Events Archive

Events, 2014

Wed, Jan 1: 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.

Sat, Jan 4: Cross Country Skiing for Beginners At Higley Flow State Park there are groomed, trackset trails. Experienced skiers wanting an easy trip are welcome too. Option to go out for lunch afterward at The Hideaway Cafe in Colton. Level 1, short and easy. Contact John Barron, 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

Sat, Jan 18: Pinnacle Ski We will ski several miles on the easement roads near Santa Clara. Level 3, Moderate difficulty. “Rain date” is Sunday, Jan. 19. Members only. Contact John & Sue Omohundro, 315-265-8365 or omohunjt@northnet.org.

Sat, Jan 25: Snowshoe/Hike to Nicholville’s Hidden Treasures. We’ll make a two mile loop along woods trails above the east branch of the St.Regis River to the old dam and Eagle Rock. Then we will break for lunch at the Cutter’s (bring lunch); then a one mile trek across a meadow and woods trail to Jakeway Falls. Both hikes begin at the Cutter home (28 Port Kent Road, Nicholville). Skiing is possible too but not down the steep trails to the river. Level 2, fairly easy. Contact Duncan Cutter, 315-328-4675 or dcutter1@twcny.rr.com.

Sun, Jan 26: “The Mountains Will Wait For You” (Outdoors - Indoors) John Omohundro will present this documentary about Grace Hudowalski, the first woman to summit the 46 High Peaks. All 46’ers are invited to share their memories of Grace and their own High Peaks experiences. 7 - 8 p.m. in the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room (handicapped-accessible). Refreshments will be served.

Sat, Feb 1: Ski in Canton Postponed to March 8 We’ll ski at the Partridge Run golf course, then to the Spencer’s for a ski and hot cider at the new lean-to. Members only please. Level 3, fairly easy to moderate. Contact Ann & Armond Spencer 379-1383.

Sat, Feb 8: Colvin and Blake via the Ausable Club A trip up the lake road and then up Colvin and Blake we will go, approximately 14 miles round trip. Should winter conditions prevail with powder snow, the trip leader hopes to ski up and down the Lake Road as well. Level 5, very strenuous. Contact Mike McLean, 315-262-2564 or mpmclean@twcny.rr.com.

Sun, Feb 9: Snowshoe Downerville State Forest We will snowshoe in a fairly remote area along the north branch of the Grasse River. Lots of wildlife to see, and we will hike if there is not enough snow for the shoes. 3-5 miles round trip, difficulty level 3, moderate difficulty. Contact Jim Akins, 315-386-4348 or akinsacres@gmail.com.

Sat, Feb 15: Snowshoeing Near Upper Saranac Lake We will do two short, easy tours, of Panther Mountain (2 miles RT, 500 feet gain, good view) and of Fernow Forest (1.5 mile loop; historic forestry tract, level). Level 1-2, fairly easy. We may check out another trailhead or two for possible use on future trips. Contact John Barron, 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

Sat, Feb 22: Ski to Hedgehog Pond Postponed to March 1 A 10-mile round trip ski to Hedgehog Pond east of Cranberry Lake, with possible extension to Hedgehog Bay. Level 4, strenuous. Contact Tom Ortmeyer at (315) 265-8219 or tortmeye@gmail.com.

Sun, Feb 23: An Odyssey Down Under: Australia & New Zealand (Outdoors - Indoors) Gene & Carolyn Kaczka will tell us about their adventures exploring the geography and culture of these southern hemisphere oases during a 27-night Road Scholar trip. 7 - 8 p.m. in the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room (handicapped-accessible). Refreshments will be served.

Sat, Mar 1: Ski to Hedgehog Pond Postponed from Feb 22 A 10-mile round trip ski to Hedgehog Pond east of Cranberry Lake, with possible extension to Hedgehog Bay. Level 4, strenuous. Contact Tom Ortmeyer at (315) 265-8219 or tortmeye@gmail.com.

Sat, Mar 8: Ski in Canton Rescheduled from February 1 We’ll ski at the Partridge Run golf course, then to the Spencer’s for a ski and hot cider at the new lean-to. Members only please. Level 3, fairly easy to moderate. Contact Ann & Armond Spencer 379-1383.

