Events Archive

Outings Schedule


Vice-Chair, Outings
Marianne Hebert
315-265-0756

The public is invited on all trips unless otherwise indicated.

Please contact trip leaders before the trip

  • to check for last-minute changes, and
  • so the leaders can estimate how many people will be participating.

Please consider car-pooling and sharing the cost of gas.

Additional opportunities can be found on the ADK All-Club Outing Calendar
listing all outings from all chapters. If our chapter isn’t going there soon,
another chapter may be.

Want to lead an outing? Email or call Marianne Hebert (315-265-0756).

DifficultyAscent (ft)Miles
5. Very StrenuousOver 150010+
4. Strenuous1000-15008-10
3. Moderate500-10005-8
2. Fairly Easyto 4993-5
1. EasyMostly level1-3

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January - March, 2012

January 1 (Sunday) New Year’s Day at Clarkson. Our traditional party will take place at the Outdoor Lodge. Bring hors d’oeuvres for a simple potluck; there are no cooking facilities. People usually drift out onto the trails about mid-afternoon for an hour of hiking, snowshoeing, or skiing, depending on the weather and ground conditions. About 4 or 4:30 we’ll eat in the Lodge. Contact John Barron, (613) 828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

January 7 (Saturday) Cross-Country Ski for Beginners - Higley Flow State Park. We will take our time, explore the park, and practice herringbone on climbs, snowplow on descents, and diagonal stride on flats. Easy and short. Level 1. All welcome, especially beginners and children. Contact John Barron, (613) 828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

January 14 (Saturday) Ski Robert Moses State Park and Massena Dike Trails while Birding. We’ll ski along the river on the Richard Landing Dike Trail then through forest and meadow habitats near the former nature center at Robert Moses State Park. We'll keep an eye out for winter birds and other animal life on this ski of about 5 miles. Joint outing with NNY Audubon. Level 2, fairly easy. Contact Eileen Wheeler at 386-2482 or eiwheeler@yahoo.com.

January 15 (Sunday) Wright Peak. A winter high peak climb from the ADK Loj with beautiful views of the other peaks. 7 miles RT, 2400 ft elevation gain. Level 5, very strenuous, about 8 hrs. Minimum micro spikes/crampons & snowshoes. Contact Brian Baston (315) 600-1282, brian.b.goode@gmail.com.

January 21 (Saturday) Ski/Snowshoe to Grassy Pond. We will ski/hike a 3-mile round trip scenic undulating forest trail into the well-kept Grassy Pond lean-to from the Hays Brook trailhead near Paul Smiths. We will leave from our house, 28 Port Kent Road, Nicholville at 10:00, with lunch at lean-to. We will look for signs of browsing moose. Families welcome. Level 2, fairly easy. Contact Duncan or Lois Cutter, (315) 328-4675 or dcutter1@twcny.rr.com.

January 22 (Sunday) From TB Patient to Adirondack Nature Writer: The Life of Martha Reben (Outdoors-Indoors). Slide show by Betsy Tisdale. 7 pm in the Potsdam Community Room (over the police-rescue department). Refreshments will be served.

January 28 (Saturday) Ski to Hedgehog Pond. A 10-mile round trip ski to Hedgehog Pond east of Cranberry Lake, with possible extension to Hedgehog Bay. Level 4, strenuous. Contact Tom Ortmeyer at (315) 265-8219 or tortmeye@gmail.com.

February 4 (Saturday) Ski and Soup with the Spencers. Rescheduled to Feb 11 We’ll ski the SUNY Canton trails in the morning, then go for soup at the Spencers’ (bring your own sandwich) then ski the Spencers’ trails after lunch. Level 2, fairly easy. Contact Armond or Ann Spencer at (315) 379-1383 or aaspencer@verizon.net.

February 5 (Sunday) Winter Climb of Street and Nye. We’ll get an early start, and attempt to climb both. Approx. 8-1/2 miles, 2800 ft elev. gain. Potentially difficult winter mountaineering, with one (we hope frozen) stream crossing. Participants should have mountain snowshoes that have good crampons, warm waterproof boots, and appropriate winter layers to be comfortable even if we have unexpected stops. Level 5, very strenuous. Contact Toni Towle/Peter Blood (613)387-2829 or blackrapids@ripnet.com.

February 5 (Sunday) Leonard Pond Cross-country Ski and Birdwatch. We’ll ski about 5 miles round trip on a wide, level trail in mixed forest and boreal habitat keeping an eye out for finches and other winter birds. Dress warmly and bring binoculars and lunch. Joint trip with NNY Audubon. Contact Eileen Wheeler (315) 386-2482, eiwheeler@yahoo.com.

February 11 (Saturday) Hike/Snowshoe Gothics via Beaver Meadow Falls Trail. We’ll head in from the Ausable Club at 8 am. Weather and hiker conditions will determine if we return the way we entered or we could return via Armstrong and Upper Wolf Jaws or Pyramid. 11-plus miles round trip. Level 5, very strenuous. Contact Mike McLean (315) 262-2564 or mpmclean@twcny.rr.com.

February 11 (Saturday) Ski and Soup with the Spencers. Rescheduled from Feb 4 We’ll ski the SUNY Canton trails in the morning, then go for soup at the Spencers’ (bring your own sandwich) then ski the Spencers’ trails after lunch. Level 2, fairly easy. Contact Armond or Ann Spencer at (315) 379-1383 or aaspencer@verizon.net.

