The public is invited on all trips unless otherwise indicated.
Questions about outings? Contact Marianne Hebert, Vice-Chair - Outings
January - March, 2015
Cross Country Skiing for Beginners, Jan 3 2015
A snowstorm on New Year’s Day had deposited a layer of excellent fresh powder snow. A disconnect in borrowing ski equipment led to two participants’ snowshoeing instead, but they proved no slower - in fact faster - than our less-experienced companions who spent time practicing techniques. In the end all had an excellent time. We had a brief lunch at the new Higley Trails Lodge and managed to get home before another winter storm ramped up later in the afternoon.
L-R: TL John Barron, Marianne Hebert, Jeanna Matthews, Marie Fernandez de Alaiza, Mary MacKinnon.
Photo: A bystander.
Stone Valley Snowshoe, Jan 10, 2015
L-R: Jeanna Matthews, John Barron, Marianne Hebert, Marie Fernandez de Alaiza.
We had just-in-time snow for a cold clear snowshoe hike up the west side of Stone Valley. There was high water flow and lots of great scenery. We had a nice warm lunch in the Colton Library, and then headed back down the east side for a great passage through the narrows.
Photo: Tom Ortmeyer (TL).
Part 1 of the Saranac 6er Series, January 11, 2015
Diana Niland, Kevin McPhee, Brad Green, Tim Thomas, Felicia Neahr (TL).
We hiked McKenzie from the Jack Rabbit trail for the first mountain in our Saranac 6er Series. It was a beautiful, yet chilly, winter day with the sun shining. By the time we reached the summit, we were in at least single digits with the wind chill. The trail was packed and broken, and participants wore snowshoes from the beginning. Several participants changed into microspikes about halfway up the trail, as we ran into icy conditions.
Part 2 of the Saranac 6er Series, January 12, 2015
Diana Niland, Kevin McPhee, Melissa Tinklepaugh, Felica Neahr (TL).
We hiked St. Regis for the second mountain in our Saranac 6er Series. It was a warmer, overcast winter day-with temperatures in the 20’s.Unfortunately there were no views from this beautiful open summit, but the hike was still enjoyable with its gradual climb, and fantastic trail conditions.
Raquette River Snowshoe, January 17, 2015
The temperature was below zero when we began but rose to 10 above and the sky was mostly clear. We bushwhacked along the west bank of the river from Moody Falls to Jamestown Falls, then walked out to the highway. This took about 4 hours. The going was difficult because the snow was not consolidated, but the falls were gorgeous.
L-R, near Jamestown Falls: Marianne Hebert, Tom Ortmeyer, TL Susan Omohundro, Gretchen Gedroiz, TL John Omohundro, Jean Giblin, John Barron.
Photo: Bill LaRocque.
Grassy Pond Ski/Snowshoe, January 24, 2015
A perfect day to share a trail: clear blue sky, sunny, almost no wind, we found a bit of new snow over a well-packed trail through a corridor of tall pines to the lean-to above Grassy Pond, whose snowy surface sparkled in the sunshine.
L-R: Eric Jeffrey, TL Duncan Cutter, Tom Ortmeyer, Jon Montan, Rodney Wootin, Art Johnson, Dayle Pondysh.
Photo: Sally Coghlin.
Ski to the Old State Game Farm and Bald Mountain, February 4, 2015
Light snow was falling on already deep snow, temperature in the 20’s. It was easy going up the groomed mile long trail to the old game farm where the State once raised Elk. Its formerly unobstructed views to Debar, Loon and Sable mountains are largely vanishing as pioneering pines grow up in this former Meadow. It was a real workout navigating our way across eight beaver ponds and two steep ridges before reaching the ice falls coming off Baldface. We laughed at the track we came across of an otter that had tobogganed along first on top of the new snow, then dived beneath it for about ten feet before surfacing & then submerging again, leaving a tunnel pointed toward a near-by brook. Not many folds trek this territory. We found it challenging but interesting.
Left: John Barron and Rod Wootin, Baldface Mountain in background. Photo TL Duncan Cutter.
Center: TL Duncan Cutter and Rod Wootin at ice falls on the shoulder of Baldface. Photo John Barron.
Right: Dayle Pondysh, Debar Mountain in background. Photo TL Duncan Cutter.
Part 3 of the Saranac 6er Series, February 7, 2015
Diana Niland, Tim Thomas, Tom Ortmeyer, Jim Ormsbee, Felica Neahr (TL).
We hiked Scarface for the third mountain in our Saranac 6er Series. It was a beautiful, overcast winter day, with temperatures reaching approximately 15 degrees. There was minimal views along the trail, but even on the best days Scarface doesn’t offer too many views. We were very fortunate to have the trail broken out for us, as the snow is now knee-deep even when breaking trail with snowshoes.
Marble Rock, February 14, 2015
We arrived at the trailhead in a blinding snow squall, and warmed up by shovelling ourselves parking space. We set out on the trail and within 45 minutes the snow stopped, the wind moderated, and we had excellent winter weather. Later on the sun came out. The trail was unbroken, and the deep powder snow made progress slow and strenuous enough that we settled for the first loop only. There were a number of fine view points and we couldn’t have asked for better conditions. We ended the day with supper at the Stonewater Pub, a favorite.
L-R: Toni Towle and Peter Blood.
Photo: TL John Barron.
Skiing in Canton, February 22, 2015
TLs Ann & Armond Spencer, Duncan and Lois Cutter, Tom Ortmeyer, John & Susan Omohundro.
We caught a beak from the frigid weather and had a beautiful day. The Kip Trail was fun, and our trails were ready. We enjoyed the campfire, lunch, and mulled cider at the lean-to. Duncan got some great pictures. Altogether a fine day.
Snowshoe St. Regis Mt., February 28, 2015
Rob Woodin, Marie Fernandez de Alaiza, Marilyn Denesha, Paula Skiff, Tom Ortmeyer (TL).
We had a beautiful last day of February hike up St. Regis Mountain. We started out at a balmy 8 degrees, and things only got better from there. We were in 30 inches of snow with a well-packed trail, and plenty of winter scenery on the way up. On the summit, deep blue skies, nearly 20 degrees, and hardly a breeze made for a nice lunch.