The public is invited on all trips unless otherwise indicated.
Questions about outings? Contact Marianne Hebert, Vice-Chair - Outings
October - December, 2016
Lows Ridge Hike, Oct 1, 2016
Four of us (Marianne Hebert, John Barthelme, and Tom and Eileen Wheeler (TL’s)) hiked the Upper Dam trail to Low’s Ridge and up to this rocky crest. The views from the summit displayed the Bog River surrounded by forests in peak autumn foliage. The Upper Dam trail displayed extensive wetlands intermixed with mature forest. We stopped at Hitchins Pond where we observed loons and bald eagles.
Lyon Mountain, Oct 8, 2016
It was a mild and partly sunny day as we drove to Lyon Mountain. The hike up the trail was pleasant but got increasingly cold and cloudy as we approached the summit which was totally socked in and had no views. However, from the summit, we took a side excursion to the southern overlook though a lovely mossy piney forest for a much deserved lunch break. Participants: Jane Subramanian, Randy Saumier, Marianne Hebert TL.
Stone Valley Trail Work Day, Oct 22, 2016
Steady rain throughout the day didn’t prevent a large turnout of students and trail maintenance advisors from accomplishing their objectives. One crew restored and improved an access trail to the rock climbing site in Snow Bowl State Forest, while the other continued constructing the trail reroute below High Terrace in Stone Valley. The reroute is a very labor intensive bench cut that goes along the steep slope next to the river rather than climbing the several sets of stairs along High Terrace. The new section of trail provides up close views of the river that hikers have not had access to in the past. Additionally, an 8’ x 12’ storage shed was constructed which will now hold the trail tools that were formerly stored in Omohumdro’s Barn.
Participants: Mark Simon (TL) trail maintainer John Omohundro, and 29 assistants.
Photo 1: Trail restoration, Snow Bowl.
Photo 2: Building a control dam at Snow Bowl.
Photo 3: Group photo - kneeling at center are organizer Mark Simon and trail maintainer John Omohundro.
Photos: John Barron.
Red Sandstone Trail Work Day, Oct 23, 2016
It was a cool day after many wet days but a bit of sunshine brightened our spirits. Joan, Danielle, Bob and Albert trimmed brush, cleared branches and noted trouble spots on the Sugar Island trails. Amy-Marie led her teammates (with a little help from Albert and me) to repair a series of bog bridges on Sugar Island. This was part of a credit bearing project for Amy-Marie’s class with instructor Mark Simon in the Wilderness Education program. It was a very successful venture for all! Special thanks to Danielle Jerry, who as a landowner, was able to give us access through the gate to deliver materials to Sugar Island.
More photos are available at www.flickr.com/photos/blomedown/29932983904/in/album-72157672122938454/ and www.flickr.com/photos/blomedown/albums/72157674316068591.
Participants: Joan Trivilino of Hannawa; Danielle Jerry and Bob Platte of Potsdam; and Albert Petrosky of Potsdam; Amy-Marie Malik, Lare’n Amster, Victoria Doody, and Shelby Kuba of SUNY Potsdam Women’s Rugby Team.
Map and Compass Class, Nov 5, 2016
Bill Lynch, Randy Saumier, John Omohundro (TL). Bayside cemetery proved to be a fine place for this. We practiced spotting some features in the landscape and plotting them on the map to determine what we were seeing. Conversely, we then selected some bearings between features on our map and then oriented ourselves as if we were going to walk to them. For our final exam: we traced a big equilateral triangle on a bushwhack, attempting to return right to our starting point.
Azure Mountain “Hike and Dine”, Nov 12, 2016
EAP Leadership Workshop, Nov 12, 2016
Wilderness Education students took part in the SUNY Potsdam SGA/Venture Outdoors - ADK Laurentian Chapter Educational Affiliate Program (EAP) Leadership Clinic. The morning was spent indoors on campus going over trip planning, publicity, and preparation. In the afternoon there was a practice hike at Higley Flow State Park in which participants took turns being leader and solving problems on the trail. Of interest was a discrepancy in labelling between the park map and the signs on the trail, which our leaders unravelled skillfully. These people are now qualified leaders in the EAP and the regular chapter and ADK outings.
L - R: Student presenter Nick Grippe, presenter Marianne Hebert, John (Jack) Rendon, Sean Kelly, Julia Biondi, Elisa Drazek, Miranda Bell, Nelson Torres, and Abbey Chimileski. Photo by presenter John Barron.
Cooper Marsh Conservation Area, Dec 3, 2016
Cool, cloudy, breezy weather a little above freezing and dry ground with no snow led to ideal conditions for a late fall tour of this artificially created wetland a short distance east of Cornwall. Some very light frozen precipitation was starting as we neared the end where we entertained ourselves by feeding a couple of handfuls of trail mix to the chickadees. We returned to Cornwall for a late lunch of exotic burgers.
L-R: Marianne Hebert, Niall Barron, TL John Barron.
Photo: Jean Giblin.
Indian Creek Nature Center, Dec 11, 2016
There was no snowshoeing, but nice hiking, then after a bowl of soup and some cornbread, we hiked the Spencer trails. A fine day.
L-R, near the John Green Memorial Overlook/Shelter at Lower Lake: Jean Giblin, TL Ann Spencer.
Photo: John Barron.
Not pictured: Armond Spencer, John Barron.