The public is invited on all trips unless otherwise indicated.
Questions about outings? Contact Marianne Hebert, Vice-Chair - Outings
October - December, 2010
Contact Hollis Easter about Outings
October 2 - Bog River and Low’s Ridge - Nikki Coates and Ron Johnson (TL), Jonathan Brown, Marilyn Fayette, Chris Murphy, Jim Plumley, Dick Mooers, Chuck Guy, Anna Hendrickson, Dave West, Pam Kennedy, Mark Martin. The weather couldn’t have been better for a leisurely paddle (with a pause to watch a bald eagle in the trees along the bank) on the Bog River from the Lower Dam into Hitchens Pond, where we stopped for lunch near the Upper Dam, and then hiked the trail to Low’s Ridge. The views of the pond, river, and mountains beyond were spectacular. We lingered at the top, took many photos, and Jonathan recorded an audio postcard for NCPR, and then we returned to the water and made our way back to Lower Dam.
October 3 - Sawteeth John Barron TL, Alicia Schantz, Marianne Hebert, Dong Yeub You (Youbie). We had perfect sunny fall weather, and the fall colors
were near their peak. The climb of the Scenic Route was much harder and more time-consuming than we expected, but the views were eye-poppingly, jaw-droppingly gorgeous.
The descent was faster than we expected, and although we paused to appreciate Rainbow Falls near the end of the trail, we beat our most-optimistic prediction by
reaching the cars before the last daylight had faded.
L-R: Youbie, Alicia, Marianne
Photo: John Barron
October 10 - Catamount Hike
A perfect day with beautiful views of Whiteface Mt. The climb started in birch forests with gold colored leaves and ended up in the pines and went from hiking to rock climbing.
L-R: Sylvia Haq, TL Brian Baston, Carol LaDue, TL Geri Ames
October 13 - Scarface Mountain Marianne Hebert (TL), Robert Glassburn, and Brian Baston set out on a chilly day to summit Scarface Mountain. A sprained ankle and missing medication forced the group to return at halfway, but it was a lovely hike. The fall foliage was a beautiful contrast to the newly fallen snow. On November 13th, Marianne and Brian tried again and made a successful summit on a beautiful day.
October 17 - Red Sandstone Trail Workday
In about two hours we built the last bridge in the gulch beside Sugar Island Flow, moved an historical interpretive sign away from vandals, side-cut Sugar Island, and cut out some blowdown. It turned perfectly sunny, and the Watertown Times reporters showed up for a story.
L-R: Jeff Chiarenzelli, Dick Mooers, Gary Gonyea, and Tim Schwob completing a gully-crossing.
Not pictured: TLs John & Susan Omohundro, Rick Taylor, John Barron, Jean Giblin, Ariana Chiaranzelli, Don Potter.
October 23 - Haystack Mountain Ann & Armond Spencer (TLs), Tom Ortmeyer, Robert Glassburn, Brian Baston. The weather sounded chancy for the hike, but turned out to be excellent. Although the trail was a bit wet, we considered it a good day out.
October 31 - Marble Rock Hike
Marble Rock Conservation Area, near Gananoque, Ontario, lies within a larger region designated the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, to highlight the diversity of plant and animal life living on this geological link between the Canadian Shield and the Adirondacks. The trail is well-marked and features many steep climbs and descents, a number of good viewpoints, ponds and beaver meadows, and varied forest. Bill Mueller pointed out to us that we could identify many of the tree species in the forest without looking at the trees - simply by examining the distinctively-shaped fallen leaves. During lunch a heavy snow squall arrived, and created a peaceful hush that lasted half the afternoon before pale sunshine returned at the end.
L-R: Sylvia Haq, Marianne Hebert, Brian Baston, Tom Ortmeyer, Pat Mueller, Bill Mueller, Jean Giblin
Photo: TL John Barron
Student volunteers from all four local universities, members of the St. Lawrence County Mountain Bike Association, and chapter members cooperated to accomplish an amazing amount of work in two days. Highlights included rerouting a mountain bike trail, bridge reconstruction, debris clearance on the riverside hiking trails, and installation of wire on some walking surfaces to improve traction. Thanks to Mike Klein of Wear on Earth for much support including a barbecue supper party.
Top Left The Ledges Trail crew completes a raised section of a rerouted mountain bike trail.
Top Right The Ledges Trail crew at work on Saturday
Bottom Left Stone Valley Trail Coordinator and primary organizer of the event Mark Simon
Bottom Right Most of the Saturday participants at Mark Simon’s barn, which served as staging area for the activities.
November 7 - Loon Mountain A congenial group of
hikers gathered from far and wide. We passed through the mud zone into snow and frost. The trees sparkled in the sunshine, as did nearby mountains. We enjoyed lunch and
photography on the sunny summit. David and John O climbed the firetower, showering those below with ice from the railing but improving their view and impressing the crowd
with their risk-taking.
L to R: Sylvia Haq, David Brouwer, TL John Omohundro, John Barron, TL Susan Omohundro, Art Boni
Photo: Brian Baston (using Sylvia’s camera)
November 13 - Wilderness Navigation Clinic Cliff & Gloria Daly (TLs), Charlotte Ramsay, David Katz, Jayson Springer. Bloodhounds wouldn’t have bettered our keen threesome as they scooted accurately from one landmark to the next in the ledges and valleys of the Grass River highlands. Even the thorny undergrowth that pecked away at us for most of the day couldn’t slow them down! Special thanks to Jayson for the many “tracking” tips that he dispensed throughout the field portion of our clinic.
December 5 - Higley Flow State Park Blair & Cole Madore (TLs), Marianne Hebert, Jeff & Rebecca Miller, Kateri Husra, Richard & Susanne Arens, Brian Baston, Sylvia Haq, Rich, Mariana, Isabel (1) && Natalie (4) Sharp. Fresh snow made this a trip through a winter wonderland. We hiked the new snowshoe trail along Warm Brook Flow and returned on the Warm Brook trail. Our charcoal failed to light so the cookout was a bust. Still, our memories of walking under the arching bows of snow-clad branches will last for a very long time.