Event List Archive

Tue, Jan 1: New Year's Day at Clarkson University The traditional New Year’s Day party will take place at Clarkson’s Adirondack Lodge. Bring hors d’oeuvres for a simple pot luck; there are no cooking facilities. People usually drift out onto the trails about 2:00 - 2:30 PM for an hour or so of skiing, snowshoeing, or hiking depending on the weather and ground conditions. About 4:00 a pot luck party takes place at the Lodge. If questions, contact John Barron at 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

Sat, Jan 12: Ski/Snowshoe Catamount Mountain (South Colton) This small mountain offers a nice overlook of the Carry Falls Reservoir. Depending on conditions, we can ski in for the first mile, and then switch to snowshoes when the going gets steep. Colton Winterfest will be in full swing, so we have the option to visit Catamount Lodge afterwards for refreshments and to see the quilt show. 3-4 miles RT, 330 ft elevation gain. Level 2, slow pace. Contact Marianne Hebert 315-265-0756 or hebertm@potsdam.edu.

Sun, Jan 13: Robert Moses State Park A half day of easy trail activity including an hour or two each of skiing and snowshoeing. Equipment is available for rental on site. Level 1-2. Option to go out for supper afterward, timed to view this evening’s Outdoors/Indoors presentation. Contact John Barron, 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

Sun, Jan 13: Cancelled Outdoors - Indoors: Wilderness Education Leadership II - From West Elk, Colorado to Bob Marshall, Montana Follow the story of four students taking a Wilderness Leadership course with SUNY Potsdam in two remote National Wilderness Areas in Colorado and Montana. Relive their adventure as they learn to adapt to the elements, respond to chance encounters of the 4-legged, toothed variety, and face unique aspects of wildland travel. As John Rendon narrates the trip, the audience will be privy to a photo slideshow of the breathtaking Rockies scenery that students and visitors quickly become accustomed to. Potsdam Civic Center Community Room (above the police station), 7:00pm.

Fri, Jan 18 - Sun, Jan 20: ADK Winter Outing Join fellow winter enthusiasts for cross country skiing and snow shoeing at the annual ADK Tug Hill winter outing at the Mad River Club in Sandy Creek. For details, and registration, visit the Club website: www.adk.org/play/snow-sports-information/winter-outing/.

Sun, Jan 20: XC Ski to Great Camp Santanoni Join us for an ADK classic 9.8 mile roundtrip ski to the historic Great Camp Santanoni. We’ve timed this for their winter open-house so we can enjoy hot drinks and a warm fire when we arrive. Please be prepared for a full day trip (6+ hours). Call Blair Madore 315-261-0751 or madorebf@potsdam.edu.

Sat, Jan 26: Snowshoe or Ski at Paul Smith’s VIC We will explore the trails at Paul Smiths, XC ski or snow shoe depending on conditions. The Chili Ski Fest will be happening, so plan on a chili lunch indoors and options to participate in other family fun activities. Day use fees may apply. 3-4 miles, mostly flat terrain, easy pace. Level 2. Contact Marianne Hebert 315-265-0756 or hebertm@potsdam.edu.

Sat, Feb 2: Ski to High Rock This almost 8-mile round trip ski tour begins in Wanakena and follows an old truck trail to a beautiful outlook over the Oswegatchie River. The trail is mostly level and passes several pretty beaver meadows. Participants are invited to the leader’s house for hot chocolate and cookies when we return. Level 3. Contact Holly Woodworth at 315-848-2953 or hswoodworth@gmail.com.

Sat, Feb 9: Black River Trail (snowshoe, ski or hike) Beginning in Great Bend of Rt. 3, we will follow the trail to the midway point at 3.5 miles, then return. 7 miles RT. Joint outing with the Black River Chapter. Level 3, moderate pace. Contact Linda Quackenbush 516-662-5020 or lindaq04@yahoo.com.

Sat, Feb 16: Black Pond/Long Pond Snowshoe - These two ponds near Paul Smith’s offer nice esker geology and a lean-to for a mid-hike snack. It’s 2.8 miles round trip and 365 feet of up and down. Joint outing with North Woods, Members only. Inquire with John and Susan Omohundro at adknwoutings@gmail.com.

Sat, Feb 23: Ski and Snowshoe to the Pinnacle About 5 miles round trip (4 miles on skis and 1 on snowshoes) and 500 feet of elevation gain. Level 2. Contact Blair Madore at 315-261-0751 or madorebf@potsdam.edu.

Sun, Feb 24: Skiing/Snowshoeing at Summerstown Trails A half day exploration of this area near Cornwall, Ontario. Easy terrain. Equipment is available for rental on site. Level 1-2. Option to go out for supper afterward, timed to view this evening’s Outdoors/Indoors presentation. Contact John Barron, 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

Sun, Feb 24: Outdoors - Indoors: Newfoundland Wilderness Experience on the Northern Peninsula Join Laurentian Chapter members as they recount their recent trip to the Northern Peninsula where they explored mountains, fjords and the national parks of Newfoundland. Come see and hear about the geology, wildflowers, roadside gardens, whales, iceberg (one), Vikings, the spectacular views they shared and how they got “screeched in.” Potsdam Civic Center Community Room (above the police station), 7:00pm.

Sat, Mar 2: Riverside Trail Snowshoe This is an afternoon snowshoe on this 1.5-mile loop trail along the St. Regis River above Parishville. The trail is steep in spots, with a nice stretch along the river. Level 2. Contact Tom Ortmeyer, 315-244-3707 or tortmeye@gmail.com, for details.

Sat, Mar 9: Skiing in Gatineau Park Route and length will depend on weather and snow conditions. About 10 miles, Level 3-4. Contact John Barron, 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

Sun, Mar 24: Outdoors – Indoors: Walking the Shikuku, Japan 88 Temple Pilgrimage Pilgrims have walked a 1,200-kilometer Buddhist pilgrimage route around the mountainous island of Shikoku for over a thousand years. In March of 2016, Tom Van de Water and Betsy Kepes walked half of the 88-temple route. Many of the ancient temples are high in the mountains and are reached by trails and small roads. Tom and Betsy will show slides of their journey and explain why they would like to go back to Japan to finish the walk. Potsdam Civic Center Community Room (above the police station), 7:00pm.

Sun, Mar 31: Road walk on the Dean Road We will celebrate the end of winter with an afternoon walk on an unpaved Dean Road along the Middle Branch of the Grass River. Distance will be around 6 miles. Level 3. Moderate. Contact Tom Ortmeyer, 315-244-3707 or tortmeye@gmail.com.