Tom Ortmeyer, 315-265-8219
Yes, March is here, April is coming and I imagine you are all involved with your seed catalogs and travel brochures. While our skis and snowshoes may not be put away yet, I think everyone is ready for the warmer weather to come.
I think it is worth taking a look at club level activities for the spring and summer.
Adirondack Mountain Club recreation program activities are the popular canoe camp, held on the Paul Smiths campus in July, as well as numerous Adventure Travel trips throughout North America and the world. Both single and multiday guided trips are available in the Adirondacks - among these are a three day trip in the Santanoni Range. Adirondack Lodging and camping are available at Adirondac Loj, and Johns Brook Lodge will soon be open for the season.
For those wanting to update their mountain skills, workshops will be available on canoeing and kayaking, canoe/ kayak safety and rescue, map and compass bushwhacking skills, and wilderness first aid.
The Conservation program includes supervised volunteer trail opportunities ranging from 1 day to a full week - with locations including Cascade Mountain, Johns Brook Lodge, and Great Camp Sagamore. The volunteer summit stewards and backcountry stewards programs are available for those interested, as is the campground volunteer hosts at the Loj. Further information on these activities is available on the club website, www.adk.org. These many and varied opportunities offer Laurentian Chapter members new activities and the chance to meet some new and interesting people. You might want to include some of these in your summer plans.