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This summer of 2018 we again hired a Summit Steward to watch over the tower, the mountain top, and educate hikers about the history of the tower and protecting the wilderness today.
With his senior classes calling, Ethan Raines, a senior at Plattsburgh State University, wrapped up his summer on the Summit on August 23.
He had plenty of visitors, around 50-70 people on nice days and 20-50 on bad weather days. These numbers are slightly higher by about 10-20 people for weekends. This constant stream of visitors reflects the surge in hiking popularity we see throughout the Adirondacks.
Among the special visitors — Ethan’s own mother, on the Fourth of July!
The Summit Steward program is a cooperative project with the Town of Keene, which actually employed and paid Ethan, and the state Department of Environmental Conservation, which provided the funding. We also worked with the Friends of Poke-O-Moonshine this year: Ethan and Poke-O steward Megan Grega, switched posts two days a week.
The DEC also provides stewards with a radio for reporting any emergencies. Fortunately, there were none this year.
In addition to speaking with–and advising–thousands of hikers, Ethan also displayed his talents a photographer, with an eye for flowers as well as mountains.