Events Archive

Events, 2015

Thu, 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 by 2:00 and continue all afternoon until dark, snacks about 4:00 PM. Clarkson asks no pets indoors. Contact Tom Wheeler 315-386-2482 or northflow@gmail.com.

Sat, Jan 3: Cross Country Skiing for Beginners Also experienced skiers who'd like a short easy ski. At Higley Flow State Park. Short and gentle, on roads that become ski trails in winter. Level 1. Warm new Lodge for putting on ski boots. Optional late lunch at South of the Rock Inn. Contact John Barron at 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

Sat, Jan 10: Stone Valley Snowshoe 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@gmail.com.

Sun, Jan 11: Part 1 of the Saranac 6er Series: Hike McKenzie and Haystack, 2 of the Saranac 6ers. For this trip we'll be doing McKenzie first, then bushwhacking to Haystack from the Jack Rabbit Trail, totaling about 12 miles. Level 5. Contact Felicia Neahr at felicia.neahr@gmail.com.

Mon, Jan 12: Part 2 of the Saranac 6er Series: Hike St. Regis and Baker, 2 of the Saranac 6ers For this trip we will be doing St. Regis first, then breaking for lunch, then hiking Baker. St. Regis could be done as a stand alone hike. The hike to St. Regis is about 6.6 miles RT and Baker is about 1.8 miles RT. Level 3-4 for the entire day. Contact Felicia Neahr at felicia.neahr@gmail.com.

Sat, Jan 17: Raquette River Snowshoe We’ll begin on the river access just above Moody Falls, which the chapter recently constructed, walking north along the west shore of the Raquette, past the trail below Moody Falls that the Eagle Scout improved. Continuing north to below Jamestown Falls, where a dirt road comes in from Rte 56. It’s about 1.5 mi (3 mi RT) or a little more. Difficulty moderate, depending on depth of snow. Members only. Contact John and Susan Omohundro at 315-265-8365 or omohunjt@northnet.org.

Sat, Jan 24: Grassy Pond Ski/Snowshoe A four mile ski or snowshoe on an old truck trail that crosses the Osgood River and then turns right through a beautiful mostly pine forest rising to a neatly kept lean-to above Grassy Pond. Lunch at the hut. Meet at home of Duncan and Lois Cutter, 28 Port Kent Road, Nicholville. Optional meeting location, at the Hayes Brook trailhead off Route 30 about three miles north of Paul Smiths. Level 2. Contact Duncan Cutter 328-4675 or email dcutter1@twcny.rr.com.

Sun, Jan 25: Exploring Antarctica (Outdoors - Indoors) At the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room (handicapped-accessible). Refreshments will be served. Glenn Clark, a science teacher at Parishville-Hopkinton Central School, spent two months on an expedition to study the Totten Glacier system in eastern Antarctica. 7 - 8 p.m.

Sat, Jan 31: Loon Lake Road Ski, Debar Pond Snowshoe Ski to the old state game farm off the Loon Lake Road with an optional snowshoe to Debar Pond. The ski to the open meadows of the old elk farm is up a logging road, about one mile, with only about a 400 foot elevation gain. From there you can ski the level mile long perimeter of the meadow with its open views of Whiteface, Loon, Sable, Debar and Baldface mountains. Some people may wish to ski from there directly back to the Loon Lake Road parking area for a round trip of 3 miles. Others may elect to switch to snowshoes for a bushwhack across mostly level beaver ponds and past otter slides and colorful ice falls from Baldface’s lower cliffs just before reaching Debar Pond. This snowshoe spur adds about two and a half miles to the outing. The first part of the return on the logging road is a delightful quarter mile downhill run. Easy level 2. Contact Duncan Cutter 328-4675 or email dcutter1@twcny.rr.com.

Sat, Feb 7: Snowshoe/hike in Stone Valley Meet on the Lenny Road at the Colton end, across from the entrance to the transfer station. This will be about 2-3miles, moderate in difficulty with some hills to climb. Contact Jim Akins at 386-4348 or akinsacres@gmail.com.

Sat, Feb 7: Changed Part 3 of the Saranac 6er Series: Scarface This outing has been modified to include just one of the 6ers, Scarface. The hike to Scarface is about 6.8 miles RT, elevation gain 1500 ft. Lunch on the summit. Level 4. Contact Felicia Neahr at felicia.neahr@gmail.com. A hike up Ampersand Mountain, originally planned as part of this trip, will be rescheduled for a later date.

