Change in hike EXPLORE ESSEX CHAIN OF LAKES – Dick Lightcap

 The destination for the July 19th EXPLORE ESSEX CHAIN OF LAKES will be
changed to the Northville Placid Trail along the eastern shore of Long Lake.  This will decrease the mileage of this trip to 265 miles round trip.  This change was necessitated by the closing of the access road.

Campground Host Program – Jon Bowen, Coordinator

My wife, Kathy, and I have been campground hosts at Heart Lake for 8-9 weeks during the past 8 years. Our week at Heart Lake is always enjoyable and we look forward to it each year. The campground host program is available to all ADK members by contacting the coordinator.

The week begins at noon on a Sunday and ends a week later at noon. A typical day for us begins early when we walk from the campground to the Loj to check our email using the Loj’s wifi. This is followed by breakfast in the dining room where we interact with the Loj guests and some campers who sign up for breakfast. Experiences hiking the High Peaks are exchanged; “newbies” are given advice; when asked, we suggest trails and hikes to inexperienced hikers, etc. At 8am, we check in at the front desk and provide with a list of late camping arrivals to contact about registering at the Loj. Sometimes there are other messages to transmit to campers. We make a circuit of all the campsites picking up litter as we go. We check the washroom to ensure both have necessary supplies. Usually we finish our loop between 9 and 9:30am and again check in at the front desk to let them know of any problems.

At that point, we are free for a few hours. With the campground responsibilities, there isn’t enough time to hike the longer High peak trails, although a few times I have climbed a high peak while Kathy did the host duties.

Dinner at the Loj is next with people extolling the day’s exploits and planning the following day’s hikes. After dinner we return to our site where we sell firewood after the High Peaks Information Center (HPIC) hss closed. Quiet hours are at 10 p.m and a staff member walks the campground at that time and speaks with groups who are too loud. Prior to the 10 a.m. quiet time, Usually 9:30-9:45 we make a loop in the campground to warn people of the impending quiet time.

The campground has a short list of rules that we remind campers of during our interactions with them on each of our “walk-throughs”.

If the above appeals to you, email ADK.CGH@gmail.com. This email address can also be accessed through ADK’s website.

North Country National Scenic Trail Day Events 9/27/14 – Mary Coffin

ADK-ON will celebrate the first Annual North Country National Scenic Trail Day to be held on the 4th Saturday in September annually starting Sept. 27, 2014. It will be conjunction with National Public Lands and Hunting and Fishing Days. Imagine the profile North Country National Scenic Trail [NCNST] will gain when all sponsoring organizations host an event on the trail the same day in seven states.

ADK-ON will offer two hikes to celebrate North Country National Scenic Trail Day and National Public Lands Day. One will trip be on the NCNST concurrent with the Finger Lakes Trail in Highland Onondaga County Forest [Map O1] and the other will on the NCNST route to Stone Dam Lake in Black River Wild Forest within the Adirondack Park. It is fitting that both events are on public lands.

FLTC/NCTA $23 Bargain – Mary Coffin

For $23 annually, Finger Lakes Trail Conference [FLTC] members can join and renew membership in the North Country Trail Association [NCTA]. What a bargain and NCTA returns a % of your membership fee to FLTC and you the member receive both magazines, The Finger Lakes Trail News and the North Star, discounts on logo wear maps, guide books etc from both organization’s stores.

Concurrent trails like concurrent highways can be confusing. In New York State the Finger Lakes Trail [FLT] hosts and is concurrent with the North Country National Scenic Trail [NCNST] for 422 miles from the NY/PA line in Allegany State Park to southeast of Syracuse. This includes FLTC maps, Main Trail- M1-M21 & Onondaga Trail- O1-O2. The NCNST continues east in New York State under CNY NCTA Chapter sponsorship from the FLT Onondaga Trail terminus near New Woodstock to the Adirondack Park “Blue Line”.

