The public is invited on all trips unless otherwise indicated.
Questions about outings? Contact Marianne Hebert, Vice-Chair - Outings
October - December, 2012
Contact Bill Mueller about Outings
October 7 (Sunday) - Wakely Mt. Marianne Hebert (TL), Joe & Kathie Colarusso, Anne & Armond Spencer, Lisa Weismiller, Brian Baston. The group had a lovely hike on a warm, slightly overcast Fall day. Leaf colors were beautiful, just slightly past peak. We started with an easy 2 mile hike to the abandoned beaver dam. The last mile was typically Adirondack--very steep with slippery slides, and the leaf cover presented plenty of challenges. We ended the day with a fine dinner at the Adirondack Hotel on Long Lake.
October 13 (Saturday) Ampersand Mt.
We climbed on a clear and cool October day, encountering a bit more snow and trail ice than anticipated. As the trip leader told a group of passing hikers, he didn’t fall but he did sit down quickly on more than one occasion. By and large we did get over these challenges to enjoy great views from the summit.
L-R: TL Tom Ortmeyer, John Wilson, Charlotte Ramsay, Brian Baston.
Not pictured: John & Susan Omohundro.
October 20-21 (Saturday-Sunday) Stone Valley Trail Maintenance
Organizer Mark Simon (front row, wearing orange vest) led about 16 volunteers from ADK Laurentian Chapter, the St. Lawrence Mountain Bike Association, SUNY Potsdam, and others spent the weekend maintaining and improving trails in Stone Valley between Hannawa Falls and Colton. Projects included trash removal from the county forest near Lenny Road, construction of stairs on the east side river trail, and improvement of mountain bike trails and the ledges loop #3 on county land. Many of the tools were donated by Brookfield Renewable Power.
Photo: John Barron.
October 27 (Saturday) - Sargent Ponds Loop Armond Spencer (TL), John & Susan Omohundro, Tom Wheeler. Undaunted by the predictions of Hurricane Sandy’s effects, we had a fine, sunny, almost perfect October day with pretty ponds and a messy lean-to. The participants did gnash a bit at the leader for the uphill road walk to complete the loop.
November 3 (Saturday) - Map and Compass Course John Barron (TL), Mike Greco. Scattered showers and wet snow flurries did not prevent us from enjoying a day practicing off-trail navigation techniques in the backcountry of Higley Flow State Park. Mike is currently taking a course in woody plant biology at SUNY Potsdam and contributed a lot in tree identification.
November 10 (Saturday) Gatineau Park Hike
We followed a stream valley route up the Eardley Escarpment to a viewpoint. Then we took a compass bearing through the woods leading past several attractive backcountry ponds. We retraced our steps to regain a path along the escarpment and followed it east to “The Yellow Box,” a spectacular and historically significant viewpoint. From there it was a steep 700-foot descent to our starting point. It was a cool, sunny day, and we saw no other hikers.
L-R: Toni Towle (left) and Peter Blood (right) on a ledge of the Eardley Escarpment.
Photo: TL John Barron.
November 18 (Sunday) Fall Pot Luck and Annual Meeting
Chapter chair John Barron presents a memento to guest speaker Mary Coffin of the Onondaga Chapter in thanks for her presentation about the North Country National Scenic Trail.
Photo: Gene Kaczka.
December 8 (Saturday) Higley Flow State Park Hike and Cookout. Blair, Margaret and Cole Madore (TLs), Jeff and Rebecca Miller, Lila and Charlie Hunnewell, Marianne Hebert, Mary Jo Whalen, Mike Keane, Andrew White. It was a soggy day, which may have kept some people away, but 10 brave souls were up for a good walk. The late afternoon mist was eerie and beautiful among the pines. On the way back to the Beaver Pond we spotted a mink, his snow white coat standing out against the rusty brown forest ground. At the Beaver Pond lean-to we had a great fire, shared snacks and roasted sausages, the walk out in the dark illuminated by flashlight.
December 9 (Sunday) Loon Lake Mountain Climb
We popped out above the clouds and sat beside the fire tower for our lunch. The peaks of mountains around us looked like islands in a foamy sea. A thin layer of snow obliged us to wear spikes. We checked out the new boardwalk to Grass Pond across the road from the trailhead: a paddling possibility.
L-R at the summit: TL John Omohundro, Ron Johnson, Marianne Hebert
December 22 (Saturday) Grassy Pond Ski and Snowshoe Duncan & Lois Cutter (TRs), Biwan Liu, Marianne Hebert, MiSun Kim, Dianne and Elizabeth Kim, and Lila & Charlie Hunnewell. Our first great snow found us in consensus that the roads were too treacherous to continue to Grassy Pond. So we enjoyed trails from the Cutter’s home just outside Nicholville, across treebordered meadows along and above the St. Regis River, snow-draped evergreens, a trail-side spring and a giddy view from Eagle Rock to the river 100 feet below. An hour later, lunch commenced around the Cutters’ table spiced with lively conversation and a special treat, Marianne’s oatmeal cookies with walnuts, white chocolate chips and dried cranberries.