Sat, Feb 14: Marble Rock Snowshoeing a figure-8 shaped trail system near Gananoque, Ontario. Trail is on the Frontenac Axis, the geological connection between the Canadian Shield and the Adirondacks. 7 miles, minimal height gain but many ups and downs. Level 3. Possible supper at the Stonewater Pub. Contact John Barron at 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

Sat, Feb 21: Ski in Canton. We’ll ski some trails near the village, then lunch at the Spencer’s (Bring your own sandwich, we'll provide mulled cider.) Fairly easy to moderate trails. Level 2. Members only please. Ann & Armond Spencer 315-379-1383

Sun, Feb 22: Climbing Kilimanjaro (Outdoors - Indoors) At the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room (handicapped-accessible). Refreshments will be served. Peggy MacKellar will tell us about her exciting adventures climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, at over 19,000 ft. the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Note that there is an earlier start time for this presentation! 6 - 7 p.m.

Sat, Feb 28: Snowshoe St. Regis Mountain 6.6 miles round trip, 1200 foot vertical rise. Level of difficulty: 3 or moderate. A hike to a mostly open summit with a fire tower and 360 degree views. Steep climbing near the summit, but the trail is mostly over easy terrain in open woods. Contact Tom Ortmeyer, (315) 265-8219 or tortmeye@gmail.com.

Sun, Mar 1: Snowshoe in Five Ponds Wilderness on Leary Trail Abandoned after the 1995 wind storm, this trail is again navigable. If conditions allow, if we make it as far as the truck trail, we can decide whether to press deeper toward the Five Ponds, or go for High Falls. About 10 miles RT to truck trail over mostly gentle terrain. This area is on the northern fringe of the “lake effect” zone, and elevation is 1,500’+, so it may have good snow when our towns don’t. Level 5, very strenuous. Contact Mark Lowell, (315) 386-3945 or markl@stlawu.edu.

Sat, Mar 7: Postponed to March 14 Snowshoe Haystack Mountain Don’t confuse this Saranac mountain with the high peak! We will be snowshoeing on this moderate to difficult mountain. At the top we will see a beautiful view for the effort the 3.3 mile hike up offers us. Though there is some flat snowshoeing at first a low elevation gain should be expected with a steep climb to the top. Snowshoes with claws/cramp-ons are required due to how slippery it may be. This mountain will have great views on a clear day. 6.6 miles RT, 1302 feet of ascent. Elevation: 2864’. Level 4, moderate to strenuous. Contact Julia Zakaryan, (646)-894-6970 or zakaryj198@potsdam.edu or Kirk Peter Sweet, (716) 359- 0514 or sweetkp196@potsdam.edu.

Sun, Mar 8: Postponed to March 15 Snowshoe Mt. Arab We will be snowshoeing on this moderate to easy mountain. At the top we will see a beautiful view for the effort the 1 mile hike up offers us. Though some sections may be steep there are stairs along the way. Snowshoes with claws/cramp-ons are required due to how slippery it may be. Level 3, moderate. 2 miles RT, elevation gain 700ft. Contact Adam Smith, (716) 861-9976 or smithad195@potsdam.edu and Julia Zakaryan, (646) 894-6970 or zakaryj198@potsdam.edu.

Sat, Mar 14: Ski to High Rock Join us on this 7.6 mile round trip on mostly easy terrain to this lovely spot on the Oswegatchie River near Wanakena. Expect an easy to moderate pace. Call Blair Madore 315 265 0602 or email madorebf@potsdam.edu. Level 3 - moderate.

Sat, Mar 14: Postponed from March 7 Snowshoe Haystack Mountain Don’t confuse this Saranac mountain with the high peak! We will be snowshoeing on this moderate to difficult mountain. At the top we will see a beautiful view for the effort the 3.3 mile hike up offers us. Though there is some flat snowshoeing at first a low elevation gain should be expected with a steep climb to the top. Snowshoes with claws/cramp-ons are required due to how slippery it may be. This mountain will have great views on a clear day. 6.6 miles RT, 1302 feet of ascent. Elevation: 2864’. Level 4, moderate to strenuous. Contact Julia Zakaryan, (646)-894-6970 or zakaryj198@potsdam.edu or Kirk Peter Sweet, (716) 359- 0514 or sweetkp196@potsdam.edu.

