The public is invited on all trips unless otherwise indicated.
Questions about outings? Contact Marianne Hebert, Vice-Chair - Outings
January - March, 2013
Contact Bill Mueller about Outings
January 1 (Tuesday) New Year’s Day at Clarkson
Huge recent snowfalls and crisp, sunny winter weather produced the best conditions in several years for exploring the trails. About thirty or so took part. Some spent an hour or so outside on skis or snowshoes, while others simply enjoyed the pot luck party of simple snacks at the Adirondack Lodge.
January 5 (Saturday) Higley Flow Ski
Ideal snow conditions and pleasant, sunny winter weather created a perfect day for skiing the well-groomed trails of Higley. Some participants were on skis for the first time, and after an hour or two’s practice had already learned the techniques needed to ski in varying terrain. We then enjoyed lunch indoors at the Hide Away Cafe in Colton.
L to R: Louis Tremaine, Pat Alden, TL John Barron, Mona Torabi, Michele LaPointe, Simon & Andreas von Cramon, Tom Ortmeyer.
Photo: Hamid Eisazadeh
January 6 (Sunday) Mt Arab Snowshoe
On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: six deer tracks crossing, five yards of visibility, four people hiking, three trees a-blowdown, two dogs a-resting, and a whole lotta snow in the trees!
L to R: TLs John & Susan Omohundro, MaryBeth & Joe Rosenfeld.
January 12 ( Saturday) Phelps Mt. Winter Climb
Brian Baston (TL), Toni Towle, Peter Blood, Tom Ortmeyer. Phelps is a kinder-gentler 4000+ footer snuggled up below Mt. Marcy and an easy one-day go and return from Adirondack Loj. A soft trail with some slush in places found us on a partly sunny day with beautiful views of Upper Great Range and Giant Mt from the top. With 42 degrees F at the summit, not surprising there was little snow visible on the slopes around us.
January 19 (Saturday) Snowshoe Azure Mt
Gene and Carolyn Kaczka (TLs), Tom Ortmeyer. Fresh powder 3 to 5 inches greeted us with an icy hard-packed base of perhaps a foot plus of snow. Few trail markers led to our following the faint dimples in the snow of previous climbers. We discovered that we were off trail for at least half of the ascent finding some impressive rock ledge formations never seen before. High summit winds with virtually no snow cover. This unique Azure climb was topped off with lunch at Deer Valley Trails.
February 3 (Sunday) Winter Climb of Esther and
Toni Towle, Peter Blood (TLs), Brian Baston and Tom Ortmeyer. Our group started out for Esther and Whiteface from the ASRC on a beautiful sunny day. The temperature was a bit nippy, but we soon warmed up on the steep climb to Marble Mountain. The trails were very hard packed and we made good time over to Esther, where we enjoyed a break in the warm sun before heading up to Whiteface. It had clouded over by the time we summited Whiteface, but we still had excellent views. For a change of pace we descended via the road to the tollbooth, where we had left a car.
February 9 (Sunday) Stone Valley Snowshoe
Tom Ortmeyer (TL), Kathie Colarusso, John Barron, Jeff Miller, Jonathan Durant. We had a good day and (just) enough snow overall, could have used a bit more in spots. Great views from the west side going up, with lunch at the gazebo in Colton. The stretches right on the river on the east side were even better, and the hills were a bit of a challenge.
February 16 (Saturday) Skiing, Wanakena to High Rock
The conditions could not have been better - sunny and pleasantly cold with a blanket of deep powder snow. At our destination we met Holly and Neil Woodworth who had skied in just ahead of us. Afterwards several of us enjoyed clam chowder at the Pine Cone before leaving for home.
L to R: John & Susan Omohundro, Tom Ortmeyer, Neil & Holly Woodworth, TL John Barron.
Not pictured: Andreas, Karynn, & Simon von Cramon.
Photo: Janet Mellor.
First photo, l-r near Colton Falls: Kathie Colarusso, Jeff Miller, Jonathan Durant, TL Tom Ortmeyer. Photo John Barron
Second photo, l-r: John Barron. Photo Kathie Colarusso
March 2 (Saturday) Floodwood Mt. Snowshoe
Duncan and Lois Cutter (TLs), Kathryn Benham, Marianne Hebert, Kathy Colarusso. Lots of snow on the ready-made trail brought us up a steady, gentle rise through open hardwood forest, then an abruptly steep climb against the north face among trees delicately frosted at the upper elevation. Summit views included a number of frozen ponds that we saw on scenic Floodwood road driving in. Some of us found the mountain somewhat taller than 10 years ago, but flexible companions adjusted their pace so all enjoyed the climb.
March 9 (Saturday) Skiing at the Paul Smiths VIC
John Barron (TL), Jim Lynch. Warm sunny weather and immaculately groomed trails created excellent conditions for skiing under springlike conditions. We skied the outer perimeter “green loop”, a circuit of about six miles. Anyone who likes cross country skiing or wants to check it out should give these trails a try.
March 30 (Saturday) Spring Road Walk Hike Near
the Grasse River
Tom and Ann Ortmeyer (TLs), Marianne Hebert, Sylvia Haq, Jon Montan, Joe & Kathie Colarusso, Brian Baston, Jeff Lang, Jim Williams, Maria Hernandez, Sarah Jenack, Erica Gardner, Todd McDonald, Shawn Gillette, Greta Bellardini, Patrick Parmeter, Chris Brooks, Sean Tiernan, Britney Wilson, Adam Hicks, Eric Ashley, Stuart Rudd. We had a nice sunny day for a walk along the Tooley Pond Road. We started from Sinclair Falls, and walked past Twin Falls and Stewart Rapids for a total of nearly 6.3 miles.