Chair Archive


Apr 1, 2018

John Barron

In February the chapter lost one of its founding members when Betty Peckham passed away. Betty was a member from the very start to the end of her life. Along the way she served in many capacities in the Laurentian Chapter, and also as President of the Adirondack Mountain Club. Those of us who had the pleasure to meet Betty will miss her and remember her with fondness. Donations to the ADK in her memory would be very welcome and something Betty would appreciate. They can be made by mail at:

Director of Development
Adirondack Mountain Club
814 Goggins Road
Lake George, NY 12845

or on-line at the Club’s web site. Be sure to specify that a donation is in memory of Betty Peckham. The chapter itself has made such a donation.

An all-Club outing is taking place in our region this year. Tom Ortmeyer, with some assistance from me, is organizing the first annual ADK Cycle Outing, based on the model of the annual summer Paddle Outing. Cycle Outing, running from June 10-15, will be based out of Clarkson University, and will rely largely on the participants themselves to lead the trips. That said, we’d very much like to have a few local cycling enthusiasts who would like to lead one of the trips. If you might be interested, contact Tom or me.

The Laurentian Chapter played a major role in fundraising to produce the Jamieson Fund in memory of Paul Jamieson, well-known author and paddler who passed away in 2005. The Fund is managed by the ADK Main Club, in consultation with the chapter. It has been decided that now is an appropriate time to use the Fund in a way that would commemorate Paul and his interests in paddling and the outdoors. Some possibilities being considered involve trails and portages near Cranberry Lake and Wanakena, and also in the Grasse River Conservation Easements. The details are still being developed.

Our annual Spring Pot Luck is being held on Sunday, April 8, a week or two earlier than usual this year to enable Brian Hoody to be our guest speaker. Brian, who is President of the Adirondack 46ers, will describe how the 46ers are coping with the huge increase in hiking in the High Peaks.