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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Jan - Mar, 2013

January 1, 2013 - New Year’s Day at Clarkson. Our annual New Year’s Day pot luck will take place once again at the Adirondack Lodge at Clarkson University. There are no cooking facilities, so hors d’oeuvres and similar items that don’t require cooking or heating are standard. There will be short, easy walking, snowshoeing, or skiing tours on the scenic trails of the campus. Outdoor activities start mid-afternoon, snacks about 4:00 PM. Contact John Barron, (613) 828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

January 5, 2013 - Cross Country Skiing for Beginners. A couple of hours of very easy skiing on the well-groomed trails of Higley Flow State Park. Part of our Educational Affiliate Program (EAP) for students, but all are welcome. Option to go out for a late lunch at the Hide Away Cafe in Colton. If weather or snow depth are poor, contact leader anyway; we may reschedule. Contact John Barron, (613) 828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

January 12, 2013 - Phelps Mt. Winter Climb. From the ADK information center parking lot/trail, we will head into Marcy Dam. Continuing on the Van Hoevenberg and Phelps trails we will reach the summit with excellent views. About 9 miles round trip. Winter climbing gear required, snowshoes, crampons/micro spikes and suitable clothing. Level 4, Strenuous. Contact Brian Baston 315-600-1282 or brian.b.goode@gmail.com.

January 13, 2013 - Snowshoe St. Regis Mt. 6.6 miles round trip. Level of difficulty: 3 or moderate. A lovely hike to a mostly open summit with a fire tower and fine views. There is a bit of steep climbing near the summit, but the trail is mostly over easy terrain in open woods. Group size limited to eight. 9:30AM start, bring a lunch. Contact Art Boni at 613-728-7455 or primo@rogers.com.

January 19, 2013 - Snowshoe Azure Mt. This is a fairly easy 1-mile trail up to a beautifully restored summit fire tower near St. Regis Falls. Level 1-Easy but with occasional steep sections. Contact Gene & Carolyn Kaczka at (315) 265-4806 or gckaczka@twcny.rr.com.

January 24, 2013 - An Evening with Jeanne Robert Foster (Outdoors - Indoors) An Adirondack girl finds herself working with the literary elite in Boston, New York, London, and Paris. She was a model, a journalist, an editor, later a poet. Some of your fellow Adirondackers are also actors, and will read her work. 7 - 8 p.m. in the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room (handicapped-accessible). Refreshments will be served.

January 26, 2013 - Ski and lunch at the Spencers’. Cancelled - not enough snow Depending on the snow, we’ll ski at Canton College in the morning, then to the Spencers’ for lunch. Ann will make soup, bring your own sandwich. Then we’ll ski around the trails on the Spencer property. Level 2 Contact Armond Spencer at (315) 379-1383 or aaspencer@verizon.net.

February 3, 2013 - Winter Climb of Esther and Whiteface Leaving from the Adirondack Science Research Center, we’ll attempt to climb both Esther and Whiteface. Approx. 11 miles round trip, 3500’ elev. gain. Strenuous, potentially difficult winter mountaineering. Both back country snowshoes and crampons are required. Participants should have some experience climbing the high peaks in summer as well as some extended winter daytrip experience. Level 5, Very Strenuous. Contact Toni Towle/Peter Blood at 613-387-2829 or blackrapids@ripnet.com.

February 9, 2013 - Stone Valley Snowshoe. Rescheduled to Sun Feb 24 We’ll start at the north end of the valley and snowshoe up to Colton, and then back on the other side. Mid-morning start, bring a lunch. 7 miles round trip, with some steep spots. Moderate. Contact Tom Ortmeyer at (315) 265-8219 or tortmeye@twcny.rr.com.

February 16, 2013 - Skiing, Wanakena to High Rock. Easy terrain - almost flat - but long and remote. 8 miles RT, Level 3-4. Optional supper afterward, possibly at the Pine Cone. Contact John Barron, (613) 828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

February 17, 2013 - Snowshoe to Avalanche Lake. Cancelled due to severe wind chill forecast ~10 miles round trip, 1,500’ elevation gain, All day. The grades are mostly easy to moderate, leading to what may be the most scenic spot in the Adirondacks without climbing a peak. If time and conditions allow, we could continue on to Lake Colden, a 2 mile round trip, 300’ add-on. Level 4-5 Strenuous to Very Strenuous. Contact Mark Lowell (315) 386-3945 or markl@stlawu.edu.

February 23, 2013 - Great Camp Santanoni. 10 miles round trip over mostly flat ground. We’ll ski this classic route to the Great Camp where we’ll cook a hot lunch on our backpacking stove. Level 4, strenuous, for length and remoteness. Contact Blair Madore at (315) 265 0602 or email madorebf@potsdam.edu.

Sunday February 24, 2013 - Stone Valley Snowshoe. Rescheduled from February 9 We’ll start at the north end of the valley and snowshoe up to Colton, and then back on the other side. Mid-morning start, bring a lunch. 7 miles round trip, with some steep spots. Moderate. Contact Tom Ortmeyer at (315) 265-8219 or tortmeye@twcny.rr.com.

February 28, 2013 - Restoring the Spruce Grouse (Outdoors - Indoors) Glenn Johnson, Professor and Chair of Biology at SUNY Potsdam, will report on his plans to bring the “fool chicken” back on the newly-acquired Finch Pruyn state lands. 7 - 8 p.m. in the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room (handicapped-accessible). Refreshments will be served.

March 2, 2013 - Floodwood Mountain. We drive to the end of the Floodwood Rd. and head up the mountain through a pleasant woods to two bare rock vantage points with good views of ponds below. About 4 miles round trip. Dress in layers. Level 2, fairly easy. Contact Duncan Cutter at (315) 328 4675 or dcutter@twcny.rr.com.

March 9, 2013 - Skiing at the Paul Smiths VIC. The trails are well maintained and some are groomed. Difficulty varies but shouldn’t be too difficult or strenuous. Trail-use fee. Skis available for rent at a very favorable price. If we’re lucky there may be entertainment at the VIC. Perhaps 5 miles, minor hills, Level 3, moderate. Contact John Barron, (613) 828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

March 21, 2013 - Newfoundland Extended Outing (Outdoors - Indoors) Jeff Miller has assembled an illustrated report on this week-long outing to Blair Madore’s native region of Blow-Me-Down, western Newfoundland, and enjoyed by other chapter members. 7 - 8 p.m. in the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room (handicapped-accessible). Refreshments will be served.

March 30, 2013 - Spring Road Walk Hike Near the Grasse River We’ll celebrate the early spring mud season with an afternoon walk on quiet back roads in the upper Grasse River area. Exact location to be announced. 5-7 miles total length. Level 2, Fairly easy. Contact Tom Ortmeyer, (315) 265-8219 or tortmeye@gmail.com.

April 18, 2013 - Eagles, Hawks, and Owls (Outdoors - Indoors) Back by popular demand, Mary Beth Warburton will fill us in on how raptors have been doing in St. Lawrence County and the Adirondacks. 7 - 8 p.m. in the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room (handicapped-accessible). Refreshments will be served.