We’ve got plenty of work planned for next year: installing a replica map table in the tower cab, adding interpretive signs, and fixing safety wire. You can help out right now, by adding the tower to your year-end donations list.
PANDEMIC and PHOTO PANELS
The Coronavirus pandemic caused plenty of problems, but Hurricane’s Fire Tower proved as popular as ever in 2020.
Summit Steward: Thanks to a successful fundraising campaign, we were able to fill a big hole in our budget that was created when the pandemic cost the state millions of dollars in lost revenue. Albany pulled funding for summit stewards all around the Adirondacks. Fortunately we were able hire Ethan Raines, who had worked for us in 2018, and he proved to be an effective Leave No Trace interpreter and historic guide on the top.
Panoramic Photo Panels: Ethan also made it possible to install four spectacular photo panoramas above the fire tower windows, showing the surrounding peaks with names for easy identification. The photos, created by Karen and RL Stoltz of Vertical Perspectives Photography, are drawing rave reviews from hikers every day. Ethan not only carried the panels up the mountain, he had the mechanical skills to install them securely.
Popularity: Once the tower was reopened by the state in late Spring, hikers flooded our zone. On some sunny days there were hundreds of people on top. And during peak color season this fall, people were lined up across the summit to ascend the tower.
Thanks to everyone who made this such a successful year, after a very rocky start. We got major fundraising support from Cloudsplitter Foundation, the Hurricane Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club and many individuals. Also volunteers pitched in as summit stewards and helped with trail work his fall. The door is open for anyone interested in joining us. We can use all levels of skills and ability.
Next year, a new map table in the cab!