The public is invited on all trips unless otherwise indicated.
Questions about outings? Contact Marianne Hebert, Vice-Chair - Outings
January - March, 2010
Contact Hollis Easter about Outings
January 1 - New Year’s Day Potluck, Clarkson Outdoor Lodge
About thirty chapter members welcomed the New Year with short, easy ski and snowshoe trips around the trails at Clarkson University, followed by a pot luck hors d'oeuvre party at the Outdoor Lodge.
l-r: Susan & John Omohundro, Eileen & Tom Wheeler, Tom Ortmeyer.
Photo: John Barron.
January 3 - Burn Mountains Snowshoe Bushwhack
Participants: John & Susan Omohundro (TL), Tom Ortmeyer, Greg Pedrick. The snow was deep so we only made it to Little Burn, but our trail attracted followers, since the official trail to Little Haystack that we departed from wasn’t broken out either.
January 8 - Ski and Snowshoe at Higley Flow State Park
Participants: Blair & Marg Madore (TLs), Cole Madore, Rebecca & Jeff Miller, Patricia Greene, Lynn Hall, Emily Smith. Fresh snowfall made the trails very forgiving and a gorgeous winter wonderland. Skiing by headlamp was a delightful experience. The cookout at the lean-to was enjoyed by all.
January 17 - Hurrican Mountain Snowshoe
A day that winter climbers can only hope for actually occurred on our climb. We all claimed this was one of the best! As we broke out of the clouds, a beautiful sunny sky melted the snow out of the trees and onto our heads. A breathtaking 360-degree view on top allowed sights of the High Peaks, Lake Champlain, and Vermont.
l-r: Dana Chudzinski, TL Debbie White, Craig Rice, Teresa Rice, Heather Kurz, Meagan Emlaw.
Photo: John Barron.
January 30 - Rock Peak Ridge Snowshoe Participants: Art Boni (TL), Gloria Daly, Susan Roe, Jane Hammingh, Gord Boston, Chris Allaway. Clear sky, -22 C, wind calm for a 6:50 start on the East Ridge Trail in New Russia. The ground cover was mostly bare ice or hard packed and crusty snow. On this day, although we carried snowshoes, we completed approximately 70% of the day wearing crampons. We took an early lunch break on Bald Peak. Gloria and Gord turned back, but the remaining four of us pressed on to Rocky Peak. It’s a tough climb. Total elevation gain was 4500’. We signed out at 5:45. The most amazing part of the day was the calm conditions - even on the summits.
February 6 - Lilypad and Long Ponds Showshoe
We had a great winter day with good trail conditions, lots of sunshine and a deep blue sky. We started at Goldmine Road, where it leaves the Joe Indian Pond Road. We snowshoed about a half mile down the Goldmine Road to the trail head. It was a bit of a scramble up and over the first ridge, and then nice conditions down to Lilypad Pond. Geri and Brian lunched there while the rest of us went on to Long Pond for our lunch. We all found a sunbeam to keep us warm while we ate.
L-R, enjoying the warm sunshine on Long Pond: Jackie Goodman, Nancy Sterniak, Marianne Hebert, Ron Sterniak, and Jay & Kathie Colarusso.
Photo: TL Tom Ortmeyer.
Not pictured: Geri Ames and Brian Baston.
February 13 - Grassy Pond (instead of Sheep Meadows) Ski/Snowshoe
Just a perfect day to do a snowshoe/ski. The nice weather and good snow conditions drew people to get out to enjoy the winter. We met many on the trails and enjoyed some company at the leanto at Grassy Pond. Duncan treated us to a snowshoe at his house exploring the trails along the St. Regis River too.
L-R, shown where the route crosses the Osgood River: Brian Baston, Duncan Cutter, TL Geri Ames, Marilyn Levitan, John Barron.
Photo: TL John Barron.
February 27 - Skiing in Gatineau Park Participants: John Barron (TL), Elly Kazai. A mixture of wet snow and rain in the morning discouraged some from coming. As it was, two of us enjoyed a circuit in the center of the park featuring a couple of the famous viewpoints and several significant climbs and descents. The trackset trails were fast and in excellent condition. The wilder, more natural backcountry trails were a hard slog in the heavy wet snow, and a short sampling of them was enough for us.
March 13 - Hike to Lampson Falls Marg & Blair Madore (TL), Jeff, Cheryl and Rebecca Miller; Fred & Luke Hanss, Rainbow, Autumn & Dharma Crabtree, Robert Drake, Lila & Charlie Hunnewell, Mary Terrance, Kiera & Kode Jacobs. A multigenerational group of hikers explored Lampson Falls and the surrounding area on a mild but beautiful day. The remaining snow and ice on the rocks and trails made hiking slippery but it was still manageable. Some used snowshoes and some used yaktrax for safety. After hiking a small ways downstream we returned to the beach below the falls to roast hotdogs and marshmallows. It was nice for young and old to share some time together in this most beautiful, even spiritual, place.