This was posted in the "Views From the Top" Forum:
Posted by Michael Chiarella on July 17, 2001 at 12:31:46:
I wanted to announce that this summer the Summit Steward Program at the Adirondack Mountain Club will be continueing the Carry A Rock Program. We are asking hikers interested in the preservation of the alpine zone to help us by carrying a rock from the pile in the Adirondak Loj parking lot to the summit of Marcy, Algonquin or Colden. The rocks are from one to five pounds in weight with a few larger ones. They will be used in scree walls, cairns and for rock packing(this stabilizes the soil around eroding banks).
You will find the pile of rocks at the trail register at the Adirondak Loj. When you reach the summit you may give your rock to the Summit Steward or leave it at the sign on top.
The Summit Steward program is in its 12th year and has talked to over 150,000 hikers about alpine stewardship. We have Stewards on Marcy and Algonquin every day through Labor Day and weekends until Columbus Day. This year we will also have a Steward on Colden on the summer weekends. The message that we are trying to get across is: Please stay on the rocks while you are above treeline. If you have any questions about the Carry A Rock program or the Summit Stewards, please contact me.
Michael Chiarella - Chief Summit Steward