Events Archive

Events, 2013

January 1, 2013 - New Year’s Day at Clarkson. Our annual New Year’s Day pot luck 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 mid-afternoon, snacks about 4:00 PM. Contact John Barron, (613) 828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

January 5, 2013 - Cross Country Skiing for Beginners. A couple of hours of very easy skiing on the well-groomed trails of Higley Flow State Park. Part of our Educational Affiliate Program (EAP) for students, but all are welcome. Option to go out for a late lunch at the Hide Away Cafe in Colton. If weather or snow depth are poor, contact leader anyway; we may reschedule. Contact John Barron, (613) 828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

January 12, 2013 - Phelps Mt. Winter Climb. From the ADK information center parking lot/trail, we will head into Marcy Dam. Continuing on the Van Hoevenberg and Phelps trails we will reach the summit with excellent views. About 9 miles round trip. Winter climbing gear required, snowshoes, crampons/micro spikes and suitable clothing. Level 4, Strenuous. Contact Brian Baston 315-600-1282 or brian.b.goode@gmail.com.

January 13, 2013 - Snowshoe St. Regis Mt. 6.6 miles round trip. Level of difficulty: 3 or moderate. A lovely hike to a mostly open summit with a fire tower and fine views. There is a bit of steep climbing near the summit, but the trail is mostly over easy terrain in open woods. Group size limited to eight. 9:30AM start, bring a lunch. Contact Art Boni at 613-728-7455 or primo@rogers.com.

January 19, 2013 - Snowshoe Azure Mt. This is a fairly easy 1-mile trail up to a beautifully restored summit fire tower near St. Regis Falls. Level 1-Easy but with occasional steep sections. Contact Gene & Carolyn Kaczka at (315) 265-4806 or gckaczka@twcny.rr.com.

January 24, 2013 - An Evening with Jeanne Robert Foster (Outdoors - Indoors) An Adirondack girl finds herself working with the literary elite in Boston, New York, London, and Paris. She was a model, a journalist, an editor, later a poet. Some of your fellow Adirondackers are also actors, and will read her work. 7 - 8 p.m. in the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room (handicapped-accessible). Refreshments will be served.

January 26, 2013 - Ski and lunch at the Spencers’. Cancelled - not enough snow Depending on the snow, we’ll ski at Canton College in the morning, then to the Spencers’ for lunch. Ann will make soup, bring your own sandwich. Then we’ll ski around the trails on the Spencer property. Level 2 Contact Armond Spencer at (315) 379-1383 or aaspencer@verizon.net.

February 3, 2013 - Winter Climb of Esther and Whiteface Leaving from the Adirondack Science Research Center, we’ll attempt to climb both Esther and Whiteface. Approx. 11 miles round trip, 3500’ elev. gain. Strenuous, potentially difficult winter mountaineering. Both back country snowshoes and crampons are required. Participants should have some experience climbing the high peaks in summer as well as some extended winter daytrip experience. Level 5, Very Strenuous. Contact Toni Towle/Peter Blood at 613-387-2829 or blackrapids@ripnet.com.

February 9, 2013 - Stone Valley Snowshoe. Rescheduled to Sun Feb 24 We’ll start at the north end of the valley and snowshoe up to Colton, and then back on the other side. Mid-morning start, bring a lunch. 7 miles round trip, with some steep spots. Moderate. Contact Tom Ortmeyer at (315) 265-8219 or tortmeye@twcny.rr.com.

February 16, 2013 - Skiing, Wanakena to High Rock. Easy terrain - almost flat - but long and remote. 8 miles RT, Level 3-4. Optional supper afterward, possibly at the Pine Cone. Contact John Barron, (613) 828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

February 17, 2013 - Snowshoe to Avalanche Lake. Cancelled due to severe wind chill forecast ~10 miles round trip, 1,500’ elevation gain, All day. The grades are mostly easy to moderate, leading to what may be the most scenic spot in the Adirondacks without climbing a peak. If time and conditions allow, we could continue on to Lake Colden, a 2 mile round trip, 300’ add-on. Level 4-5 Strenuous to Very Strenuous. Contact Mark Lowell (315) 386-3945 or markl@stlawu.edu.

