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Thomas Mountain, December 30, Pat Desbiens and Jack Whitney, 11 participants
This was an introduction to snowshoeing hike. We lucked out and
had snow in the Lake George area and a nice warm winter day to
go out and play. It was the first time on snowshoes for some of
the participants so we started off by reminding everyone to walk
with a little wider stance than normal and demonstrating how to
get up if you fell down. We had an opportunity to break trail so
the cabin at the top was a welcome sight on which to sit on the
porch, enjoy the views, talk a little bit about what should be carried
in a winter pack and energize ourselves with food in preparation
for the walk out.
Participants: Emily Litwin, Margie Litwin,
Melissa Ross, Matt Kruczinicki, Shirley LaPlante, Paul Klippel, Sandy
Yellen, Ann Mundy, John Whitney, Jack Whitney and Pat Desbiens
Avalanche Pass, January 27, Steve and Licia Mackey, 3 participants
We had a couple of other skiers that almost went, but they
wanted to go a little earlier, so we met at Avalanche Pass, in
the afternoon. It was very good skiing and we all made it down
the big downhill unscathed. T he last few times I have been to
Marcy Dam I haven't seen any Chickadees (I heard that one of
the Rangers was discouraging hikers from feeding them) but this
time they almost landed on our heads, so we gave them a piece
of a granola bar. I almost had three on my hand at once. On
the leg out from the big downhill to Marcy Dam, you glide for
almost a mile, almost without any kicking or poling, it is the best.
Participants: Bill Herrmann, Steve Mackey, Licia Mackey.
Crane Mountain, January 27, Jack Whitney, 19 participants
For the first 4 or 5 people going up or down there was light
fluffy snow to walk through; for the remaining 14 or 15 people
it was icy on the steep pitches. With a few helping hands at a
couple of critical spots everyone managed to make the loop trip
without incident. The sun managed to come out for brief periods
while on the summit rewarding the group with great views.
Congratulations to everyone for making this a most enjoyable
day under strenuous conditions.
Participants: Dan Monroe, Paul Klippel, Shirley LaPlante, Bill Carpenter, Pat McPhee, Jason Lasky,
Melissa Ross, Margie Litwin, Lisa Podwirney, Pat Desbiens, Trisa
Lockwood, Eric Kimmelman, Ray Boucher, Kathy Quoi, Colin
Buckhurst, Liz Koulos, Stephanie Daniels, Michael Ferro, Jack Whitney.
Pharaoh Lake Ski, February 2, Jim Schneider, 4 participants
The rain of the previous day caused minor consternation, but a
supporting frozen crust on top of the snow base sharpened our
resolve to ski. It's surprising sometimes how little snow is really
needed to kick and glide. The skiing was fast and one would not
want to get too crazy on the downhill runs. We toured most of
the lake, exploring frozen bays and various lean-tos. The muchhoped-
for sunshine never appeared, nonetheless, we had a fine
day of skiing.
Participants: Bruce Allard, Bill Bechtel, Steve Mackey, Jim Schneider.
Black Mountain, February 3, Jack Whitney, 23 participants
Twenty-three people made their way to the summit with overcast
skies and then, just as we summitted, the sun came out, the skies
were bright blue and we had fantastic views of Lake George and
the surrounding peaks. It was mild enough to sit and enjoy lunch
on the summit and then just as we were leaving, the skies became
overcast again as we made our way down to the ponds on this
loop trip. A great day in the outdoors with a wonderful group
Participants: Jean Holcomb, Kathy Quoi, Pat McPhee,
Melissa Ross, Margie Litwin, Lisa Podwirny, Bill Carpenter, Sandy
Yellen, Jason Lasky, Amy Lasky, Brenda Arley, Dan Monroe, Tricia
Lakewood, Colin Bruckhurst, Jonathan Lane, Pat Desbiens, Kim
Ciraulo, Joe Spain, Ray Bouchard, Sterling Salter, Heide teRiele-
Karkoski, Jack Whitney.
Hadley Mountain, February 9, Jonathan Lane, 6 participants
The peak was totally socked in, but we still had a great time.
Decent weather and great company - no complaints from me!
Perhaps next time we'll get a view, though.
Participants: Jonathan Lane, Jason Lasky, Patricia Lockwood, Dan Monroe, Jessie O'Brien.
Snowshoeing Moreau, February 10, Bill Schwarz, 9 participants
We couldn't be sure if Spier Falls Road was sufficiently cleared
after Saturday's icy precipitation, so we started at the state park's
main entrance, and climbed to the overlook above Moreau Lake.
Even the morning snowfall - about 3 inches - added to the
scenery and we were rewarded with nice views east during our
rest stop. We had some trying moments, since we experienced
new snow over ice and rocks during the steepest climbs and
descents, but that was part of the challenge.
Participants: Ray Bouchard, Bill Carpenter, Antonia Dauer, Tom Noonan, Wayne
Ouderkirk, Bill Schwarz, Charlotte Smith, Bonnie Whitman, Jack Whitney.
Rooster Comb Mountain, February 17, Jack Whitney, 6 participants
The day started off with a great breakfast at the Noonmark
Restaurant in Keene Valley. We left the restaurant and were
greeted with cold temperatures and lots of wind at the trailhead.
It actually was warmer and less windy on the summit. The
trail was broken out until about a half-mile before the summit
where it became slow going but with our good group, all summitted.
A good day was had by all.
Participants: John Buckhurst, Pat Desbiens, Daniel Monroe, Kathy Quoi, Bonnie Whitman,
Santanoni Great Camp Ski, February 23, Ray Bouchard, 5 participants
The original backcountry ski trip from Blue Mountain to Lake
Durant had to be cancelled due to the lack of sufficient fresh
snow, so we switched to a much safer location with an additional
twist. We made a group decision to start at the VIC Center in
Newcomb and ski the recently cut 2-mile trail from there to the
carriage road. It was great in theory and the 3"-5" of new snow
made it doable but we were equipped with long, skinny skis suitable
for the road, not a narrow, hilly hiking trail laced with several
nasty dips and turns. I think we all fell at least once and several of
us went down more than that. On the bright side, the day turned
out to be gorgeous so in spite of our bruises everyone had a
good time. No one was looking forward to skiing the last two
miles to the VIC center on the way back so we were very appreciative
when Steve volunteered to make the trip and fetch the van
for us. I don't know how he managed to navigate those long steep
descents on the hiking trail without breaking his neck but he did
and he pulled into the parking lot just as we arrived. The man is
Participants: Ray Bouchard, Jim Dickson, Mark Janey, Licia and Steve Mackey.
Heart, Bear, and Rock Ponds, February 24, Reg Prouty and Bob Aspholm, 19 participants
A large group of snowshoers arrived at the Putnam Pond State
Campsites parking area on a beautiful midwinter morning to
visit several very pretty but small ponds in the Pharaoh Lake
Wilderness Area near Ticonderoga. Breaking trail was not too
difficult especially at first because it had been done earlier in the
winter. We took a short break at each pond and several more
artistically endowed in the group traced out a figure denoting
the name of each pond on its ice. I think the bear was the best
of the group. We had lunch at Bear Pond on the beach in the
warm sunshine. Then some of the group had extra fun glissading
down a small hill near the trail. Arriving at Rock Pond we visited
the old slag tower and Bob and Jayne investigated the interior
of the iron mine cave where the red stained water stream was.
Upon returning most of us had a nice hot meal at the Wagon
Wheel Restaurant in Ticonderoga. It was the largest hiking group
we had ever seen meeting after a hike for a meal. A ll in all, it was
a satisfying ending to a great day of snowshoeing with a friendly
hiking crew. Thanks to all for making it successful and taking turns
Participants: Reg Prouty, Bob Aspholm, Jayne Bouder,
Dan Monroe, Jeff Sullivan, Mark Greenberg, Bill Carpenter, Lisa
Podwirny, Michael Brockbank, Melissa Ross, Pat Desbiens, Margie
Litwin, Jack Whitney , Tricia Lakwood, Jason Lasky, Amy Lasky,
Jonathan Lane, Bill Morse, Marsha LaPont.
Snowshoeing Spruce Mountain, March 1, Jessica Gottung, 8 participants
Needless to say we had more than enough snow for this event!
Thankfully, we had several very fit people willing to take turns
to breakout this trail - many thanks to them, your efforts were
very appreciated. Aside from exercise and nice scenery along
the trail, this trip doesn't offer much in the way of views. A few
floors have been removed from the fire tower and it appears to
be condemned. Regardless, we all had a great time.
Participants: Jessica Gottung, Tricia Lakewood, Jonathan Lane, Jason Lasky, Dan
Monroe, Reg Prouty, Kristen and Melissa Ross.
Cascade and Porter Mountains, March 2, Jack Whitney, 14 participants
Fourteen of us left the trailhead under chilly conditions but were
soon sufficiently warmed. There were great views from the overlook
just before the summit and then clear skies and spectacular
views (although extremely windy) on the summit. It was then
back down to the junction and on to Porter before heading back
to the trailhead. Congratulations to all but especially to Melissa
and Margie - they are now High Peak two-ers!
Participants: Ray Bouchard, Ray Boucher, Bill Carpenter, Pat Desbiens, Tom Esmond,
Dan Forbush, Jonathan Lane, Jason Lasky, Margie Litwin, Trica
Lockwood, Dan Monroe, Kathy Quoi, Melissa Ross, Jack Whitney.
Colvin and Blake, March 2, Jean Holcomb, 6 participants
This turned out to be a real goldilocks day. Not too hot, not too
cold, snow just right and a trail broken by two young men who
hiked in an hour ahead of us. Winter really opens up the views
which were spectacular on both sides once we got over 3,000
ft. With everything going just right and a strong motivated group
we had no trouble summiting both mountains by 2 p.m. and
were out by dark, a ten-and-a-half-hour trek. This is not to say
that it wasn't difficult. There were many second thoughts as we
gasped and scrabbled our way up the final very steep pitch to
Blake, knowing we had to go back just as steeply over to Colvin.
We were rewarded with some good butt slides and a stunning
view of sunset on Giant Peak coming out. Super day!
Participants: Jean Holcomb, Jayne Bouder, Shirley LePlant, Paul Klippel, George
Baranauskas, Nancy Hayhurst, Diana Lavery.