Sat, Mar 15: Coney Mountain Snowshoe Coney is a lovely mountain south of Tupper Lake with an open rocky summit and great views of the lake. Coney is a good beginner’s mountain if you are new to snowshoeing. Possible hike if weather is warm. Level 2, fairly easy (2.2 mile RT, 523 ft elevation gain). Contact Marianne Hebert at 315-265-0756 or hebertm@potsdam.edu.

Sun, Mar 16: Nature Up North (Outdoors - Indoors) Nature Up North is a community-based organization whose mission is to foster a deeper sense of connection to, and appreciation for, the North Country environment. We combine experiences in nature with interactive web-based technology to spark new interest in learning about the wild things and wild places in our backyard. Join Project Director Dr. Erika Barthelmess and Project Manager Jacob Malcomb to learn more about ways Nature Up North is working to engage North Country communities with the local environment, and find out ways you can get involved. 7 - 8 p.m. in the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room (handicapped-accessible). Refreshments will be served.

Sun, Mar 23: Spring Road Walk Hike along the Grasse River Rescheduled to March 30 We’ll celebrate the early spring mud season with an afternoon walk on quiet back roads on the Middle Branch of the Grasse River. 5-7 miles total length. Level 2, Fairly easy. Contact Tom Ortmeyer, (315) 265-8219 or tortmeye@gmail.com.

Sun, Mar 30: Spring Road Walk Hike along the Grasse River Rescheduled from March 23 We’ll celebrate the early spring mud season with an afternoon walk on quiet back roads on the Middle Branch of the Grasse River. 5-7 miles total length. Level 2, Fairly easy. Contact Tom Ortmeyer, (315) 265-8219 or tortmeye@gmail.com.

Sun, Apr 6: Members’ Nature Poetry (Outdoors - Indoors) The majesty of the Adirondacks and other natural areas have inspired poetry from many members. We will read aloud and discuss a selection of them. Please email your outdoors-related poems soon to: Lila Hunnewell, Lhunnew61@aol.com, to be included (and also placed on our chapter’s website). Use Arial, 12-pt. type. (She cannot open docx attachments; jpeg OK). Include your contact information. 7 - 8 p.m. in the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room (handicapped-accessible). Refreshments will be served.

Sun, Apr 13: Mud Season Potluck Dinner Spring Potluck will be held at the Presbyterian Church in Potsdam, beginning at 5 PM. Our guest speaker will be Andrew Hamlin, ADK Trails Coordinator. His talk will provide a brief history of the program, a review of the trails programs’ accomplishments over the last decade, developments in methods and skills, and future directions of the program.

Sat, Apr 19: Tooley Pond Road, Spring Waterfall Walk We will stop along the road and (when necessary) walk in to see several waterfalls which should be spectacular with spring melt. To get a little more exercise we will ascend Tooley Pond Mt. after a short hike of about a mile. Level 1, Easy. Contact Tom Wheeler at 315-386-2482 or northflow@gmail.com.

Tue, Apr 22: Earth Day Hike MEMBERS ONLY We will hike to Lampson Falls and probably beyond, starting midmorning. Bring lunch. RT less than 4 mi., moderate difficulty (hills, mud, rough footpaths). Each participant is asked to bring and read a short writing about nature, original or otherwise. Contact John Omohundro at 315-265-8365 or omohunjt@northnet.org.

Sat, Apr 26: Everton Falls clean-up Meet at 9:30 at the Cutters 28 Port Kent Road, Nicholville, or at 10:00 at the falls (Red Tavern Road, County Road 14 out of St. Regis Falls) at 10:00. Contact Duncan Cutter at 315-328-4675 or dcutter1@twcny.rr.com.

Sun, Apr 27: Hike Gould Lake Conservation Area, Ontario 1.5 hours from the Ogdensburg Bridge. Circular route a short distance west of Frontenac Park, incorporating a stretch of the Rideau Trail. High cliffs, good water views. Many short climbs and descents with a total of 10 miles, makes this a level 4 (strenuous) trip. Contact John Barron at 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

Sat, May 3: Azure Mountain Hike and Trail Work We will hike up the trail to the summit doing some minor trail work as needed (brushing in, drainage work, blow-down removal). Approximately 10 SUNY Potsdam students will be on the mountain hauling rocks to the summit as a fund raiser to raise money for their leadership trip to New Mexico. Meeting at 9am at the trail head. Contact Mike McLean at 315-262-2564 or mpmclean@twcny.rr.com.