February 23, 2013 - Great Camp Santanoni. 10 miles round trip over mostly flat ground. We’ll ski this classic route to the Great Camp where we’ll cook a hot lunch on our backpacking stove. Level 4, strenuous, for length and remoteness. Contact Blair Madore at (315) 265 0602 or email madorebf@potsdam.edu.

Sunday February 24, 2013 - Stone Valley Snowshoe. Rescheduled from February 9 We’ll start at the north end of the valley and snowshoe up to Colton, and then back on the other side. Mid-morning start, bring a lunch. 7 miles round trip, with some steep spots. Moderate. Contact Tom Ortmeyer at (315) 265-8219 or tortmeye@twcny.rr.com.

February 28, 2013 - Restoring the Spruce Grouse (Outdoors - Indoors) Glenn Johnson, Professor and Chair of Biology at SUNY Potsdam, will report on his plans to bring the “fool chicken” back on the newly-acquired Finch Pruyn state lands. 7 - 8 p.m. in the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room (handicapped-accessible). Refreshments will be served.

March 2, 2013 - Floodwood Mountain. We drive to the end of the Floodwood Rd. and head up the mountain through a pleasant woods to two bare rock vantage points with good views of ponds below. About 4 miles round trip. Dress in layers. Level 2, fairly easy. Contact Duncan Cutter at (315) 328 4675 or dcutter@twcny.rr.com.

March 9, 2013 - Skiing at the Paul Smiths VIC. The trails are well maintained and some are groomed. Difficulty varies but shouldn’t be too difficult or strenuous. Trail-use fee. Skis available for rent at a very favorable price. If we’re lucky there may be entertainment at the VIC. Perhaps 5 miles, minor hills, Level 3, moderate. Contact John Barron, (613) 828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

March 21, 2013 - Newfoundland Extended Outing (Outdoors - Indoors) Jeff Miller has assembled an illustrated report on this week-long outing to Blair Madore’s native region of Blow-Me-Down, western Newfoundland, and enjoyed by other chapter members. 7 - 8 p.m. in the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room (handicapped-accessible). Refreshments will be served.

March 30, 2013 - Spring Road Walk Hike Near the Grasse River We’ll celebrate the early spring mud season with an afternoon walk on quiet back roads in the upper Grasse River area. Exact location to be announced. 5-7 miles total length. Level 2, Fairly easy. Contact Tom Ortmeyer, (315) 265-8219 or tortmeye@gmail.com.

April 18, 2013 - Eagles, Hawks, and Owls (Outdoors - Indoors) Back by popular demand, Mary Beth Warburton will fill us in on how raptors have been doing in St. Lawrence County and the Adirondacks. 7 - 8 p.m. in the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room (handicapped-accessible). Refreshments will be served.

April 18 (Thursday) Eagles, Hawks, and Owls (Outdoors - Indoors) Back by popular demand, Mary Beth Warburton will fill us in on how raptors have been doing in St. Lawrence County and the Adirondacks. 7 - 8 p.m. in the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room (handicapped-accessible). Refreshments will be served.

April 21 (Sunday) Spring “Mud Season” Pot Luck Party Bring a dish to share and your own tableware. First Presbyterian Church, 42 Elm St., Potsdam. Arrive at 5:00 PM for supper to start at 5:30 PM. Our guest speaker Dr. Hadley Kruckzek-Aaron of SUNY Potsdam’s Department of Anthropology will tell us the story of the archaeological project at Timbucto in North Elba, Essex County. They are uncovering evidence of abolitionist settlements established prior to the Civil War. Contact John Barron at 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

April 22 (Monday) Earth Day Walk MEMBERS ONLY. In the afternoon we’ll walk to the North Tip of Sugar Island on the Red Sandstone Trail, admiring fluvia, flora and fauna. Walkers are asked to bring and read a short text to commemorate the occasion. Poetry, prose, lyrics, sacred text, famous or original. Easy: 3 miles round trip on mostly level terrain. Contact: John or Susan Omohundro at 315-265-8365 or omohunjt@northnet.org.