Sun, Mar 15: Postponed from March 8 Snowshoe Mt. Arab We will be snowshoeing on this moderate to easy mountain. At the top we will see a beautiful view for the effort the 1 mile hike up offers us. Though some sections may be steep there are stairs along the way. Snowshoes with claws/cramp-ons are required due to how slippery it may be. Level 3, moderate. 2 miles RT, elevation gain 700ft. Contact Adam Smith, (716) 861-9976 or smithad195@potsdam.edu and Julia Zakaryan, (646) 894-6970 or zakaryj198@potsdam.edu.

Sat, Mar 21: Snowshoe or 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 3, moderate. Contact Marianne Hebert at (315) 265-0756 or hebertm@potsdam.edu.

Sun, Mar 22: Algonquin and Wright Peaks 360° views from both peaks. There will still be enough snow remaining at elevation to require snowshoes. We are looking for favorable snow conditions so we can walk DIRECTLY from Algonquin to Wright without a thick bushwhack or spruce traps, hopefully a highlight of the trip. Wright is acknowledged as the most windy of the 46! About 3,400’ elevation gain and 10 miles: Level 5, Very strenuous. Contact Mark Lowell, markl@stlawu.edu, (315) 386-3945.

Sun, Mar 22: Pluto and The North Country Skies (Outdoors - Indoors) At the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room (handicapped-accessible). Refreshments will be served. The New Horizons spacecraft will make its closest approach to Pluto on July 14th. Why did scientists kick Pluto out of the planet club? What new discoveries will be made about this distant, icy world? And where in the sky will you have to look so that you can gaze in the direction of Pluto? Astronomer Jeffrey Miller has the answers. 7 - 8 p.m.

Sat, Apr 4: Lampson Falls We’ll ski, snowshoe or hike depending on conditions. The falls should be spectacular. Two miles. Level 2. Ann & Armond Spencer 379-1383

Sat, Apr 11: Lampson Falls Moved from April 4 We’ll ski, snowshoe or hike depending on conditions. The falls should be spectacular. Two miles. Level 2. Ann & Armond Spencer 379-1383

Sun, Apr 12: Wellesley Island State Park (in the 1000 Islands) We’ll explore the Park’s extensive trail system. Expect river views. 6 miles, Level 3, moderate. Contact John Barron at (613) 828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

Sun, Apr 19: Spring Potluck Updated Community Room, First Presbyterian Church, Potsdam. Arrive between 5 and 5:30 PM, supper at 5:45 PM. Bring a dish to share and your own tableware. Supper will be followed by a presentation: Backpacking in New Mexico’s Gila Wilderness. Nick Grippe and fellow students from the SUNY Potsdam Wilderness Education program will recount their adventures during a three week wilderness expedition as part of their Leadership II course, and share their plans for their upcoming three week expedition coming up this May. Besides gaining a great deal of experience in remote wilderness travel, the students learned much from the locals who live and work in the Gila Wilderness and have deep ties to this remote wildland area. Contact Tom Wheeler at (315) 386-2482 or northflow@gmail.com.

Sat, Apr 25: Everton Falls clean-up. Meet at Everton Falls canoe launch parking (County route 14 out of St.Regis Falls) at 10:30 to collect roadside trash and prune trails. Bring trash bag or pruning clippers. About 1 mile of walking, mostly on level roadside or undulating woods trail. Lunch on rock wall above Falls. Canoeing possible. Contact Duncan Cutter, 315-328-4675, dcutter1@twcny.rr.com.

Sun, Apr 26: Adventures with “MudRat” MacKenzie (Outdoors - Indoors) At the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room (handicapped-accessible). Refreshments will be served. Kevin (MudRat) will be presenting a series of photos and videos from his backcountry adventures on some of the High Peaks’ most scenic and seldom-explored venues. Highlights include a “full on” winter assault on Gothics North Face, bluebird conditions on Giant Mountain’s East Face and various explorations in Panther Gorge. Examples of his trips may be found at www.mackenziefamily.com/46/46r.html. 7 - 8 p.m.

Sat, May 2: Bear Mountain Hike This will be a loop beginning in the Cranberry Lake campground. It will be too early for wildflowers, but hopefully the snow will be gone. Tree foliage will still be sparse, so the views from the Lookout should be lovely. Approximately 5.5 miles RT. Elevation gain 677 feet. Level 2-3, Moderate. Contact Marianne Hebert (315) 265-0756, hebertm@potsdam.edu.

