The public is invited on all trips unless otherwise indicated.
Questions about outings? Contact Marianne Hebert, Vice-Chair - Outings
April - June, 2014
Contact Bill Mueller about Outings
April 6 (Sunday) - EAP Hike to The Pinnacle
John Barron (TL), Ashley Tomei, Max Meixner, Shane Chambry.
The trip was postponed by one day because of weather. The original participants couldn’t accommodate the change and had to cancel, but a new group signed on. We didn’t have snowshoes for everyone but crossed our fingers and set out anyway. It was fine for the first mile and a half, but as it warmed we began to posthole. By the time our legs were disappearing completely in the corn snow, we decided it was time to retreat. Still an enjoyable day in the sun. We stopped to admire St. Regis Falls on the return.
April 19 (Saturday) - Tooley Pond Road Waterfalls and Hike
Tom & Eileen Wheeler (TLs), Carolyn Kaczka, Marylin Denesha, John Barron, Jean Giblin, James Griswold, Ann & Armond Spenser, Marcia Button, Rajir & Yectika Narula, Mary Jane Nichols.
A cool, cloudy April day, perfect for hiking, we experienced high water on the Grass River, spectacular falls, a lingering build-up of ice and snow in places, and a delightful climb through an early Spring woods up Tooley Pond Mt.
Another successful and fun clean-up - a bit of snow, but NO BLACK FLIES!
We have the chores down to a pleasurable routine on this annual event: Fallen trees and limbs on the Hardwood trail were cleared and the trail brushed out in prep for summer hikers, all supervised by Nature Conservancy rep Doug Munro, and policing the canoe launch, falls and parking areas for litter. After two hours the job was complete and we sat for coffee and lunch on the ledge above the falls, and to share tales of the kinds of trash discovered this year, such as a coffee maker, and enough beer cans to establish beyond any reasonable doubt preferred brands in this part of the north country.
Left: Spence steadying Paul.
Right, L to R: David Cutter, Armond Spencer, Paul Cutter, Doug Munro.
Photos: TL Duncan Cutter.
April 27 (Sunday) - Gould Lake Conservation Area
The last snow of a long winter had finally vanished. Rugged terrain as we expected. Not too much mud. Cool and cloudy. Wildlife highlights included a mallard that said “Quack!”, turkey vultures that soared overhead, a loon that dove for fish and a beaver that slapped its tail.
L to R, at Blue Lake: Marianne Hebert, Marie Fernandez de Alaiza, Michael Minthorn.
Photo: TL John Barron.
May 4 (Sunday) Clarkson Woods Wildflower Walk
Tom and Ann Ortmeyer (TLs), Marianne Hebert, Joanne Ferris.
On a slightly cool, somewhat rainy day, we toured the woods and found red trillium, spring beauties, colt’s foot, hepatica, white violet and early meadow rue in bloom, and several more varieties just waiting for a bit of sun to pop open.
May 17 (Saturday) - Trail Maintenance Day at Lampson Falls
Sunshine dispelled threatened rain for the day. The day was lovely and the falls awe-inspiring! The trail along the Grasse River below the falls showed the effects of winter’s wrath, as we encountered numerous downed tree limbs blocking the trail. Our three hand saws got quite a workout. But the trail to the old bridge site is now open again. Of the four trail bridges built by the chapter in 2010, three remain in place. This most satisfying day culminated in ice cream cones from Stewarts.
L to R, at the falls: Niall Barron, Jean Giblin, TL Gene Kaczka, John Barron.
Photo: TL Carolyn Kaczka.
May 24 (Saturday) - Algonquin and Iroquois
This was a strenuous and exciting trip. The weather was mostly very good - sunny and cool, but there were wildly changing clouds all around us, and squalls kept sweeping through, one of which briefly drenched us on Algonquin. The new boardwalks are a marvel. We got new perspectives on many peaks, and several of us added one or two peaks to their climbing lists.
At the summit of Iroquois with Algonquin in the background are
L to R: Edward Walker; Marie Fernandez de Alaiza; Christian (holding Simon), Karynn, and Andreas von Cramon; Sean Ellison.
Not pictured: Marianne Hebert.
Photo: TL John Barron.
May 30 - June 1 (Friday - Sunday) - ADK Spring Outing at Cazenovia College
We counted at least eight participants from the Laurentian Region, and there was a very good turnout overall. The weather was ideal. The campus of Cazenovia College is beautiful, and the food was excellent. Entertainment included a Friday evening slide presentation about climbing the Seven Summits and Saturday evening dancing to the music of a local band. There was a wide selection of outings in hiking, paddling, and cycling.
On Erie Canal towpath: Far left, TL John Lang of the hosting Onondaga Chapter. Second from right, Tom Ortmeyer.
Photo: John Barron.
June 14 (Saturday) - Biking the New Stone Valley Mountain Bike Trail
Eleven eager riders came out for the ADK Beginner-Intermediate Mt. Bike Ride of Lenny’s Loops at Stone Valley. The 2.5 mile trail that winds through a mostly pine forest was designed by ADK member and Saint Lawrence Mountain Bike trail coordinator, Ben Yandeau. Even after a heavy rain that measured nearly 4 inches of rain, the trail rode amazingly well, thanks to a well thought out design that allows for proper water run off.
L to R: Bailey Bohl, Gaetan Foisy, TL Jim Akins, Eric Boldt, Eric Hewitson, Doug Bohl, Ron Morrow, Scott Boldt.
Not pictured: Robert & Roberta Dowman.
Photo: Phil Bridgeman.
June 21 (Saturday) - Cycling Quebec’s Route Verte
L to R beside the Soulange Canal: Tom Ortmeyer, Toni Towle, Peter Blood, Marilyn Levitan.
We had perfect weather - clear and cool. Our route followed a lightly-travelled residential street along the St. Lawrence and long stretches of an excellently maintained bike path along the historic Soulange Canal. There were attractive parks, broad views of Lake St. Louis near Montreal, and even distant views of the northern Adirondacks.
Photo: TL John Barron.
June 29 (Sunday) Mt Marshall
Dana Chudzinski (TL), Marrianne Hebert, Brenda Bennette, Edward Walker, Marie Fernandez de Alaiza. The climb started from the Upper Works trailhead, heading down the Calamity Brook trail shortly after 8:00 a.m. under skies that remained clear all day. At the foot of Marshall the real climbing began. A few sections of “trail” were a little tricky to follow, but we got to the summit and were rewarded by a great view from a sidetrail just shy of summit. Long day, great day, great group.