April 27 (Saturday) Everton Falls Cleanup We will meet at the Cutter home in Nicholville at 10:00 AM. Bring lunch and a bag to collect roadside trash at this attractive roadside park on the St. Regis River, a stone’s throw from the once-thriving but now ghost town of Everton! Contact Duncan Cutter at 315-328-4675 or dcutter1@twcny.rr.com.

April 28 (Sunday) Frontenac Park Hike a long loop starting at Kingsford Dam. Lakes, Laurentian Shield rocks, viewpoints, history. 12 miles. Level 4. In Ontario, 1.5 hours from the Ogdensburg Bridge. Contact John Barron at 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

May 4 (Saturday) Azure Mt. Trail Work and Cleanup Day Join us and learn the joys of work while enjoying the beauty on this local gem of a fire tower mountain. We’ll work the morning away, enjoy some time at the top, and then off to lunch at Deer Valley Trails. Contact: Mike McLean at 315-262-2564 or mpmclean@twcny.rr.com.

May 11 (Saturday) Coney Mountain Coney is a lovely mountain south of Tupper Lake with an open rocky summit and great views of the lake. This is a great hike for families and anyone new to mountain climbing. Level 2-Fairly Easy (2.2 mile RT, 523 ft elevation gain). Contact Marianne Hebert at 315-265-0756 or hebertm@potsdam.edu.

May 12 (Sunday) Paddle Meacham Lake to Osgood River Paddle up the outlet and across the southern end of Meacham Lake admiring Debar Mountain’s profile across the lake - optional continuation up the Osgood River to the first esker. Level 2, fairly easy. Contact Duncan Cutter at 315-328-4675 or dcutter1@twcny.rr.com.

May 18 (Saturday) Lampson Falls Clean-up Meeting mid-morning, we’ll hike into the falls to participate in the Chapter’s annual clean-up activities. Enjoying this beautiful area, we’ll walk along the Grass River for a short way and then picnic on the rock ledge looking across to the falls. A fun relaxed outing on hopefully a beautiful spring day. Contact Gene & Carolyn Kaczka at 315-265-4806 or gckaczka@twcny.rr.com.

May 18 (Saturday) Bushwack: Blue Ridge East via Stephens Pond One of the ADK Hundred Highest. We will head in on the NP Trail from Lake Durant to arrive at Stephens Pond. From there we will bushwhack approximately 2 miles to the wooded summit of Blue Ridge east. The area was relatively open woods on my prior two trips, but do come prepared for tough/thick bushwhacking. 12 miles round trip, 1700 foot elevation gain. Level 5, very strenuous. Contact Mike McLean at 315-262-2564 or mpmclean@twcny.rr.com.

May 25 (Saturday) Marcy Peak We’ll start off the summer climbing season with a bang by ascending the highest peak in the Adirondacks from the Heart Lake trailhead. We’ll be traveling at a more moderate pace, so plan on a long day of hiking. Some of us will be staying down for the 46er Spring Banquet on Sunday, where we will celebrate Brian Baston’s recognition as a new 46er. Approx 15 mi round trip distance with an elevation gain of 3500 ft. Level 5. Very Strenuous. Contact Toni Towle/Peter Blood at 613-387-2829 or blackrapids@ripnet.com.

May 26 (Sunday) Stone Valley Trail Walk We will meet at the Colton firehouse in the afternoon and walk to “the Tubs” or beyond, depending on group consensus. Bring treats to share, and water or other drinks for yourself. Wear sneakers or sturdy shoes. Level 1, easy. Contact Charlie or Lila Hunnewell at 315-854-8000 or lhunnew61@aol.com.

New May 30 (Thursday) Stone Valley Trail Work Ongoing trail work developing new trails and maintaining existing ones on county land in the Stone Valley natural area in Colton. Work begins at 5PM, continuing until sundown. Contact: Ben Yandeau at yandeau.ben@gmail.com.

