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Most of our programs take place in the east’s largest wilderness, a six million acre forest preserve, known as the Adirondack Park. This mix of public (state-owned) and private land holdings is protected by the New York State Constitution as a place to be maintained as “forever wild”. Enacted in 1885, this protection has enabled the Adirondack Mountain region to remain relatively unencumbered by development and a haven for outdoor enthusiasts for more than a century.

Adirondack Mountains, the Great Range

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Fall aspen

High Peaks Wilderness
The High Peaks region, where Alpine Adventures is located, consists of the most rugged terrain in the Park. Many of the highest peaks are found, and much of the climbing and skiing takes place, within a few miles of our doorstep.

The High Peaks is home to the highest mountain in New York, Mt. Marcy (5,344 feet). In total 46 Adirondack peaks are above 4000 feet, and as evidenced by a popular hiking club of the same name (the 46-ers), these peaks are frequently the ones “bagged” by summit-seeking hikers.

The relatively low elevation of the mountains means few of the summits are above tree-line. The views from cliffs and summits are of forested valleys and mountainsides. Most of the year the evergreen and hardwood trees, relishing the abundant rainfall, create a tapestry of various shades of green. In the autumn, however, the maples, birches, beech and aspen trees produce an extravaganza of red, yellow, orange and rust colors unique to the northeast. Winter blankets the region in snow and ice, frosting the treetops and icing the open rock faces.

Vertical rock cliff faces and open swathes of bare rock adorn the mountainsides. Much of the rock is anorthosite, a granitic rock that formed more than 1 billion years ago. This rock layer covers the Adirondack Park and areas northwards into the Canadian Laurentian Mountain region. Since that time erosion, glacial action, and uplifting have exposed the surfaces upon which we climb and ski.

During times of heavy rain in the High Peaks, layers of water-saturated soils slide off the underlying rock domes. These newly-exposed areas look like ski runs on the mountainsides, and are nature’s gift to backcountry skiers and scramblers offering open, unforested routes to the summits. After a few years, vegetation creeps back onto the slide areas, and outdoor enthusiasts await the next big slide to open up new areas for exploration.

Vast Climbing & Skiing Resources
Although located within a day’s drive of 60 million people, once you are in the Adirondack Park, only a few roads serve the area. Along these roads, trailheads designate established routes leading into the wilderness. Many trails in the area are maintained by the NY Department of Environmental Conservation. The Adirondack Mountain Club, a regional conservation organization, other local clubs and volunteers, maintain the remaining trails.

Climbers and skiers take advantage of established trails, but also divert off-trail to specific areas of interest. Climbing areas close to roads are plentiful, with short (20 minutes or less) hikes from the car to the start of the climb. These areas are the ones we frequent most because ease of access means more time on the rock or ice. Skiing can be right out the back door, depending on the conditions, but frequently, fresh and reliable snow is just a quick drive away.

Remote resources require more commitment in terms of time and preparation. A longer hike, or perhaps an overnight stay, opens the door to climbs and skis best suited for experienced alpinists.

These various mountain resources allow us to choose not only routes, but also which type of terrain we wish to climb or ski. We regularly rock and ice climb on about forty major roadside cliffs, and more than twice that number of minor and remote cliffs. Skiing options are just as varied. The many available options allow us to precisely fit an individual’s needs and desires to a particular climb or ski.

More detailed information about climbing and skiing routes can be found on the Guiding page for each of our activities, within the Our Services section.

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10873 NYS Route 9N, P.O. Box 179
Keene, New York 12942 USA

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