The public is invited on all trips unless otherwise indicated.
Questions about outings? Contact Marianne Hebert, Vice-Chair - Outings
October - December, 2015
Paddle Debar Pond and Bushwhack to the Ledges of Baldface Mountain., Oct. 3, 2015
Trip Leader: Duncan Cutter. First, there were no takers on October 3rd. Then, the middle of the next week, Jon Montan, Rod Woodin, Lois Cutter and I sampled the paddling component. We found the boardwalk carry to the pond too decrepit to safely navigate. Instead we used the entry road to the lodge and launched from there for a circuit of the pond nestled in full fall color. We also discovered a delightful rope swing suspended from one of the many handsome white pines gracing the grounds of the lodge. The swing offered an incredible view down the length of the pond embracing Baldface, Loon, Sable and Debar mountains. Still yearning to experience the paddle and bushwhack combination, Dale Pondysh, Rod Woodin, John Barron, Paul Cutter and I seized on windy but clear weather on Oct 15th and enjoyed this classic Adirondack venture. The bushwhack started from the ledges at the far end of the pond. It was strenuous, but we were rewarded: fall color ran in all directions from our perch high atop our goal, Baldface’s cliffs.
Photo 1: On the ledge, L-R: John Barron, Dale Pondysh, Rod Woodin, TL Duncan Cutter. Photo Paul Cutter
Photo 2: Dale on the pond. Photo John Barron
Ampersand, Oct 4, 2015
We had an ideal, sunny fall day to enjoy this classic hike. We marvelled at the trail construction that has taken place since last we were here: there are extensive rock staircases now.
L-R: John Barron (TL), Tom Ortmeyer.
Photo: Unknown hiker.
Prospective Member walk at Red Sandstone Trail., Oct. 10, 2015
TL: John Omohundro. Attendees: Susan Omohundro, Randy Saumier. The turnout was small but first rate: Randy hikes, paddles, and wants to learn to snowshoe. He and I chatted as we strolled to the Parmeter quarry and back, admiring the high water from the earlier rains. That eve, Randy reported that he’d joined the Chapter.
Stone Valley Trail Work, Oct 24, 2015
A very large turnout of students, faculty, and chapter members worked on projects at the Red Sandstone Trail, Stone Valley, Little John Trail in Colton, and Azure. Photos are of the Stone Valley East River Trail reroute.
Left photo, L-R: Colin Dowd, crew leader Pete Gropp, Max Abraham, Dan Shefner, Jessie Jonasse.
Right photo: Pete Groppe tranverses the deadman.
Photos: John Barron.
Climb St. Regis Mountain, Oct 31, 2015
Canceled due to lack of participants.
Hike up Mt. Van Hoevenberg., Nov 7, 2015
It was a crisp, cool, day as three of us climbed Mt. Van Hoevenberg on November 7th. The absence of snow and generally dry trail conditions made this a very pleasant hike through woods, beneath cliffs, and up to several ledges near the summit with very nice views of the high peaks. We were able to find a location sheltered from the wind for lunch. The highlight for Tom was a brief view of a pine marten that unfortunately disappeared before the others could see it. Participants: Randy Saumier, Eileen Wheeler (TL), Tom Wheeler (TL).
EAP Leadership Course, Nov 14, 2015
Presenters John Barron, Marianne Hebert, and Mark Lowell took six students from the SUNY Potsdam Educational Affiliate Program through the steps of leading a chapter outing. Some topics were publicity and communications, screening participants, running a pre-trip meeting, organizing gear and transportation, and running the event in the field. Following an indoor session at SUNY Potsdam the participants went to Higley Flow State Park for a model hike where they took turns being leader and solved difficulties staged by the presenters.
L-R: Max Abraham, presenter Marianne Hebert, Melissa Cole, presenter Mark Lowell, Alaina Dochylo, Eli Smith, Adam Gonyeau, Neishja Ransom.
Photo: presenter John Barron.
Red Sandstone Trail Walk, Nov 15, 2015
John and Susan Omohundro (TLs). Shelley Hazen, Lila and Charles Hunnewell. We walked the Sugar Island loop. Skies were grey but calm and not cold. Many blue birches were chewed or freshly cut down by beaver. We saw numerous galls in the branches of leafless cherry trees. Along the trail, wintergreen and perhaps wild rice. The river was low, with temporary islands of sandstone rubble showing.