Winter Camping - No Experience Necessary, March 8, Ron Lester, 5 participants
With pouring rain and 33 degree temps, we voted to go anyway (leader was not
smiling). The rain let up long enough for the 20-minute hike to Stewart's Ledge.
The sounds of the forest were comforting ... falling trees and cracking branches.
As we stomped out tent sites the rain started again and we all got wet. Leader
supervised two on how to set up a tent in the rain while one brave soul set up
his hammock under a tarp. Meanwhile, over yonder, the lady (1 gal, 4 guys
- what odds) tries to remember how to set up her tent. She is offered help
but just can't seem to remember how those dang poles go. Finally, all is constructed
and the 5 of us pile into the 3-man tent for dinner. Leader offers to
cook and almost starts tent on fire. We learn that yellow snow does not make
good soup. The after dinner "story hour" is memorable to say the least,
with all contributing. Cool breezes blow throughout the night, supplemented
with occasional winds that threaten to relocate the tents to a safer spot away
from the thunder and falling trees. As dawn breaks and freezing rain stops, we again pile into the BIG
tent for breakfast. The leader has a few difficult moments trying
to multi-task with 3 stoves and multiple water requests. Everyone
gets the same amount no matter what's on the menu! Camp
break down is so quick that leader forgets to put on his pants
and hikes out in his long johns, telling us that it's OK because he
sometimes goes to Stewart's that way. A great time was had by all!
Participants: Michael Brockbank, Greg Furlong, Melody Hoffmann,
Dave Kocian, Ron Lester.
Owls Head Mountain, March 15, Jonathan Lane, 4 participants
Clouds, clouds, and more clouds. Not a view was to be had. But,
we still had a good time!
Participants: Colin Buckhurst, Jonathan Lane, Patricia Lockwood, Dan Monroe.
Haystack, March 16, Steve Mackey, 7 participants
I only hiked 5 High Peaks this winter. They were all either early winter or late winter,
and they all had lots of snow on the ground, snow coming down, high wind, and no view. So I am happy to report that
this hike made it 5 for 5. The trail was hard packed, so none of us skied. We ended up wearing our snowshoes for about a third of the trip.
We cut the corner to the Range Trail like we'd planned, but we had a little trouble finding the trail on the other side.
The snow was deep enough that the trail markers were buried and what snowshoe trails we saw were on the trail sometimes and sometimes not.
On the way down Little Haystack we all switched to crampons, (except for Peter, who made it a little extra exciting),
but we didn't need a rope. The summit was covered with a couple inches of ice and visibility was about 100 feet.
A good strong group, hope next winter we get some views.
Participants: Nate Morgan, Colin Buckhurst, Peter Valastro, Steve Barlow, Sue Hoff-Haynes, Dan Dolan, Steve Mackey.
Moreau Lake Overlook, March 23, Bob Aspholm, 8 participants
We had a fantastic day on the Overlook; the winter snow was
packed down to ice and crunchy snow and most of us employed
crampons or ice stabilizers. We easily made it around the lake and
up the steep trail to the overlook. Great views were had and we
lingered a short while before heading down and back around the
lake on this short but great small hike.
Participants: Bob Aspholm, Cathy Corrigan, Bruce Cushing, David Ganj, Margaret Litwin, Kris
Ross, Melissa Ross, Tatiana.
Wednesday Morning Walk - Butler Pond Road, March 26, Maureen Coutant, 7 participants
We were so glad to be out! We all chatted about the series of storms that wreaked havoc on our Wednesday walks.
This was the first time out since the end of January. Although this is a road walk,
it's a fairly steady hill which we crested and came part way down the other side. Then we headed back to our cars.
It was a good workout and my shins were feeling it the next day.
Participants: Maureen Coutant, Margaret Curtis, Liz Gee, Licia Mackey, Gary Rodd, Gretchen Stark, Victoria Warren.
Peaked Mountain, March 29, Neal VanDorsten, 13 participants
We were expecting a nice spring hike to Peaked Mountain on the
29th, but a late snowstorm turned our hike into one more winter
excursion. The hike turned out to be a little more difficult because
of all the blowdown, the conditions, and the difficulty in finding
the trail. However, in the end it was a beautiful day, and we all had
a great hike. We spotted an otter, a grouse and a mink. On the
way back, we hiked back across Thirteenth Lake. We had a great
turnout with 13 total participants and one stray dog.
Participants: Daniel Monroe, Micheille Pollock, Molly Noonan, Cathy
Corrigan, Paul Salway, Rich Salz, Moik Salz, Melissa Ross, Alan Gee,
Margie Litwin, Liz Gee, Sydney Van Dorsten and Neal Van Dorsten.
Cook Mountain, March 30, Jack Whitney, 8 participants
Under sunny, no clouds in the blue sky, this early Spring hike got
underway late morning with enthusiastic hikers. A leisurely pace
got us to the summit where we spent an hour relaxing, enjoying
the views and good conversion. A beautiful big buck joined us
briefly on the summit - what a treat. This is one of those mountains
where you get a lot of "bang for your buck."
Participants: Cathy Corrigan, Bruce Cushing, Rich Myette, Bonnie Whitman,
Pat Desbiens, Kathy Quoi, Sandy Yellen, Jack Whitney.
Porter and Cascade, March 30, Pat McCullough, 10 participants
The weather Gods did not let me down when I wrote that I had ordered great weather for this hike.
Blue skies, sunshine, no wind, and views almost to the ocean. What more can you ask for at the end of March?
Most of the hikers were rookies for a climb with snowshoes. I am pretty sure that they are all hooked at this point.
Now all we have to do is reel them in. A great group to spend a beautiful day with.
Participants: Bill Carpenter, Andy Chillrud, John Chillrud, Emily Davison and her husband, Erik LeClair,
Tom Mahar, Pat McCullough, Derek McDonagh, Donna Ruppel.
Wednesday Morning Walk - Glens Falls, April 2, Maureen Coutant, 6 participants
Well there was still snow in the woods in the Glens Falls area, so we did a neighborhood walk and city tour.
We scouted out the bike trail for future trips and showed the downtown sites to those not so familiar with the area.
We even had a coffee stop although we took them to go!
Participants: Maureen Coutant, Margaret Curtis, Licia Mackey, George Sammons, Edna Van Dorstan, Victoria Warren.
Hadley Mountain, April 5, Pat Desbiens, 15 participants
The weather was warm but the snow was still on the ground for this hike.
Equipment used ranged from snowshoes to stabilizers - a few people on the hike trying out these pieces of equipment for the first time.
Experience and ability varied within the group but all did what they could to the best of their ability level and enjoyed the beautiful
weather and peacefulness of the mountains. Those who made it to the summit were rewarded with wonderful views and the opportunity
to sit around and relax. Many thanks to Bill Carpenter and Ray Bouchard and Rich Crammond, three of our dedicated outings leaders,
for helping out with leadership roles.
Participants: Bill Carpenter, Stephen Hiter, Vicki Starr, Paul Weinstein, Nicole Weinstein, Samuel Weinstein,
Delia Weinstein, Tom Mahar, Greg Furlong, Tricia Lockwood, Shawn Neese, Ray Bouchard, Rich Crammond, Garrett Seabury, Pat Desbiens.
Big Slide instead of Avalanche Mountain, April 6, Jayne Bouder, Jack Whitney, 7 participants
Deep snow and a beautiful but WARM forecast switched this 100 highest bushwack to Big Slide's dependably packed trail.
The road to the Garden had deep ruts and we had some tricky snowshoeing over melted, rocky areas on the Brothers.
But the snow was excellent after that. On the way down we sunned on the warm rocks and had great views all day from everyplace!
Participants: Bob Aspholm, Jayne Bouder, Bruce Cushing, Dan Monroe, Kathy Quoi, Jeff Sullivan, Jack Whitney.
Wednesday Morning Walk/Hike - Saratoga State Park, April 9, Maureen Coutant, 12 participants
We wound up doing a water tasting tour ... well some of the braver members of the group did.
Maybe the ones with an impaired sense of smell! We all enjoyed getting out and exploring the park,
tasting the water, seeing the geyser and we even got into the grounds of SPAC. Some of us went into town for lunch
afterward ... a great morning out!
Participants: Maureen Coutant, Margaret Curtis, Ely Fuller, Anna and Kristina Gage,
Albina Ientile, Licia Mackey, Gary and Shar Rodd, George and Irene Sammons, Victoria Warren.
Pilot Knob Gazebo and Waterfall, April 19, Lorraine MacKenzie, 18 participants
It was summer in April. Temperatures were in the high 80s and no shade. The leaves were just buds on the trees.
Spring flowers were just breaking through the ground. The waterfall was a cool and welcome sight. What a unique hike!
Participants: Ray Bouchard, Bill Carpenter, Cathy Corrigan, Rebecca Douglass, Joanne Fritz,
Lorraine MacKenzie, Dawn Mead, Kathy Quoi, Terry Peek, Linda Robinson, Daniel Roicki, Nancy Roselle,
Kristen Ross, Melissa Ross, Julia Syrotynski, Jack Whitney, Sandy Yellen, Sharon Zaccari.
Round Pond Loop, April 20, Jean Holcomb, Jayne Bouder, 4 participants
We arrived in one car, parked at the Stone Bridge over the N. Boquet River, and carried our snowshoes into the woods
full of icestorm broken trees and branches, on trail and off. It was a beautiful, warm and shadeless day.
The water was high, the waterfalls and views were great! When the snow became mushy we skipped the third bump and at
Round Pond we decided we'd had enough of bushwacking and bailed out to Route 73.
Had a pleasant late-afternoon walk down the road to our car, with cool shade, rushing brooks, and smooth going - and completed our loop!
Participants: Bob Aspholm, Jayne Bouder, Jean Holcomb, and Anna Marynowska.
April 23, Maureen Coutant, 5 participants
Our snowbird, Mace, returned for our spring walk in Lake George. We admired the view from the boardwalk
then headed to the trail up Prospect. We did the beginning of the trail (up to the road), picked up garbage,
and returned to our cars and to try out Gary's Tryke - a day with Gary's toys may be a future outing!
Participants: Mace Comora, Maureen Coutant, Gary Rodd, George Sammons, Bill Schwarz.
Hotwater and Grassy Ponds, April 26, Rich Crammond, Jayne Bouder, 8 participants
We got a beautiful, warm day, with high water, and no bugs! The rushing Boreas River shared
it's gorge with the railroad tracks and us, and some knee-deep snow. S
pring runoff lured us up the wrong drainage, where blooming wildflowers and springmelt
waterfalls made the extra half mile of (sometimes steep) bushwacking bearable.
