Events Archive

October - December, 2015

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,, 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,, and contact trip leader John Omohundro,, 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,, 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,, 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,, 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, 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,

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.