The public is invited on all trips unless otherwise indicated.
Questions about outings? Contact Marianne Hebert, Vice-Chair - Outings
January - March, 2014
Contact Bill Mueller about Outings
January 4 - Catamount Ski and Snowshoe
Our planned location, Higley, was closed due to extensive ice storm damage; so we substituted the trails at Catamount Lodge. We explored one of the side trails, enjoying the powder snow, sunshine, and mild temperature. Then we set out for the base of Catamount Mountain where we changed to the snowshoes we had carried and ascended to the summit. This “beginner” trip featured obstacles on the trail, a number of short hills while skiing, and a major climb. Everyone enjoyed it. Supper at the South of the Rock Inn concluded the outing.
L to R at the change point: Ellie Donaldson, Jim Clarke, Tom McCulloch, Jean Fallon, Karynn von Cramon, Marianne Hebert, Andreas and Simon von Cramon.
Photo: TL John Barron.
January 5 - Mt. Marcy
Brian Baston (TL), Tom Ortmeyer, Toni Towle and Peter Blood. This trip was originally planned for December 21, but high winds prevented the group from going up that day, and indeed another one too for the same reason! On the the third try they made it! The group left the High Peaks Information Center at 6:30am under headlamps with fairly mild temperatures for a winter climb. At about 5mi the group leader had to turn back due to leg cramps. The rest of the group continued to the summit. They experienced some windy conditions but with beautiful views, returning to the start point at 5:15pm.
January 25 - Snowshoe/Hike to Nicholville’s Hidden Treasures.
Duncan Cutter (TL). Fourteen of us explored the St. Regis corridor near Nicholville and some old-fashioned sledding at a nearby sand pit for extra fun. First, we snowshoed trails high above the river gorge to the top of Eagle Rock. We then returned to the Cutters for lunch and conversation, before heading across meadowlands and down a steep bushwack to the river, there to view Jakeway Falls encased in ice. The woods trails were rutted from the earlier ice storm and deer traffic, but the 20F temperature made it feel like a “spring” outing. We were able to observe many animal tracks with great pleasure for everyone.
February 8 - Colvin and Blake via the Ausable Club
Cindy and Mike McLean (TLs), Rob Roy, Wayne Richter. Trip changed to Sunday the 9th. Wonderful winter conditions allowed a nice ski up the Lake Road and over Lower Ausable Lake as well. The Carry Trail was unbroken fluffy powder of 1-3 feet in depth over significant ice, making the 1.1 miles up last for almost 2 1/2 hours. A mostly sunny morning allowed for wonderful views along the trail to Blake. Did not attempt Colvin due to hiker fatigue. Trip down Carry Trail quite fast, as well as a wonderful ski back down the Lake road.
February 9 - Snowshoe Downerville State Forest
Jim and Marsha Akins (TLs), Bruce Fehn, Marie Fernandez de Alaiza, Marianne Hebert. An enthusiastic group participated in a snowshoe hike in Downerville State Forest. We hiked in from the DEC access road off of the Downerville Road and joined up with the Mt. Bike trail system. The trip lasting 2 hours, was approximately 4 miles in length with a stop along the North Branch of the Grasse River.
February 15 - Snowshoeing Near Upper Saranac Lake
Fresh snow the day before and pleasant weather the day of the trip led to perfect conditions. We made the short steep climb to the summit of Panther Mountain where Simon, our youngest participant, used an erratic to practice bouldering. We all enjoyed the fast, sliding descent. Some of us went on to make a circuit of the nearby Fernow Forest Nature Trail, peaceful and quiet in the gently falling snow.
At the summit of Panther Mountain are:
Back row: Simon von Cramon
Front, L to R: Bruce Fehn, Marie Fernandez de Alaiza, Jean Giblin, Andreas & Karryn von Cramon.
Photo: TL John Barron.