June 1 (Saturday) Owl’s Head Lookout The trail includes a pleasant walk though a hardwood forest, and crosses an unnamed stream several times, requiring a bit of rock hopping. The elevation gain is moderate most of the way, with a sort steep climb at the end. Spectacular views of Giant and Rocky Peak Mountains to the south, and Hurricane Mountain to the north. Level 3/4 Moderately Strenuous (5.4 miles RT, 1300 ft elevation gain). Contact Marianne Hebert at 315-265-0756 or hebertm@potsdam.edu.

June 2 (Sunday) Afternoon paddle on Blake Falls Reservoir We’ll paddle from Raquette River Road boat launch to enjoy the scenery, with several stops along the route. Contact Tom Ortmeyer at 315-265-8219 or tortmeye@gmail.com.

New June 6 (Thursday) Stone Valley Trail Work Ongoing trail work developing new trails and maintaining existing ones on county land in the Stone Valley natural area in Colton. Work begins at 5PM, continuing until sundown. Contact: Ben Yandeau at yandeau.ben@gmail.com.

June 8 (Saturday) Cycling Cape Vincent to Alexandria Bay Including Tibbetts Point Lighthouse. With luck we’ll have a tail wind for most of the way. One way with a car shuttle. 32 miles, level 3. Contact John Barron, 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

New June 13 (Thursday) Stone Valley Trail Work Ongoing trail work developing new trails and maintaining existing ones on county land in the Stone Valley natural area in Colton. Work begins at 5PM, continuing until sundown. Contact: Ben Yandeau at yandeau.ben@gmail.com.

June 14-16 weekend - Spring Outing Laurentian Chapter hosts all of ADK for a weekend of outdoor trips and entertainment based at SUNY Potsdam. Please visit the Spring Outing Website for details.

New June 20 (Thursday) Stone Valley Trail Work Ongoing trail work developing new trails and maintaining existing ones on county land in the Stone Valley natural area in Colton. Work begins at 5PM, continuing until sundown. Contact: Ben Yandeau at yandeau.ben@gmail.com.

New June 27 (Thursday) Stone Valley Trail Work Ongoing trail work developing new trails and maintaining existing ones on county land in the Stone Valley natural area in Colton. Work begins at 5PM, continuing until sundown. Contact: Ben Yandeau at yandeau.ben@gmail.com.

June 29-30 (Saturday & Sunday) Paddle South End of Indian Lake w/ option to camp. MEMBERS ONLY. Paddle 16 miles from the state boat launch at the south end of Indian Lake to Dug Mt. Brook for a short hike and return. Paddler’s choice whether to camp at Indian Lake Is. State Campground and split the distance or do a long day trip. Leader has site #47 (5 miles from launch) Friday and Saturday. For the two-day option the paddle will be 11 miles Saturday, more if the lower Jessup River is explored, and 5 on Sunday. Participants must make their own reservations for a campsite, but campsites may be shared. Limited to 12 paddled boats. Leaders: Dick Mooers assisted by Ellie Menz, contact Dick at 315-854-4186 or rmooers@twcny.rr.com.

July 1 (Monday) Tour of the Timbucto archeology site, Lake Placid This is the third year the dig is worked by Dr. Hadley Krucsek-Aaron, archaeologist, and her students from SUNY Potsdam. Dr. K-A talked about her findings at our chapter’s spring meeting. Access involves a 1.5 mi walk in on a gravel road. (rated easy). We will see the students at work and talk to Dr. K-A. If our group is interested, we could also walk the Henry’s Wood trails and/or visit the John Brown farm. Co-listed with North Woods chapter. Contact John Omohundro at 315-265-8365 or omohunjt@northnet.org. MEMBERS ONLY.

July 6 (Saturday) Algonquin Peak Climb the second highest peak in NY (5,114 ft), a little over 7 mi round trip and 3,000 foot elevation gain. The view of other high peaks is worth the effort. Bring layers/windbreaker, as it can be windy and quite cool on the summit. Also plenty of water and food. Level 5, Very Strenuous, but we will take our time. Contact Brian Baston at 315-600-1282 or brian.b.goode@gmail.com.

July 13 (Saturday) Bicycle the Sabattis Loop The ride will start from one of the scenic overlooks of Tupper Lake, and will follow Circle Road past the Sabbatis Bog and out to Little Tupper Lake. We’ll complete the loop for a trip of about 20 miles, with plenty of options for exploring as the mood strikes. Plan on a full, relaxed day. Level 3, Moderate. Contact Tom Ortmeyer, 315-265-8219, tortmeye@gmail.com.