Sat, May 9: Cat Mountain Hike Beginning at Wanakena, we hike south past Janack’s Landing, glimpsing Dead Creek Flow, then past Glasby Pond, to Cat Mountain, elevation about 2300 ft. We’ll lunch on top, then return the same route. 9.2 miles RT, total elevation gain 750 ft. Rated moderately strenuous for the distance. Joint trip for North Woods and Laurentian Chapters; members only. John and Susan Omohundro, 315-265-8365, omohunjt@northnet.org.

Sat, May 23: Tabletop One of the shorter and easier trailless High Peaks, rising above the Van Hoevenberg Trail to Marcy. 8 miles, 2,500 feet of gain, level 5 minus. Contact John Barron at (613) 828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

Wed, May 27: Indian Pass Hike A pilgrimage for us, who have multiple paintings of Summit Rock by various artists. From Heart Lake to the pass is 4.8 miles one way, gaining 1200 feet. The first 3.7 miles are a nice walk in the woods, but the last 1.3 is a scramble. Strenuous. Joint trip for North Woods and Laurentian; members only. John and Susan Omohundro, 315-265-8365, omohunjt@northnet.org.

Sat, Jun 6: Bicycle Higley Flow Loop Moved to June 7 This 30 mile trip starts in Potsdam, up Route 56 to Colton and then on the Gulf Road to Higley Flow State Park for lunch. The return trip has several scenic options. 30 Miles, Strenuous. Contact Tom Ortmeyer, 315-265-8219, tortmeye@gmail.com.

Sun, Jun 7: Bicycle Higley Flow Loop Moved from June 6 This 30 mile trip starts in Potsdam, up Route 56 to Colton and then on the Gulf Road to Higley Flow State Park for lunch. The return trip has several scenic options. 30 Miles, Strenuous. Contact Tom Ortmeyer, 315-265-8219, tortmeye@gmail.com.

Sat, Jun 13: Robert Moses State Park Bicycle and Hike Massena. We will explore the park on our bicycles and possibly a quick pass on foot for the Nature Center trails. We will try to see a ship going through Eisenhower Lock and the Hawkins Point Visitor Center. I estimate we will bike 10-20 miles around the park and walk 1-2 miles on the Nature Center trails. Relatively flat easy terrain. If there is interest, we could consider going to the beach that afternoon and/or camping that evening. Contact Jeanna Matthews, jeanna.matthews@gmail.com.

Sat, Jun 20 - Sun, Jun 21: Grace Peak Celebration In 2014 East Dix was renamed Grace Peak. The 46ers are organizing a celebration in North Hudson on Saturday afternoon, with special guests, entertainment, food and drink, camping, and more. We’ll join the festivities, camp for the night, and do a mountain hike on Sunday, possibly Grace. Many options; trip can be adapted. Contact John Barron at (613) 828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca, preferably by June 13 so we can make reservations if required.

Sat, Jul 11: Cycling from Ingleside to Morrisburg Follows Ontario’s Waterfront Trail along the St. Lawrence, on bike paths and some paved shoulders. Bird sanctuary, Upper Canada VIllage, site of the War of 1812 Battle of Crysler’s Farm, swimming. 30 miles RT. Level 3, moderate. Contact John Barron, 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

Wed, Jul 22: Rescheduled to July 23 Evening paddle/picnic on Brandy Brook We’ll start at the Brandy Brook boat ramp and paddle either upstream or downstream depending on the weather. Bring a sack supper. Contact Tom Ortmeyer, 315-265-8219, tortmeye@gmail.com.

Thu, Jul 23: Rescheduled from July 22 Evening paddle/picnic on Brandy Brook We’ll start at the Brandy Brook boat ramp and paddle either upstream or downstream depending on the weather. Bring a sack supper. Contact Tom Ortmeyer, 315-265-8219, tortmeye@gmail.com.

Sat, Jul 25: New Hike Big Slide - Return via Southside Trail This High Peak hike is 9.5 miles RT with some steep parts on a ladder, and open ledges to offer the participant some breathtaking views. Depending on the weather, there are some “tenderfoot pools” along the Southside Trail for a fun quick dip on the return. Hikers should be prepared for a moderate pace, in order to keep it under a 10-hour day. Over 2,000 foot ascent, level is 4 - strenuous. Trip will be canceled if weather is poor, and group will be limited to 10. Contact Debbie White 315-322-4066 or dwhite46r@gmail.com.

