Chair Archive


Chair’s Report

January, 2013

Chair John Barron

Preparations are well underway for the all-club Spring Outing 2013 that our chapter will be hosting June 14-16. There will be accommodation in residence halls at SUNY Potsdam for out-of-town guests and supper available for everyone (a Friday barbecue in Lehman Park, a Saturday buffet banquet in Thatcher Hall). Jamie Savage will perform folk songs for us on Friday, and later in the evening Jeff Miller will present a planetarium show. Saturday Dan Duggan, Dan Berggren, and Peggy Lynn will entertain us with Adirondack songs in Snell Hall. We have thirty outdoor trips planned, in all activities, at all levels of difficulty, and for all ages. Everyone is welcome including non-members. All participants must register, for $25 ($10 for trip leaders). All other costs associated with the weekend are optional. For information check the ADK web site,, and click your way to Seasonal Outings and then Spring Outing.

Our Educational Affiliate Program (EAP) is up and running. We have eleven EAP student members. We’ve run an EAP introductory hike in Stone Valley in September, followed by a trail maintenance weekend, also in Stone Valley; an all-club College Weekend based at the Adirondak Loj in October; and a map and compass course in Higley Flow in November. The Stone Valley trail maintenance weekend attracted a large turnout of students and others (see Backtracks).

Our fall pot luck and annual meeting was very well attended. We thank our nominating committee of Marianne Hebert, Dick Mooers, and Duncan Cutter for proposing a stellar slate of candidates for officers, which received unanimous approval (see the biographies elsewhere in this issue). It was a pleasure to have among us Keith Bollt and Gaetan Foisy, whom the chapter sponsored to take part in the ADK High School Volunteer Trails program. They gave us an account of life in camp and of the work done reconstructing the trails near Big Slide in the High Peaks. Mary Coffin of the Onondaga Chapter gave us a lively and informative presentation about the North Country National Scenic Trail.

Congratulations to Brian Baston, who completed the 46 High Peaks on Basin in September.