July 20 (Saturday) “Two for One” trip to High Rock Hike one way, paddle the other, meeting for lunch at High Rock, a scenic spot overlooking the Oswegatchie River upstream from Wanakena, or if you prefer, use the same mode of travel both ways. An approximately 3-4 mile mostly level trip by either means. Level 2, fairly easy. For meeting time and place and car shuttling arrangements, contact either co-leader, Neal Burdick at 315-386-4648 or nealburdick@gmail.com, or Bill Mueller at 315-262-2952 or b-hutch-m@twcny.rr.com.

July 21 (Sunday) 1000 Islands paddle near Ivy Lea, Ontario We will put in at Ivy Lea, Ontario and paddle the St Lawrence River in the vicinity of the scenic 1000 Islands Bridge . The area is generally protected from high waves, but the main channels have a fair bit of pleasure boat traffic, so the largest waves we’re likely to encounter will be boat wakes. There may be opportunity for some fun in the slow but interesting currents that twist around the islands under the bridge. We’ll plan on lunch and a swim somewhere along the route. All participants must wear PFDs and, by coast guard regulations, must have a bailer, a buoyant heaving line, and a whistle on board and accessible. Depending on the route taken, total distance will be about 8 miles and include open water crossings of up to 1/4 mile. Level 3-4, moderate to strenuous, depending on wind conditions. Contact Toni Towle or Peter Blood 613-387-2829, blackrapids@ripnet.com.

July 27 (Saturday) Gothics via Beaver Meadow Falls At 4,736 ft, Gothics is the 10th highest of the high peaks. Known for it’s “ropes and ladders” this mountain is no game. A challenging hike at a slow but steady pace. 11.6 miles RT, elevation gain 3050 ft. Level 5, Very Strenuous. Chapter members only. Contact Marianne Hebert at 315-265-0756 or hebertm@potsdam.edu or Brian Baston at 315-600-1282 or brian.b.goode@gmail.com.

July 28 (Sunday) Cycling the Raquette River North of Potsdam We will cycle to Madrid for a peep at the Grasse, then continue on the 310 to Raymondville. From there we ascend the Raquette River to Potsdam, with very frequent views of the river including flat stretches, rapids, dams, bridges, historic structures, wetlands, and other features. We will make a brief tour of Norfolk along the way. 35 miles, level 3. A What’s All the Raquette? event. Contact John Barron at 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

August 1 (Thursday) Mountain Bike Trail Work Evening Help construct a new section in the O’Malley Brook area, near Colton. Meet on the Lenney Road near the transfer station. Email Ben Yandeau at yandeau.ben@gmail.com for meeting time and other details. Bring protective gear and bug protection. Tools will be provided.

August 3 (Saturday) Paddle Dead Creek off the Raquette.Flat water twisty route. A What’s All the Raquette? event. Fairly easy, Level 2. Contact Armond Spencer 379-1383.

August 8 (Thursday) Mountain Bike Trail Work Evening Help construct a new section in the O’Malley Brook area, near Colton. Meet on the Lenney Road near the transfer station. Email Ben Yandeau at yandeau.ben@gmail.com for meeting time and other details. Bring protective gear and bug protection. Tools will be provided.

August 10 (Saturday) Blue Ridge East Bushwhack via Dishrag Pond, #99 on the Hundred Highest (3436’) list. We will start on the new section of the NP Trail leading north from Wakely Dam until we hit the col between Metcalf and Round Top Mountains, and then head northwest to intersect Browns Brook and Dishrag Pond before heading up the wooded summit. About 12 miles round trip. I’ve never climbed on this side of Blue Ridge before, come prepared for thick bushwhacking. Level 5, very strenuous. Contact Mike McLean at 315-262-2564 or mpmclean@twcny.rr.com.

