Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club sets schedule of events through April 6
Sunday, December 29, 2013 - 5:09 pm

The Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club has set its winter schedule of outings along with four Outdoors Indoors events Sunday evenings at the Potsdam Civic Center.

The series this year features a screening of the documentary film on Grace Hudowalski, the first woman to climb the 46 High Peaks of the Adirondacks.

Chapter outings are led by member volunteers, and range in level from “Easy” to “Very Strenuous.” Proper clothing and gear are particularly important for winter outings.

In order to participate in an outing, it is necessary to contact the trip leader before the trip, either by email or telephone. Leaders are happy to discuss particular needs for their specific trips.

Further information on these outings plus other information on area outdoor recreation options can be found on the chapter website

• Wed, Jan 1: New Year’s Day pot luck will take place at the Adirondack Lodge at Clarkson University. There are no cooking facilities, so hors d’oeuvres and similar items that don’t require cooking or heating are standard. There will be short, easy walking, snowshoeing, or skiing tours on trails on campus. Outdoor activities start mid-afternoon, snacks about 4PM. Contact John Barron, (613) 828-2296 or

• Sat, Jan 4: Cross Country Skiing for Beginners At Higley Flow State Park on groomed, trackset trails. Experienced skiers wanting an easy trip are welcome. Option to go out for lunch afterward at The Hideaway Cafe in Colton. Short and easy. Contact John Barron, 613-828-2296 or

• Sat, Jan 25: Snowshoe/Hike to Nicholville’s Hidden Treasures. Two mile loop along woods trails above the east branch of the St. Regis River to the old dam and Eagle Rock; break for lunch at the Cutters’ (bring lunch); then one mile trek across a meadow and woods trail to Jakeway Falls. Both hikes begin at the Cutter home (28 Port Kent Road, Nicholville). Skiing is possible too but not down the steep trails to the river. Fairly easy. Contact Duncan Cutter, 328-4675 or

• Sun, Jan 26: “The Mountains Will Wait For You” (Outdoors - Indoors) A documentary about Grace Hudowalski, the first woman to summit the 46 High Peaks. All 46’ers are invited to share their memories of Grace and their own High Peaks experiences. 7 - 8 p.m. in the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room (handicapped-accessible). Refreshments.

• Sat, Feb 8: Colvin and Blake via the Ausable Club; up the lake road and up Colvin and Blake, about 14 miles round trip. Skiing up and down the Lake Road if conditions permit. Very strenuous. Contact Mike McLean, 262-2564 or

• Sun, Feb 9: Snowshoe Downerville State Forest; snowshoe a fairly remote area along the north branch of the Grasse River. Lots of wildlife to, and they will hike if there is not enough snow for the shoes. 3-5 miles round trip. Moderate difficulty. Contact Jim Akins, 386-4348 or

• Sat, Feb 15: Snowshoeing Near Upper Saranac Lake; two short, easy tours, of Panther Mountain (2 miles RT, 500 feet gain, good view) and of Fernow Forest (1.5 mile loop; historic forestry tract, level). Fairly easy. Contact John Barron, 613-828-2296 or

• Sat, Feb 22: Ski to Hedgehog Pond, 10-mile round trip east of Cranberry Lake, with possible extension to Hedgehog Bay. Strenuous. Contact Tom Ortmeyer at 265-8219 or

• Sun, Feb 23: An Odyssey Down Under: Australia & New Zealand (Outdoors - Indoors) Gene and Carolyn Kaczka will tell us about their adventures exploring the geography and culture of these southern hemisphere oases. 7 - 8 p.m. in the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room (handicapped-accessible). Refreshments.

• Sat, Mar 15: Coney Mountain Snowshoe Coney, a lovely mountain south of Tupper Lake with an open rocky summit and great views of the lake; a good snowshoe beginner’s mountain. Possible hike if weather is warm. Fairly easy (2.2 mile RT, 523 ft elevation gain). Contact Marianne Hebert at 265-0756 or

• Sun, Mar 16: Nature Up North (Outdoors - Indoors), with a community-based organization whose mission is to foster a deeper sense of connection to, and appreciation for, the North Country environment; combining experiences in nature with web-based technology to spark new interest in learning about the wild things and wild places in our backyard. Project Director Dr. Erika Barthelmess and Project Manager Jacob Malcomb present. 7 - 8 p.m. in the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room (handicapped-accessible). Refreshments.

• Sun, Mar 23: Spring Road Walk Hike along the Grasse River; early spring mud season afternoon walk on quiet back roads on the Middle Branch of the Grasse River. 5-7 miles total length. Fairly easy. Contact Tom Ortmeyer, 265-8219 or

• Sun, Apr 6: Members’ Nature Poetry (Outdoors - Indoors) The majesty of the Adirondacks and other natural areas have inspired many ADK members to write poems. We will read aloud and discuss a selection of them. 7 - 8 p.m. in the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room (handicapped-accessible). Refreshments.