The North Country National Scenic Trail [NCNST] enters the Adirondack Park at the Stone Dam Lake trailhead off North Lake Road and crosses the Central Adirondacks for ~147 miles to the Champlain Bridge at Crown Point State Historic Site where it crosses into Vermont. Nearly 700 miles of NCNST’s seven state 4,600 miles are in NYS. It is the longest national scenic trail, twice the length of its sister trail the AT, and offers the foot traveler the most diverse environmental, cultural and natural experiences.

ADK-ON built and maintains about 83 miles of concurrent FLT/NCNST in addition to [non north country] ~25 miles of FLT Main Trail, side trail/loops and the 7 mile West Mt Trail and other trails [Norridgewock] in Pigeon Lake Wilderness.

Say Hello to Our New Members

Susan Bell, Stephen Bollenbacher, John Brussel, Suzanne & Robert Druger, James Florini, Ron Gay, Daniel & Kitty Hayes, Thomas Holtsbery, Kenneth & Lynn Knapp, Christopher Lawrence, Dan Naschke, Richard & Patricia Pitzeruse, Diane Slowik, Megan Williams, Cheryl Bloomer, Marcia Brenizer, Robert & Kristin Buchanan, Erin Callahan, Diane Cross, Mary Fedorko, Karen & Noah Felice, Cynthia Garrett, Susan Leeson, Vinicius Lopes, Betsy McLaughlin, Marcia Morrison, Nancy Searles, Christopher Tice & Briana Lyons, Eugene Woodcock, Richard Zogby, Dana Bigelow, John Coughlin, Christopher Natke, Corey Sherbino, Melissa Tinklepaugh, Michael Candela, Frank Compolo, Alyson Hackett, Meira Hertzberg, Suzanne McClurg, Loren Tavolaro, Kevin Taylor, Paul Drake, Lauren Graham, Joelle Hoffman, Sharon Morey, Paul Sikora II, Rae Butler & George Tyler, Peter Geiskopf, Andy Heffner, Charles Locke, Peter Lotto, Kelly Marriott, Arthur McCann,  Craig & Daine Montgomery, Greg & Christian Mosure, Dietland Muller-Schwarze, Andy Perry, Rick & Mike Ploski, Mario Riggi, Karen & David Wendler, Leslie & Jerry Zaborsky.

We hope that by the time you read this, you will have stored your skis and snowshoes and are ready to hike the trails and paddle the waterways. Welcome aboard.

Call For Distinguished Volunteer Nominations

The Awards Committee is accepting written nominations for the 2014 Chapter Distinguished Volunteer Award.  Nominations must be made in writing (email is acceptable) and received by Peg Whaley (mailto:pwhaley@brjohnson.com) by Sept. 1, 2014.

ADK-ON recognizes an individual who has made major contributions to the Onondaga Chapter either for a specific project or for many years of service and who has demonstrated outstanding volunteerism, leadership or is a role model for the membership. The Committee will select an individual to recognize and the presentation will be made at the Annual Meeting Banquet in November.

Past recipients comprise the committee and are not eligible:  Hal Boyce, Al Obrist, Anne & Bill Brosseau, Mary & Bill Coffin, Dick Lightcap, Kathy Disque, Tony Rodriguez, Mary Dineen, George Zacharek, Peg Whaley, Ken Kaufman, Jon Bowen, Sigi Schwinge, Margie Ong & Lisa Druke.

In Memoriam

Dr. William Ehling, a professor emeritus of the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, died on February 7 at 93 years of age.  He was a long-time member of Onondaga Chapter, serving as governor (director) of the chapter and conservation chairperson. He also wrote several guidebooks on hiking, cross-country skiing and canoeing for Central New York, the Finger Lakes Region, and Western New York, as well as contributing to guidebooks on the Adirondacks.