August 15 (Thursday) Mountain Bike Trail Work Evening Help construct a new section in the O’Malley Brook area, near Colton. Meet on the Lenney Road near the transfer station. Email Ben Yandeau at yandeau.ben@gmail.com for meeting time and other details. Bring protective gear and bug protection. Tools will be provided.

August 22 (Thursday) Mountain Bike Trail Work Evening Help construct a new section in the O’Malley Brook area, near Colton. Meet on the Lenney Road near the transfer station. Email Ben Yandeau at yandeau.ben@gmail.com for meeting time and other details. Bring protective gear and bug protection. Tools will be provided.

August 24 (Saturday) Climb Wright Peak from Adirondak Loj 6.8 miles round trip, 2400 foot elevation gain to the 4580 foot summit. Steep in places, and the summit can be windy. Level 5, very strenuous. Contact Tom Ortmeyer at 315-265-8219 or tortmeye@gmail.com.

August 25 (Sunday) Rock Dunder This 5 mile loop hike leading to a high point (500 feet of elevation gain) overlooking Ontario’s Rideau Waterway has been run twice and has twice received requests for a rerun. Varied terrain, interesting forest, and water views. Chance for a swim. Option to continue afterward for a short walking tour of the Jones Falls lock station of the Rideau Canal and if interested, supper at the dining room of the historic Hotel Kenney. Level 2. 1.5 hours’ drive from Ogdensburg Bridge. Contact John Barron at 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

August 29 (Thursday) Mountain Bike Trail Work Evening Help construct a new section in the O’Malley Brook area, near Colton. Meet on the Lenney Road near the transfer station. Email Ben Yandeau at yandeau.ben@gmail.com for meeting time and other details. Bring protective gear and bug protection. Tools will be provided.

September 5 (Thursday) Mountain Bike Trail Work Evening Help construct a new section in the O’Malley Brook area, near Colton. Meet on the Lenney Road near the transfer station. Email Ben Yandeau at yandeau.ben@gmail.com for meeting time and other details. Bring protective gear and bug protection. Tools will be provided.

September 7 (Saturday) Paddle Middle Saranac Lake to Lake Flower The annual “14 Miler” for sea kayakers and canoeists. Cross Middle Saranac into the river and through the hand-powered Upper Locks, through islands on Lower Saranac, down the river again to Oseetah Lake and Lake Flower and the village park take-out. Limit of ten boats. Steady 3 mph pace needed for the trip, so rated 5. If strong SW wind, will postpone to 9/15 or revise to Weller Pond from South Creek. Contact Dick Mooers at 315-854-4186 or rmooers@twcny.rr.com.

September 8 (Sunday) Street and Nye The paths to these “trailless” High Peaks have been raised to quite a good standard over the past few years, but it is still a challenging hike. There are some views available. 8 miles, 2,000 foot climb. Level 5,. Contact John Barron at 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico. ca.

September 12 (Thursday) Mountain Bike Trail Work Evening Help construct a new section in the O’Malley Brook area, near Colton. Meet on the Lenney Road near the transfer station. Email Ben Yandeau at yandeau.ben@gmail.com for meeting time and other details. Bring protective gear and bug protection. Tools will be provided.

Postponed until 2014 September 13 - 15 (Friday - Sunday) Paddle Rideau Canal, Ontario Friday, travel to and tent camp at Chaffee’s Lock. Saturday and Sunday, day trips from Chaffee’s Lock on lakes and rivers in the western and central portions of the canal system. Itinerary by consensus. Either of the full days can be done from “home$rdquo; with early start. Level 3, Moderate (6-8 miles per day; open lakes may be windy). Great detail on this UNESCO World Heritage Site at www.rideau-info.com. contact Dick Mooers at 315-854-4186 or rmooers@twcny.rr.com.

September 19 (Thursday) Mountain Bike Trail Work Evening Help construct a new section in the O’Malley Brook area, near Colton. Meet on the Lenney Road near the transfer station. Email Ben Yandeau at yandeau.ben@gmail.com for meeting time and other details. Bring protective gear and bug protection. Tools will be provided.

Sept 22 (Sunday) Mt Colden We will be getting an early start for this 12.6 mile (RT) climb with an ascent of 2535 feet.When we reach this 4714 foot summit we should be rewarded with some great views.The approach we will be using is the Lake Arnold trail. Level 5,. Contact Dana Chudzinski 315-528-3468 or chudski63@yahoo.com.

