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Fire Tower Guide Released in a Second Edition
LAKE GEORGE – The Adirondack Mountain Club has released the second edition of its popular hiking guide, Views from on High: Fire Tower Trails in the Adirondacks and Catskills. Extensively revised and redesigned, it includes a new chapter describing fire towers outside of both parks. The intervening years have seen what coauthor Jim Schneider refers to as “fire tower fever,” a sweeping enthusiasm that has helped prompt restoration of numerous towers and their trails.
Written by Jack Freeman and Jim Schneider, the guide enables hikers, history buffs, and others fond of Adirondack and Catskill trails to visit and learn about 30 historic fire towers. Detailed trail descriptions are accompanied by numerous photographs and maps as well as an essay about these structures written by historic preservationist Wesley Haynes. The new chapter, Beyond the Blue Line, by tower aficionado Jacob Wilde, describes 13 additional fire towers, three of them demonstration towers.
When ADK first published the guide in 2001, all five Catskill Park fire towers had been restored, but Adirondack towers were another matter. Author Jack Freeman divided them into two categories: Towers with a Bright Future and Towers That May Not Last. The latter category involved five fire towers on private land, and those NYS DEC had identified as “nonconforming structures,” and thus slated for removal. Today, all five towers on Mt. Adams, Hurricane, Lyon, Spruce, and St. Regis mountains have been restored and opened to the public. During the same interval, other park fire towers were rehabilitated.
Views from on High also provides insight on the role fire towers have served in environmental education. The observers who once staffed these towers came to be recognized for their impressive work as backcountry educators. To complement Views, the ADK Fire Tower Challenge requires hikers to ascend and document at least 23 of 30 fire tower summits found in the Adirondacks and Catskills. For more info or to order the book, go to adk.org.
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