The Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club is offering the following outings for the fall season. All are free and open to the public. Information on these outings is also online at www.adklaurentian.org.
Oct. 12 (Saturday) Furnace Mountain - To avoid the crowds on Columbus Day weekend, the group will climb a little mountain few know of, off the Red Tavern Road in the town of Duane. About 6 miles round-trip and 900 feet of elevation gain. Moderate. Contact Armond Spencer 315-379-1383.
Oct. 13 (Sunday) Afternoon Kids Pirate Hike on Red Sandstone Trail - A joint event with Nature Up North (natureupnorth.org), this 3-mile walk on mostly level ground includes a hot dog and marshmallow cookout midway along the trail (all food provided). A little-known band of Pirates from the Caribbean lost their gold along this trail. Along the way hikers will learn about frogs, beavers, hydropower and the history of the region. Limited to 24 participants. Contact Blair Madore at email@example.com or 315-265-0602 to reserve your spot.
Oct. 19 (Saturday) Debar Mountain - Start from Meacham Lake state campground at gentle slopes except for the final half-mile, which is quite steep. 7.4 mile round-trip, with more than 1,600 feet of climb. Strenuous. Contact David Trithart 315-265-8117 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Oct. 24 (Thursday) Malone Snow Geese Return - Not just for birders. Group will travel to Malone to watch an evening display as the snow geese come back to the Salmon River for the night. Will plan to stop for dinner on the way home. Easy. Contact Ann Spencer 315-379-1383.
Oct. 25 (Friday) through Oct. 27 (Sunday) Stone Valley Trail Work Weekend - There will be many SUNY Potsdam students involved; therefore, group is primarily in need of crew leaders who know the Stone Valley trails and/or have experience with trail maintenance and construction. Projects will include trash cleanup, trail marking, bridge building, mountain bike trail construction, clipping brush and trail maintenance. Contact Mark Simon by Oct. 14 at email@example.com or 315-262-2571 if you can lead a crew or would like to participate.
Nov. 2 (Saturday) Bike ride on the St. Lawrence - From a scenic overlook to Kring Point Park and back. Round-trip total is 28 miles. Moderate. There are shorter options; contact Tom Ortmeyer, 315-265-8219 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nov. 10 (Sunday) Annual Meeting and Fall Potluck - First Presbyterian Church on the Park, 17 Park St., Canton. Bring a dish to share and your own tableware. Arrive at 5 p.m. for supper to start promptly at 5:30. Guest speaker will be Dr. Bill Kirchgasser, professor of geology, emeritus, SUNY Potsdam, who will present "Lines, Planes and Curves of the Adirondacks: A Geologist's Perspective." Contact John Barron at email@example.com or 613-828-2296.
Dec. 7 (Saturday) Early Season Ski-Snowshoe-Hike at Higley Flow State Park - Kids, grandparents and dogs welcome on annual 2-3-mile romp. Finish with a campfire at the Warm Brook lean-to - hot dogs, hot chocolate and marshmallows provided. Easy. Contact Blair Madore firstname.lastname@example.org or 315-265-0602.
Dec. 14 (Saturday) Indian Creek Snowshoe - Easy, about 2 miles at Indian Creek Nature Center, just outside of Rensselaer Falls. Finish with s'mores and cocoa (provided). Level 1, easy. Contact Ann Spencer 315-379-1383.
Dec. 14 (Saturday) Whiteface Toll Road Cross Country Ski - Climb of 5 miles one way. Ability to ski in crusty and wind-swept snow is essential. Conditions can be harsh, and participants must dress for cold and wind. Very strenuous. Contact David Trithart, 315-265-8117 or email@example.com
Dec. 21 (Saturday) Mount Marcy on the Solstice. For experienced winter climbers. Dress in layers, balaclava, goggles, gloves-mittens, microspikes-crampons, snowshoes, insulated water source and a determined spirit. Heavy snow and or high winds will cancel. Very strenuous. Contact Brian Baston, 315-600-1282 or firstname.lastname@example.org.