September 26 (Thursday) Mountain Bike Trail Work Evening Help construct a new section in the O’Malley Brook area, near Colton. Meet on the Lenney Road near the transfer station. Email Ben Yandeau at yandeau.ben@gmail.com for meeting time and other details. Bring protective gear and bug protection. Tools will be provided.

Wed, Oct 2: Jay Mt. Wilderness Jay Mountain’s (3600’) new 2.5 mile trail takes us to the to the ridgeline with great open views. The group can decide whether to proceed to Jay Mt. (1.5 more miles). Level 3 or 4, moderate to strenuous. Contact Duncan Cutter at 315-328-4675 or dcutter1@twcny.rr.com.

Sat, Oct 5: Ampersand Mt Ampersand offers a great view over outstanding lake country. 5.5 miles RT, 1,800 feet of gain. Level 4, strenuous. Contact John Wilson at 315-322-5821 or tresawilson@gmail.com.

Sun, Oct 6: Noonmark Mt An almost-High Peak with spectacular views of the Great Range, near St. Hubert’s. 6 miles RT, 2,200 feet of gain. Steep, but slow pace. Level 4. Contact John Barron at 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

Sat, Oct 12: New Hike to Lilypad and Long Ponds In the White Hill area near Parishville. Approximately 5 mile RT, some modest elevation gain, level 3. Contact Armond Spencer at aaspencer@verizon.net or 315-379-1383.

Sat, Oct 12: Cancelled Furnace Mt To avoid the crowds on Columbus Day weekend, we’ll climb a little mountain few know of, off the Red Tavern Road. About 6 miles RT and 900 feet elevation gain, level 3, moderate. Contact Armond Spencer at 315-379-1383.

Sun, Oct 13: Afternoon Kids Pirate Hike on Red Sandstone Trail A joint event with Nature Up North (natureupnorth.org), this 3 mile walk on mostly level ground includes a hot dog and marshmallow cook out midway along the trail (all food provided). A little known band of Pirates from the Caribbean lost their gold along this trail. Learn the legend and look for their treasure. Along the way we’ll learn about frogs, beavers, hydropower, the history of the region and much, much, more. LIMITED TO 24 participants. Contact Blair Madore at madorebf@potsdam.edu or 315-265-0602 to reserve your spot.

Sat, Oct 19: Moved to October 26 Debar Mt Hike from Meacham Lake state campground through beautiful forest, past kettle holes at gentle slopes except for the final half-mile, which is quite steep. 7.4 mile RT, with over 1600 feet of climb. Level 4, strenuous. Great views to the west. Contact David Trithart at 315-265-8117 or dtrithar@twcny.rr.com.

Sat, Oct 19: ADK Fall Trails Day Various projects in the High Peaks region, most of them accessed from the HPC at Heart Lake. Meet at the HPC at 7:30 AM. Ratings from easy to hard. Not a Laurentian Chapter outing.Information and registration form is at http://www.adk.org/page.php?pname=fall-trails-day.

Thu, Oct 24: Moved to Thursday, November 7 Malone Snow Geese Return Not just for birders. Watch a spectacular evening display as Snow Geese come back to the Salmon River for the night. We’ll plan to stop for dinner on the way home. Level 1, easy. Contact Ann Spencer 315-379-1383.

Fri, Oct 25 - Sun, Oct 27: Stone Valley Trail Work Weekend There will be many SUNY Potsdam Students involved; therefore, we are primarily in need of crew leaders who know the Stone Valley trails and/or have experience with trail maintenance and construction. Projects will include: trash clean-up, trail marking, bridge building, mountain bike trail construction, clipping brush, and trail maintenance. Please contact Mark Simon by October 14th at simonm@potsdam.edu or 315-262-2571.

Sat, Oct 26: Debar Mt Moved from October 19 Hike from Meacham Lake state campground through beautiful forest, past kettle holes at gentle slopes except for the final half-mile, which is quite steep. 7.4 mile RT, with over 1600 feet of climb. Level 4, strenuous. Great views to the west. Contact David Trithart at 315-265-8117 or dtrithar@twcny.rr.com.

