SEPTEMBER 9–24, 2017
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Why Climb it 4 Climate? In a world increasingly driven by consumption, relying on our own human energy and ingenuity is the first step toward making a difference, and every step counts.

  • Raise awareness to changing climate
  • Support Marshall the Bobcat in hiking the 46 High Peaks
  • Source money for student scholarships and sustainability programming at Osgood Farm
Climb it 4 Climate is a community hiking event in the Adirondcks designed to raise funds for programming at Paul Smith’s College’s Osgood Farm, a site devoted to mindful living practices that promote change on a community level. The purpose of the hike is to highlight human energy and how it can drive change on an individual and community level—the building blocks of world-wide change. This isn’t about climate change awareness. It’s about climate change action. By inspiring people to live in more active, locally-oriented and hands-on ways, we can make a tangible difference.

Climb it 4 Climate will raise money for projects and programs that connect students to their natural environment and give them a real hands-on education about sustainable living practices and community skills development. The programming will take place at Paul Smith’s College’s Osgood Farm and the VIC. Many of our environmental issues today can be traced to overconsumption. Climb It 4 Climate isn’t just a hike or a statement about global climate change or a fundraiser. With every mile hiked and mountain climbed, it’s an inspiration and a reminder of what we can do with our human energy.

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Bobcat and ultra-hiker

Why I Climb it 4 Climate: To spend time with the Paul Smith’s community and help people realize their energy and bring positive change into the world.

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I study Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences at Paul Smith’s, and I am also a summer naturalist at the VIC.

My favorite hiking trip took place in Virginia, where I hiked the Triple Crown section of the Appalachian Trail.

Why I Climb it 4 Climate: Because I believe that people, when educated, will do the right thing; we need more people who are educated about climate change to help make positive changes for the benefit of our ecosystems.


RAELM Faculty

Fun Fact: I have a pet hedgehog named Sonic.

Why I Climb it 4 Climate: I believe that there is no greater issue that our generation faces than protecting our planet from pollution. I also believe that when outdoor professionals and scientists work together, we can overcome any obstacle.


Instructor of Environmental Studies and Osgood Pond Educational Site Manager

Fun Fact: I love trail food and I even eat Mountain Meals for dinner when I’m not backpacking.

Why I Climb it 4 Climate: I climb because it reminds me to be humble and understanding. It reminds me to take a moment to reflect before I speak and it brings me to a place where I very much feel and see what I’m fighting for. I’ve never found a more powerful metaphor than climbing a mountain, especially when it comes to advocacy. That’s why I Climb it 4 Climate.


I am currently a Biology student on a pre-health track, this is going to be my second year now at Paul Smith’s and as Resident Assistant.

Fun Fact: My favorite place on earth is a small coffee shop in Havana, Cuba.

Why I Climb it 4 Climate: As a person living in the Adirondacks I enjoy living within these mountains and the nature around me. Yet, as a biologist I know that today more than ever our environment is being harmed on a daily basis and climate change is only worsening. Climb it 4 Climate brings my love for biology and my new-found passion of hiking into one great organization that I am honored to be a part of.


Natural Resource Management and Conservation

Why I Climb it 4 Climate: To help educate the people enjoying our wonderful area we call the Adirondacks. I hope to help show how amazing this area is while teaching how to effectively utilize and preserve the resources around us.



There are different ways you can join:

  1. Come out and hike between September 9 – 24 and help us reach our goal of 200 summits
  2. Browse our merchandise beginning Labor Day weekend at the Paul Smith’s College bookstore
  3. Donate directly using the link above
  4. Tell your friends and share your adventures using #climbit4climate

Please remember to abide by DEC regulations and recommendations, as well as practice Leave No Trace outdoor ethics


Over a two week period, hikers alone raised $8,920, helping push total donations to $33,440.

In total, the Paul Smith’s College community, friends, family and everyday hikers who learned of the fundraiser totaled summited 131 High Peaks and contributed almost a third to the total funds raised with their human energy.



The funds raised through Climb it 4 Climate will support the next phase of building a Sustainable Living Learning Center at PSC’s Osgood Farm. Already a number of projects have been completed to help low the farm’s carbon footprint:

  • A 1,500 square foot garden plowed by draft horses
  • Growing and raising food served on campus
  • Wheeled solar charging station for tools
  • Solar-powered electric fence
  • Three yurts and a root cellar
  • Solar oven

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Dr. Curt Stager, when asked about how climate change is impacting the Adirondack Park:

1. Weather stations scattered all over the Park confirm that it is getting warmer, especially in September and June but also other times of year, including winter. The rate is similar to that of global warming as a whole.

2. Ice-out records from Mirror Lake go back a century, and they show that ice goes out a week or two earlier than it did half a century ago. Our own lake shows the same trend since the 1970s, as do several other ADK lakes. Lake Champlain’s freeze-up record goes back two centuries, showing a definite increase of ice-free winters in recent decades. All because warming is shortening our winters on both ends of the season.

3. Weather records from the ADKs show that heavy rainstorms are becoming more frequent. Storms dropping 2 inches or more in a day over the ADKs show a statistically significant increase over the past century.

4. Diary observations of animals and plants on or near PSC campus show statistically significant changes in the timing of spring emergences and flowerings. native bees are emerging earlier, salamanders are migrating earlier, red maples are blooming earlier.

Dr. Curt Stager

Professor, Paul Smith's College


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