Sat, Aug 1: Bike the Seaway Trail in Massena Starting at Robert Moses State Park, we will cycle along the beautiful St. Lawrence River, following the Seaway trail towards Wilson Hill. Along the way we will explore many off-road cycling options including a trail across from Alcoa, trails behind the Massena Intake, trails through the Massena Beach and Country Club and a trail to Whalen Park. Portions of the ride will be on the road including out to Wilson Hill. Mileage will be roughly 15 miles one way (30 miles roundtrip), relatively flat terrain. Contact Jeanna Matthews, jeanna.matthews@gmail.com.

Sat, Aug 8: Indian Head and Fish Hawk Cliffs A long walk to a lovely overlook of Ausable Lake. The first 3+ miles along the Ausable Club’s Lake dirt road is fairly easy with a gentle climb to the lake. We will explore the trails to the cliffs, which are fairly steep. Bring lunch. 10.5 miles, elevation gain 750ft. Level 5 for the distance. Contact Marianne Hebert, 315 265-0756 or hebertm@potsdam.edu.

Mon, Aug 10: Evening Paddle/walk/picnic on the Racquette A late afternoon start and leisurely paddle downriver about 3.5 miles to Hannawa Falls. The picnic area near the start of the Red Sandstone trail has charcoal grills if you have something in your supper to cook, and you can walk part of the trail if so inclined. Members Only. John and Susan Omohundro, 315/265-8365, omohunjt@northnet.org.

Sat, Aug 15: Picnic lunch in Alex Bay, hike at Wellesley Island Nature Center Meet for picnic lunch at noon in pavilion, Alexandria Bay (1000 Islands), followed by easy hike on trails near Nature Center, Wellesley Island State Park. Bring lunch and something to share. Beautiful water views; don’t forget the camera. Some people may want to stay on for dinner in the area. Contact Lila Hunnewell, 854-8000 or lhunnew61@aol.com.

Sat, Aug 22: Cycling to Kring Point State Park We’ll bicycle from a scenic overlook on Route 12 to scenic Kring Point State Park, lunch, relax, and swim, and then return for a total of 30 miles. Moderate. Contact Tom Ortmeyer, 315-265-8219, tortmeye@gmail.com.

Mon, Sep 7: Cancelled Wolf Lake State Park Hike A 5.2-mile loop over undulating terrain to three attractive glacial lakes, each with a lean-to, in a state forest near Edwards. Level 2. Contact Neal Burdick, 386-4648 or nealburdick@gmail.com.

Sat, Sep 12: Catamount Hike This medium-sized mountain not far from Whiteface features much open rock, a climb through “the chimney”, and sweeping views from the summit. 6 miles RT, 1600 ft elevation gain, Level 3 plus. Contact John Barron, (613) 828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

Sat, Sep 12: New “Ten Miler” Paddle, Middle Saranac to Ampersand Bay Meet at 9 AM to set up a shuttle, then launch at 10 AM for the 9.5 mile paddle to Ampersand Bay at the northeast end of Lower Saranac Lake. We will let ourselves through the hand-powered state locks--much fun. Lunch on one of the islands in Lower Saranac Lake. This trip is highly dependent upon weather, as Middle Saranac Lake can get rough very quickly. Rating is 4 for distance and open water. Advance sign-up only. Leader is Dick Mooers, rmooers@twcny.rr.com or (315) 854-4186.

Sat, Sep 19: Azure Mountain Bushwhack and Summit Rock Work We will bushwhack and scramble up the south side of the mountain along interesting cliffs and boulders and enjoy the views as we climb. Once on top we will spend some time placing rocks carried to the summit in erosion concern areas. A two mile hike as a relaxed pace with a bit a rock hauling, bringing along a canvas bag as they work best for carrying the rocks. Level 3 Moderate, contact Michael McLean at 315-262-2564 or mpmclean@twcny.rr.com.

Sat, Sep 26: Hike portions of the Cranberry Lake 50 trail near Peavine Swamp On National Trails day we put in a mile of new trail which will soon provide elimination of several miles of road walking along route 3. The new trail is quite scenic with mature deciduous woods, a beaver flow, and a pleasant trail bed. Depending on whether the final connector has been completed, we may need to do a loop or spot cars. Altogether about five miles of pleasant hiking in beautiful woods. Contact Tom Wheeler 315-386-2482 or northflow@gmail.com.

