Jonathan Volks - Hiker and Blogger for Into the 'Dacks

Greetings fellow Adirondack hikers, my name is Jonathan Volks and welcome to my site; Into the ‘Dacks. This site is full of trip reports and information about hikes and outdoor adventures in the Adirondack Mountains. I want to make it clear that I am not a licensed guide nor do I have any formal education in being a guide. Much like you, I have a passion for the Adirondacks.

Jonathan Volks at Inman Pond

Jonathan Volks at Inman Pond

About Jonathan Volks

Quick background about myself. I was born, raised and currently live in Glens Falls, NY. My father introduced me to hiking and the outdoors at a young age. One of my fondest memories is hiking Shelving Rock Mountain and Mount Washington. For many years, he and I would drag whomever we could get into the Adirondack Park to join us on an adventure.  After he passed away, I took on the mantle of leading the trips. Not easy shoes to fill but I haven’t lost anybody yet.

While hiking, I enjoy landscape photography. My mother bought my first DSLR for Christmas during my college years. Every since I’ve always carried one on a hike. Currently, I am using a Sony A6300. It’s small like a point and shoot but gives me the flexibility of a DSLR. There is still much I need to learn. But with each year, I get a little bit better. One day, I hope to get amazing photos like Carl Heilman. He was the inspiration that got me taking photos while I am on a hike.

My day job is a Web Programmer in the Office of Communications and Marketing at Skidmore College. Building websites has been my nine to five ever since I got my degree in Computer Science at SUNY New Paltz in 2005. I’ve spent my professional life learning the Internet from a programmers perspective. Languages, databases, ISPs, DNS records and pretty much everything that makes a website work. I’ve been fortunate to work with some of the most amazing and talented people in upstate New York.

Bucket List Challenges

46 High Peaks Fire Tower Challenge Saranac Lake 6er Northville-Placid Trail Cranberry 50
12/46 30/30 2/6 Not Yet Not Yet