Schenectady ADK Annual Dinner
Tuesday October 23 at SCCC Van Curler Room
Wine and Cheese reception 5:30pm ~ Dinner 6:15pm ~ Program 7:15pm

Fire Tower Challenge Founder Dinner Speaker
Jim Schneider loves books and the mountains; the perfect combination. Jim is a librarian by trade and
hiker, biker, skier, paddler by choice. He is an active ADK volunteer for more than 30 years, a winter
46er, Northeast 115er, High Peaks summit steward, lean-to adopter, trail steward and co-creator of the
ADK Fire Tower Challenge. The Schenectady Chapter is happy to have Jim as its featured speaker at
the October 23 annual dinner.
It gives him great pleasure that so many people have embraced this hiking challenge by exploring new
trails in the Adirondack and Catskill forest preserves -- with friends old and new and family members
over the last 17 years since the ADK Fire Tower Challenge began. When not in a library, Jim can be
found on the trail either backpacking, climbing a mountain, or summit stewarding on the highest
The ADK's Fire Tower Challenge began in 2001. Little did we know then that we would be responsi-
ble for fire tower fever. With only one known cure (go take a hike!), thousands have been afflicted.
Jim Schneider will trace the ADK Fire Tower Challenge's progress from inception to today. Fire
towers are awesome! New trails to old towers; old towers rebuilt to new again, and tower centennial
celebrations! Do you have fire tower fever? Why are fire towers so popular? Let's explore together!

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