The public is invited on all trips unless otherwise indicated.
Questions about outings? Contact Marianne Hebert, Vice-Chair - Outings
January - March, 2007
Clarkson Outing & Potluck, New Year's Day, 2007
A couple of dozen Chapter members celebrated New Year's Day with a traditional light-and-simple pot luck party at the Outdoor Lodge on the Clarkson campus. It being a grey, wet day, most settled for the cheerful interior of the Lodge, but a few also walked around the nature trails and climbed the observation tower, to view the half-melted beaver pond that is normally frozen and snow-covered at this time of year.
Left to right: Susan & John Omohundro, Jean Giblin, Tom Ortmeyer, Gary Madlin.
Photo: John Barron.
Snowshoe Baxter Mountain January 20, 2007 - TLs Duncan & Lois Cutter. Participants: Paul Cutter, Armond & Ann Spencer, Hollis Easter When overcast is dispelled by sunshine, a great place to be is on one of Baxter Mountain’s three ledges overlooking a wilderness of blowing snow from Hurricane to Dix. The six of us found secure snowshoeing along the forested mile from the Spruce Hill Trailhead to the summit. We almost felt guilty enjoying such vistas after so short a climb, although two short steep and icy pitches made us feel that we had paid our dues.
Winter Hike to Sawteeth, Jan 21, 2007
Paralyzing cold in the predawn darkness moderated to a pleasantly cold and mostly sunny winter day for this ascent of Sawteeth.
Left to right: John Barron, Nancy LaBaff, Lyle Montgomery, Nancy Skiff.
Photo: Nancy LaBaff.
Leonard Pond Trail Ski February 3, 2007 - TL Joan Collins. Participants: Ann & Armond Spencer. It finally felt like winter with terrific ski conditions and lovely snow-laden conifers along the Leonard Pond Trail. We had gusty winds and the temperature ranged from 10 to 18 degrees. Winter finches found along the trail included purple finches, red crossbills, and pine siskins. The biggest surprise was the Belted Kingfisher found near the unusual still-open outlet of Chandler Pond by the trailhead! Our attempt to cross Leonard Pond resulted in iced skis from the hidden water under the snow!
Ski / Snowshoe to Jenkins Mountain, Feb 10, 2007
We skied through the Jenkins Mountain Road powder up to "Crescent Moon Lodge," where we donned our snowshoes and proceeded to the Jenkins summit. Lunch break was spent huddled under the big scotch pine searching for views and enjoying the brief moment of sun pushing through the clouds. Afterwards, a traverse of the northern Jenkins ridge treated us with startling vistas of the notch below and many of the ponds off to our east and south. After a steep and meandering roller coaster of a descent back to our transition point, Tom nicely summed up when he blurted, "I've never been so happy to see the backside of an outhouse!".
Left to right: Arthur Boni, Anita Stewart, Gloria & Cliff Daly (tls), John & Susan Omohundro, Tom Ortmeyer.
Photo: John Barron.
Skiing the Seven Carries February 24, 2007 - TLs Ann & Armond Spencer. Participants: John & Susan Omohundro (Ann suggested we report: "The usual suspects"). This trip was delayed from Feb. 17 due to weather conditions. On the 24th the day dawned very cold and gloomy. It stayed cold all day, but the gloominess was replaced by brilliant sunshine early on the ski across Little Clear Pond. The first carry was a struggle through very deep snow—thank goodness for good trail breakers, but from there on the trip was delightful. The ponds were easy to ski on, with very little slush. We finished the day with a visit to Charlie's Inn.
Snowshoe to Harper Falls, Mar 4, 2007
There was well over a foot of snow on the ground, plus several inches of fresh snow that fell during the hike. While the falls
was largely under ice and snow, the snow made it a scenic trip. The group was were treated to the sight of a bald eagle soaring
overhead while putting on their gear.
Left to right: Lyn Burkett, Gary Madlin, Blair & Cole Madore, Ann Spencer, Hollis Easter, Armond Spencer, Marg Madore.
Photo: Tom Ortmeyer.
Beginner Snowshoe at Indian Creek Nature Center, Mar 11, 2007
Ten participants, five under fifteen years of age, enjoyed the warm sun and spring snow conditions at Indian Creek Nature Center.
Left to right: Ann Spencer (tl), Jean Giblin, Linda Potter, Arlo Catanzaro, Niall & Fiona Barron, Isaiah Davis, Tucker Catanzaro, & Armond Spencer.
Photo: John Barron.
Armond's Mystery Trip, Mar 24, 2007 TL Ann & Armond Spencer. Participants: Bill & Pat Mueller, Tom Wheeler. We couldn't find enough snow to ski, so went for a snowshoe hike at the Wanakena Ranger School instead. Although billed as a Spencer trip, the true trip leader was Bill Mueller. What a treat to walk through this beautiful area with a guy who is on a first-name basis with each trail and each tree. This trip will appear again, and if you haven't taken it - or even if you have - you shouldn't miss it.