Sun, May 4: Clarkson Woods Wildflower Walk Afternoon walk in the Clarkson woods looking for spring wildflowers. Level 1, easy. Contact Tom Ortmeyer for details, 315-265-8219, tortmeye@gmail.com.

Sat, May 10: Phelps and Big Slide Mountains via Klondike Notch. We will head in from South Meadows up to Klondike Notch lean-to and head up Phelps following a nice defined herd path and gradual trail. Back down to the lean-to and continue along the Klondike Notch Trail and then a left turn over Yard to Big Slide. From there down the Brothers to the Garden. About 11 miles round trip. Level 5, very strenuous. 8 AM trailhead start. Contact Mike McLean at 315-262-2564 or mpmclean@twcny.rr.com.

Thu, May 16 - Thu, Jan 1: Paddle on South End of Indian Lake with option to camp. MEMBERS ONLY. Over the weekend, paddle 16 miles round trip 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 Islands State Campground or do a long day trip on Saturday. The camping option can include exploring the lower Jessup River. Participants must make their own reservations for a campsite, but campsites may be shared. Leader’s site will accommodate six on first come basis. Limited to 12 paddled boats. Contact Dick Mooers at 315-854-4186 or rmooers@twcny.rr.com.

Sat, May 17: Lampson Falls Clean-up Meet at 10:30 AM at the entrance to Lampson Falls. Bring a sturdy trash bag and lunch. After cleaning up the area around the falls, we’ll enjoy lunch on the rocks facing the falls. For those wishing a longer hike, we can walk down along the Grass River to where the old bridge once crossed the river. The walk out to our cars will be on the old woods road. Contact Gene & Carolyn Kackza at 315-265-4806 or gckaczka@twcny.rr.com.

Sat, May 24: Algonquin and Iroquois Mountains We’ll enjoy the boardwalks that were built between these two High Peaks last year. Terrific 360 degree views. Moderate pace or slower, very long day. 10 miles RT, 4,000 feet of gain. Level 5, very strenuous. Contact John Barron, at 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

Thu, May 30 - Sun, Jun 1: ADK Spring Outing at Cazenovia College Hosted by the Onondaga Chapter. For information see their Spring Outing Page. John Barron will be going as a participant and can act as a contact point for anyone from Laurentian wanting to go. Contact John Barron at 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

Sat, Jun 14: Biking the New Stone Valley Mt. Bike Trail This is a beginner/intermediate ride of about 1 1/2 hours, meeting at Kunoco in Colton. Helmets mandatory. Level 4, strenuous, with some small hills to climb and a few moderate descents. Contact Jim Akins at 315-386-4348 or akinsacres@gmail.com.

Sat, Jun 21: Cycling Quebec’s Route Verte From Saint-Zotique near the Ontario-Quebec border we will follow the St. Lawrence River to Lake St. Louis near the island of Montreal. Canals and river views. Much of the route is on bike paths. 30 miles RT, Level 3, moderate. Contact John Barron, (613) 828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

Sat, Jun 28: ‘Tour de Howe Island’ Bike Trip Starting in Gananoque, Ontario, we’ll cycle a loop which will take us across scenic Howe Island, getting on one ferry and off on the other. As we will be along the St Lawrence waterfront for much of route there will be several opportunities for a swim, including a beach at our possible lunch stop in Grass Creek Park. Optional trip to the Stonewater pub in Gananoque afterwards. Approximately 25 miles of mostly gently rolling terrain on paved roads. Level 3, moderate. Contact Toni Towle or Peter Blood at 613-387-2829 or blackrapids@gmail.com.

Sun, Jun 29: Climb Mt. Marshall We will be approaching this 4360 ft. peak by climbing Calamity Brook Trail with many great views of the high peaks. From this trail we will branch off and continue on a trail-less and challenging final section. Total distance, 12.4 miles with an assent of 2716 feet. Level 5, very strenuous. Contact Dana Chudzinski at 315-528-3468 or chudski63@yahoo.com.