Sat, Oct 3: Paddle Debar Pond and Bushwhack up to the ledges of Baldface Mountain A classic Adirondack outing at full Fall color, Debar Pond is nestled between Baldface and Debar mountains with views also of Whiteface, Loon and Sable mountains. Three-tenths of a mile canoe carry, the first tenth on an elevated boardwalk over an old marsh. Lunch on the shelving rock at the south end of the pond and the beginning of the bushwhack (optional - strenuous) up to Baldface’s cliffs which overlook the pond and the former meadows where the State once raised elk. Those who prefer not to bushwhack (about 2 1/2 to 3 hours round trip) can leisurely explore the pond, swim off the ledges, or just relax, read, or photograph. Bring camera, binoculars, swim suit, lunch, extra water and snacks (lunch if opting for the bushwhack). Level 3 for the flat part; Level 4 with the bushwhack. Meet at 10:00. Contact Lois and Duncan Cutter, 315-328-4675 for further information.

Sun, Oct 4: Ampersand One of the “Saranac 6” peaks, Ampersand offers colorful history and 360 degree views. 5 miles RT, 1800 feet of gain, a strenuous but leisurely Level 4. Contact John Barron, johnbarron@sympatico.ca, 613-828-2296.

Sat, Oct 10: Prospective Member Walk Thinking about joining the Adirondack Mountain Club? This is the outing for you. Meet some members and discover that there is something for everyone (contrary to rumor, we have not all climbed Everest, in the dark, barefoot). We’ll walk on the Red Sandstone Trail for a mile on mostly level terrain to the old Parmeter quarry, then return. Our walk, even with all the chat about the club and the trail, should take about 90 minutes to two hours. Visit our web site, adklaurentian.org, and contact trip leader John Omohundro, omohunjt@northnet.org, 315-265-8365, for details.

Sat, Oct 24: Stone Valley Trail Work Trail work will consist of trail maintenance and some new construction. Beginners and experienced trail workers alike are encouraged to help with building and maintaining trails.  Difficulty level will depend on which project that you are involved in; some projects will be very strenuous, other projects such as installing trail markers, are easy. Call Mark Simon, 315-262-2571.

Sat, Oct 31: Climb St. Regis Mountain A climb up St. Regis on a clear fall day provides great views of the St Regis canoe area. 6.8 miles RT, 1,250 feet of gain. Level 4, strenuous. Contact Tom Ortmeyer, tortmeye@gmail.com, 315-265-8219.

Sat, Nov 7: Hike Mt. Van Hoevenberg Round trip distance from the trailhead is about 4.5 miles, ascent is 740 ft., Level 3. Easy pace. Beautiful views of some of the High Peaks and South Meadow. Call for meeting place and time. Tom and Eileen Wheeler, 315-386-2482.

Sun, Nov 15: Red Sandstone Trail Walk An afternoon’s nature-and-history walk on Sugar Island. 4 miles RT, mostly level, but rough ground in places: sturdy boots will protect your ankles, and if it’s icy, spikes or at least ski poles will help. Members only. Contact John Omohundro, omohunjt@northnet.org, 315-265-8365.

Sun, Nov 22: 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 speaker will be Dr. Manoj Vora from Lowville, New York where he has practiced for over 20 years. He has climbed the highest summits in each of the seven continents. He will take us on his journey to this accomplishment and the lessons that he learned from this experience. He has received high praise for his presentations to other chapters. Contact Tom Wheeler, northflow@gmail.com, 315-386-2482.

Sun, Dec 13: Early Winter Hike/Ski/Snowshoe at Higley Flow State Park. We’ll walk/ski/snowshoe as conditions permit for about 2 miles and include a campfire at the Beaver Pond Lean-To, hot dogs and marshmallows provided. You bring the kids, their grandparents, and the dogs (leashed of course). Contact madorebf@potsdam.edu, 315-265-0602.

Sat, Dec 19: Ski to Great Camp Santanoni A 10 mile RT ski on the access road to these historic structures just north of Newcomb. Grades are mainly easy. Bring lunch to have at the great camp. Level 3. Contact David Trithart, 315-265-8117, dtrithar@twcny.rr.com.

Wed, Dec 30: Ski to Grassy Pond A 3 hour outing, with lunch at the lean-to overlooking Grassy Pond. Trail crosses the Osgood River and features a beautiful mature pine forest for about 3 miles. Meet in Nicholville at 10:00 AM or at the Hayes Brook trailhead off SH 30 at 10:45am. Contact Lois and Duncan Cutter, 315-328-4675 for further information.

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