The public is invited on all trips unless otherwise indicated.
Questions about outings? Contact Marianne Hebert, Vice-Chair - Outings
October - December, 2014
Contact Bill Mueller about Outings
Saturday October 11 - Essex Chain Lakes Paddle
Dick Mooers (TL), Claire Pospisil, Ellie Menz, Frank Fisher, Gretchen Gedroiz. Laurentian Chapter’s first exploration of the small lakes of this new Primitive Area was made by on a cool, cloudy bright fall day with mirror smooth water, very little other boat traffic and still lovely color in the trees. We paddled with the loons on six of the eight numbered lakes plus Deer Pond, driving 190 miles round trip from Potsdam, carrying 1.5 miles in four easy-to-wheel carries and paddling about 8.5 miles. The carries were mostly over good dirt roads that see little or no vehicular traffic. Short sections of rough trail connect the roads to the lakeshore landings that are more suitable for canoes than kayaks. This recent state acquisition is very good for day trips but would be excellent for short camping trips with ultra light canoes. Once on Third Lake there is a lot to explore without carrying, including a passage through a culvert between Fourth and Fifth Lakes. Deer Pond, which is often mentioned as an inconvenient short paddle to the longer carry, and which can be simply bypassed by road carry, is well worth inspection if only for the unique water level rock pillars and caves on the south shore. We saw several common mergansers in two groups, a number of common loons including nearly half a dozen second brood juveniles that we worried might not develop enough to fly south, as well as belted kingfisher and great blue heron.
Sunday October 12 - Hoffman Notch
Sunny weather and bright fall leaves. Although this route is a maintained DEC trail, it receives so little use that following it needed concentration and encouraged us to pay attention to the terrain. Good views upward at several high ridges. The narrow exit between extremely steep slopes on both sides showed how the Notch got its name. An adventure. Supper at the Adirondack Hotel in Long Lake on the way home.
L-R: Marianne Hebert, TL John Barron.
Photo: Brian Baston.
Sunday October 19 - Cycling the Amish Loop
We delayed a day due to weather (rain), and had a dry but cold day to bicycle this loop from Rensselaer Falls through Depeyster and Heuvelton. The forecast periods of sunlight never happened, but we had a scenic and pleasant ride apart from a few brief sections where we had a head wind. We enjoyed Stewart’s famous chili in Heuvelton for our lunch break, and then headed back to Rensselaer Falls, some by car and others biking.
L-R: John Barron, Marilyn Levitan, TL Tom Ortmeyer, Jeannna Matthews.
Photo: Ann Ortmeyer (Logistics Support).
Saturday October 25 - Backcountry Trail Work
Photo 1: Most participants, in front of TL Mark Simon’s Barn (photo John Barron)
Photo 2: South Colton Rock Climbing Site Crew (L-R) Lucas Canino, Alex Frame, Kevin Valentine, crew leader Kaleb Stores, Clark Soulia, Richard Romero, Ivana De La Cruz, Julia Zakaryan, Matthew Cameron, Charlie Kalet. Not pictured, Elizabeth Taurisano. Photo John Barron.
Saturday November 1 - Leader Training Clinic, Higley Flow State Park
We started with an indoor briefing about trip planning and administrative requirements and then went to Higley Flow to run a model hike. Participants took turns being on-trail leader while we staged a series of difficulties that sometimes confront leaders. All handled them with grace and good humor. Grey, humid, cold, windy weather with snow flurries made it easy to simulate a participant in early stages of hypothermia.
L-R: Lila Hunnewell, Charles Hunnewell, Mark Lowell, TL Marianne Hebert, Michael Minthorn.
Photo: TL John Barron.
Sunday November 2 - Wild Goose Chase Ann Spencer (TL), Mary McKinnon, Lila & Charlie Hunnewell, Alison Charles, Marianne Hebert, Dick & Peggy Mooers, Jo DenBlyker, Joan Howlett, Ann Beaulieu, Marsha Akins, Laura Taylor, Armond Spencer. The 15 of us waited for the snow geese to make their grand entrance and landing on Branch Brook. We took a short walk to warm up, waiting for the display. Finally, we were not disappointed. When they came in for the night it was a sight we won’t forget.
Wednesday November 5 - Jenkins Mt. John and Susan Omohundro (TLs), Gretchen Gedroiz, Lynne Hunter, Linda Roesner, Elisabeth Craven, Barbara Hollenbeck, Maggie Mortensen. Gray clouds were scudding over as we arrived at the Black Pond parking lot, but blue skies emerged over the next couple of hours. We bushwhacked on the esker for awhile, identified the herd path that led north to Jenkins Mountain trail. Then we traipsed among the “ruin’d choirs” of beech and maple to the summit. Gazing down on Spitfire and St. Regis Lakes and across at St. Regis Mountain, we snacked in the harsh wind and descended as we had ascended. We returned along the shores to the trailhead, again under lowering skies and a rumor of raindrops.
Wednesday November 12 - Wednesday Walk in the Woods. Dick Mooers (TL), Marianne Hebert and Janet Van Wehringh. This was the final walk in the seasonal series in cool, breezy but dry fall conditions. We had fun identifying quite a few tree species, watching Chickadees, bushwhacking to a small wetland, following the old Zig-Zacker single track ski trail through the cedars, and chatting with people we met, including two from the Ogdensburg United Helpers Day Habilitation Program who had come to walk with us but were a little late arriving. One of the goals of the WWW was to see the seasonal change in the woods over several months. The contrast between the October and November walks was the greatest of all. The near total leaf drop opens the woods and invites one to explore.
Saturday November 15 - EAP Trip Leadership Course
John G. presented the concepts indoors at SUNY Potsdam, after which we ran a model hike at Higley Flow S.P. Gene led off by reserving, signing out, and driving a University van to the trailhead (real, not simulated). Then everyone took turns being on-trail leader. It was great fun and the most common negative comment in the post-exercise evaluation was the cold (but sunny) weather.
Front row, L-R: John Barron & Marianne Hebert (presenters); Julia Zakaryan, Elizabeth Taurisano, Cindy Humphrey, Hannah Racette, Geoffrey Lyman (leaders by rotation)
Back row, L-R: Nick Grippe on Adam Smith’s shoulders, Gene Gaffney, Sean Dwyer (leaders by rotation)
Photo: Lead instructor and ADK president John Gilewicz