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Tuesday Outing Tue, Jan 2, 2018, Maureen Coutant - So we had snow and cold. But it actually warmed up to double digits...barely. So since it was slightly warmer and everyone had been hunkered down during the holidays during the even colder weather, quite a few people braved the cold to get some exercise. We broke into 2 groups, the skiers and the snowshoers. Each headed to the opposite sides of Scout Road in the Wilton Wildlife Preserve. Thank you to Sarah King who became the impromptu snowshoe leader! It was the first time at the preserve for some in the group. The snow was hard packed and fast for skiing. We all really enjoyed getting out and into the fresh air. Afterwards, some of us also really enjoyed the hot cocoa at Paneras! Participants: Jim Brown, Mo Coutant, Brian Crouth, Paul Dietershagen, Sarah King, Mary Knutson, Julie Leonelli, Margie Litwin, Kathi Noble, Leland & Mary Loose, Mike Marsh, Malina Stawarz, Joanne Szot.
Cliff and Redfield Sat, Jan 6, 2018, Wayne Richter and Mike Fuller - The forecast of a bitterly cold day with temperatures close to -20 below plus serious wind kept our group to a stalwart six, prepared to turn back if necessary. The crossing of Flowed Lands was spectacular, but the wind was intense and we were glad to return to the trail at the Herbert Brook Lean-to. At our lunch stop at the Uphill Brook Lean-to, Wayne realized that the tips of the toes on one foot were numb, and we decided it was time to turn back. We had a day of great camaraderie in the cold and a good learning experience. Participants: Joe Babcock, Sveet Fokshey, Mike Fuller, Wayne Richter, Ben St. Andrews, Jim Zwynenburg.
monthly Monday Geocache Mon, Jan 8, 2018, Sarah King and Mo Countant - Our outing was short and sweet this month. Winter time can be tough for geocachers. In our area, we are lucky to have the SaraCap Winter series of geocaches which allows us to find "winter friendly" caches. This means they are usually up off the ground and meant to be found in snowy conditions. Our destination this day was Saratoga Spa State Park, where 3 of the 7 caches in the "This Winter is for the Birds" series were placed. All caches were in different parts of the park so we did some car-hopping. We started at the warming hut off Avenue of the Pines. We donned snowshoes and headed out to find the cache, which was in the shape of a bird, as were the other two we found. We continued into the park, finding the provided parking waypoint and making the short walk to the cache. We weren't able to drive through the park to Route 50, where the last cache was so we headed around to the entrance off Route 50. Another short walk and we had completed our mission. I look forward to the other Saracap challenge, the Winter 33, which should be published in the beginning of February. More caches to find with the group! Thanks to all who came out. Participants: Sarah King, Mo Coutant, Julie Leonelli, Todd Earl.
Tuesday Outing Tue, Jan 9, 2018, Maureen Coutant - This week we hiked up to the Pilot Knob gazebo and then most of us continued on to the waterfall. We met someone who had just hiked up in the parking lot and told us we only needed microspikes, which was true up to the gazebo. But some of us decided to continue onto the waterfall and in a few places snowshoes would have been helpful. But it was mostly in the open area where there was some drifting. It was the first time up to the gazebo for some in the group and many hadn't been up to the waterfall. We all had a great time getting caught up on our lives or getting to know each other...as usual for an ADK outing. Participants: Jan Carlson, Mo Coutant, John Devine, Mary Knutson, Julie Leonelli, Kathi Noble, & Deyanne.
TR Mountain Sat, Jan 13, 2018, Nick Ringelberg and Jayne Bouder - Winter Storm Warning. Cancelled.
Tuesday Outing - FTC Tue, Jan 16, 2018, Maureen Coutant - This month we stayed close to home and hiked Hadley Mountain as our Fire Tower Challenge hike. We had a light snow covering an icy trail following the rain during the January thaw. Steve decided he needed to join Jan and me in wearing microspikes after slipping in the first 1/4 mile. The snow didn't cover enough of the ice to be able to walk unassisted. Later, Jan also slipped on the way up, even wearing the spikes. The ice was hard and the snow was probably inhibiting the full bite of the spikes. We had a snack near the Rangers Cabin, which was out of the wind. Then, only a brief visit to the top since it was windy and colder up there, plus there was no view. All socked in. So we headed down and that's when it got interesting. Jan slipped on an icy rock and landed on her upper arm. She knew it was bad when she couldn't raise her arm. But she was tough and didn't even shed a tear! We switched her to snow shoes to see if they had better bite and they did. She walked out supported on one side by Steve in 1-1/2 hours. From there...a trip to the ortho ER in Saratoga. Broken shoulder. Jan we wish you a speedy recovery and you did great! Always good to hike with a group and this was one of those reminders of why you shouldn't hike alone! Participants: Jan Carlson, Mo Coutant, Steve Mackey.
Pryamid & Gothics Sat, Jan 20, 2018, Steve Mackey - We ended up with 7 skiers/hikers. The weather was warm, somewhere around 30 degrees. The snow never softened up and got packy, and it sure was a lot better than the bitter cold of the week before. The wind on top was very strong; we all guessed around 50 mph. The view came and went, but even when it was clear you couldn't see much past Saddleback. We got an awesome view of Pyramid from Gothics one time when it opened up. Most of us wore microspikes until the Sawteeth intersection and then we all switched to snowshoes. A couple of us tried the little plastic sleds on the way down, but after bouncing off a few trees, we decided maybe it was a little too fast. One of my ski poles got hung up and bent, with all the momentum. The ski out was very good, though there were a lot of little branches to dodge. It also was a little wierd skiing with only one pole. We might have convinced Wayne to come over to the dark side and become a skier. Participants: Sandra Foley, Ingrid Kerscht, Nicole Beaulne, Tim & Maureen Laskey, Wayne Richter, Steve Mackey.
Hudson Crossing / New Year Outing Sat, Jan 27, 2018, Rich Crammond - This was a great day to be out there on the trail. The ground was icy but we put on our microspikes to be safe. Liz spotted a golden-crowned kinglet and Ole Eagles Eyes Rich spotted our group's first and only eagle of the outing. Seeing one eagle instead of none was enjoyable to all. Didn't get no better. Thanks hiking buds for sharing your day. "Hike Safe." Participants: Jayne Bouder (A+ hiker), Mark Bodner (great guy), Alan Gee (camera man), Liz Gee (eagle eyes #2), Reg Prouty (trumpet man), Linda Neil (sister), Cathy Fleming (good hiking bud), Rich Crammond (eagle eyes #1).
Tuesday Outing Tue, Jan 30, 2018, Maureen Coutant - This week we did a walk around the City of Saratoga trying to avoid the ice. Well, that wasn't all together successful. Ice is everywhere even on the sidewalks. We did manage to walk for a couple of miles and it was nice to get out. I can't say we worked up a sweat or burned many calories, since we had to be so careful with our footing. Actually, we probably ate more calories at Uncommon Grounds than we worked off! Oh well. It was a nice outing anyway! Participants: Mo Coutant, Paul Dietershagen, Susie Imgruth, Sarah King, Eric Krantz, Mary & Roy Knutson, Licia & Steve Mackey, Alison Saville Zoske, Joanne Szot.