We had lunch at Hotwater Pond, where its outlet plunged abruptly underground.
Birdwatchers got out binoculars as we bushwacked on to Grassy Pond where we stopped for a while and a group picture.
We then 'wacked back down to the Boreas and the train tracks back.
The grand finale was a 10-minute climb to where Hotwater Pond outlet emerged from a cool cave
at the base of an undercut cliff, from wherever it had been. Great day, beautiful place, great group!
Participants: Jayne Bouder, Rich Crammond, Gail Gaskin, Jean Holcomb, Tom Mahar, Kathy Miles, Shawn Neese, Rich Speidel.
Noonmark Mountain, April 26, Jonathan Lane, 7 participants
What a beautiful day with some incredible views! We made this a nice loop hike,
encountering some deep pockets of snow on the way down, which only made it a more interesting hike. Overall, a great day.
Participants: Colin Buckhurst, Bill Carpenter, Tim Clark, Jonathan Lane, Jason Lasky, Patricia Lockwood, Molly Noonan.
Kids hike - Moreau, April 26, Maureen Coutant, 6 participants
The iffy weather may have kept some families away, but our small group enjoyed a short walk to Mud Pond
where we looked for salamanders, fish and other cool things. A tiny jaw bone skeleton was probably our neatest find.
Participants: Gen, Jim and Maureen Coutant; Anna, David and Kirsten Gage.
Tongue Mountain, April 27, Lorraine MacKenzie, 11 participants
We started out in the mist. We were looking out for rattlesnakes but found only very happy frogs,
spring flowers, and beautiful views. Our hike would have been a difficult one, negotiating around a lot of
blowdown had it not been for the wonderful crew who did trailwork the day before. THANK YOU!
Participants: Ray Bouchard, Dave Ganje, Alan Gee, Liz Gee, Mark Greenberg, Lorraine MacKenzie, Terry Peek,
Patrick Stacey, Linda Veraska, Jack Whitney, Sandy Yellen and Harold.
Treadway Mountain, April 27, Jim Schneider, 3 participants
Under gray skies, but with the hopeful prospect of later sun, we set off from Putnam Pond Campground.
The woods provided deep views without foliage as we listened to loon calls from the lake.
The trails were in good shape with the occasional walk-around of snapped-off tree crowns from winter's ice.
Under breaking sunshine the Treadway to Crab Pond bushwhack followed the script perfectly and Rock Pond
was as delightful as ever. Great fun, too bad you missed it.
Participants: Bill Bechtel, Kathy Quoi, Jim Schneider.
Wednesday Morning Walk/Hike - Cat Mountain, April 30, Maureen Coutant, 6 participants
We knew the warm spell in April was over when we were greeted with snow flurries in the parking lot.
We walked to the top of Cat Mountain where we saw the flurries again and some more ominous looking clouds off in the distance.
The view was spectacular. We cleared trail of some of the many downed branches on the way down.
Participants: Maureen Coutant, Licia Mackey, George Sammons, Gretchen Stark, Neal Van Dorsten, Vicky Warren.
Long Lake NTP Trail Work Weekend, May 2-4, Bill Bechtel, 11 participants
Our three-day work weekend started with a gathering of everyone at the Long Lake State Boat Launch to be ferried
with our supplies down the lake to Kelly Point where there are two lean-tos. The first day we side cut and cleared blow-down
from Kelly Point to Shattuck Clearing after being shuttled by Captain Neal to Plumleys. The evening meal served up by Tom Ellis,
filled our stomachs after a hard day's work. On the second day we again cruised up the lake to Plumleys, with a short hike
into Pine Plantation to replace bridges across a large swampy area. With DEC permission two huge pine trees were downed by Wes.
The crew immediately went to work scraping off the bark while Neal and his crew carried the logs to the nearby swamp. Tom E.
and Wes cut the tops flat and notched the bottoms to fit the stringer logs. Everyone got wet and dirty carrying and placing the
logs in the swamp. Four, 12-foot-long bridges were replaced using 18- to 20-inch diameter logs. Again the evening meal of beef
burgundy with potatoes, beer and wine rejuvenated our bodies and spirit for another evening session around an even better campfire
than the previous night. The final day was spent side cutting and clearing the trail from Kelly Point to Tarbell Road parking lot.
By early afternoon everyone was on his or her way home, somewhat dampened by the rain, but with a good feeling of a job well done.
Participants: Neal Andrews, Mong Joe, Eh Dah, Eh Tha Pwee, Wes Lampman, Tom Ellis, Dan D'Angelico, Barb Bave,
Bill Bechtel, Tom Wemmet, Genny Morley.
Spring Bird Walk - Peebles Island State Park, May 3, Rich Speidel, 17 participants
It was a cool, overcast morning with some light rain. Fortunately the rain ended as we made our way around the
perimeter of Peebles Island. We spotted a number of birds from the bluffs overlooking the Mohawk River, including
Spotted Sandpipers in the channel below, a Pileated Woodpecker on an adjacent island, and Swallows overhead.
The walk ended on a musical note as a Warbling Vireo made a cameo appearance. Our friendly and dedicated group identified
26 species of birds, a good variety for a cloudy and cool day.
Participants: Uday, Niti and Neha Chandra, Liz and Alan Gee, Bruce Goodale, Jean Holcomb,
Licia and Steve Mackey, Terry Peek, Namita and Ria Ranjan, Marsha and Steve Ras, Ashlee and Jennifer Swallow, Rich Speidel.
Buck Mountain, May 4, Lorraine MacKenzie, 15 participants
We arrived at the trailhead and it started to rain. We pressed on into the mist.
On the bright side, the waterfall was flowing strong, the bugs were at bay and the spring colors were more dramatic.
Some of us lingered at the top to see the skies clear and the lake magically appear. The rest viewed the parting of the clouds on the decent.
Participants: Brenda Arley, Kati Behrens, Ray Bouchard, Bruce Cushing, Carolyn Cyr, Michelle Hadden,
Stephen Hiter, Margie Litwin, Lorraine MacKenzie, Arthur Ostrov, Terry Peek, Melissa Ross, Linda Veraska, Jack Whitney, Sandy Yellen.
Black Mountain Ponds, May 10, Rich Crammond and Jayne Bouder, 6 participants
This was one rugged hike to another backwoods Adirondack pond. We bushwhacked our way along a real fine
run-off stream with neat little waterfalls and crystal clear pools of Adirondack joy for us all! We then headed for
the top of Black Mountain but it was, let's say, not good going through so much blowdown.
So we headed back down to the runoff and back to the tracks and then to the starting point.
(What a fine rugged group!). They were all good natured in spite of the black flies and bushwhacking
through some tough stuff. Thanks to all for a nice outing.
Participants: Tom Mahar, Brenda Arley, Shawn Neese, Rich Neese, Jayne Bouder, Rich Crammond.
Spring Bird Walk - Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park, May 10, Rich Speidel, 26 participants
Special thanks to Jack Reber of the Wilton Wildlife Preserve for co-leading this walk.
We had an amazing turnout for this early morning walk, and were blessed with sunny skies. Starting at the pond, w
e observed two Green Herons along the shoreline ... turns out they were feasting on large tadpoles (bullfrog?).
Highlights along the trail included a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers and a good view of a Great-Crested Flycatcher
in the treetops. With the help of a fine group of crackerjack birders (including 11 year-old Brett, who knows
birds by sight and sound), we identified 32 species.
Participants: Steve and Brett Abrahamsen, Susan and Tom Beaudoin, Phyllis Bader-Borel and John Borel,
Patricia Brennan, Mary Beth Delarm, Pat Fitzgerald, Lisa Gaudette, Liz and Alan Gee, Bruce Goodale,
Cathy and Keith Hall, Ann and Warren Hockenos, Licia Mackey, Kate McNairy, Jack Reber, Carol Roberts,
Sue Rosenberg, Joan and Bob Stevens, Kathy Swantak, Rich Speidel.
Hadley Mountain Wild Flower Hike, May 11, Jack Whitney/Bill Carpenter, 25 participants
This hike was a combined Glens Falls/Saratoga and Schenectady Chapter hike with Ruth Schoottman
leading her annual Mother's Day Wildflower hike. It was a purposely leisurely journey to the summit with the weather
cooperating and Mother Nature providing ample opportunity to view an abundance of wildflowers.
Ruth's knowledge of the wildflowers and flora and the historical background on the naming of many of them
was impressive to all. Everyone was rewarded for the effort of the climb with gorgeous weather and
spectacular views from the summit. A most enjoyable day - thank you, Ruth!
Participants: Sharon Kay, Kristi Allen, Lorrie Seabury, Garrett Seabury, Tristen Seabury,
Kristin Ross, Raney Peck, Joanne Fritz, Kathy Shang, Diane Collins, Brenda Arley, Eberhard Burkowski,
Margaret Litwin, Jean Holcomb, Pat Desbiens, Patricia Carpenter, Bill Carpenter, Alan Gee, Liz Gee,
Carolyn Bouchard, Ray Bouchard, Sandy Yellen, Gabbie Carpenter, Kathleen Swantak, Jack Whitney.
Tuesday Evening Paddles - Glen Lake, May 13, Maureen Coutant, 13 participants
We had quite a flotilla for our inaugural trip of the season! Thirteen boats paddled into the wetland
area and enjoyed the high water to get farther up the waterway than we expected. It was great to renew
friendships and meet new people. Bill saw the most wildlife and I saw many flowering water plants that
I couldn't identify. Water plant expert needed! No experience necessary! Just show up!
Participants: Joanne Armstrong, Maureen Coutant, Beth Gurzler, Andrew and Anne Paolano,
Bob and Sandy Powell, George Sammons, Alison Saville, Bill Thomas, Marti Tucker, Victoria Warren, Joann Zales.
Sleeping Beauty/Bumps Pond Loop, May 17, Reg Prouty, 11 participants
We found the gate to Dacy Clearing still closed, so we walked the extra 3 miles round trip
into Dacy Clearing from the DEC parking area. The ascent to the summit took us less than 2 hours
and we had a DEC employee, Jim Weed, clearing the way for us with his axe. The day was beautiful
so we spent more than an hour on top taking in the views. We could still see snow on Mount Marcy
and other Adirondack peaks. Several wildflower species added to the day's enjoyment. We spotted
several garter snakes and many salamanders at Bumps Pond.
