The public is invited on all trips unless otherwise indicated.
Questions about outings? Contact Marianne Hebert, Vice-Chair - Outings
January - March, 2011
Contact Bill Mueller about Outings
New Year’s Day - Clarkson University
It was mild and wet, with no snow coverage, so about twenty members settled for short (or no) walks this New Year’s Day and spent a couple of hours socializing in the warmth of Clarkson’s Outdoor Lodge.
L-R: Ann Ortmeyer, Kathie Batson, John Omohundro, Jean Giblin, Niall Barron, Fiona Barron, Joanne Ferris.
Photo: John Barron.
January 2 - Bushwhack Scarface Mt. John & Susan Omohundro (TLs), Barbara Hollenbeck, Tom Ortmeyer, Deb & Mike White. We left the trail early, traversing a swamp to ascend Signal Hill, with good views of Scarface. The summit was socked in, so we hiked along the base of a series of magnificent, multicolored icefalls. Footing was tricky, because the snow, feather-like, wouldn’t support us on slopes. We rejoined the trail near its steep section and returned that way.
January 9 - Scarface Mountain Bushwhack
A group of snowshoers pauses by the ice formations at the base of the scar during a recent bushwhack on Scarface Mountain in Raybrook.
L-R: Mike White, Tom Ortmeyer, Barbara Hollenbeck, Deb White, Susan Omohundro.
Photo: John Omohundro.
January 15 - Beginners’ Snowshoe to Grassy Pond (New Hikers’ Series)
A ski and snowshoe on plentiful snow (up to our knees on the pond!) was enjoyed by mostly potentially new members. Lean-to adopter Sandy Hildreth showed us maple saplings munched by a moose. Campers at the site generously shared the shelter with us.
L-R: John Tyo, Sandy Hildreth, Brian Hayden, Mayme Trumble, Stacey Banfield-Hardaway, Bill Trumble, TL Duncan Cutter, Paul Cutter, Geoffrey Millard, Marianne Hebert, Doug Theobald.
Not pictured: David Cutter.
Photo: John Barron.
January 16 - Beginners’ Snowshoe at Indian Creek (New Hikers’ Series) Ann Spencer (TL), Karen Wright, Terri Parsons. On a bright, cold, Sunday afternoon, the three of us took an easy snowshoe walk out to the viewing platform, and then down to the boardwalk. Enjoyed seeing a flock of cedar waxwings.
January 21-23 - ADK Winter Outing
Ron Fillhart (TL). We had about 60 people in attendance at the Winter Outing despite lake-effect snow hindering getting there. In spite of low temperatures we cross country skied and snowshoed on various trail systems and off-trail trips, as well. Some planned their outings to be back at the Mad River Club by lunchtime, then out for more time in the woods. A catered dinner on Saturday was absolutely delicious, followed by live music and dancing.
Pictured: part of a large group of skiers that toured the trails of Winona State Forest during Winter Outing. For an account of the weekend see John Barron’s essay.
Photo: John Barron.
January 22 - Jackrabbit Trail Ski
We skiied the Old Mountain Trail, a section of the Jackrabbit Trail on the back side of Pitchoff Mountain, following the valley up from Keene, passing dramatic cliffs and beaver meadows, and stopped to watch a group of ice climbers make slow progress.
L-R:Greg Pedrick (TL) and Tom Ortmeyer (TL) on the Old Mountain Trail.
January 23 - Mt. Arab (New Hikers’ Series) Blair Madore (TL), Jeff Miller, Brian Baston, Sylvia Haq, Mike & Rachel Rose. Extreme cold, but bright sunshine and little wind encouraged our climb on a well-broken trail. Nearing the summit, fresh snowfall accumulated on every limb and branch, making a natural arbor. Lightly frosted trees on neighboring hillsides, azure skies, fluffy clouds and crisp white lakes dominated a stupendous view from the summit. Heartened by the sights we dallied perhaps longer than we should have - the only harm, seemingly, was Brian’s mustache rimed with frost. Nature’s beauty warmed our hearts and lifted our spirits in compensation for the cold. Those comfortably home on this occasion might ponder the bravery of nine-year-old Rachel, who completed her first winter ascent!
January 29 - Lampson Falls Ski
We had a beautiful day and great snow conditions. As advertised, we tested some folks’ mettle, and even took our skis off. After skiing to the trail’s end, several of us donned snowshoes to follow another half mile of rough path to an overlook near Harper Falls. With the aid of some great wood-gatherers, TL Armond Spencer got a lunch fire going. Next time we’ll bring marshmallows.
L-R: Armond, Bill Trumble, Ken Williams, Bob Wakefield, Jo DenBleyker, Maymee Trumble, Marianne Hebert, TL Ann Spencer, John Barron.
Photo: Karen Todd.
February 16 - Snowshoe Around Black Pond, Paul Smiths VIC
Excellent trail conditions made a lovely hike, with lunch served by culinary arts students at the college as a bonus treat.
L-R at the trailhead: Carol Edmonds, TL Brian Baston, Carol LaDue, Bob Boyer, Carol Donnelly, TL Geri Ames.
February 26 - Pinnacle Snowshoe
A winter storm the day before the hike deposited almost a foot of fresh powder snow. The weather was good at the start, and got better as the day went on. Everyone seemed to enjoy the outing.
L-R: Susan Omohundro, Marianne Hebert, Susanne Arens, Tom Ortmeyer, Richard Arens, John Omohundro, Carol LaDue, Sylvia Haq, Dana Chudzinski, Marilyn Levitan, Geri Ames, Brian Baston, Carol Donnelly, Joe Tutino, Gabe Hinkley
Not pictured: Ron Dumoulin.
Photo: TL John Barron.
March 5 - Gatineau Park Ski
Tom Van de Water (TL), Betsy Kepes, Megan Kent, David Trithart, John Barron. Though wet snow changed to steady rain, the trip turned out to be one of the best last skis of the season with the group enjoying the shelter of a cabin, camaraderie, lunch and the long ski back to Gatineau.
March 20 - Mount Van Hoevenberg Snowshoe
We hiked in on a snow-packed trail and were soon surprised by a rabbit hunter with baying hounds in the distance. Despite a recent warm spell, the beaver swamp ahead of us was frozen solid, and thus easily crossed to the mountain. Off-trail much of the snow had melted. We enjoyed excellent views of many snow-capped peaks from the summit ledges.
L-R: TL Eileen Wheeler, John Omohundro, Susan Omohundro, Marianne Hebert, John Barron.
Photo: hiker from another party.
March 27 - Spring Road Walk near the Grasse River
Walking a section of the Tooley Pond Road near Degrasse, we enjoyed views of the waterfalls and rapids of the the South Branch of the Grasse River.
L-R at Twin Falls: Charles & Lila Hunnewell, Kathy Colarusso, TL Tom Ortmeyer, Joe Colarusso, Marianne Hebert
Photo: John Barron.