Thu, Oct 31: Student Leadership Presentation at SUNY Potsdam/Wilderness Education. New The Laurentian Chapter is running an Educational Affiliate Program to attract student members to the ADK. Besides offering enjoyable outdoor trips, we are hoping to develop their skills to be outdoor leaders in the future. Many in the Wilderness Education program already have a very strong background in outdoor leadership and this presentation will showcase that fact. Students will be highlighting their expedition trips that they did this past summer. One group went to the Bob Marshall Wilderness and the other spent time in the Siamese Ponds. The public is more than welcome. 3:00 PM at 7th Floor, Raymond Hall, SUNY Potsdam. This is a college event. A chapter contact for questions is John Barron, (613) 828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

Sat, Nov 2: Bike ride on the St. Lawrence We’ll try for one last bike ride along the Saint Lawrence River, from a scenic overlook to Kring Point Park and back. The round trip total is 28 miles. There are shorter options, contact the trip leader for details: Tom Ortmeyer tortmeye@gmail.com or 315-265-8219.

Wed, Nov 6: Walk and Dinner at Paul Smiths A walk of 2-3 miles on the “green dot trails” at Paul Smiths, followed by dinner (optional) at St. Regis Cafe, on campus at Paul Smiths. The walk visits a couple of lean-tos and ponds, over rolling terrain on which it is safe to walk during hunting season. Moderate Difficulty. The restaurant requires reservations and costs $12.00 per person, so sign up 3 days before the event. MEMBERS ONLY. Contact John and Susan Omohundro 265-8365 or omohunjt@northnet.org.

Thu, Nov 7: Malone Snow Geese Return Moved from Thursday, October 24 Not just for birders. Watch a spectacular evening display as Snow Geese come back to the Salmon River for the night. We’ll plan to stop for dinner on the way home. Level 1, easy. Contact Ann Spencer 315-379-1383.

Sun, Nov 10: Annual Meeting and Fall Pot Luck First Presbyterian Church on the Park, 17 Park St., Canton. Bring a dish to share and your own tableware. Arrive at 5:00 PM for supper to start promptly at 5:30. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Bill Kirchgasser, Professor of Geology, Emeritus, SUNY Potsdam, who will present “Lines, Planes, and Curves of the Adirondacks: A Geologist’s Perspective”. Contact John Barron johnbarron@sympatico.ca or 613-828-2296.

Sat, Dec 7: Early Season Ski/Snowshoe/Hike at Higley Flow State Park Please bring your kids, their grandparents and the dog on our annual 2-3 mile romp. We’ll finish with a campfire at the Warm Brook lean-to - hotdogs, hot chocolate and marshmallows provided. Contact Blair Madore madorebf@potsdam.edu or 315-265-0602.

Sat, Dec 14: Indian Creek Snowshoe Let’s celebrate winter with an easy snowshoe or hike of about 2 miles at Indian Creek Nature Center, just outside of Rensselaer Falls. We’ll finish with s’mores and cocoa (provided). A fun event for the kids (bring extra mittens). We have snowshoes to lend. Level 1. Contact Ann Spencer 315-379-1383.

Sat, Dec 14: Whiteface Toll Road Cross Country Ski This was an annual event for the chapter for many years. Whiteface often has snow when the low country is bare. This is a very strenuous climb of 5 miles one-way. Ability to ski in crusty and wind-swept snow is essential. Conditions can be harsh, and participants must dress for cold and wind. Level 5. Contact David Trithart 315-265-8117 or dtrithar@twcny.rr.com.

Sat, Dec 21: Mt. Marcy on the Solstice At 5,344 feet this is the highest of the High Peaks. This one is for experienced winter climbers. Dress in layers, balaclava, goggles, gloves/mittens, micro spikes/crampons, snowshoes, insulated water source and a determined spirit! With a long exposed summit windchill can be big factor. Heavy snow and or high winds will cancel. Level 5. Contact Brian Baston 315-600-1282 or brian.b.goode@gmail.com.

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