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, 2016

Fri, Jan 1: New Year's Day at Clarkson Our annual New Year’s Day potluck 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 by 2:00 and continue all afternoon until dark, snacks about 4:00 PM. Clarkson asks no pets indoors. Contact Tom Wheeler, 315-386-2482 or northflow@gmail.com.

Fri, Jan 8: Rescheduled from Dec 30 Ski to Grassy Pond A 3 hour outing, with lunch at the lean-to overlooking Grassy Pond. Trail crosses the Osgood River and features a beautiful mature pine forest for about 3 miles. Meet in Nicholville at 10:00 AM or at the Hayes Brook trailhead off SH 30 at 10:45am. Contact Lois and Duncan Cutter, 315-328-4675 for further information.

Fri, Jan 8: Rescheduled from Jan 9 Night hike at Robert Moses State Park, Massena. Get a different view of the Nature Center trails by trying them after dark. Depending on the amount of snow cover, we may not even need snowshoes. 3.6 miles of trails to explore. Level 1-2. Contact: John Barron, johnbarron@sympatico.ca, 613-828-2296.

Sat, Jan 9: Rescheduled to Jan 8 Night hike at Robert Moses State Park, Massena. Get a different view of the Nature Center trails by trying them after dark. Depending on the amount of snow cover, we may not even need snowshoes. 3.6 miles of trails to explore. Level 1-2. Contact: Jeanna Matthews, jeanna.matthews@gmail.com, (315) 250-0566.

Tue, Jan 12 - Wed, Jan 13: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour View a selection of the best films of the Festival at the Bytown Cinema in Ottawa. Starts about 7 PM Tuesday. Optional supper in the Byward Market area beforehand. Option to stay overnight and go skiing on Wednesday in Gatineau Park. Participants welcome for films, skiing, or both. Contact: John Barron, johnbarron@sympatico.ca, 613-828-2296 as early as possible, preferably by December 1 so tickets can be obtained (they go fast). Members only.

Sat, Jan 16: Bear Mountain Hike (or Snowshoe) We start south from RT 3 in the Cranberry Lake region on a snowmobile trail, veer off onto a foot trail, ascend Bear Mountain, gaining nice views of Cranberry Lake, then hike out through the campground to our cars parked near the highway. A one-way trip, shuttling cars. Moderately difficult, with 7.25 miles of walking and 700 feet elevation gain. Level 3. Contact: John or Susan Omohundro, omohunjt@northnet.org, (315) 265-8365. Members only.

Sun, Jan 17: Avalanche Survival: A First-Hand Account (Outdoors-Indoors) On April 11, 2009, Dan Zucker and Tim Finocchio were about to top-out on a feature of Mt. Washington (NH) called Dodge’s Drop. The snowpack collapsed and the two were carried down an 800 foot fall. Both Zucker and Finocchio not only survived, but were able to completely debrief forest service personnel who have almost no first-hand accounts of such events (for obvious reasons). Dan’s talk will include both the details of the experience, but also details of the conditions on that fateful day and descriptions of the theory vs. practice of avalanche survival. 7 - 8 p.m. in the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room (handicapped-accessible). Refreshments will be served.

Sat, Feb 6: Cascade Mountain Cascade is known as being one of the more accessible of the 46 High Peaks, and has great views from the summit. 5 miles round trip with a 2000 foot vertical climb. Possible extension to include Porter Mountain if group desires. Strenuous. Level 5. Contact: Tom Ortmeyer, tortmeye@gmail.com, (315) 265-8219.

Sun, Feb 7: Rescheduled to Feb 28 ADK Canoe Classic "The 90-Miler" (Outdoors-Indoors) Eileen Visser will share her 8 years of experience pit crewing and paddling this tour of ADK waters from Old Forge to Saranac Lake. Every September since 1983, recreational boaters as well as racers have competed and cheered their way along early settler and guide routes through lakes, rivers and portages, enjoying the scenery, camaraderie and muscle burn along the way. 7 - 8 p.m. in the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room (handicapped-accessible). Refreshments will be served.

Sat, Feb 13: Stone Valley Snowshoe/Hike Snowshoe/hike with crampons Stone Valley’s east side trail. Meet at the trailhead at 9 a.m. for this lovely local 3 plus mile outing. The ice formations associated with the river’s numerous waterfalls should be spectacular! For those interested lunch at the Hide-Away Café in Colton will follow the outing. Level 2. Contact: Gene & Carolyn Kaczka, gckaczka@twcny.rr.com, (315) 265-4806.