February 11 (Sunday)Ski/Snowshoe Brasher State Forest The Tri-Town Winter Carnival will hold its 6th annual x-country ski and snow shoe poker run in the Brasher State Forest (19,000 acres). The course is approximately 3 miles in length, very flat, and passes through some beautiful woods and a large beaver pond. This event is part of the Tri Town Winter Carnival. All participants need to purchase a 2 dollar carnival button to be eligible for prizes. The event will start between 8:30am-9:00am at the DEC Headquarters in Brasher Falls. The forest is a real hidden jewel. For more info call Mark Helmer at 389-4390.

February 12 (Sunday) Owls Head Mt. Snowshoe (Long Lake). This 6.2 mile RT climb will start out with a gradual elevation gain with a steep scramble at the top. After a climb of 1,100 vertical feet we will be treated to some great views from the fire tower of the surrounding area. Level 4, strenuous. Contact Dana Chudzinski at (315)528-3468 or chudski63@yahoo.com.

February 12 (Sunday) Rescheduled from Dec 18, 2011 - Winter Snowshoe Trek at Indian Creek Nature Center near Canton. - An easy afternoon snowshoe ramble. We’ll check for tracks and birds, and then have ’Smores by the fire. Remember to bring extra mittens for the kids. We have Íloaner” snowshoes. Jointly with Indian Creek Nature Center. Contact Ann Spencer 315-379-1383.

February 18 (Saturday) Ski to Raquette Falls. Starting at Axton Landing, not far from Tupper Lake. Estimate 9 miles RT, some short hills. Level 4. Contact John Barron (613) 828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

February 19 (Sunday) Snowshoe in Five Ponds Wilderness on Leary Trail - Abandoned after the 1995 wind storm, this trail is again navigable. If conditions allow, if we make it as far as the truck trail, we can decide whether to press deeper towards the five ponds, or go for High Falls. About 10 miles RT to truck trail over mostly gentle terrain. This area is on the northern fringe of the "lake effect" zone, and elevation is 1,500’+, so it may have good snow when our towns don’t. Level 5, very strenuous. Contact Mark Lowell, (315) 386-3945 or markl@stlawu.edu.

February 26 (Sunday) Snowshoe St. Regis Mountain. Join us on a great adventure up this “fire tower challenge” mountain with wonderful views. 6.8 mile RT with 1265 ft elevation gain. Level 3 to 4, moderately strenuous. Contact Blair Madore (315) 265- 0602 or madorebf@potsdam.edu.

February 26 (Sunday) Working in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Outdoors - Indoors). Illustrated presentation by Stephanie Solla, Clarkson junior, on her internship in summer 2011 for USGS and National Park Service. 7 pm in the Potsdam Community Room (over the police-rescue department). Refreshments will be served.

February 29 (Wednesday) Leap Day Bushwhack to unnamed mountain near Mountain Pond, Paul Smiths. We will meet at 12:30 pm; everyone should have eaten lunch before we start. We’ll be snowshoeing across Mt. Pond to reach the mountain. RT is about 2 miles. Level 2, fairly easy. It is satisfying to look at the mountain when driving north and say to yourself, “I was up there.” Afterwards, dinner at Paul Smiths College or Dawn's in St. Regis Falls. Contact Carol LaDue (rladue2@twcny.rr.com) or Geri Ames (geriames@gmail.com).

March 3 (Saturday) - Azure Mountain Snowshoe. A climb up nearby Azure Mountain (2 miles RT & almost 1,000 foot elevation gain) is a winter delight for novice or expert alike. Come join in the fun! Level 2, fairly easy. Contact Gene and Carolyn Kaczka, (315) 265-4806 or gckaczka@twcny.rr.com.

March 10 (Saturday) Skiing in Gatineau Park. On well-maintained, trackset trails a short distance north of Ottawa. Possibly Meech Lake to the fire tower, as conditions dictate. Confidence on moderately steep hills required. 15 miles RT, 1000 ft elevation gain, level 4, strenuous. Contact John Barron (613) 828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

March 11 (Sunday) McKenzie Mt. Snowshoe / Hike. Rescheduled to Sun Mar 25 We will be using the trailhead on Whiteface Inn Rd. for this 7.2 mile RT snowshoe.After a climb of 1,940 vertical feet we hope to have some great 360-degree views achieved at two different ledges with 180-degree views. Level 4-5, strenuous to very strenuous. Contact Dana Chudzinski at (315)528-3468 or at chudski63@yahoo.com.

March 18 (Sunday) Exo-Planets and Aliens (Outdoors - Indoors). Jeff Miller, professor of astronomy at St. Lawrence University, on new discoveries made possible by the latest high-powered telescopes. 7 pm in the Potsdam Community Room (over the police-rescue department). Refreshments will be served.

March 25 (Sunday) McKenzie Mt. Snowshoe / Hike. Rescheduled from Sun Mar 11 We will be using the trailhead on Whiteface Inn Rd. for this 7.2 mile RT snowshoe.After a climb of 1,940 vertical feet we hope to have some great 360-degree views achieved at two different ledges with 180-degree views. Level 4-5, strenuous to very strenuous. Contact Dana Chudzinski at (315)528-3468 or at chudski63@yahoo.com.