Tue, Jul 2: Evening Picnic-Paddle Blake Flow, Raquette River Paddle casually for an hour, then picnic, then paddle a little more, exploring the south end of the flow. We’ll meet at 5 pm. Bring a picnic dinner and swim suit. Members Only. Contact John and Susan Omohundro at 315-265-8365 or omohunjt@northnet.org.

Tue, Jul 9: Wednesday Walk in the Woods (WWW) Meet by the Village of Potsdam water tower on the Clarkson hill campus (accessed from US 11 near the RR overpass) at 9:00 AM for a leisurely walk in the Clarkson woods, including a stop at the beaver marsh viewing tower. Level 1, easy at 2 miles max, with no climbing, but there is some slippery footing on the side trail to the wetland. WWW is also offered August 13 and September 10 to observe the seasonal changes. It’s OK to come unannounced, but you won’t know it if weather cancels unless you call or email. Contact Dick Mooers at 315-854-4186 or rmooers@twcny.rr.com.

Sat, Jul 27: Paddle to Raquette Falls from Axton Landing This approximately 12 mile round trip outing sounds tougher than it really is, as the return six miles is downstream, and the upstream portion is against a gentle current. Level 3, moderate. Contact Dick Mooers at 315-854-4186 or rmooers@twcny.rr.com.

Tue, Jul 30: Cancelled - will be rescheduled Evening Picnic-Paddle, Lake Ozonia. Put in at Lake Ozonia public boat launch at 5:30 PM, 13 miles east of Potsdam Route 11B, then 7 miles up the Lake Ozonia Rd. Paddle around the lake to our camp for potluck dinner. Mike White will be at the boat launch to take people’s food back to camp. RSVP Debbie White at 315-328-4022 or dwhite46r@gmail.com.

Fri, Aug 2: Lyon Mountain Lyon Mt (3830’) stands alone in the northeastern Adirondacks in the Chazy Highlands Wild Forest. The new 7 mi. RT trail (elevation gain 1900’) winds its way gradually to the summit and fire tower. From there one is rewarded with 360 degree views of Montreal, Lake Champlain & the Green Mts., and the high peaks to the south. Level 3-4 moderate to strenuous. Contact Tom Wheeler at 315-386-2482 or northflow@gmail.com.

Tue, Aug 6: Picnic and Paddle at Higley Flow State Park Put in at the park ramp or the beach at 5:30 PM and paddle a short distance to the fun “Black Lagoon”, a cove of a cove, and then go where the spirits (or the spooks) move us. Return to the beach for a self-catered picnic supper around 6:30 PM. A mystery goody to share might be a nice addition, or a ghost story (gluten-free). There is a nice playground for smaller children, and a great swimming beach. Contact Dick and Peggy Mooers at 315-854-4186 or rmooers@twcny.rr.com.

Fri, Aug 9: Potsdam-Canton Bicycle Loop We’ll start in Potsdam, and take the southerly back roads to Canton. We’ll lunch at Coakley Park, and take time to enjoy the Grasse River Heritage trail. We’ll eventually loop back to Potsdam, this time on town roads north of Rte 11. Level 4, moderate. Contact Tom Ortmeyer for details at 315-265-8219 or tortmeye@gmail.com.

Tue, Aug 13: Wednesday Walk in the Woods Meet by the Village of Potsdam water tower on the Clarkson hill campus (accessed from US 11 near the RR overpass) at 9:00 AM for a leisurely walk in the Clarkson woods, including a stop at the beaver marsh viewing tower. Level 1, easy at 2 miles max, with no climbing, but there is some slippery footing on the side trail to the wetland. WWW is also offered September 10 to observe the seasonal changes. It’s OK to come unannounced, but you won’t know it if weather cancels unless you call or email. Contact Dick Mooers at 315-854-4186 or rmooers@twcny.rr.com.

Fri, Aug 16: Nun-da-gao Ridge A picturesque hike along the Nun-da-gao Ridge to Weston Mountain and Lost Pond. This is a moderate-to-strenuous hike along a rocky ridge with many panoramic views and attractions along the way. 5-6 miles with an elevation gain of 1,403 feet. Level 3-4. Contact Marianne Hebert at 315-265-0756 or hebertm@potdsam.edu.