Participants: Molly Noonan, Steve Bederian, Regina Gallucci, John Devine, Claudia Rosenhof,
Jeanne LaPoint, Kristine Karig, Sherry Aiken, Kathy Quoi, Terry Peek, Reg Prouty.
Spring Bird Walk - Pack Forest, Warrensburg, May 17, Rich Speidel, 10 participants
Weatherwise this outing was timed just right, with blue sky and sunshine the entire morning
(cloudy and cool the day before, and rain several hours after our walk).
The nice weather had the birds singing, which led to fine sightings of a Solitary Vireo, Least Flycatcher,
and Baltimore Oriole, among others. We also benefitted from Alan's skill of photographing birds with his
nifty digital camera and zoom lens, which provided instant closeup images.
Thanks to the combined efforts by our group, 32 species of birds were identified.
Participants: Susan and Tom Beaudoin, Mary Cambria, Gail Epstein, Liz and Alan Gee,
Mary Ann Moran, Doris and Merle Nichols, Rich Speidel.
Mount Adams, May 18, Lorraine MacKenzie, 13 participants
We numbered 13 but our trip was far from unlucky.
We had blue skies, comfortable temperatures and enough of a breeze to keep the black flies at bay.
Beautiful views, fantastic people and the forecasted rain came after we were all back in our cars.
Participants: George Baranauskas, Bill Carpenter, Carolyn Cyr, Pat Desbiens, Anne Franzese,
Heleen Isen, Tricia Lockwood, Lorraine MacKenzie, Andrew Pasko, Joe Pasko, Cynthia Staniels, Jack Whitney, Sandy Yellen.
Macomb, South Dix, East Dix and Hough Mountains, May 24, Jack Whitney, 15 participants
A great day in the Dix range. We started out by going up Lillian Brook to the lean-to and slide.
There were great views going up the slide, up to the summit of Macomb where we enjoyed more views.
Then it was on to the summit of South Dix where we paused for lunch and refreshments and to marvel
at how far we had come from Macomb and then it was on to East Dix where we enjoyed more spectacular
views before heading back to South Dix. It was then down to the campground between Pough and Hough
where some left for the summit of Hough while others enjoyed a short siesta at the campground before
heading back down Lillian Brook and out to our vehicles.
Participants: Susan Hoff Haynes, Jim Lofthouse, Alison Darby, John Whitney, Sheila Joly,
Charlie Czech, Lorraine MacKenzie, Trica Lockwood, Bill Carpenter, Melissa Ross, Walter Bassarab,
Shawn Neese, Richard Neese, Suzanne Knabe, Jack Whitney.
Dix Mountain, May 24, Jonathan Lane, 4 participants
What an awesome day! The weather couldn't have been much better, except perhaps a little less wind on top.
Trail conditions were good and the views were incredible. We even had the opportunity to help a
few "lost" hikers on the way up the "wrong" peak.
Participants: Tim Clark, Carolyn Cyr, Seth Dunn, Jonathan Lane.
Phelps Mountain, May 26, Jack Whitney, 6 participants
With showers forecast for the afternoon we made a hasty exit from the parking lot to Marcy Dam
and about a mile later to the junction for Phelps Mountain. It was then a steep climb for a little over a
mile to the summit of Phelps. Luckily there was a nice breeze (with no rain yet) on the summit so that
we could enjoy the views and nice lunches (thank you, Linda, for sharing your delicious salad with the group).
Packing up we could see storm clouds moving in from the North so we hastily descended and made it to the junction
just as it started to sprinkle. Walked out the rest of the way in a very light drizzle. Overall a great day in the mountains.
Participants: Linda Veraska, Sandy Yellen, John Kilduff, Charlie Czech, Tom Esmond, Jack Whitney.
Tuesday Evening Paddles - Hudson River, May 27, Maureen Coutant, 13 participants
It was another big turnout on a very blustery day. We rode the waves that the wind blew up from South Glens Falls
until the river bent. Then we paddled past Haviland Cove to the beginning of the Feeder Canal.
Dreading the trip back against the wind, most of us headed out of the Hudson and into the Feeder Canal to get back
across the river from where we started. Thanks to the group that fought the wind and returned to the cars.
They then shuttled the drivers from our group back to the cars. Afterward, many from the group
warmed up with a bite to eat and something to drink at Jake's.
Participants: Joanne Armstrong, Maureen Coutant, Licia and Steve Mackey, Joy Muller McCoola, Jacob McCoola,
George Sammons, Alison Saville, Fred and Sandy Songoyllo, Marti Tucker, Vicky Warren, Brooke Witham.
Vermont Secret Orchid Photo Hike, June 1, Jean Holcomb and Jack Whitney, 6 participants
. Under rain threatening skies the group headed to Vermont to seek out a secret location for the purpose of viewing and photographing some beautiful flowers,
especially orchids. Bird watching and multiple little red efts were an added attraction. Wild turkeys and partridges were seen along the way, and once on the trail,
the flowers did not disappoint us - Jack-in-the pulpits, many ferns, yellow lady's slipper orchids, Canada violets, wild ginger, baneberry, false Solomon's Seal,
Herb Robert's and pink alpine azalea were all to be enjoyed on this fine nature walk.
Participants: Terry Peek, Pat Desbiens, Ray Bouchard, Ely Fuller, Jean Holcomb, Jack Whitney.
Beaver Meadows Falls/Rainbow Falls, June 8, Pat Desbiens/Jack Whitney, 9 participants
. Mother Nature did not disappoint us! What better way to spend a very hot (high 80's) humid day than taking adavantage of Mother Nature's natural air conditioning at two of the most beautiful waterfalls
in the Adirondacks - Beaver Meadow Falls and Rainbow Falls. Both falls, probably due to the late runoff of water at the higher elevations,
had large amounts of water falling over them creating a mist and cool air - perfect lunch stops and photo opportunities.
A nice leisurely walk out via the Lake Road with one quick stop to wiggle our toes in a brook (a refreshing moment) and plenty of opportunity for good conversation and we arrived back at our cars.
All decided that pie and ice cream at the Noonmark was a good way to end the day.
Participants: Beth Johanson, Kristin Ross, Margie Litwin, Cathy Corrigan, Mary Ann Moran, Elizabeth Craven, Suzanne Doucette (a new member), Jack Whitney, Pat Desbiens.
Wednesday Morning Walk, South Glens Falls walkway, June 11, Maureen Coutant, 7 participants
. This is one of our favorite little walks in the Glens Falls area. It's actually a South Glens Falls gem. A nice walkway along the Hudson. We continued on up to the more wooded section to the gazebo before returning. Most of us then took the short walk to check out the Cooper's Cave observation area.
Participants: Fran Balch, Mace Comora, Maureen Coutant, Marsha Fagan, Regina Gallucci, Bill Schwarz.
Evening Paddle - Hudson River to Hadley, June 12, Maureen Coutant, 10 participants
. This was a new section of the Hudson for the group to paddle. We put in at the very nice boat launch just on the other side of West Mountain and paddled up to Hadley. It was a beautiful evening without too much motor boat traffic (before school was out and vacations really began).
Participants: Cathy Corrigan, Maureen Coutant, Charlie and Linda Czech, Licia Mackey, Andrew Paolano, Alison Saville, Don Thorn, Amy and John Zanghi.
Marcy, June 15, Pat Desbiens/Jack Whitney, 25 participants
. We had such a large number of hikers who wanted to come on this hike that the leaders decided to have a split hike rather than refuse anyone; we started at different times and stayed separated until the normal turn of events took place where individual paces naturally separated the groups. After a short break and snack at Indian Falls, we once again undertook the long trek to the summit. We all managed to be together on the summit for a bit and to our surprise (since it was a gorgeous day) we were just about the only ones on the summit along with the summit steward. Since this was Father's Day, Alison and Andrew brought along their dads. A great day to be in the woods with the rewards of spectacular views from the summit. The only "downer" was those pesky black flies on the trail.
Participants: Charlies Czech, Kim Ciraulo, Joe Spain, Melissa Ross, Margie Litwin, David Lucarelli, Ann Mundy, John Whitney, Walter Bassarab,
Carolyn Cyr, Scot Jacoby, Tom Amisson, Alison Darbee, Al Darbee, Tricia Lockwood, Kendra Pratt, David Pratt, Linda Veraska, Frank Coppt,
Ray Boucher, Gary Rodd, Andrew Rodd, Stephen Hiter, Pat Desbiens, Jack Whitney.
Wednesday Morning Walk, Feeder Canal/Glens Falls, June 18, Maureen Coutant, 7 participants
. We started at the beginning of the trail and walked to the Route 9 bridge. From there we took a little tour through the city of Glens Falls to check on all the renovation projects. Glens Falls is looking good. The buildings' canopies even acted as umbrellas during a short rain.
Participants: Mace Comora, Maureen Coutant, Barbara and Randy Glenn, Bob Powell, George and Irene Sammons.
Redfield, June 21, Bill Carpenter, 13 participants
. This hike got off to a slow start due to technical difficulties. We had a few rain showers but the skies finally cleared and had a great finish to the mountain. Congratulations to all participants on gaining another High Peak. Return was via Avalanche Pass for the benefit for those on the trip who had never been through there - what a Kodak moment.
Participants: Emil Klymkow, Erick Klymkow, Alison Darbee, George Daranauskes, Jane Stine, Ann Mundy, Charlie Czech, Sandy Yellen, Lorraine MacKenzie, Carolyn Cyr, Shawn Neese,Walter Bassarab, Bill Carpenter.
Moreau Lake State Park-Spier Falls Overlook, June 21, Reg Prouty, 7 participants
. We combined the Cottage Hill Trail, Western Ridge Trail and Mud Pond Cutoff trails to make a clockwise ascent to the Western Ridge Trail with more gradual climbing. The weather was great so we had good views of the Spier Falls Dam and Spruce and Hadley Mountains to the West and North respectively. A varied group provided a truly enjoyable day.
Participants: Reg Prouty, Mark Lamey, Cassandra Cherry, Linda Zila, Bob McDermott, Heidi Merrithew, Pam Fetch.