Sat, Feb 13: Cancelled Haystack Mountain Snowshoe Mount Haystack is one of the Saranac Lake 6ers peaks near Lake Placid. Nice 180 degree views of Whiteface Mountain and the Saranac Lake chain. 6.6 miles round trip with 1300 foot elevation gain. Moderate pace. Level 4. Contact: Adam Gonyeau (518) 338-7207, gonyeaa196@potsdam.edu; or Eli Smith smither198@potsdam.edu, (315) 418-0693.

Sat, Feb 20: Postponed to Sun Feb 21 Snowshoe Mt. Arab This trail to the top is 1 mile long and gains about 700 feet in elevation. It is usually easier in winter than in summer! 2 miles RT. Level 2-3. Contact: Blair Madore, madorebf@potsdam.edu, (315) 261 0751.

Sun, Feb 21: Postponed from Sat Feb 20 Snowshoe Mt. Arab This trail to the top is 1 mile long and gains about 700 feet in elevation. It is usually easier in winter than in summer! 2 miles RT. Level 2-3. Contact: Blair Madore, madorebf@potsdam.edu, (315) 261 0751.

Sat, Feb 27: Updated Paul Smiths VIC Ground conditions will preclude skiing, but the weather forecast looks good. Skiing will be replaced by short hiking loops on the nature trails. Hiking boots and traction devices (e.g. microspikes) may be best, or snowshoes. Level 2-3. There will be a chili-tasting event put on by the culinary students of Paul Smiths College (nominal charge). Contact: John Barron, (613) 828-2296, johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

Sun, Feb 28: Rescheduled from Feb 7 ADK Canoe Classic "The 90-Miler" (Outdoors-Indoors) Eileen Visser will share her 8 years of experience pit crewing and paddling this tour of ADK waters from Old Forge to Saranac Lake. Every September since 1983, recreational boaters as well as racers have competed and cheered their way along early settler and guide routes through lakes, rivers and portages, enjoying the scenery, camaraderie and muscle burn along the way. 7 - 8 p.m. in the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room (handicapped-accessible). Refreshments will be served.

Sat, Mar 5: Cancelled Snowshoe up Goodman Mt. near Tupper Lake Suitable for beginner snowshoers. The trail was constructed last year and honors slain civil rights activist Andrew Goodman. There are good views of nearby Coney Mt. from the summit. 3.2 miles RT, 570 foot elevation gain. Level 2-3. Contact: Eileen & Tom Wheeler, (315) 386-2482.

Sun, Mar 13: The Surprising Aquatic Life of Bogs (Outdoors-Indoors) Bogs have weird, interesting plant life that is adapted to conditions too challenging for most terrestrial vegetation. Many bogs also include pond-size aquatic environments that are too extreme for fish, and yet other creatures seem to flourish there. Join St. Lawrence University Biologist Brad Baldwin as he discusses who these creatures are and how they seem to do what fish cannot. 7 - 8 p.m. in the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room (handicapped-accessible). Refreshments will be served.

Sat, Mar 19: Snowshoeing The Pinnacle This small mountain near Santa Clara gives a feel of the mountains for a minimal investment in driving. 5 miles RT, 500 foot elevation gain. Level 3. Contact: John Barron, johnbarron@sympatico.ca, (613) 828-2296.

Fri, Mar 25: New St. Regis Mountain & Fire Tower Moderate. We’ll hike 6.6 miles round trip to the St. Regis Mountain Fire Tower to celebrate the beginning of Spring. This will be a relaxed pace. If you’re working on Fire Towers or the Saranac 6, this mountain is on both lists. Cross posted with the Northville-Placid Trail Chapter. For more details and to sign up please contact trip leader Felicia Neahr at felicia.neahr@gmail.com or (518) 321-4956.

Sat, Mar 26: Hike or Snowshoe Wellesley Island State Park The Park’s trails offer a variety of woodland, wetlands and river view walks. Deer, birds and other critters abound. We will explore the trails and visit the Minna Anthony Common Nature Center to warm up. Bring lunch and binoculars. 3-6 miles RT depending on the will of the group. Level 2-3. Contact: Marianne Hebert, hebertm@potsdam.edu, (315-265-0756)