The public is invited on all trips unless otherwise indicated.
Questions about outings? Contact Marianne Hebert, Vice-Chair - Outings
October - December, 2011
Contact Bill Mueller about Outings
October 1 (Saturday) Marcy Dam Trail Maintenance
Fall Trails Day was particularly important this year due to Hurricane Irene’s damage in the High Peaks. Our group included three members of Clarkson’s Outings Club. We did two trail reroutes on Marcy Brook above Marcy Dam. The reroutes had been brushed out and marked, and our job was to harden the trail with gravel and rocks.
L-R: Pete (DEC Marcy Dam backcountry steward), Stephanie Solla, Dick Mooers, Debbie & Mike White, Andrew Cassier, Tom Ortmeyer (TL), Brian Baston, Sawyer Sutton, Gardner Bayless.
Photo: Unknown hiker.
October 8 (Saturday) Bicycle St. Lawrence River
Tom Ortmeyer (TL), Tom McCullough, Marilyn Levitan, John Barron. We started at the St. Lawrence State Park Golf Course above Ogdensburg, followed a back road route upstream, including a short ride along Rte 12 to Jacques Cartier Park. We took scenic River Road east into Morristown, and then Rte 37 back to complete our 23 mile loop.
October 9 (Sunday) Dix
A fine fall climbing day. The trailhead had quite a few cars already, suggesting plenty of company on the trail. On the summit we were treated to some of the best views I have ever seen. A challenging, worthwhile climb.
L-R: Tracey Sloan, TL Dana Chudzinski, Brian Baston.
Photo: Unknown hiker from another party.
October 15 (Saturday) Red Sandstone Trail Workday
John & Susan Omohundro (TLs), David Trithart, Armond Spencer, Ron Johnson, and five Canton College students: Derek Caldwell, Aaron Follman, Andrew Baker, Gabrielle Didas, & Tyler Morse. The rain held off until we were walking out. We built stone steps, side-cut, weed-whacked the railroad bed, and removed blowdown on Sugar Island.
SUNY Canton Outings Club members Derek Caldwell, Gabrielle Didas, Bob Kay, Alyssa Baker, Shannon Harries, Melissa Cummins, Jake Saltsman, & their advisor Jim Sheppard joined chapter members to clear brush for a new canoe landing on the Racquette River above Moody Falls. The site plan developed by Blair Madore and DEC officer John Wood with landowner Lyme Timber includes a primitive boat launch. Road access to the site and a small parking area will be developed next year, and a ceremonial opening is anticipated for July 2012.
Tree trimming (l-r): Melissa Cummins, Derek Caldwell, Armond Spencer. Photo John Barron.
Group Photo (l-r): Patricia Jenkins, Gloria Raymond, Dale Raymond, Jim Sheppard, Jake Saltsman, Melissa Cummins, Bob Kay, Shannon Harries, Alyssa Baker, Derek Caldwell, Armond Spencer, Gabbie Didas, TL Blair Madore. Photo John Barron.
October 21-23 (Friday-Monday) Stone Valley Trail Maintenance
About two dozen volunteers from the Laurentian Chapter, the St. Lawrence Mountain Bike Association, several colleges including large delegations from SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton, and others took part in a wide-ranging set of improvements to the Stone Valley trail system. Projects included trail reroutes on the O’Malley Brook Overlook Trail and the West Side River Trail; installation of chicken wire to improve traction on some bridges; installation and repair of trail registers; trash collection along the Lenny Road; and an erosion control project to stabilize and remediate hillside damage from logging operations.
For an account of the weekend, along with recent events and upcoming plans for Stone Valley, read John Barron’s essay, Stone Valley Trail Maintenance a Mammoth Undertaking.
Back row, L-R: Chad Crosby, Bob Dowman, Cory Howitt, Mike Yunhke, Ryan Arno, Larry McGory, Trisha Pielink, Jim Williams, Chris Deck.
Front row, L-R: Ben Yandeau, TL Mark Simon.
Photo: John Barron.
October 29 (Saturday) Rock Dunder
We had fine cool fall weather, and surprisingly good fall colors for so late in the season, for our circuit of this loop trail overlooking Ontario’s Rideau Waterway. Some of us also made a walking tour of the nearby Jones Falls lock station of the Rideau Canal.
L-R: Ann Ortmeyer, Lila Hunnewell, Peter Blood, Charles Hunnewell, Toni Towle, LeAnne, Clare, Max, & Kim Kinlin, Tom Ortmeyer.
Photo: TL John Barron.
November 13 (Sunday) Black Pond Loop Hike
We appreciated the late-season warmth and sunshine as we took in the scenery and made leisurely stops at the leantos. Bonus: a short abortive bushwhack in search of Deer Pond.
L-R: L-R: John Barron, Armond Spencer, Jeff & Rebecca Miller, Ellie Menz, TLs Susan & John Omohundro.
Photo: Ann Spencer.
November 20 (Sunday) Lyon Mt. Climb
Dana Chudzinski (TL), Marsha & James Akins, Brian Baston, Carolyn Kazcka, Aimee Marciniak, John Barron. Started out overcast with soon a steady light rain. The newly-constructed trail was in great shape. To say it was windy would be the understatement of the year. A couple of brave souls climbed the tower.
December 10, 2011 (Saturday) Hike at Higley Flow State Park
Blair & Cole Madore (TLs), Jeff & Rebecca Miller, Andrew & Daniel Chichester, Mija Yang, Jaeyoon & Jeehym Lee; Cherie, David, Gwyneth & Julian Heuser; Kathy Ptolemy; Dave, Michael & Marie Amele; Geri Ames. A few inches of fresh snow were not enough for snowshoes but was certainly enough to impress us all with nature’s beauty on this late afternoon hike. We walked the Warm Brook Trail then returned to the Warm Brook Lean-To for a cookout. This year (unlike last year) we had a great fire and adults and kids alike enjoyed hot chocolate, hotdogs and s’mores. The walk out in the dark was easy even without a flashlight as the full moon was bright enough on the snow. It was a real treat to see so many young people out enjoying the park together.