The public is invited on all trips unless otherwise indicated.
Questions about outings? Contact Marianne Hebert, Vice-Chair - Outings
October - December, 2009
Esther Mountain Hike, October 4
A pleasant cloudy day with just a few brief showers. The entrance to Esther’s herd path is now marked by a signpost, and this unofficial trail now features a boardwalk at a low spot. We enjoyed the views of the mountains as well as relics of a former ski area on our route. Shown on a ledge of Esther with Whiteface in the background are Brian Baston, Toni Towle, Peter Blood, Alicia Schantz, Don Duthaler.
Photo: TL John Barron.
October 4 - Massawepie.
Armond Spencer (TL), Ann Spencer, John & Susan Omohundro. The weather was iffy but we went anyway. Drizzle early, then clear and even some sunshine. We had just fi nished a very nice walk and were back in the car when the deluge began. We think this spot is worthy of more exploration.
Lyon Mountain Hike, October 12
Columbus Day here in the US, Thanksgiving in Canada: many from both nations out enjoying the newly-cut 3.2 mile trail up Lyon Mountain. We relished views from the summit and fire tower of Chazy Lake, wind turbines, Mount Royal, Lake Champlain, Vermont’s Green Mountains. From Lyon’s west ledge, Chateaugay Lake and much of the Adirondacks, Whiteface, and East Dix were prominent. All were in full fall foliage.
L-R: TL Lois Cutter and Mildred Wiedmann.
Not shown: David Pask, Richard Billings, Linda Moerschell, Brian Baston, John Barron, Claire Kelsey, David and Peter Brouwer.
Photo: TL Duncan Cutter.
October 31 - Hurricane Mountain.
Hollis Easter (TL), Stephanie Graudons (TL), Ted Letcher, Matt Seifts, Caitlin Eyre Stewart. Halloween dawned with a frigid gale, dooming our plans for “Costumes and Candy on Cascade.” We elected to try a shorter trip at lower altitude, and headed into Keene for a hike up Hurricane Mountain. We ascended via the north trail and hung out on the summit for nearly an hour talking about the weather. The meteorologist in the group hoped for an actual hurricane (70+ mph winds), but we only measured the top speed at a relatively tame 54.1 mph. This was a joint outing of the Albany and Laurentian chapters.
Big Pine Hike, Wanakena, NY, November 7
Bill & Pat Mueller (TLs), Geri Ames, Ruth Williams, Chris Rediehs, Dick Dowling, Cathy Dowling, Danice Cooper, Brian Baston, Alice Donnelly, Dora McIntosh, Mike Waters, Jackie Goodman. We set out to seek the Big Pine. We learned something about reading the northern hardwood forest and its history. For many of us this was the first-time on an ADK hike. As we got closer to the pine of our destination, we saw the remnants of other ‘big pines’, now looming impressively as gigantic snags. The sun arrived also at the pine; On the return, no more snow-laden trees - just drip, drip, drip and the sounds of human conversation.
Photos: Geri Ames.
Red Sandstone Trail Workday, November 8
On a sunny warm Indian summer afternoon, we extended the switchback overlooking Sugar Island Flow, so now one can climb to the top of the bluff on a gradual incline. Workers tackled the job with energy and resourcefulness.
Left: Shown laying a foundation for one of the four new switchbacks are (l-r): Jean Giblin, Ian Vitek, lead maintainer TL John Omohundro, Armond Spencer, Buck Doheny-Farina, John Barron.
Right: John Barron, Ian Vitek.
Not pictured: TL Susan Omohundro, Diane Brouwer, Kath Doheny-Farina, and Andrew Brouwer.
Photos: Niall Barron.
Rideau Trail, November 22
The route featured scenic overlooks of Upper Rideau Lake and the village of Westport, along with a couple of historic Rideau Canal lock stations. Shown near a defensive blockhouse at Narrows Lock are (l - r) Marianne Hebert, John Omohundro, Toni Towle, Peter Blood, and John Barron.
Photo: Susan Omohundro.
November 26 - Cliff Mountain.
Glenn Watson, Eberhard Burkowski, Brian Baston, Margaret O’Keefe, Katie Phaglia, Sharon McClelland, Cindy McLean, Mike McLean(TL). Into the woods from Upper Works in hopes of climbing Cliff. Mud, deep mud, and even deeper mud slowed down our progress. Three turned back at Uphill Brook Lean-to, five persisted in the mud and made it to the top, where the sun finally shone on us and the views were excellent. Darkness fell on us at the Flowed Lands. Congrats to Margaret O’Keefe for completing her 46 this day and many thanks to Peter Abreu for lending a head lamp and accompanying us in the dark for the last two hours.