Sat, Aug 17: Mt. Arab A family-friendly 2 mile roundtrip hike up Mt. Arab with fire tower and steward’s cabin on the summit. There will be brief educational stops along the way. We will enjoy lunch at the summit with views of Tupper Lake and the Adirondack High Peaks. There are also educational activities for children to learn about dragonflies and hummingbirds at the summit. Elevation gain 700’. Level 2, fairly easy. Contact Felicia Neahr at 518-321-4956 or felicia.neahr@gmail.com.

Tue, Aug 20: Picnic and Paddle on the Grass River We’ll launch on the Little River and paddle up to Taylor Park on the Grass for a picnic. Late afternoon, contact Tom Ortmeyer at 315-265-8219 or tortmeye@gmail.com.

Fri, Aug 23: Hurricane Mountain A wonderful open peak summit (el. 3678’) near Keene with some of the best views in the High Peaks. 5.2 mi. RT. Level 3, moderate. Contact Blair Madore at 315-265-0602 or madorebf@potsdam.edu.

Fri, Aug 30: Cycling the Long Sault Parkway From Cornwall, Ontario. Highlights include a new power generation visitor centre, the museum of the Lost Villages of the St. Lawrence, and the Parkway linking a chain of islands created when the seaway was built. 35 miles, few hills, mostly bike paths and parkway. Level 3, moderate. Contact John Barron at 613- 828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

Fri, Sep 6: Hike Low’s Ridge Enjoy unobstructed views from a rocky ridge over the Bog River flow and valley; view historic mining/logging structures and possibly a ghost Iron Horse chugging along out there if conditions are right. 8 mi. RT walk along beautiful marsh wetlands and through mixed forests on a mostly level trail. Level 3, moderate. Contact Tom Wheeler at 315-386-2482 or northflow@gmail.com.

Tue, Sep 10: Wednesday Walk in the Woods Meet by the Village of Potsdam water tower on the Clarkson hill campus (accessed from US 11 near the RR overpass) at 9:00 AM for a leisurely walk in the Clarkson woods, including a stop at the beaver marsh viewing tower. Level 1, easy at 2 miles max, with no climbing, but there is some slippery footing on the side trail to the wetland. It’s OK to come unannounced, but you won’t know it if weather cancels unless you call or email. Contact Dick Mooers at 315-854-4186 or rmooers@twcny.rr.com.

Fri, Sep 13: Paddle the Saranac River and Lakes This is the annual “14-miler” for sea kayak and fast canoe paddlers. Meet at South Creek boat launch at 9 AM to arrange the car shuttle to Saranac Lake Village, launching at 10 AM. Paddling at 3-4 mph, lunch is at the Route 3 DEC launch ramp (option for half distance at this point). Full trip take out is at Lake Flower park. Trip goes through the two state locks connecting the four lakes we will use. Level 4, moderately strenuous. Contact Dick Mooers for details at 315-854-4186 or rmooers@twcny.rr.com.

Fri, Sep 20: Afternoon Kids Pirate Hike on Red Sandstone Trail Co-sponsored by Nature Up North, 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 315-265-0602 or madorebf@potsdam.edu to reserve your spot.

Sat, Sep 21: Whiteface and Esther Mountains The Wilmington trail will take us to Esther on the way to Whiteface. Great views are the reward after this 6.3 mile (one way) climb. Total elevation gain 4000’. Level 5, very strenuous. Contact Dana Chudzinski at 315-528-3468 or chudski63@yahoo.com.

Mon, Sep 30: Mont St. Hillaire (Quebec) One of the Monteregian Hills a short distance east of Montreal, this mountain features extraordinary geology, attractive forests, excellent trails, and great views. New freeways have shortened the driving time from St. Lawrence County considerably. 8 miles, 1,800’ elevation gain. Level 4, strenuous. Contact John Barron at 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

Sat, Oct 4: Hike around Massawepie Lake Approximately 6 miles with a few short climbs and descents but no significant elevation gain. We will traverse dramatic eskers, visit the source of the Grass River, and have lunch on one of the peninsulas. Level 2, fairly easy. Contact Marianne Hebert at 315-265-0756 or hebertm@potsdam.edu.

