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Tuesday Outing Tue, Jan 3, 2017, Mo Coutant - We actually did this walk on Thursday to avoid the bad weather on Tuesday. We hiked the Harry Betar Walkway in South Glens Falls. This is a walk along the river from the gazebo down to the Sandbar Beach in South Glens Falls. We also walked up the hill to the bluff section of the walk. This is a loop that begins along a bluff with a gazebo that looks across to Haviland Cove and over to the Feeder Canal walking area. Some in the group had never been on the walkway and others didn't know about the part up the hill! I always enjoy introducing people to a spot they haven't been to. Participants: Doug & Judy Beers, Richard Bennett, Mo Coutant, Leo Demers, Ralph Keating, Eric Krantz, Anne Paolano.
Dial and Nippletop, High Peaks Sat, Jan 7, 2017, Wayne Richter and Mike Fuller - It was a cold day for a hike, starting out a few degrees below zero and never getting much above. The complete absence of wind, however, made for a remarkably pleasant and comfortable day. We began with mostly clear skies and a leisurely walk, chatting our way up the Lake Road. Once off the road and on our way up to Nippletop, we had barely enough snow for snowshoes. By the time we got to Elk Pass, the snow was deep and thick on the trees. The snow, having followed rain earlier in the week, coated the branches all the way around, giving us a true winter wonderland. The skies clouded up as we ascended, so we were mostly socked in at Nippletop. Fortunately, we had some clearing along the way to Dial and had some nice views from its summit. Perhaps more amazing was how Mark stood comfortably with his shirt off for several minutes. Participants: Katherine Bannigan, Nicole Durocher Beaulne, Roy Cooley, Jen Ferris, Mike Fuller, Dalton Hanaway, Morgan Hanaway, Eric Kimmelman, Kelly Marriott, Wayne Richter, Mark Seymour, Akane Suzuki, Dave White, Jim Zwynenburg.
Monday Monthly Geocache Mon, Jan 9, 2017, Sarah King and Mo Coutant - Three hearty women (and Charlie) headed to East Greenbush Town Park on this very, very cold day. I think it was about 10 degrees as we exited the car. There were about 14 caches in this nice park with 3 loop trails, one of which followed along the large pond here. As I mentioned, it was very cold with not much snow to speak of, but the trails were icy. We stopped to put on our grippers as we walked them. Julie, a first time geocacher, joined Mo and Sarah and we were able to show her several different types and sizes of caches from the winter friendly, puzzle cache, a chirp cache to micros, nanos and ammo cans. She even got to experience a 4 terrain difficulty. We found all but one and then headed to Dunkin Donuts for a celebratory (it was Julie's birthday) hot beverage and snack. We joked about what to sign the logs here, Charlie's Angels, 3 cool chicks, but decided on 3 Birthday Girls as it was Julie's birthday and Sarah's tomorrow and Mo later in the month. Another great geocache outing to a new place. Participants: Sarah King, Mo Coutant, Julie Leonelli.
Tuesday Outing Tue, Jan 10, 2017, Mo Coutant - This week we did a Fire Tower Challenge hike to Spruce Mtn in Corinth. I hadn't been up in quite awhile and was glad to see the trail well marked and easy to follow. I was really surprised to find the cab of the tower open and most of the group went up and checked it out. This is one of the summits that really benefits from the view from the Fire Tower. Even just climbing a few flights of stairs gives you a much better view! Thanks to all that made it possible to open up the trail and the Fire Tower! Participants: Mo Coutant, Margaret Curtis, Leo Demers, Dan Forbush, Ralph Keating, Sarah King, Mary Knutson, Eric Krantz, Margie Litwin, Joy Munro.
Wilton Wildlife Trails Sat, Jan 14, 2017, Reg Prouty - Unfortunately there was not enough snow left for either snowshoes or skis but we did a hike on microspikes as the trail was extremely icy, so much that we could not even have been able to stand up without the spikes. We did a counter-clockwise outer loop going over as far as where the old Ballard Road barn used to be. It was a beautiful day for a walk in the woods, though. Six hikers: Reg Prouty, Alan Gee, Liz Gee, Mary Alice Nyhan, Chrissie Bombard, and Don Washburn.