Evening Paddle, Glen Lake, June 25, Maureen Coutant, 14 participants
. We had another big turnout for another favorite local paddle. This time we paddled around the main lake and saw the osprey nest which was active again this year. We had a nice leisurely pace and received many comments from other boaters about our flotilla or was it an armada? Later many of us had a bite to eat lakeside at the Docksider.
Participants: Joanne Armstrong, Cathy Corrigan, Maureen Coutant, Charlie and Linda Czech, Beth and Steve Gurzler, George Sammons, Fred and Sandra Songayllo,
Jan Stephens, Bonnie Whitman (later joined by Jim Swart then Charlotte Smith).
Dippikill, June 29, Allen Altman, 9 participants
. Despite the threatening weather which had canceled many other outings that weekend, the very compatible group (two people even shared the same birthday) decided to carry on. It turned out to be a perfect day. Near the summit of Dippikill Mountain we encountered the earliest edible blueberries that anybody could remember in great abundance. Most took a refreshing swim at Dippikill Pond to end the outing. Wild edible strawberries, giant black frogs, fish, a new beaver lodge and lots of water salamanders were seen at the surprisingly clear pond. Great views, newts, toads, chipmunks, one snake and many different mushrooms were seen on the trail. Even the bugs cooperated. In the 35 years the trip leader has been coming to Dippikill, it was the best bug year yet.
Participants: Allen Altman, Catherine Altman, Yvonne DeMarino, Licia Mackey, Steve Mackey, Heidi Merithew, Bob Pendergast, Kathy Quoi,
and Allen Turula (who was present on the first two Dippikill Hikes and joined us at the meeting place to reminisce).
Skylight, Gray and Marcy, June 29, Bill Carpenter, 8 participants
. Going up the Northway we pulled over at a rest stop due to heavy rain. You never know how the weather is going to be on the High Peaks so decided to go on to the trailhead. The weather cleared, turned out to be a great day and a wonderful hike - only planned to do Skylight and Gray but managed to return via Marcy for a three High Peak day.
Participants: Jim Lofthouse, Jim Dickson, Colin Bruckhurst, Jane Stine, Jim Stine, Sandy Yellen, Alison Darbee, Bill Carpenter.
Wednesday Morning Walk, Lake George Rec Trails, July 2, Maureen Coutant, 5 participants
. This was our last walk of the season. We hiked along the Rec trails and started up the trail to Prospect Mountain we think before turning around. We scared up a few garter snakes and toads and of course some mosquitos, but it was a nice walk and we were thankful George had bug spray with him. Afterward, we looked and finally found a geocache hidden in the area. I'm still a beginner using my GPS, but maybe soon I'll have a few "geocache" trips on the schedule.
Participants: Mace Comora, Maureen Coutant, Kathy McMahon, George Sammons, Bill Schwarz.
Wednesday Morning Walk, Lake George Rec Trails, July 2, Maureen Coutant, 5 participants
. This was our last walk of the season. We hiked along the Rec trails and started up the trail to Prospect Mountain we think before turning around. We scared up a few garter snakes and toads and of course some mosquitos, but it was a nice walk and we were thankful George had bug spray with him. Afterward, we looked and finally found a geocache hidden in the area. I'm still a beginner using my GPS, but maybe soon I'll have a few "geocache" trips on the schedule.
Participants: Mace Comora, Maureen Coutant, Kathy McMahon, George Sammons, Bill Schwarz.
Haystack, July 5, Bill Carpenter, 10 participants
. Being a hike leader has great rewards. This day was no exception. Congratulations to all those who made a High Peak after a long day. We were rewarded with spectacular views from the summit and good weather to enjoy our lunch. This was a special day for me as this was my final climb for my Adirondack 46 and I thank all the participants on this hike as well as all the others who have helped along the way to make this a special day. A special thanks to Jack Whitney and Pat Desbiens for all their help and inspiration and to my wife, Pat ("Good Old What's Her Name"), for her many long days when I was on the mountains.
Participants: Marianne Comfort, Dan Monroe, Mark Janey, Alison Darbee, Jack Whitney, Jim Stine, Jane Stine, Sandy Yellen, Ray Boucher, Bill Carpenter.
Indian Pass/Ice Cave, July 6, Bob Aspholm, 8 participants
. It was a warm but not-too-muggy day; we made it up to the pass in good time. Savoring the views from summit rock we then headed down to the rocky caves area and found one with some remaining ice. Some of us did some rock scrambling and got up on another summit rock with equally great views.
Participants: Bob Aspholm, Jayne Bouder, Cathy Corrigan, Ely Fuller, Jean Holcomb, Jackie Keren, Madeline Kowalik-Bova, Kathy Quoi.
Tuesday Evening Kayak, Spier Falls Hudson River, July 8, Maureen Coutant, 6 participants
. Spier Falls area was at the northern edge of a storm that passed through the area about an hour before we met. So this kept most of the group away but the weather cleared and it left a steamy river. It was really beautiful with the sun coming out through the mist. The river level was higher than usual and there were a ton of large snails floating on the surface, plus other debris washed into the river from the shoreline. The water was very calm though and we got to explore into the bays a bit farther than normal due to the high water. We also got out of our kayaks and walked along the path to the dam overlook. Very cool and to think I'd never done this in all the trips we've made on this section of the Hudson!
Participants: Jim and Maureen Coutant, Elizabeth and Scott Kraeger, Nancy Rozelle and George Sammons.
Tirrell Pond, July 12, Rich Crammond, 3 participants
. This was a fine day for hiking. Some bugs were out and it was a little hot but okay for us. Tirrell Pond was a nice body of water with views of Tirrell Mountain slides on one side. We met a 70-year-old man hiking in and out of Tirrell Pond. I hope all us ADKers can still be out there in the great Adirondacks like him at age 70! Reg Prouty is just as rugged as ever on the trail, glad to spend some time with him. Another great outing in the Adirondacks.
Participants: Reg Prouty, Lucy Crammond, Rich Crammond.
Mount Marshall, July 19, Jack Whitney and Lorraine MacKenzie, 15 participants
. It was hazy, hot and humid on this day. Rain threatened but never materialized. Starting from Upper Works we hiked up the Calamity Brook Trail to Flowed Lands. Taking a very quick break we enjoyed the scenery at Flowed Lands before heading up the Herbert Brook herd path. A slow, steady pace got us to the summit where Jim showed us the views from the back side of Marshall. We then headed down. A special thanks to Theresa who stopped Jack's sliding fall in Herbert Brook. Everyone enjoyed a brief swim or soaking of feet in the refreshing water by the suspension bridge before the final mile to the vehicles.
: Theresa Blanchard, Colin Bockhurst, Stephanie Grandons, Jack Best, Aaron Courude, Sandy Yellen, Jane Stine, Jim Stine, Shirley LaPlante, Paul Klippel, Lorraine MacKenzie, Walter Bassarab, Marsha LaPointe, John Bean, Jack Whitney.
Blue Ledge on the Hudson, July 19, Jonathan Lane, 6 participants
. This was a short, easy hike back to a natural sandy beach on the Hudson, which we had all to ourselves for quite a while. We enjoyed some lunch, relaxed, and watched various types of rafts, including a pirate raft, make their way down the river. One of the rafting guides even pointed out the "strange creatures on the shore." Even though we got rained on for a few minutes on the hike out, we had a great day!
Participants: Tim Clark, Chris Grossman, Heleen Isen, Madeline Kowalik-Bova, Jonathan Lane, Jason Lasky.
Montcalm Point, July 19, Neal VanDorsten, 10 participants
. This was a one-way hike with swimming and a boat pick-up at the end. After cautioning everyone that there was a strong possibility that a rattlesnake would be spotted at this time of the year in this area, all the skeptics in the group became believers after spotting four "rattlers" along the way. A combination of very warm weather and a little bit of nervousness about the presence of the rattlesnakes, it was a welcome relief to jump in the very refreshing waters of Lake George and enjoy a swim. We jumped some cliffs on the way back and everyone was pleased with this extraordinary and somewhat adventurous trip.
Participants: Patti Schwankert, Steve Mackey, Licia Mackey, Karla Guererri, Mark Janey, Yvonne DeMarino, Heidi Mervithew, Kathy Quoi, Cathy Corrigan, Neal VanDorsten.
Thomas Mountain, July 20, Pat Desbiens, 4 participants
. I really tried to get a hike in! This was originally scheduled for Cook Mountain but upon arrival at the Panera parking lot, I was greeted by Bill Carpenter and his group who had started out to do Giant/Rocky Peak Ridge and were turned back by torrential rains and a phone call from Bill Morse in Ticonderoga who was supposed to co-lead this hike with me (since I'm currently supposed to be on the disabled list due to a knee problem) telling me that it had been raining torrentially in Ticonderoga since 6 a.m. with no sign of it letting up, Bill and I talked it over and decided we would give Thomas Mountain a try since it still appeared to be dry in that area. So, Bill and I and the two new hikers to the chapter that had signed up for the hike, took off for Thomas. We got about 3/4 of a mile up the trail before we started getting wet and decided to turn around - a good decision since it started to rain harder and the day was all downhill from there. A disappointment but assurances given that everyone would try again.
Participants: Virginia Carlucco, Corby Crandall, Bill Carpenter, Pat Desbiens.
Lake George Canoe and Camp, June 21-22, Jayne Bouder, 3 participants
. In spite of a nasty forecast, our only thunder-lightning-deluge happened as we put the boats in. Camped at Big Burnt Island, fished a nice rock and island-studded shallows. (And everywhere). Jayne found a boatless prop(eller), Patti caught the biggest fish, and we were surprised and delighted by Sagamore's fireworks as we made a late circuit of our island. On Sunday the place became deserted. We visited Turtle Island, Montcalm Point, Shelving Rock Falls, and picnicked alongside a black racer (snake) at Log Bay! Great group!
Participants: Jayne Bouder, Pat Peebles, and David Staszak.
Tuesday Evening Paddle, Hudson River, upstream from Richardson Street, July 22, Maureen Coutant, 6 participants
. Once again we had the chance of a storm, but it looked like the weather would hold off long enough to get in our paddle ... and it did. It turned out to be the best night of the week and we had a great paddle. We left from near the dam at the beginning of the Feeder Canal and headed upstream. We saw herons, kingfishers, and were very surprised to see a loon on the Hudson. We also saw a beaver and Jim and Licia saw and heard him slap his tail. The loon also swam right up to them as they floated by ... too bad none of us had our cameras!
