The public is invited on all trips unless otherwise indicated.
Questions about outings? Contact Marianne Hebert, Vice-Chair - Outings
January - March, 2016
Night Hike at Robert Moses State Park, Jan 8 2016
With rain in the forecast all weekend and limited options for rescheduling, trip leader and planner Jeanna Matthews turned the trip over to John Barron to lead on Friday evening because she couldn’t attend that night. The weather and trail conditions on the new date were excellent. The trails had a different look and feel in the darkness. Ongoing construction of a new visitor center in the park caused a number of detours in the entrance driveway, parking lots, trailhead, and on the trails themselves, all of which led to an interesting and exciting short tour of the area.
L-R: Ginny and Mike Derouchie; Rosalie Phillips; Marianne Hebert; Terry Phillips; Charlene Dumas.
Photo: John Barron (Substitute TL).
Ski to Grassy Pond, Jan 8 2016
The rescheduled Grassy Pond hike/ski/ snowshoe outing featured equal numbers of hikers, skiers and snowshoers, 10 of us in all. Paul, Anne and Spencer skied ahead and had a fire to cheer us when the rest of us reached the lean-to. Some of us revisited the old (4 years ago) site of moose strippings from moosewood saplings beyond the lean-to. Heavy crust with a topping of new snow made good traveling for walkers as well as skiers or snowshoers.
Photo 1: Eileen Wheeler, Rod Wootin Armand Spencer, Paul Cutter.
Photo 2: Eileen Wheeler, TL Duncan Cutter, John Tyo, Rod Wootin, Anne Spencer, Armond Spencer.
Photo 3: Getika and Rajiv Narula.
Not pictured: Lila Hunnewell.
Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, Jan 12, 2016
Cancelled due to lack of participants.
Bear Mountain Snowshoe, Jan 16, 2016
John and Susan Omohundro, TL; Carol Edmonds, Gretchen Gedroiz, Betsy Clark. This was a hike for Stoics-in-training: undergo hardship because it makes you appreciate the times when you aren’t. It drizzled. The snow was thin, slushy, and stuck to our snowshoes. We hiked 4-plus miles but put off the summit of Bear for a nicer day. Yet, the snow was excellent for footprints. We saw grouse, snowshoe hare, deer, fisher, bobcat, fox, and otter tracks. And finished with soup at Sevey’s Corner.
Hike up Cascade and Porter, Feb 6, 2016
Tom Ortmeyer (TL) and Kelli Curran. We had good hike day weather, following a mid-week thaw. It was an enjoyable hike in microspikes with some ice on the lower levels, good conditions in the middle and a good amount of wind on the summit.
Stone Valley Snowshoe/Hike, Feb 13, 2016
cancelled due to extremely cold weather.
Haystack Mountain Snowshoe, Feb 13, 2016
cancelled due to leader conflict.
Snowshoe Mt. Arab, Feb 21, 2016
(rescheduled from Feb 20 because of weather) The rain of Saturday had given way to light snow showers. This left the trees and trail with a beautiful light dusting of snow over the slush and ice. It was wonderfully beautiful. Some of us used snowshoes and some of us used microspikes or other traction devices. The climb was mostly gentle (snow smooths out the rocks and bumps of summer) and in about 45 minutes we were at the summit. The views even part way up the firetower were stupendous. Snowcoated hills rolled on and on and in every direction punctuated by rivers and lakes of glassy ice. After numerous photos we trudged down in no time. A lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
L-R: TL Blair Madore; Logan and Tim Drake; Rebecca and Jeff Miller; Jean Giblin; Joel Foisy.
Photo: John Barron.
Paul Smiths Visitor Information Center (VIC), Feb 27, 2016
Sunny, excellent winter weather. Expecting icy conditions, we used snowshoes instead of skis. The annual chili tasting festival was taking place at the VIC, and besides excellent chili prepared by the culinary students of Paul Smiths College, there were “fat bike” demos, a ski waxing clinic, and live music. During our hike we participated in the “Gazebo Poker Run”, an orienteering challenge in which we collected a colored card from each of the VIC’s gazebos we visited (our party reached five of the seven). In the afternoon the colored cards were exchanged for playing cards and the best poker hand won a prize. Our group’s luck with the cards was bad - no prize. Aw shucks - but a great time anyway.
L-R: Marianne Hebert, Jean Fallon, Jeanna Matthews, TL John Barron.
Snowshoe Goodman Mt. near Tupper Lake, Mar 5, 2016
Cancelled due to icy trail conditions.
The Pinnacle, March 19, 2016
Sunny and cool. Not much snow depth so we didn’t need snowshoes, but we needed microspikes for the icy patches. A couple of inches of fresh powder snow created a beautiful late-winter ambience. Three hikers from the Algonquin Chapter joined us at the trailhead, and we enjoyed their company very much on the trail.
L-R: Jeanna Matthews, Marianne Hebert, Laurel Allen, Mary Ann Gour, Tom Ortmeyer, Claire Velsey.
Photo: TL John Barron.
Wellesley Island State Park Hike., Mar 26, 2016
We had a “bluebird” day exploring the great variety of trails on the island. We enjoyed awesome views of the St. Lawrence river, and experienced some of the unique features (marshes, deciduous forests, and glacial potholes) that Wellesley Island has to offer. Critters observed included white tail deer, grey squirrels, a pileated woodpecker, Canadian geese, and other waterfowl.
At the Nature Center, L-R: Armond Spencer, Jean Giblin, TL Marianne Hebert, Ann Spencer, Toni Towle, Peter Blood, Jeanna Matthews, John Barron. Photo by the Nature Center interpreter.
At The Narrows, L-R: Marianne, Peter, Toni, Armond, Ann, Jean. Photo John Barron.
View from Eel Bay Lookout: Photo Marianne Hebert.