Wed, Oct 8: Wednesday Walk in the Woods(WWW) Meet at 9:00 AM by the Village of Potsdam water tower on the Clarkson hill campus (accessed from US 11 near the RR overpass) for a leisurely walk in the Clarkson woods, including a stop at the beaver marsh viewing tower. Level 1, easy at 2 miles max, with no climbing, but may be slippery footing on the wetland side trail. WWW is also offered November 12. It’s OK to come unannounced, but unless you contact me, you won’t know if there has been a last-minute cancelation. Level 1, easy. Contact Dick Mooers at 315-854-4186 or rmooers@twcny.rr.com.

Sat, Oct 11: Essex Chain Paddle (Newcomb) The Essex Chain Lakes area is a newer state acquisition that will rival the familiar St. Regis Canoe Area. Road round trip from Potsdam is 170 miles paved, 20 miles unpaved (high clearance vehicle recommended). The trip begins with 0.25 cart/carry to a short crossing of Deer Pond, then a 0.5 mile cart/carry to Third Lake. Paddle the length of Third and Second Lakes, for a short carry to First Lake. We will not likely make the 0.4 mile carry to Grassy Pond as we need to repeat the lakes and carries returning to our vehicles. We can, though, paddle from Third Lake to Fourth and even Fifth Lake as an option. Paddling is rated fairly easy, but the trip as a whole is rated moderately strenuous because of the total length of paddling (6-10 miles depending on options), Level 4, strenuous. Contact Dick Mooers at 315-854-4186 or rmooers@twcny.rr.com.

Sat, Oct 11: New - Red Sandstone Trail Work Day Assist an Eagle Scout candidate to assemble a canoe launch at the North Tip of Sugar Island, beginning in the morning. Bring paddlecraft and tools. Contact John Omohundro 315-265-8365, omohunjt@northnet.org.

Sun, Oct 12: Hoffman Notch Point-to-point hike through a remote mountain pass near Schroon Lake. 7.5 miles one way. Car shuttle. Minimal elevation gain. Optional stop for supper afterwards at the dining room of the Adirondack Hotel in Long Lake. Level 3, moderate. Contact John Barron at 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

Sun, Oct 12: New - Red Sandstone Trail Work Day Assist an Eagle Scout candidate to assemble a canoe launch at the North Tip of Sugar Island, beginning in the morning. Bring paddlecraft and tools. Contact John Omohundro 315-265-8365, omohunjt@northnet.org.

Mon, Oct 13: New - Red Sandstone Trail Work Day (if needed) Assist an Eagle Scout candidate to assemble a canoe launch at the North Tip of Sugar Island, beginning in the morning. Bring paddlecraft and tools. Contact John Omohundro 315-265-8365, omohunjt@northnet.org.

Sat, Oct 18: Cycling the Amish Loop We’ll start this popular ride in Rensselaer Falls, pass through Kendrew Corners and Mud Lake into Heuvelton for a lunch break. Then back on the River Road to complete the loop. 28 miles. Level 3, moderate. Contact Tom Ortmeyer at 315-265-8219 or tortmeye@gmail.com.

Sun, Oct 19: Hike Deer Pond Loop Approximately 7 or 8 miles. Lunch at Deer pond. Level 3, moderate. Contact Armond Spencer 315-379-1383.

Sat, Oct 25: Hike Johns Brook Lodge area Depending on conditions we will hike into Johns Brook Lodge with a short trip up Short Job, a small prominence with excellent views of the great range. A bit of history thrown in as we go and an introduction to the trailheads and the JBL property. About 8 miles altogether. Level 4, strenuous. Contact Tom Wheeler at 315-386-2482 or northflow@gmail.com.

