The public is invited on all trips unless otherwise indicated.
Questions about outings? Contact Marianne Hebert, Vice-Chair - Outings
January - March, 2012
Contact Bill Mueller about Outings
Full trip reports will be available in April.Click photos for full-size images.
January 1 (Sunday) New Year’s Day at Clarkson
The snow coverage was very sparse - too little for either skiing or snowshoeing, so walking was the preferred way to tour the campus trails this year. A half dozen went out despite light rain showers; about 30 people enjoyed the potluck supper. Bob Beckstead of the Courier Observer came to check out the event, and his very informative article about the chapter and its activities appeared in the Watertown Daily Times a day or two later.
January 7 (Saturday) Skiing At Higley Flow
There was barely enough snow, but conditions were good and the weather was perfect - mild and sunny. About half the participants had never skied before, but they learned quickly and all had a good time. After a couple of hours exploring the park’s road network, which becomes a trail system in the winter, the group went to the Hide Away Cafe in Colton.
L-R: Debby Nikkari, Marie Moore, Marianne Hebert, Diana Gim, Sun Woo Gim, Mi Sun Kim, Jeong In Moon.
Not pictured: Cherie, David, and Julian Heuser.
Photo: TL John Barron.
January 21 (Saturday) Ski/Snowshoe to Grassy Pond
Duncan, Lois (TLs) and Paul Cutter, Deborah Nikkori, Marianne Hebert, John Tyo, Rajiv Narula, Mija Yang and 2 sons, Beth Robinson and son Simon, Richard and Susan Arens. Fourteen people of varying abilities and ages skied or snowshoed to the well-kept lean-to at Grassy Pond near Paul Smiths. There was adequate snow cover on the three miles of trails through beautiful woods, including a scenic crossing of the Osgood River. The lean-to is maintained by ADK members Sandra Hildreth and Marilyn Gillespie. There we enjoyed swapping interesting foods as we looked over the snow-covered pond. Many participants were new-comers to ADK and friendships were forged. A last-minute treat was to watch a father-son team hitch their huskies (all rescue dogs) to their sled, heading off to near-by Mountain Pond.
February 5 (Sunday) Winter Climb of Street and Nye
Toni Towle & Peter Blood (TLs), Brian Baston, Alex Terry. Hiker Alex Terry from SUNY-Potsdam was inspired by John Barron’s ADK-Laurentian presentation at his college in the fall, so decided to join us. Leaving the parking lot by 8AM we reached Indian Pass Brook which was unfrozen, but easy to cross. We summited Street Mt. around 12 PM with a reading of 12F at the summit. Nye’s summit was reached in about 20 minutes. For Brian,these are his 26th and27th high peaks on his way to 46, and the 8th and 9th for Alex.
February 11 (Saturday) Gothics & Armstrong via Beaver Meadow Falls
Mike McLean (TL), Susan Soboroff, David Charles, and Dan Scatena. We hit the trail on a much warmer than predicted day with temperatures in the teens and traction devices on our feet from the start due to glare ice. We exchanged crampons and micro-spikes for snowshoes at the large boulder a few hundred feet below the Gothics-Armstrong junction and enjoyed powder snow to the summit of Gothics. There we saw only close-up views of clouds and snow. Back at the junction we decided to throw in Armstrong as two of us had never climbed it. The views from the Armstrong summit ledge the same as from Gothics. We returned the way we came making our way back over the tricky ladders, carefully down the ice and crunched our way back to the parking lot. A nice 12 mile hike with wonderful company.
February 12 (Sunday) Owl’s Head Mt. (Long Lake)
Forecast was for cold, and it was! With traction devices on foot and snowshoes, we headed up on a well-traveled and clearly-defined trail. The grade was gradual until the last half mile or so where it became steep with some icy spots. There was much more snow here than at the trailhead, and to our delight, much more sun. Wonderful view from the summit. Could not have asked for a better day for a winter climb.
On tower: Carolyn Kaczka
Not pictured: Dana Chudzinski (TL), Tom Ortmeyer
Photo: Brian Baston
February 26 (Saturday) St. Regis Mt. Snowshoe
Blair Madore (TL), Jeff and Rebecca Miller, Mija Yang, Tom Ortmeyer, John Barron. A snowstorm in the days before the trip left us with plenty of fresh snow and a remarkably sunny day. The younger hikers headed up before their elders and did most of the trail breaking. It was still arduous especially on the steep pitches. Glorious views from the summit made up for all the labor. We could easily discern Mt. Marcy, the McIntyre Range, Big Tupper, and the lakes of the St. Regis Canoe Area. On the descent we were treated to a remarkable view of Whiteface. It was a challenging but classic Adirondack trip, thoroughly enjoyed by all. For Mija, a student from Korea and a chapter member, this was her first hike on snowshoes - well done!