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Summit Stewards

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THE SUMMIT STEWARD PROGRAM IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID-19. CHECK BACK FOR SUMMER 2021 UPDATES.

 

Join the fun on Azure Mountain!When Ron Chorba of Winthrop climbed the mile long trail to the top of Azure Mountain located near St. Regis Falls in June of 2003, he launched an outdoor educational program that has grown with each passing year. Ron was the first official volunteer Summit Steward on Azure Mountain. 

 

Each year, the AMF seeks individuals willing to spend a weekend day on the summit during the period from Memorial Day through Columbus Day as a volunteer Summit Steward. Tasks include monitoring the condition of the parking area, trail, tower, and summit; picking up litter; performing light trail work, putting the flag up on the tower; greeting hikers and providing educational information about the landmarks, history, and restoration of the tower.

 

No two days on the Azure summit are alike. Some are very busy, with hikers of all ages climbing the mountain, while other days are quiet when only a few hearty souls visit. Stewards have met families that hike the mountain every year, Fire Tower Challenge hikers, and visitors from other states and countries. They've seen porcupines, deer, bear, falcons, and turkey vultures. Whatever the day holds, it will surely offer memories to treasure. 

 

If you enjoy the outdoors and meeting people, and if you can volunteer a day or two on a weekend this summer or early fall, contact Tom Ortmeyer, chair of the Azure Mountain Friends at 315-265-8219 or tortmeye@gmail.com. If you are uncertain about what is required, arrangements can be made for a seasoned volunteer to work with you as a mentor.