s of both Unit Management Plans (UMP’s) can be found here: High Peaks UMP Vanderwhacker UMP There are a lot of good things for climbing […]

Climbers and Black Bears Interacting Together

In the past in the Adirondacks the only time that as a climber you had to worry about black bear encounters was during the camping portion of an overnight trip. That all changed summer 2016 with very high black bear activity throughout the Chapel Pond area. Black bears in this area started to target climbers […]

Adirondack Climbers Coalition Formation Meeting

The Adirondack Climbers Coalition (ACC) will be holding its formation meeting on Saturday February 3rd at 6pm in Lake Placid NY at the High Peaks Cyclery Guide House. The Guide House is located immediately right (south) of the High Peaks Cyclery store at 2733 Main St, Lake Placid NY. There is a free large parking area immediately […]

OSI Purchases Huckleberry Mountain Parcel, Promises to Improve Climber Access

The Open Space Institute (OSI) has purchased a 1,285 acre parcel on Huckleberry Mountain that connects the state land (with the climbing cliffs) with Johnsburg Road. The property will be held by the OSI until it can be turned over to New York State, hopefully within the next three years. This is exciting news for […]

North Face of Pitchoff Ice Climbing Access/Winter Trail Etiquette

The traditional access for ice climbing on the North Face of Pitchoff has been to park at the end of Mountain Lane, then walk along the Jackrabbit Ski Trail until below what ice route you wanted to climb and then head up through the woods. The Jackrabbit Ski Trail is maintained by skiers for skiing. […]

ACC Summary Statement on Sentinel Range Wilderness Area UMP

Below is a summary statement that was publicly submitted to the DEC during the 12/7/2017 informational/public comment meeting on the draft Sentinel Range Wilderness Area UMP.   December 7, 2017 My name is Will Roth, and I represent the Adirondack Climbers Coalition (ACC). I work locally, year round as a Rock and Ice Climbing Guide for […]

ACC Specific Comments on Sentinel Range Wilderness Area UMP

Below are specific comments submitted to the DEC on the draft Sentinel Range Wilderness Area UMP.   Will Roth   Saranac Lake, NY 12983 December 7, 2017 Steve Guglielmi Forester DEC PO Box 296/ 1115 State Route 86 Ray Brook, NY 12977 Dear Mr. Guglielmi, I’m writing you on behalf of the Adirondack Climbers Coalition […]

Owls Head Mountain Access

Owl’s Head Mountain has been a popular rock climbing destination since the 1950s. It has an open rock summit with pretty views, and a collection of crack climbs that is especially popular for toproping and beginners. It is also a popular destination for hiking. As any local can tell you, and the lines of cars […]

Past and Present UMP Links and Information

The draft UMP for the Sentinel Range is here: There is a summary article here: The Giant/Dix UMP (2004) is here: The High Peaks UMP (1999) is here: The Taylor Pond UMP (2013) which includes Poke-O Moonshine is here: The climber response to the Taylor Pond UMP (was submitted *after* […]