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Laurentian Chapter plans ADK Spring Outing

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POTSDAM - The Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club is hosting ADK’s Spring Outing 2013 in Potsdam. Spring Outing will be June 14-16, and it will be headquartered on the SUNY Potsdam campus. The Outing will include a range of full-day outdoor trips on June 15, with shorter offerings on Friday and Sunday.

The Outing features a barbecue dinner and folk singer Jamie Savage as well as a planetarium show by Jeff Miller on Friday evening and includes a banquet and an Adirondack folk music concert by Dan Berggren, Peggy Lynn and Dan Duggan on Saturday evening.

Hikes will take participants to St. Regis, Azure, and Loon Lake Mountains; through boreal landscapes, sometimes off-trail; and to several waterfalls. Conservation initiatives will be showcased in the form of two trail systems the chapter maintains (Stone Valley, through which the Raquette drops over falls and rapids, and the Red Sandstone featuring scenic outcrops, historic quarries, and river views); recently constructed trails in Downerville State Forest; and a tour of the results of a reforestation project on the mine tailings at Newton Falls.

Unique will be a long and strenuous hike from Chair Rock Flow to Grass Pond Mountain. This starts with a boat ride (provided) across Cranberry Lake and makes its way by trails and bushwhacking to the summit of Grass Pond Mountain which Bob Marshall rated #1 for scenic views: “The view was superb; the entire length of the Bog River could be seen from Grass Pond to Hitchins”.

Paddling trips will make their way across the Saranac Lakes using locks instead of portages, and will visit a couple of wild areas between Meacham Lake and Paul Smiths. Road cycling will include strenuous, hilly routes in the Adirondack foothills along the Raquette River as well as an easy tour through the Amish country near Heuvelton. Mountain bikers can try out the challenging newly-developed trails in Downerville State Forest, leading to scenic Harper Falls.

Children and their parents are invited to a pirate treasure hunt, and also to a short hike at Owls Head led by Rose Rivezzi and David Trithart, authors of “Kids on the Trail: Hiking with Children in the Adirondacks”. The latter will include an optional visit to the Almanzo Wilder Farm Museum, the childhood home of the husband of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of a series of books including “Little House on the Prairie”.

There will be several nature walks featuring birds, butterflies, and flowers, and a couple of historic tours featuring architecture of distinctive Potsdam Sandstone. Artists are welcomed to try their hand at plein air painting combined with easy walking around the nature trails of the Paul Smiths Visitor Information Center.

All are invited to participate whether they are ADK members or not. Registration is required at $25 per person, with additional charges for housing in dorms on campus, barbecue dinner and banquet if participants choose these options. Registration for the Outing closes on June 5. Individual trip sizes are limited, and will close when full. Registration is not required for Saturday’s Berggren/Lynn/Duggan concert. Tickets are $10 per person and are available at Northern Music or at the door.

Further information on Spring Outing, including on-line registration, can be found at www.adklaurentian.org/springouting2013/. If you have questions or would like a printed brochure and registration form you may contact Tom Ortmeyer at 315-244-3707.

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