Archive for the ‘ADKs’ Category
Posted: April 23, 2012
Posted: March 5, 2012
The Augur Lake Ice-Out Prediction Committee is poised to take your 2012 predictions for this most unusual of winters!
Each year, we attempt to get a sense of how many wetsuits will be needed for the Pre Pre Crew to wear, whilst braving the cold waters of the Augur to put the docks in. In trying to ascertain such vital information, a level of competitive guessing has developed and we invite you all to throw your ideas about dates into the mix. Please submit your predictions promptly through this survey link. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DQ3GNK3
Attached for your reference is a photo taken yesterday showing a stretch of open water off Hulls’ point. That open water is an anomaly, because a narrower version of it also appeared earlier in the winter, when Peter’s ice boat was flying back and forth across the lake. What it means is anybody’s guess…. Good Luck!
Posted: January 16, 2012
It was great to see so many current campers at our reunion at Chelsea piers and had a lovely time hearing stories and reconnecting with friends. It was a fun day and only fueled our eagerness for the 2012 camp season to begin.
In the meantime, we thought we’d show you some recent pictures from around camp. The snow has finally started to fall, adding a special magic to the beauty of Lincoln and Whippoorwill.
Above you can see a picture of Saranac.
And the Junior section at Whippoorwill.
If you look carefully, you’ll recognize Kushaqua, where so many fond Work group memories have been created over the years.
And of course a picture of the lake from Birdie beach.
As the pine trees stand quietly, laced with white, we yearn for the days of summer that will be upon us in good time.
As the days get longer little by little, one can imagine being at camp with friends, taking part in activities and basking in the pools of light that trickle through the trees.
These are our ‘Dreams of Summer’.
The countdown is on!
Posted: November 8, 2011
It feels like a while since the summer ended and as our last post demonstrated, the colors in the Adirondacks have been spectacular as usual this fall. So a small group of staff set out on an adventure to hike Colden, with hopes of catching the last of the Autumn hues. Knowing full well, that the weather can be changeable in the higher elevations, we were well prepared for colder temperatures and gusty winds. The morning was brisk and overcast, as we set out from the South Meadow road, yet we felt optimistic that there was a wonderful day ahead of us. We reached Marcy Dam in good time and took the opportunity to survey the mountain that we planned to scale. It was also a chance to see in person, the remnants of Marcy Dam and the missing bridge, that got washed away during the Tropical storm, Irene.
Hikers can still hike from the Adirondack Loj, but need to forge the river down stream of where the bridge used to be. You can see in the photo that the water is very high again, because since the dam burst, the pond has tended to be more of a small stream. On this day, it almost looked as full as we’d remembered it from past visits. As we cast our eyes towards Colden, we saw what appeared to be snow on the peak. It was hard to tell how much snow, but it was most definitely snow!!
After signing in at the register, we hiked on through golden, red, yellow and brown leaves, climbing ever higher. The colors were especially pretty next the evergreens and gurgling streams. When we reached Lake Arnold, the trail started to wind upwards in a more determined fashion and as the elevation got higher, the temperature got lower. Like magic, we hiked from Fall, into Winter. It was like traveling in time. As the tree line got shorter, the branches were more heavily laden with snow. We burst out on top of Little Colden, where the wind took one’s breath away as it slapped you in the face with full force. The exposed rock was running with water that was turning to ice in places, so extra caution was used.After a welcome dip back into the trees, we took the opportunity to add further layers and have a snack before making a last upward push to the Summit of Colden. From here, we enjoyed views of the MacIntyre Range and of Mount Marcy as the skies cleared long enough to show the neighboring peaks.
We quickly made our way down and stopped again at Lake Arnold for lunch number 7, while basked in the relative warmth of the sun, before trekking on back towards the parking lot.
But we had to have an after shot too!
We wish you could have been there with us and we look forward to the next time we get to hike with campers from North Country Camps on a perfect TAD!
Posted: March 8, 2011
Doug and Emily spent a day skiing in to Avalanche Lake from Heart Lake a few weeks ago. This sort of trip isn’t for those who are wanting a simple day out on cross-country skis, in fact this is a trail that so many of you have traveled by foot – some of you many times – and it’s quite a haul up through “misery mile”.
Just last summer Barry led a group of campers up Colden’s trap dyke from Avalanche Lake. Looking at the photos of snow and ice-covered cliffs, it is hard to imagine green leaves, Adirondack mud, exposed rocks and boulders, open water and waves on the lake, and the smells of summer.
For those of you who have carried your packs on this trail – imagine the fun of skiing back down to Marcy Dam!
Enjoy the slide show:
Posted: March 8, 2011
We had a remarkable two feet of snow Sunday through Monday. Just when it feels that spring may arrive any moment!
Photos are of Colba, now 3 years old, facing the blustery wind and blowing snow on Tuesday morning at Doug and Emily’s current home in Essex, NY (about 20 minutes south of camp), and the view of Giant and Rocky Peak from their driveway.
Posted: March 5, 2011
It is 50 degrees here in the North Country today. This is an amazing time of year – watching snow banks melt, hearing bird songs that sound like spring, and thinking of summer!
How many of you have spent time in the Adirondacks in the winter time Ever wonder about what it would feel like to walk on the lake To hike up some of the trails that you know so well in the summertime