Events Archive

January - March, 2006

Sunday, January 1 Annual New Year's Day Potluck and Outing As is our tradition, we will be gathering on New Yearís Day for a combined ski/snowshoe outing and potluck. Meet at Outdoor Lodge on the Clarkson campus, and ski or showshoe the trails behind the lodge. This will be followed by a potluck. Plan to arrive in the early afternoon, and eat around 4. For information, email or call Tom Ortmeyer, 265-8219. No kitchen facilities, electric outlets only. Members only.

Saturday, January 7 Cascade Mountain. 4.8 mile RT with 1900 feet of elevation gain. A nice "get in shape for winter mountains" hike. Level 4-5. Contact Tom Wheeler at 265-2013 or for details.

Sunday, January 15 (originally scheduled for Sat, Jan 14). Snowshoe Owls Head (Near Long Lake). 6.2 mile RT with 1150 feet of ascent. Hope to climb the refurbished fire tower. 8:30 Start. Level 3. Leaders: Carolyn & Gene Kaczka, 265-4806 or

Saturday, January 21 Ski at Higley Flow State Park Easy to intermediate morning ski at the park. Level 2-3. For details, contact Kathie & Gordon Batson at 265-8491 or

Saturday, January 21 Big Slide Loop from the Garden (Joint with Glen Falls- Saratoga Chapter) With an 8 AM start from the Garden Trailhead in Keene Valley , weíll head into Johnís Brook Lodge and debate along the way whether (weather) to climb up via Slide Brook trail or Via Klondike Notch Trail and climb Yard Mountain as well. Return via the Brothers trail. A relaxed pace. Level 5. Leader: Mike McLean 262-2564,

Saturday, January 28 Phelps Mountain 8.8 miles RT with 1982 feet of elevation gain. Snowshoes and crampons required. Level 5. Leaders: Lyle Montgomery, 394-0121, & Nancy Skiff, 393-7507,

Sunday, January 29 Outdoors-Indoors: Wilderness Medicine Phil Royce, director of the Outdoor Program at SLU will instruct us how to handle many of the medical emergencies commonly faced in the back country. This will be an interactive program with hands-on techniques. Itís important information for anyone considering leading an outing or even just participating in one. 7 PM at the Potsdam Museum. For details, email or call Rose Rivezzi, 265-8117.

Saturday, February 4 Ski a trail off the Blue Mountain Road Sandy Hildreth (518) 891-1388 A fairly easy ski on an old road, approximately 5 miles. Level 2

Sunday, February 5 Ski the Jackrabbit Trail Bill Romey 268-0231 8 to 10 mile RT on this classic XC trail. Make sure to bring a lunch. Level 3.5

Friday, February 10 Moonlight Snowshoe at the Spencer’s farm Ann & Armond Spencer 379-1383 Plan to come for a potluck in the evening and we’ll head out when the moon is high enough. Level 1-2 (For members and guests only)

Saturday, February 11 Sawteeth Debra White 322-4066 We’ll park at the Ausable Club lot and ski the 3.5 miles to the lake. We’ll go up the Weld trail and down the scenic trail. About 12.5 miles RT with 2275 feet of elevation gain. Level 5

Sunday, February 12 Outdoors-Indoors: Riding the Rails in Central Asia Rose Rivezzi 265-8117 Dick and Alison Charles will share slides and tales of last spring’s scenic trip by train and car through Central Asia. Their trip started in Xi’an, China and followed the old northern Silk Road route to Istanbul. The section shown will be from Turkmenistan, through Iran, and across Turkey. 7 PM at the Potsdam Museum.

Saturday, February 18 Ski the Peavine Swamp Trails Ron Johnson 769-8241 and Nikki Coates 265-3232 The Peavine Swamp trail is near Cranberry Lake. If skied from route 3 it is 8.2 miles and rated as moderate to difficult. An alternate and shorter route to the lean-to on the trail is from the Ranger School at Wanakena. There is also the option of making this a point to point trip and spot cars at each end. Depending on ski conditions and the group’s wishes, we will decide on which route we take. Level 3-4

Saturday, February 18 Naturalist Hike (Joint with the National Audubon Society) Peter O’Shea 848-2178 and Eileen Wheeler 265-2013 Snowshoe in the Leonard Pond, Jamestown Falls area to look for animal tracks and observe wildlife. RT 3 miles. Level 1

Sunday, February 19 Snowshoe the Riverside Trail Tom and Ann Ortmeyer 265-8219 An early afternoon departure to snowshoe the Riverside Trail, on the St. Regis River above Parishville. This is a 2 mile loop with a significant stretch along the River. The trailhead is on the Sylvan Falls road 2 miles south of Parishville. Level 2

Monday, February 20 Snowshoe Round Mountain Duncan Cutter 328-4675 A continuation of Duncan’s exploration of the “smaller” mountains in the Keene Valley, a 4.6 mile RT with 1800 feet of elevation gain with grand overlooks, and a summit ‘you just don’t want to leave’. Level 4-5

Saturday, February 25 Ski from Henderson Lake to Duck Hole John Barron (613) 828-2296 Remote and very scenic trip in the western High Peaks. Partly on lakes, partly on trail with short steep sections. Carry snowshoes for a short bushwhack near the end. Plan to leave Potsdam at 07:30. Level 4-5

Sunday, February 26 Tabletop John & Susan Omohundro 265-8365 Snowshoe the 4427 foot Tabletop Mountain in the High peaks. About 10 mile RT with 2248 feet of elevation gain. Plan on an early start. Level 5. Members only.

Saturday, March 4 Snowshoe to Owen, Copperas and Winch Ponds Art Johnson 265-2619 The trailhead to these pretty little ponds is 5 miles east of Lake Placid. The hike to Winch is about 3.6 miles RT, mostly level, about two hours hiking time. That leaves time to browse in Lake Placid, or Saranac Lake or the VIC at Paul Smiths. Bring a lunch. Level 2

Saturday, March 11 Ski Debar Pond and the old Elk Meadows Duncan Cutter 328-4675 Ski from Debar Pond to the Elk Meadows with about a 1 mile brushy leg in the middle. One might want snowshoes for this part. Level 4

Saturday, March 18 Snowshoe Mount Van Hoevenberg Eileen Wheeler 265-2013 4.4 miles RT to the summit 740 feet elevation gain. Level 3

Saturday, March 25 Ski to Lake Lila Ann & Armond Spencer 379-1383 One of Ann’s favorite ski trips (when the weather is right) 11.5 mile RT on the Charley Pond Road. When conditions are right, the skiing is easy. Level 4

Sunday, March 26 Outdoors-Indoors: The World of Martha Reben Rose Rivezzi 265-8117 Betsy Tisdale with present a slide talk about her research into the amazing life of Adirondack author, Martha Reben, a tubercular patient originally from New York City, who wrote several books including “The Healing Woods” and found health and much more while camping on Weller Pond. 7 PM Potsdam Museum