Participants: Jim and Maureen Coutant, Licia and Steve Mackey, Steve M, Sandy Powell.
Esther and Whiteface, July 27, Bill Carpenter, 12 participants
. Folks wonder why a person would ever want to be hike leader. Every one of us would have the same, plus different answers I'm sure. Beautiful day, nice mountains, wonderful hikers, moments on top. I was fortunate for all, plus a special congratulations to Lorraine Mackenzie on her 46th, and to all who got both High Peaks.
Participants: Lorraine Mackenzie, Jack Whitney, Dick Caiola, Sandy Yellow, Jonathan Lane, Jim Dickinson, Kathy Pacuk, Julie Gibbons,
Dan Monroe, Matt Dickinson, Madeline Kowalik-Bova, Bill Carpenter. Met us at the Top:
Pat Desbiens met us with nice treats on top of Whiteface, thanks! And John Mackenzie (Lorraine's Husband).
Henderson Lake Exploration, August 2, Bob Aspholm, 8 participants
• Not much to say about this one; we started out good and paddled across the lake and saw some loons, went up to the lean-to
and waited out the first cloudburst and then headed out across the lake and were rained on again. Soaking wet, we took out at the beach and headed home to dry out.
Participants: Bob Aspholm, Jayne Bouder, Bernard Grossman, Chris Grossman, Licia Mackey, Steve Mackey, Reg Prouty, Miok Salz, Rich Salz.
Tuesday Evening Paddle - Schroon River, August 5, Maureen Coutant,12 participants
•Last year we saw all kinds of beaver activity, but this year none! Hmmm ... hiding? Water too high? Relocated? We had a nice
paddle anyway. Thankfully, we drove north of what looked like a possible storm and only Gen got wet when she went for a dip in the river.
Participants: Joanne Armstrong, John Caffry, Gen, Jim and Mo Coutant, Gail Epstein, Licia and Steve Mackey, Gary Rodd, Nancy Rozelle, George Sammons, Marti Tucker.
Raquette Lake, August 9-10, Jayne Bouder, 3 participants
•Tim and Mary treated this leader to a lesson on canoe carrying and bushwacking on the overgrown Beaver Brook inlet, heading
toward the lake. I got a new appreciation for open leads. Ice cream cones at Raquette Lake Village afterward were deserved. Great adventure!
Participants: Jayne Bouder, Tim and Mary Ward.
Tuesday evening paddle - Lake Luzerne, August 19, Maureen Coutant, 8 participants
•One benefit of all the rain we've received is that the water level was so high in mid-August. High enough to paddle much farther up the inlet than I expected. It was great to be able to share
this section with the group. Maybe some of them will be able to get back before the water level drops and get to the next lake - we didn't quite make it before running out of daylight.
Participants: Maureen Coutant, Charlie and Linda Czech, Beth and Steve Gurzler, George Sammons, Bill Thomas, Rudy Tomasik.
Panther, Couchsachrag and Santanoni, August 23, Bill Carpenter, 14 participants
•A special congratulations to Jane Stine who became a 46'er on Couchsachraga, joining her husband and son in this inspired group.
Also, many "kudos" to the others who did some, or all of the three mountains on this great day!
Participants: Jane Stine, Jim Stine, Colin Bulkwurst, Alan Gutman, Glenn Greibus, Jay Fitzgerald, Dan Monroe, Vince Weeks, Jonathan Lane, Madeline Kowalik-Bova,
Margaret O'Keefe, Lisa Albrecht, Jack Whitney, Bill Carpenter.
Seymour, August 31, Bill Carpenter, 10 participants
• "Wow! I did it! Knees, back, whatever it took, I am a 46'er," said Sandy Yellen. What an inspiration to all hikers, and especially to those of us who shared her joy:
Participants: Alison Darbee, Dan Monroe, Jonathan Lane, Marianne Comfort, Tim Brooks, Jim Lofthouse,Dan Moellman, Trisha Lockwood, Jason Lasky, Bill Carpenter.
Tuesday Evening Paddle - Spier Falls Hudson River, September 1, Maureen Coutant, 9 participants
• This section of the Hudson is always enjoyable. This trip was even more beautiful than usual due to the cardinal flowers intermixed
with abundant mystery yellow flowers. Plus the river was a nice smooth reflective surface ... go to our Chapter website for photos!
Participants: Joanne Armstrong, Jim and Mo Coutant, Licia & Steve Mackey, Alison Seville, Bill Thomas, Rudy Tomasik and Bonnie? Beth?
Wednesday Morning Walk - South Glens Falls walkway, September 17, Maureen Coutant, 8 participants
• We started the Wednesday walk/hike series for the season at one of our favorite spots. We walked along the Harry Betar Walkway
in South Glens Falls. T his walkway is along the Hudson River and site of many of South Glens Falls' old waterworks. The trail
also continues along a bluff above the river and South Glens Falls beach. I t was a great way to start the fall.
Participants: Mace Comora, Maureen Coutant, John and Suzanne Hinchliffe, Dick Pratt, George and Irene Sammons, Victoria Warren.
Wednesday Evening Paddle - Lake George, September 17, Maureen Coutant, 6 participants
• The tourists had left and the lake was ours to quietly explore. We paddled along the east side of the lake from Million
Dollar Beach and got back just as darkness was setting in. It's great to enjoy the Lake pre- and post-season ... it is beautiful!
Participants: Maureen Coutant, Licia and Steve Mackey, George Sammons, Charlotte Smith, Jan Stephens.
Cliffs and Falls, September 20, Jonathan Lane, 5 participants
• What a beautiful day! We made our way up the lake road, then took a trail up to Fishhawk Cliffs, which was as spectacular as always.
We then made our way over to nearby Indian Head, then down to the dam. A short jaunt over to Rainbow Falls, it was like stepping into a lost
world where we wouldn't have been surprised to see an ancient creature peek its head out from behind a moss-covered log. After enjoying a bite to eat
while gazing at the wonderous waterfalls, we headed to Beaver Meadow Falls, which was as beautiful as always. Overall, we enjoyed good company and encountered many breathtaking
views. This is definitely a trip to be repeated!
Participants: John Arrilucea, Annie Dagastine, Jonathan Lane, Jason Lasky, Kyle Shollenberger.
Pitchoff Mountain, September 20, MacKenzie
• Who was luckier than us this day ? Beautiful weather,multiple lookouts providing different
breathtaking views,balancing rocks and fantastic people.
We soaked in the atmosphere and took lots of pictures. What a great day in the woods!
Jack Whitney,Rich Vinceguera,Cathy Corrigan,Susan Eskeriada,Carolyn Cyr,Sandy Yellen,and Lorraine MacKenzie
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Wed Morning Hike - Pilot Knob Ridge, September 24, Maureen Coutant, 8 participants
• We've hiked to the gazebo many times but never up to the waterfall about 1.5 miles farther. This time that was our
destination. A lthough we hadn't had any rain in almost two weeks, we renamed it a watergurgle. We were all glad we
checked out this spot and we also found the geocache in this area. A first for most in the group.
Participants: Mace Comora, Maureen Coutant, Nancy Glover, Beth Gurzler, Albina Ientile, Licia Mackey, George Sammons, Gretchen Stark.
Sawteeth, September 28, Jean Holcomb, Jayne Bouder
• Sawteeth never disappoints. With at least five good look out points over Ausable
Lake on the way up we got some wonderful views of Indian Head and all the colorful fall
beauty of the surrounding cliffs even though the peak itself was fogged in.The climb
always ends with a stop at spectacular Rainbow Falls which helps to keep spirits lifted
for that long three and half mile treck back to the Ausable Club.I think this will be an
Participants: Jean Holcomb, Jayne Bouder, Rich Vinccigverra, Kathy McAuley, Sandy Yellen,Lorraine McKenzie,Helen Isen, Jack Whitney,Elizabeth Craven, Shawn Neese
Tuesday Evening Paddle - Moreau Lake, September 30, Maureen Coutant, 6 participants
• The skies cleared and the lake was like glass! T he trees weren't at peak, but hinted at the fall spectacle around the corner. We saw
many turkey vultures in the trees just along the shore, beaver lodges and signs and had a nice relaxing paddle.
Participants: Maureen Coutant, Linda Rastinehad, George Sammons, Bill Thomas, Linda Thomas, Rudy Tomasik.
Camel's Hump, Oct 4, Bob Aspholm
• Camel's Hump (VT) - October 4, Bob Aspholm
A moderately cold, partly cloudy, windy day greeted us in northern VT as we
climbed with relative ease to the ridge approaching the summit. Along the way
we had stopped at Montclair Glen Lodge which was under repair. The work was geared
to save an existing historic structure - maybe not a giant mansion - but a rustic
cabin that had been serving Long Trail hikers many years. I'm looking forward to
returning to the area to see the results. Camel's Hump summit was windy and
cold as usual and crowded. We had supper at a great little eatery on the return.
Participants: Bob Aspholm, George Baranauskas, Rich Vinciguerra, Carolyn Cyr, Jayne Bouder
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More of Moreau, Oct 5, Bill Schwarz
• We had a great day(with a little drizzle at the end)for rambling on the Palmerton Range
in Moreau Lake State Park's newer western trails. We had views of Moreau Lake as we hiked interior routes
closer to the lake and then took the Western Ridge trail which kept us close to the Hudson River
for overviews of the Spier Falls Dam. The best overlook at the south end,shows the river's bend
back to the north and we chose it as our lunch stop. There we watched five turkey vultures
circling over the river( LOOk Alive) and then we walked north back to the starting point on the
Spier Falls Rd.Total distance:11 miles.
Participants: Nancy Kimball,Amy Rehbit,Bill Schwarz and Jack Whitney
*** Submitted by Jack Whitney on December 3, 2008, 11:09 am
Leaders Choice - Buck Mountain, Oct 8, Maureen Coutant
• This was one of our fall hikes...and it was spectacular! We hiked up Buck Mtn from the lake side.
We had great weather and the foliage was amazing.
It was so nice that we even had other hikers up there on a Wednesday morning!
Check out the Chapter website for photos.
Participants: Ray Bouchard, Mo Coutant, Nancy Glover, Marsha LaPointe, Licia Mackey,
Dick Pratt, George Sammons, Sandi Sullivan, Rudy Tomasik
*** Submitted by Maureen Coutant on December 1, 2008, 12:16 pm
Center, Clear & John Pond & Chimney, Oct 11, Rich Crammond
• Jean found the Chimney on the top of Chimney Mountain.
