ADK Mountain Club meeting set

GLOVERSVILLE — The Foothills Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club will meet at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the Gloversville Senior Center at 53 Church St. There will be a guest speaker, short social time and then a short meeting. The public is encouraged to attend the meetings and to join participants on hiking, paddling and biking events. The club is looking for new members and encourage everyone to come and ask about the beautiful trails and opportunities right here in this area.

The speakers are Jody Dixon and Mike Feldman from Benson who participate in The Adirondack Trail Ride—known as TATR. TATR is a solo, 600-mile self-supported mountain bike race over some incredibly rugged terrain circumnavigating the Adirondack Park. Come see the bikes they use, the gear they take and the incredible route they travel.

The Adirondack Trail Ride is a solo self supported backpacking adventure race through the Adirondack Mountains. Riders depart and finish from Northville. They journey from the southern foothills to the rugged interior, and then on to the vast north and picturesque Champlain Valley. It is a loop through diverse, eastern wilderness on trail, pavement and dirt roads. Trails are very rugged, rocky and laced with roots. Some are sublimely ride able while others force you to slog across creek, bushwhack, route find and hike-a-bike. Ten days suggested. The length is more than 575 miles and the vertical is 51,650 feet.

Racers left Waterfront Park in Northville at 8 a.m. on Sept. 13 in TATR’s fifth grand depart and will share this year’s stories with the ADK Foothills Chapter at its Oct. 9 meeting at the Gloversville Senior Center at 7 p.m.

By Kerry Minor

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