In line with Governor Cuomo’s directive for New York State to PAUSE amidst the COVID19 pandemic and Adirondack Mountain Club Executive Director Michael Barrett’s urging to”hike locally and individually,” the Northville Placid Trail Challenge is suspended until further notice. This action was taken by the ADK Schenectady Chapter, which manages the challenge. While the trail remains open, any hikes completed after April 12 until further notice will not be recognized as counting towards the completion of the challenge.
According to an announcement from the Rev. Dustin G. Wright, chair of ADK’s Schenectady Chapter, the decision aligns with the recent ADK Glens Falls/ Saratoga Chapter move to suspend its Fire Tower Challenge. Wright cites that chapter’s recent new releases: “Where we decide to go outside matters. The population of New York over 65 years old is 16.4% of the overall population. Note the much higher percentage of the following counties where we enjoy being outdoors: Hamilton:31.3%; Essex: 23.4%; Warren: 22.2%. This matters because COVID-19 is particularly lethal to those 65+ years old. When you consider where to recreate, please stay as local as you can. We must keep northern New York as free of COVID-19 as we can.”
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