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October 2017

Leave No Trace Trainer Course and Catskill Backpack (B)

Saturday, October 28 - Sunday, October 29

This will be a two-day trainer course led by Leave No Trace Master Educator Will Soter of Upstate Adventure Guides.     Participants will learn more about the seven principles of Leave No Trace and teaching techniques for disseminating these low impact outdoor skills to others.  The course will be informative, practical, hands-on and fun in a beautiful back country setting. We will hike less than 3 miles with elevation gain of 1000 feet to our camping location. $25 fee covers training materials. Register by October 21 with leader Ed Moran, 631-741-3765 edmoran@gmail.com

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Catskill’s Leader’s Choice (A)

Saturday, October 28

A strenuous hike to a yet to be determined Catskill summit. With the leaves off the trees the views will be good. Expect to hike 6 to 8 miles with an elevation gain of 2000 feet. Bring minimum of two quarts of water, lunch and rain gear. Contact leader Jeff Ritter, jritt@nysif.com (718)279-3431 before 9:00PM Thursday, October 26.

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Port Washington Dusk Bay Walk and Dinner (C)

Saturday, October 28 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Meet 4 PM at the Town Dock by the rest rooms. Leisurely 4.5 mile walk along scenic Manhasset Bay, We will see the sunset followed by dinner at Ayan's Mediterranean Cafe. Joint with the Nassau Hiking Club. Limited Participation. Register by Oct 26. TL Jim Ansel, (preferred) Anseljim@.... Cell/text 516 567-9308.

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Caleb Smith State Park (C)

Sunday, October 29

Easy 3-4 miles. Beginners and families welcome. Dog friendly. Leader Nancy Hodson Nestled in the heart of Smithtown, Caleb Smith State Park Preserve is one of only two state nature preserves on Long Island. Within its 543 acres are a variety of habitats offering guests picturesque views that change with the seasons. Caleb Smith is a passive use park. This not only helps protect the local plant and wildlife populations but also allows visitors to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy the quiet serenity that can only be found in nature. Contact Nancyhodson64@yahoo.com or 631-239-1867 by Oct. 28.

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Biking the Wallkill Rail Trail in the ‘Gunks (A)

Sunday, October 29

Bike the scenic and historical Wallkill Rail Trail, which runs from Gardner to Kingston, NY. We will ride 44 miles, all on dirt and gravel, however there are options to ride less on your own (14 or 30 miles). Those doing the shorter ride will miss out on the food and brewery. Any kind of bike will do (mountain bike, cylcocross, hybrid, racing bike). Wider tires are more comfortable. Helmets and spare tube and ability to fix a flat required. Pace 10-15 mph. Register with leader Jerry Licht by phone only at 516-477-8602 by October 25

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November 2017

Sam’s Point Circular, Shawangunks (B)

Saturday, November 4

This scenic 7.5 mile hike traverses pine barrens, passes Verkeederkill Falls, crosses open rocks slabs, and has multiple views of rocky cliffs. This area is recovering from a wildfire in 2016, so we will see how it is recovering.  We will also visit the ice caves, if conditions allow it. Register with leader Eric Markowitz, 516-364-5563.

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Hike the AT! (A-)

Saturday, November 4

Hike the AT! 12 miles, approximately 600' elevation gain/loss, moderate/fast pace. Hike past cornfields into the "green canopy", probably will have some fall colors! Begin at the Metro North train station in Pawling, hike 6 miles to the Wiley Shelter, have lunch at the shelter, than back. Possibility of staying overnight at the shelter if any interest. Contact Christine Gillen, 516 761 2131, or email cmven@... before November 1st.

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Seven Hills Trail in Harriman Park (B+)

Saturday, November 11

This is a 7.5-mile hike and rock scramble utilizing the 7 Hills Trail and the HTS trail to the Ramapo Torne. Amazing views throughout the day while going up and over Diamond Tower Mountain and ending at Lake Sebago. Register with leader Eric Markowitz, 516-364-5563.

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Fall Trail Maintenance Schunemunk Mt (B-)

Sunday, November 12

Please join us for the annual Fall clearing on our section of the Long Path - Schunemunk Mt. Distance is about 4 miles with nice views from the top with fall colors.  Bring loppers or pruning shears if you have them. Excellent Beginners hike. Leader: Pat Malodobry, contact via email pawachter@hotmail.com or cell 631-338-3711 (before 8:00 pm) by November 10.

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Mt. Taurus (Bull Hill) Loop Hike – Hudson Highlands (B+)

Saturday, November 18 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Moderately paced 6 mile trail loop with 1400-ft. elevation gain and a few steep pitches to make it interesting. Outstanding views of the Hudson River, Storm King and, maybe, the New York City skyline, if it’s a clear day. Examine the ruins of an old dairy farm and the remnants Cornish estate.Register with leader Bill Schneider, offsetbill4@optonline.net (preferred)or 516-378-3043, 7-10 p.m., by Thursday, Nov 16th.