Tuesday Outing Tue, Jan 17, 2017, Mo Coutant - The birthday ski in the ADKs didn't work out due to a lack of snow, so we put that idea on hold for another week. Instead we walked at the Hudson Pointe Preserve in Queensbury. I was dog sitting, so we made it a dog hike. We were happy to be able to get to the bridge on the Hudson River...just barely. The water was just up to the top of the boards leading up to the floating bridge. It was very icy with microspikes a must! Actually, I guess we could have used crampons since we had a few slips even with the microspikes! We walked the lower trail and then up to the trail along the bluff overlooking the lower trail and the river. Fun little outing ending with a bite to eat at Paneras! Participants: Mo Coutant (w/Charlie & Daisy), Leo Demers, Paul Dietershagen, Todd Earl (& Roscoe), Dan Forbush, Sarah King (& Sadie), Eric Krantz, Licia Mackey, Kathi Noble, Laurie Williams.
Hudson Crossing / New Year Outing Sat, Jan 28, 2017, Rich Crammond - Such a nice day for January eagle watch. We put our microspikes on to be a little safer on the trail. I think everyone had a good time. I went back to the Dix bridge solo after the hike to glass again for eagles and saw one soaring around down river. Anyway, we had a nice day and talked to some nice local folks, too. Thanks for sharing this day, hiker buds. It just didn't get no better. Participants: Alan Gee, Liz Gee, Licia Mackey, Rich Crammond.
Pyramid and Gothics Sat, Jan 28, 2017, Steve Mackey - Between the cancellations and no-shows we ended up with only two of us, so this obviously can't be considered an official ADK hike. However, we did go, and we did summit, and we did have full blown winter conditions. The skiing was pretty close to excellent. The snow up high was deep and powdery, and we had to bust our butts, breaking trail all day. The last quarter of Pyramid is really steep, and every step required a lot of extra effort to not slide back down to where the step began. Maureen was a real trooper and led half of the way or more. The summits were cold and windy and we had to be careful that we didn't get frostbite on our faces. The cloud cover was semi low, so the views were only okay. We got some nice pictures. I got one on Pyramid where the trail marker was only a couple of inches above the snow line. We took a time reading when we left Lower Ausable Lake, and it only took a half hour to ski all the way out. We met up with friends and family and all went out to dinner afterward. Participants: Maureen Laskey, Steve Mackey.
Ski Botheration Pond Loop Sun, Jan 29, 2017, Bill Schwarz - It wasn't looking good--the Lower Sacandage bridge collapsed 2 months ago, meaning it couldn't be a loop trip, nor had there been much snow. So we went further along the Old Farm trail toward Siamese Ponds instead, and found a recent snowfall (The day before! Powder!). Still, there were challenges--bypassing or sidestepping the gullies. A good outing with a surprising amount of snow--hope it lasts. Participants: Jim Amell, Ray Boucher, Theresa Devlin, Bill Schwarz.
Tuesday Outing Tue, Jan 31, 2017, Licia Mackey - My thanks to Ralph Keating and Mary Alice Nyhan for our wonderful tour of Anchor Diamond Park at Hawkwood. The park (just a bit off Route 50, near Ballston Lake) is a joint project between Saratoga PLAN and Ballston Spa. Ralph led us along the now wooded Old Field Trail where Mary Alice said Mr. Taylor (former owner and doner) remembers picking strawberries. Ralph enouraged us to revisit the Hemlock Trail for a quiet listen to nature's music. Today the mystery of the fireplace was cause for speculation. We crossed a the meandering stream on unimproved bridges and headed to the wetland. An old beaver dam was obvious. A viewing platform is planned for this location. Winding around the Stonewall Trail led us to a well and building foundation of the Hawkwood Estate. It was interesting to note the undulating topography of the Red Maple Trail. We were delighted with the amazing bridge work of a local scout. Mary Alice noted the stream, now running high, had been completely dry this summer. Our thanks to Ralph and Mary Alice for a pleasant and informative 4 mile hike. Participants: Gretchen Stark, Eric Krantz, Judy Beers, Ralph Keating, Mary Alice Nyhan, Joanne Szot, Mark Janey, Julie Leonelli, Joy & Mark Munro, Erin Imgruth, Lorraine DelRosso, Nancy Burke, Licia Mackey.