Mark your calendars

  • Sept 5-7 Whiteface and Esther M. Ong
  • Sept 13 One Square Mile of Hope Sept. 13, Fourth Lake, Inlet, NY.  Inlet is trying to reclaim the Guinness Book record for the largest canoe and kayak raft on a single body of water and raise money for breast cancer research.  For more information or to register online go to onesquaremileofhope.org. If you are interested in camping in Old Forge for this event email Joan Meyers meyersjoan@hotmail.com
  • Sept 14 ADK-ON Fall Picnic Land O’Pines
  • Sept 27 First Annual North Country National Scenic Trail Day celebration: 3 hikes, one local in Highland, one Adirondack on Stone Dam Lake Trail, other FLTC Rock City, check also NCTA CNY Chapter
  • March, 2015 Tucson and the Sonoran Desert         7-8 days hiking in the Tucson area.  Lodging includes a Marriott Residence with cooking and laundry facilities and daily breakfast. We would be doing day trips to various locations including Madera Canyon with a possible summit of Mt. Wrightson at 9400 ft., Ventura and Sabino canyons in the Santa Catalina Mtns., and Echo Canyon in Chiricahua Nat. Monument.  We would also visit Ramsey Canyon a Nature Conservancy property known for its diverse wildlife and Saguaro Nat. Park known for its towering cactci.  A highlight of the trip would be a trip to the Sonoran Desert museum one of the southwests’ premier outdoor museums.  Approx. cost of $900 plus rt air to Tucson.  If this interests you please contact leader by June 1st.  John Lang 315-492-3414 JohnnyLang49@Verizon.net
  • Fall newsletter deadline is July 28, 2014.   Please mail submissions to: Michael Loftus, 429 North Franklin Street, #1- 402, Syracuse, New 0ork 13204 or e-mail: mtale@twcny.rr.com Word document (.doc) file attachments are welcome.

 

North Country National Scenic Trail Day Events 9/27/14

ADK-ON will celebrate the first Annual North Country National Scenic Trail Day to be held on the 4th Saturday in September annually starting Sept. 27, 2014. It will be conjunction with National Public Lands and Hunting and Fishing Days. Imagine the profile North Country National Scenic Trail [NCNST] will gain when all sponsoring organizations host an event on the trail the same day in seven states.

ADK-ON will offer two hikes to celebrate North Country National Scenic Trail Day and National Public Lands Day. One will trip be on the NCNST concurrent with the Finger Lakes Trail in Highland Onondaga County Forest [Map O1] and the other will on the NCNST route to Stone Dam Lake in Black River Wild Forest within the Adirondack Park. It is fitting that both events are on public lands.

Events are open to the public and families are encouraged to participate.

The Finger Lakes Trail Conference will also sponsor a hike in the Little Rock City section [Map M 2] of the concurrent FLT/NCNST. Look for an event sponsored by the NCTA CNY Chapter as well. Specifics will be in each sponsors’ newsletter/website.

Highland Forest Trip contact lucyhawkins@rocketmail.com

Adirondack Stone Dam Lake trip contact maryccoffin@gmail.com

Little Rock City contact pageazi@yahoo.com

NCTA CNY Chapter contact jacobr7@yahoo.com

Trails Status Update – Tony Rodriguez

Trail Stewards and Workers alert:

The Finger Lakes Trail Conference (FLTC) is in the process of entering into a new Volunteer Stewardship Agreement with NYSDEC Region 7, which will become effective this Spring and replace the old AANR Agreement. As part of this agreement all our maintainers who work, or might work, on DEC lands must complete the State’s Individual Volunteer Application to ensure liability and workers compensation protection while working on the FLT on NYSDEC lands.

A blank copy of the application form is contained within this newsletter for each steward, worker, or potential worker to complete and forward to me for compilation and submittal to FLTC. Scanning and emailing the completed form is acceptable. The application will be good for the life of the Agreement-5 years.

Following are some clarifications:

  • Complete only parts A,B,C & D. Leave E blank, which will be completed by FLTC.
  • Stewardship Agreement Number: leave blank, FLTC will fill in.
  • For anyone under 18n years old Parent/Guardian Permission must be completed.
  • Photocopy of Driver liscense: not required unless you will be driving on NYSDEC forest roads.

All applications must be received by FLTC before the start of any trail maintenance work on DEC lands. This application is in addition to the prior FLTC Trail Maintainer Registration.

As usual, your expeditious cooperation in this effort is greatly appreciated.

My email address is: Tony Rodriguez, boricua1037@verizon.net

To print the Individual Volunteer Application Form, click this link (this will open the PDF document in a new window for printing)