Sat, Oct 25: Back Country Trail Work Day Trip. Help build and maintain our local trails. Work site locations may include: Stone Valley, The Red Sandstone Trail, The Rock Climbing site at South Colton, and Mount Azure. Projects may include: building new section of trail, building a timber frame bridge, cutting new bench along side slopes, clearing brush, and picking up litter, and installing trail markers. Beginners and experienced trail workers alike are encouraged to help build and maintain our local trails. Difficulty level will depend on projects that you are involved in, some projects will be very strenuous, other projects such as installing trail markers are easy. Bring items listed on the Day Trip List; meet at 8:00am at 224 Lenny Road. Contact: Mark Simon simonm@potsdam.edu or 267-3130. Levels vary Easy to Very Difficult.

Sun, Oct 26: Azure Mt. Hike and Rock Work. We will climb Azure and enjoy the views and fire tower before spending time relocating rocks hikers have carried up the mountain. Bring along 2 cloth/canvas bags to carry the rocks. 2 miles round trip to the top and extra half mile or so in rock hauling. Level 1, easy. Contact Mike McLean at 315-262-2564 or mpmclean@twcny.rr.com.

Sun, Oct 26: Malone Snow Geese Return Date depends on when the birds come in; any date change will be posted on the website. This year we’ll go up in the afternoon, take a walk in the park and watch the spectacular evening display as the Snow Geese come back to settle on the Salmon River. Plan to stop for dinner on the way home. Level l. Ann Spencer 379-1383.

Wed, Oct 29: New - SUNY Potsdam Wilderness Education Student Presentations Students will describe their 3-week backpacking trip in Gila Wilderness, NM this summer. 5:00 - 6:30 PM at the Fireside Lounge, Barrington Student Union Bldg, SUNY Potsdam. Public welcome.

Sat, Nov 1: Trip Leadership Clinic (Read the news article) If you’ve considered the possibility of leading outings in the ADK, here is a chance to practice leading a model hike and learn ways to handle some of the situations that can arise. This will be an all-day event at Higley Flow State Park. We will use our imaginations to conjure up all the types of outings that occur in the chapter. Everyone welcome, including prospective leaders, those with general interest, and experienced leaders with anecdotes about their own experiences. Members only. Level 1, easy. Contact John Barron at 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca or Marianne Hebert at 315-265-0756 or hebertm@potsdam.edu.

Wed, Nov 5: Jenkins Mountain Bushwhack/Hike Six miles RT, 900 ft elevation gain. We’ll approach the mountain from the south, bushwhacking on eskers, then join the trail for the last half. Retrace our steps to return. Should the weather dictate, we’ll skip the climb and circle the ponds. Moderate difficulty. Be prepared for some ice. 8 AM rendezvous. Members only. Level 3, moderate. Contact John and Susan Omohundro at 315-265-8365 or omohunjt@northnet.org.

Wed, Nov 12: Wednesday Walk in the Woods(WWW) Meet at 9:00 AM by the Village of Potsdam water tower on the Clarkson hill campus (accessed from US 11 near the RR overpass) for a leisurely walk in the Clarkson woods, including a stop at the beaver marsh viewing tower. Level 1, easy at 2 miles max, with no climbing, but may be slippery footing on the wetland side trail. WWW is also offered November 12. It’s OK to come unannounced, but unless you contact me, you won’t know if there has been a last-minute cancelation. Level 1, easy. Contact Dick Mooers at 315-854-4186 or rmooers@twcny.rr.com.

Sun, Nov 16: Fall Potluck Dinner with speaker Mark McMurray The SLU Head of Special Collections will speak on the topic of Adirondack fiction. Presbyterian church, Canton. 5-9 PM.

Sat, Dec 6: Early Winter Hike/Ski/Snowshoe at Higley Flow State Park We’ll walk/ski/snowshoe as conditions permit for about 2 miles and finish off with a campfire at the Warm Brook Lean-To. Hot dogs and marshmallows provided. You bring the kids, their grandparents and the dogs (leashed of course). Level 1, easy. Contact Blair Madore at 315-265-0602 or madorebf@potsdam.edu.

Sat, Dec 20: Hike Adirondack Loj and Heart Lake area Hike/snowshoe depending on conditions into Marcy Dam; return by the old trail. Then a quick peek at Adirondak Loj and tour of the Loj properties. A bit of history thrown in as we go and an introduction to the trailheads and what the property has to offer. Level 1, easy. Contact Tom Wheeler at 315-386-2482 or northflow@gmail.com.

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