Mary Ann located the trail for John and Clear Ponds. Virgina also found the trail past the beaver dam
and all of us found the cemetery along the Johns Brook Trail.
Thanks ladies. What a great day in the woods. The falls colors were spectacular!
The Adirondacks are a nice place to hike with all the ponds and lakes that we pass along the trail.
Thanks again to a great group.
Participants: Virgina Touhey, Jean Holcomb, Mary Ann Moran, Rich Crammond
*** Submitted by Jack Whitney on October 15, 2008, 12:00 pm
Bear Run and Cathedral Rock, Oct 12, Bob Aspholm
• A great sunny day greeted us at the Ausable Valley for this one. We quickly set
off on the West River trail to Cathedral Rocks. Bright fall colors and good trail conditions
were the order of the day. Stopping only briefly, we headed up the wild and wonderful "chute"
that is Bear Run; the view from the top is worth the effort. On the return, we had one more
view and went back across the "canyon"bridge and hiked out on the road. A great fall day.
Participants: Bob Aspholm, Terry Barrows, Caren Crootet, Anne Franzese,
Lynn Mayack, Margaret Litwin,Rich Myette, Linda Noon, Terry Peek, Terry Remillard, Melissa Ross,
Charlotte Smith, Cynthia Staniels
*** Submitted by Aspholm on November 29, 2008, 11:26 am
MacNaughton Mt. 47th High Peak, Oct 12, Jayne Bouder, Bill Carpenter
• We had a beautiful day! And an awesome group, that kept focused and cheerful all
the way -on trail, off trail, in the brook, in blowdown, in the dark, in the mud...
The brook and waterfalls were beautiful! I wonder how often McNaughton has 14 guests?
We made it almost back to Henderson Lake without using flashlights! Excellent hike!
Participants: George Baranausky, Theresa Blanchud, Jayne Bouder, Bob and Nancy Buckley,
Bill Carpenter, Tom and Nancy Hayhurst, Melody Hoffmann, Wagner Hulet,
Sterling Salter, Jim and Jane Stine, and Sandy Yellen
*** Submitted by jayne Bouder on December 3, 2008, 9:44 pm
Tuesday Paddle - Leaders Choice, Oct 14, Maureen Coutant
• We paddled the Hudson from the boat launch on Big Boom Rd, under the Northway, into the wetlands,
and then upriver for awhile. It was threatening rain, but it held off and we had a nice evening out with muted fall foliage.
Check out the website for photos.
Participants: Mo Coutant, Beth Gurzler, Licia Mackey, Gary McCoola, Joy Muller-McCoola,
Andrew and Anne Paolano, Alison Saville, Bill Thomas
*** Submitted by Maureen Coutant on December 1, 2008, 1:17 pm
Leaders Choice - Coles Woods, Oct 15, Maureen Coutant
• This week we returned to Cole Woods and walked along the trails.
The bridge had been repaired that broke last spring. There were no bugs and it was a great time out.
Those trails are a wonderful treasure for Glens Falls and Queensbury.
I can't wait until the trail is covered with snow and the lights are on for some evening ski trips!
Participants: Mo Coutant, Liz Gee, Jean Huntington, Licia Mackey, Dick Pratt,
George Sammons, Bill Schwarz, Victoria Warren
*** Submitted by Maureen Coutant on December 1, 2008, 11:37 am
Prospect Mountain, Oct 18, Jean Holcomb
• We ended up doing the backside of Prospect rather than investigate the Berry Pond Tract
due to a time restriction. I still want to investigate Berry Pond so will do on a future outing.
This was a lovely hike. The weather was good and we enjoyed a nice lunch overlooking the Lake.
I did make one wrong turn on the way up but Ray's GPS got us back on target.
This is definitely the way to climb Prospect, the trail is gradual and no crowds!
Participants: Jean Holcomb, Ray Bouchard, Rich Crammond, Rich Vinciguerra, Ginnie Carluccio.
*** Submitted by Jean Holcomb on November 21, 2008, 10:08 am
Black Mt. Loop, Oct 19, Alison Darbee
• From interesting conversations and great views being pointed out, to the weather
cooperating and lunch on warm rocks by a pond, made for a great day in the woods.
Thanks to the wonderful supportive group of people who came along and helped make my first outing as a leader go smoothly!
Participants: Rich Vinciqueria, John Devine, Wayne MacFarren, David Ganje, Mellissa Ross, Margie Litwin,
Jean Huntington, Sandy Yellen, Ruth Fish, Bill Carpenter, Kellie Dudla, Karen Lockhart, Mary & Mark Sager, Alison Darbee
*** Submitted by Alison Darbee on December 4, 2008, 8:22 am
Wed morning walk - Hudson Pointe, Oct 22, Coutant
• We walked along the bluff overlooking the Hudson and down to the point.
We were even able to get to the bridge without getting too muddy. The ATVs have rutted it up in that area,
but it's been like that for a long time. If only they'd stay out of the areas where they're prohibited!
Participants: Mo Coutant, Licia Mackey, George & Irene Sammons
*** Submitted by Maureen Coutant on December 1, 2008, 1:30 pm
Wed morning walk - Wilton Wildlife Preserve, Oct 29, Maureen Coutant
• The weather was a bit iffy this day, so the small group decided to shorten our Battlefield
drive and head to WWP. I'd heard great things about the area, especially for XC skiing, and wanted
to check it out. It's very easy to get to just off Exit 16.
There is a section of the preserve where hunting is allowed and we did hear shots,
but they could have been coming from a nearby shooting range.
Needless to say, we didn't get too close to those sounds.
Can't wait to go back and ski! Think snow!
Participants: Maureen Coutant, Licia Mackey, George Sammons
*** Submitted by Maureen Coutant on December 1, 2008, 1:30 pm
Tongue Mt., Nov 1, Jean Holcomb
• Absolutely super day! This is a delightful hike over the ridge and down to the lake.
Just about no one else takes this trail past the north-south junction to 5th Peak LeanTo
or the Point of Tongue so you have the woods to yourself.
The lake was a joy with no boat traffic and great views of the narrows and mother bunch islands.
Frankly, it was hard to leave. Steve took some great pictures which can be viewed on the
website picture gallery. No hunters, by the way!
Participants: Jean Holcomb, Gary Rodd, Ely Fuller, Steve and Lisha Mackey.
*** Submitted by Jean Holcomb on November 21, 2008, 10:17 am
Avalanche Mountain, Nov 2, Jayne Bouder
• Starting with an adventurous crossing of Marcy Brook at Kagel lean-to,
we followed Wright Brook and fragments of an old road into a shady but comparatively open
Caribou Pass. Thickening bush was handy as we clawed our way up to the summit ridge and sunshine,
and stuck with (and in) us to the top. We each pushed our way to a best view and took pictures.
Elisabeth searched us out for a group picture before we plunged back into the pass
and back down the old road to the stream crossing, and out to our cars by dusk. Great place!
Great group! Great day!
Participants: George Barananskas, Jayne Bouder, Elisabeth Craven, and Tom Folts
*** Submitted by jayne bouder on November 23, 2008, 4:02 pm
Leader's Choice - Saratoga Battlefield, Nov 5, Maureen Coutant
• We finally made it to the Saratoga Battlefield. We had a gorgeous day!
Temp near 60, butterflies in the air, and grasshoppers under foot, and deer posing for pictures.
The perfect ending was a stop at Saratoga Apple for some hot cider donuts!
Participants: Antoinette Backus, Maureen Coutant, Margaret Curtis, John & Sue Hincliffe,
Albina Ientile, Sam Lantz, Licia Mackey, George Sammons
*** Submitted by Maureen Coutant on December 1, 2008, 12:09 pm
Noonmark and Round Mountain and Noonmark Diner, Nov 8, Jonathan Lane and Annie Dagastine
• The weather forecast wasn't too promising, but we decided to give it a go anyhow
and hope for the best. Fortunately, we stayed fairly dry on the hike up Noonmark;
unfortunately, we didn't have an opportunity to enjoy the incredible views -
we were totally socked in! We enjoyed a snack and headed down another route.
The rain started to come down, so we decided to save Round Mt. for another day.
Upon returning to the trailhead, we headed to Noonmark Diner where we enjoyed good food
and more great company. Overall this was a pretty good day!
Participants: Molly Bederian, Steve Bederian, Annie Dagastine, Jonathan Lane,
Rich Myetta, Kyle Shollenberger, and Melissa Symolon
*** Submitted by Jonathan Lane on November 30, 2008, 7:43 pm
Cook Mt., Nov 9, Pat Desbiens
• The outing started with a scenic drive over the Tongue Mt. range to Ticonderoga.
Thanks to Jack Whitney for giving the group a brief history lesson on the very historic area
around Ticonderoga and Cooks Mt. - this is the site where Abercrombie and his 15,000 men
landed to attack Ft. Ticonderoga during the French & Indian War.
The climb to the summit was made in good time where we were rewarded with beautiful views
of northern Lake George particularly Anthony's Nose and Rogers Rock.
A great group - a great day for a hike.
Participants: Jack Whitney; Frank Coppa; Gary Rodd; Sharlee Rodd; Margie Litwin; Melissa Ross;
Kristen Ross; Joanne Fritz; Ely Fuller; Mary Ann Moran; Pat Desbiens
*** Submitted by Pat Desbiens on November 25, 2008, 9:43 pm
Wyman Mountain, Nov 9, Jayne Bouder
• The day was much better than forecast- partly sunny, warm, no snow.
Jean's "Beast" forded the Schroon River handily and got us to the trailhead.
There were signs of recent torrents everywhere- gouged drainages and piled debris-
West Mill Brook and its tributaries were sparkling clean, with banks swept clean
and easy for walking. (And we found the 3 blazes!) We followed the brook past waterfalls
and into the cleft between Bear and Wyman- then contoured up the slope to a pretty
streamlet with a nice waterfall, found a good spot with views for lunch,
and then an even better spot that we had to pinch our way down from, on our way up.
Took an easier way down (through a boulder field...)that became (another) pretty brook
that we followed back to the waterfalls, and on out. Beautiful day!