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Stump Pond Circular- Blydenburgh Park (C)

Sunday, November 19

A moderately paced six mile loop around Stump Pond in Blydenburgh Park in Suffolk County. Stump Pond is the third largest freshwater body on Long Island and is rich with aquatic life. Follow a winding trail through the woods, crossing the headwaters of the Nissequogue River and enjoying occasional views of the blue waters of Stump Pond. Traverse a quarter mile wooden boardwalk through wetland area. Bring lunch and water. Register with leader Terry Shapiro: terry.s.shapiro@gmail.com or 631 806-9498 by Thursday, November 16.

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Meet & Greet Leaders (N/R)

Tuesday, November 28 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Meet & Greet the Leaders Meet at member's home to plan and collaborate outings. Opportunity for members new and old to collaborate trip planning ideas with experienced leaders and assist them in preparing and conducting trips. New people are welcome! Leadership skills will be taught. Refreshments will be served. RSVP with Lanny Wexler by Sunday November 26 to highpt44@optimum.net or 516- 390-8912. No calls after 10 pm.

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December 2017

Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt from Cold Spring Harbor (A-)

Sunday, December 3

12 mile hike on the Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trail. Start at Cold Spring Harbor trailhead to Trailview State Park in Woodbury and back. Fast pace, hills, bring lunch and water. Contact Christine Gillen, 516 761 2131 or cmven@... before November 30th.

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Dunderberg – Timp Grand Loop (A-)

Sunday, December 10

Dunderberg-Timp Grand Loop An strenuous eight mile loop and over 2500 feet of elevation gain will afford spectacular views of the Hudson River from multiple viewpoints and the remains of a 19th century spiral railway, including two tunnels planned to take tourists to the top of the mountain. Bring traction devices in the event of icy conditions. Joint with ADK Mohican and AMC. Leader: Lanny Wexler (516) 390-8912 (no calls after 10 pm) highpt44@optimum.net Co-Leader: Debbie Schamberger (941) 227-0231 djsdebbie@gmail.com

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New Years Eve at Times Square (B)

Sunday, December 31

Celebrate New Years Eve at Times Square, at "the crossroads of the trails!” We'll celebrate with silly hats and noise makers as we ring in the New Year 12 hours early at high noon! We will party like its almost 2018! A moderate hike of approximately seven miles up and down the RD trail for some inspiring views from Bald Rocks. ASB to spectacular Pine Swamp Mine to explore its depths. Continue on the ASB to our midday celebration at Times Square. After lunch we’ll venture on to the Lemon Squeezer and return via the RD for a fine view from Bald Rocks and finally back on the Dunning and Long Path to our cars. We'll get you back in…

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February 2018

Tupper Lake Triad (B)

Friday, February 16, 2018 - Monday, February 19, 2018

Presidents’ Weekend. Complete the Tupper Lake Triad (http://www.tupperlaketriad.com) in winter. Arrive in Indian Lake on Friday evening and  on Saturday hike Coney 2.2 miles RT with 548' ascent and Goodman mountains 3.2 miles RT with 581' ascent and and on Sunday hike Mt. Arab 2.2 miles RT with  764' ascent. Monday’s hike determined by group. Snowshoes and micro-spikes are required. Trip limited to 10 people. Cost: $100 for three nights lodging at local camp with all the ingredients for a DIY breakfast provided. Group dinner on Saturday & Sunday at local restaurants. Contact Dan Nielsen catskill549@yahoo.com or call 914-737-3959 (till 10 pm) before Friday, February 9.

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March 2018

Last Chance Winter Weekend 2018 (N/R)

Friday, March 16, 2018 - Sunday, March 18, 2018

Join us for hiking, snowshoeing, skiing and fun socializing on the last weekend of winter. INCLUDES:  2 nights lodging – Friday & Saturday  Saturday night cocktail party, and after dinner celebration. Details to follow. Contact Paula Markowitz at winterweekend@adkli.org.

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September 2018

Hiking and Nature Study, Glacier National Park (B)

Saturday, September 8, 2018 - Saturday, September 15, 2018

Glacier National Park preserves over 1,000,000 acres of forests, alpine meadows, mountains and glaciers in Montana.  Hiking is moderate to strenuous with distances of 4-11 miles at elevations of 5,000 to 8,000 feet with elevation gain and loss varying between  500 and 2,000 feet. Glacier Institute is our host and will provide guides for each hike to educate us on the flora, fauna, diverse habitats, geology and history of the region.  Lodging is in rustic cabins.  Sue Kenyon, snowsusie88@yahoo.com, 917-613-2042 (voice or text).

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