Participants: Jayne Bouder, Jean Holcomb, and Elisabeth Craven
*** Submitted by jayne Bouder on November 23, 2008, 4:46 pm
Leader's Choice - Feeder Canal and Harry Betar Walkway, Nov 12, Maureen Coutant
•This trip was from the beginning of the Feeder Canal in Glens Falls across the SGF bridge
to the Harry Betar Walkway in So. Glens Falls. The walk is almost entirely along the Hudson River.
It's amazing how many people don't know about these great spots for walking in the Glens Falls area.
We visited the huge rainbow trout along the walkway and then returned.
Participants: Mace Comora, Mo Coutant, Gail Epstein, Sam Lantz, Licia Mackey,
Kathy McMahon, Gary Rodd, George & Irene Sammons, Bill Schwarz
*** Submitted by Maureen Coutant on December 1, 2008, 3:03 pm
Pilot Knob, Nov 16, Bob Aspholm
• A cold and "bustery" day but without rain and only some snow flurries greeted
us for this one. We started out at the Buck Mtn. trailhead and went up the informal trail up the ledges
to the first summit. Two hikers then headed back while ten of us headed for the top and the wreck site.
After taking in the views and the site we headed back down a drainage to the old tote road and trailhead.
Participants: Bob Aspholm, Anne Franzese, Theresa Gomez, Rosa Joubert, Dan Meehan,
Joe Pascko, Jean Rich, Rose Schmidt, Pat Stickney, Sandy Yellen, Donna Williams, Jack Whitney
*** Submitted by Aspholm on November 29, 2008, 11:32 am
Leader's Choice - Moreau State Park , Nov 19, Maureen Coutant
• We had a flexible agenda in mind for Moreau State Park hike and it was a good thing we did!
We decided to head up along the Red Trail and maybe up to the ridge and over to Mud Pond.
We got to the overlook and enjoyed the marvelous view, since the leaves were down.
Those leaves were on the trail making for some tricky footing though! Plus it was steeper than anticipated.
We decided we didn't have time for our journey over to Mud Pond this time. We'll be back!
Bonus: Some of us were lucky enough to see a mink along the stream on the Red Trail.
Participants: Mo Coutant, Margaret Curtis, Jean Huntington, Sam Lantz, Licia Mackey,
George Sammons, Diane Sante, Rudy Tomasik, Edna Van Dorston
*** Submitted by Maureen Coutant on December 1, 2008, 3:11 pm
Baldhead and Moose Bushwack, Nov 22, Jayne Bouder
• The day was partly sunny, windy, and unseasonably COLD! But this stout group was prepared
for the single digit windchill, AND the hunters, by being warmly and colorfully dressed, and
leafkickingly-banteringly noisey. GPS died. We crossed one bump as we were looking for it,
spotted the Hadley firetower, found lots of cairns on Baldhead, spotted Crane Mtn, and Gore,
Mount Blue, Potash, Darling, Buck, Black, Erebus... and guessed at more as flurries came and went,
conquered 2 glacial erratics, found LOTS of BIG round tracks in a little bit of snow, braved a wicked windchill
on Moose, and took lots of pictures all day. Out at dusk. Great group! Beautiful day!
Bob Aspholm, Jayne Bouder, Rich Crammond, Jean Holcomb, Rich Myette, Kathy Quoi, Jeff Sullivan, and Rich Vinciguerra
*** Submitted by jayne Bouder on November 23, 2008, 5:51 pm
Cat Mountain, Nov 23, Jack Whitney
• A cool start with the temperatures in the high teens rising to the low 20's but minimal wind
allowing us to sit on the summit and take in the spectacular views of Lake George.
It was still late morning when we decided to leave the summit - six of the group headed back
to the cars to drive a couple of cars around to the Thomas Mt. trailhead
while the majority of the group continued on to Thomas Mt.
Upon arrival on Thomas we took a short break at the cabin and enjoyed the great views
of Lake George and the surrounding area. A beautiful day to be in the woods!
Participants: Bruce Cushing; Ken Marcinowski; Nilde Marcinowski; Jim Ries; Ann Hunt;
Licia Mackey; Steve Mackey; Gary Rodd; Dan Monrow; Ely Fuller; Sandy Yellen; Ray Bouchard;
Pat Desbiens; Charlotte Smith; Cathy Corrigan; Joanne Armstrong; Kim Zimba; Sarah Iacabucci;
Dave Bunn; Bill Leitch; Margie Litwin; Melissa Ross; Pat McPhee; Bill Carpenter; Jack Whitney
*** Submitted by Jack Whitney on November 23, 2008, 5:07 pm
Saratoga Battlefield Turkey Trot #10 , Nov 27, Rich Crammond
• This was a great Thanksgiving Day in the park. We saw many deer and one coyote.
Alan Gee had a good time taking pictures with his zoom-in camera.
The rest of us just enjoyed the cool but nice weather while making our loop hike.
We also saw some nice bluebirds and two redtail hawks. To be out there hiking with ADK friends
before a holiday meal in the afternoon is one of my best times to be alive and I hope to enjoy
it as long as I can! Thanks for sharing your holiday fellow hikers.
Participants: Alan Gee; Elizabeth Gee; Kim Wood; Bill Schwarz; Laura Fisk; Colleen M. Coulter;
Ray Bouchard; Molly Bederian; Pat Desbiens; Rich Crammond
*** Submitted by Rich Crammond on November 29, 2008, 12:06 pm
Sleeping Beauty, Nov 30, Jack Whitney
• The skies were overcast and temperatures in the high twenties.
We started from the first trailhead hiked past Dacy Clearing to the second trailhead.
We barebooted to the summit where we enjoyed the views and had lunch.
We put our snowshoes on for the trip down. There was about seven inches of snow
and some ice in the trail. We hiked down to Bumps pond and finally out to our cars.
A great day on the Eastern side of Lake George.
Participants: Ann Mundy,Margie Litwin,Melissa Ross, Ray Bouchard, Ralph DeCristofaso,
Dan Monroe, Ned Martone, Gary Rodd, Sandy Yellen, Bill Carpenter, Jack Whitney
*** Submitted by Jack Whitney on December 1, 2008, 10:25 am
Wednesday Morning Walk - Leaders Choice Wed, Dec 3, 2008, Maureen Coutant
This was our exploration walk. We started in a small Orra Phelps preserve on the
west side of the Northway and after walking the short trail there, we made our way over to
the Wilton Wildlife Preserve. It was great to see new areas and as always we enjoyed
each others company.
Participants : Maureen Coutant, Liz Gee, Albina Ientile, Sam
Lantz, Licia Mackey, Bill Schwartz, Sandi Sullivan, Victoria Warren
Hadley Mountain Sat, Dec 6, 2008, Pat Desbiens and Patti Schwankert
Hadley Mountain, Sat December 6, 2008, It was great to get out in the woods again
after months of life's demands urging me elsewhere. As Pat Desbiens' Orthopedic
Surgeon didn't agree with HER plan to restart her hiking regime, I was happy to pitch hit as
leader to a nearby mountain. We left Panera's to Hadley in 2 cars. Somewhere at the at that
last turn we lost Ned. After searching nearby roads, Dan, Brenda & I went on to meet Liz &
Alan at the trailhead. A bit of discussion about footwear & viewing a few inches of snow
down below, we opted for a mix of insteps, "STABILicers" & snowshoes. As expected, the
trail rock was covered in ice below a thin blanket of fresh snow, but it proved an easy
ascent. Since this was the year's first winter hike for most, we took it gingerly at a
comfortable pace, stretching & compressing the group along the way. Met up with Bob from Utah
who Dan knew from prior outings with his high mountain trekker wife Lana. Lunched with
a 46R couple at the cabin after a brief debate in the windy conditions atop. Gosh do
you believe that guy at the cabin had on SHORTS!? Despite forecasts of overcast skies,
the sun broke through for a lovely winter day. Thanks to all for a great day in the hills!
Participants :Edward Martone, Daniel Monroe, Brenda Arley,Alan Gee, Liz Gee and the number one
Hopkins Mountain Sun, Dec 7, 2008, Jack Whitney
We had some problem locating the trailhead but it was finally located. About an
inch of snow and some ice at the start of the trail- So most of us started hiking in
snowshoes, crampons or microspikes. As we climbed higher the snow was deeper so we switched to
snowshoes. Within 5 minutes of arriving on the summit, the clouds parted and the views of the
high peaks were revealed for our enjoyment.
Participants :Jessica Gottung,Rich
Meyette,Jeff Sullivan,Rich Vinciquerra,Jean Holcomb,Tammara VanRyan,Chris
Lincoln,Tricia Lockwood,Sandy Yellen,Ray Bouchard,Jack Whitney
Treadway Mountain Sat, Dec 13, 2008, Bill Morse
With the storm and loss of power in the Glens Falls/Saratoga region a number of
people canceled. So a small group of three left the trailhead at Putnam Pond on a clear cool
morning. (About 2 below) New snow, clear skies, no wind and cool temps gave us a great hike to
the top. This was George's first snowshoe. He took to it right away. I see a winter high
peak hiker after today. Views from the top were incredible. Marsha and I have done this
hike numerous times and we both thought the view on this hike was the best.
George McLachlen, Marsha LaPointe, Bill Morse.
Nun-Da-Ga-Ridge Sun, Dec 14, 2008, Jayne Bouder
After a week of pouring rain, and then power outing freezing rain and snow, we
weren't sure what kind of conditions to expect on this warm, partly sunny, and windy day.
But up north had gotten just more snow, not too deep, and the windchill kept it from
melting underfoot and from the branches- if not from in between our packs and backs!. A five
day old Ranger's trail left us a faint furrow to follow, and saved us hours of
trail-finding. We had great views all day, went the whole the way around, and were all happy with our
new snowshoes. Out at dusk.
Participants : Jayne Bouder, Dan Monroe, and Jeff
W.P.T.R. - Saratoga Battlefield (Sportsman Hike) Sat, Dec 20, 2008, Rich Crammond
Lots of snow for this outing. The deer were in the woods out of the wind so the trails
were the place to see more deer. Two very nice people from Oregon snowshoed with us. Not
much was stiring not even a mouse. We did see one buck,and a red tailed hawk and no grouse.
The snow flakes made star light on our hands. It was a cold snwie outing but very
rewarding. Thanks to four hardy souls.
Participants : Alan Gee, Liz Gee, Chris Jlek, Sally
Gee, Rich Crammond