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April 2018

Spring Trail Maintenance – Catskills (C+)

Saturday, April 21

Join us for the Spring Trail Maintenance of the section of Long Path – Catskill State Park.  The trail covers Bangle Hill, south-east of Peekamoose Mountain. Distance is about 4.2 miles. Bring works gloves and loppers or pruners if you have them. Contact Eunsil Recksiek eunsil.r@gmail.com or 631-921-0028 by April 19th.

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Hudson Highlands State Park (B-)

Sunday, April 22

Hike along AT over Canada Hill towards Sugarloaf Hill. Return via Osborn Loop. 5 to 6 miles. Gentle rolling hills, Relaxed pace. Rain cancels. Leader Micheline Kagan mfkagan@gmail.com  or call before Friday 4/20 9 pm 516 659 8852

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Avalon Park and East Farm (CANCELLED!!!) (C+)

Saturday, April 28

3 mile loop trail with several ups and downs in the woods. Then for people who would like to do an additional hike , we will take a 5 minute drive to Stony Brook Harbor West Meadow Beach. Walk a 1.2 mile beach trail, then walk back on the 1.2 mile nature trail (Trustees Road) along the Wetland Reserve. Register by Friday April 27. Register with Yoshiko Takeshita @ yoshiko11790@verizon.net or 1-631-848-6432

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Overlook Mountain & Echo Lake Backpack (A-)

Sunday, April 29 - Monday, April 30

Backpack (Note: This overnight backpack is Sunday into Monday.) We will hike at a moderate pace over Overlook Mountain, explore the ruins and enjoy the views from the fire tower before continuing to Echo Lake where we will camp Sunday night at the designated area near the lake. There will be a total of 2300 feet of elevation gain and 9 miles distance over the 2 days. Participants must have their own equipment including shelter, sleep systems, food, water and cooking gear. Depending on the weather, winter traction aids may be required. Register by Thursday, April 26 with leader: Debbie Schamberger 631-827-6760 djsdebbie@gmail.com

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Wilderness First Aid Training Course Session 1 @ Connetquot River State Park SOLD OUT! (N/R)

Sunday, April 29 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wilderness First Aid Emergency medicine for those who travel where ambulances can’t. A 2-day, 16-hour course No prior first aid experience is necessary. The course is a mix of classroom lecture and practical exercises. Both days are required to certify. Topics covered include: Introduction Scene Survey Primary & Secondary Assessment Bleeding and Wound Care Musculoskeletal Injuries Shock Environmental Emergencies Bites & Stings Cardiovascular Emergencies Q & A Course Schedule Date: Session 1 Sunday, April 29 Location: Connetquot River State Park - South Side Sportsman Lodge 9 am - 5 pm Course Fee: $101 + $4.53 service fee from Brown Paper Tickets for total of $105.53 if registering on line or $100 payable by check to Lanny Wexler, 126 Ketchams Rd,…

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May 2018

Meet & Greet the Leaders (N/R)

Tuesday, May 1 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Come join us at 7:00 pm at St Lukes Church immediately prior to the monthly General Membership meeting. Do you have any ideas for an outing? Would you like to find out what it takes to lead an outing? How can we make things better? Come early and meet the leaders. We welcome new people! We welcome new ideas! Whether you’re a long time member or new to the club we welcome your participation. Feel free to contact me prior to the meeting if you would like to discuss how you can participate.                                     Lanny Wexler highpt44@optimum.net or (516) 390-8912 7 pm to…

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Meeting: Tuesday, May 1 – Places to Kayak on Long Island (N/R)

Tuesday, May 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 20 Candlewood Path
Dix Hills , NY 11746 United States
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New to kayaking and don’t know where to go? Or maybe you’re an experienced kayaker looking for new places to explore. Either way you’ll find the info you need in this presentation about paddling Long Island’s amazing waters. Kevin Stiegelmaier, author of Canoeing and Kayaking New York and Paddling Long Island, will give you considerable ideas of what Kayaking on Long Island is like. He will talk about the best places to go and share resources needed to go on your own. In short, Kevin will give you all the information you need to ensure your time on the water is safe and enjoyable. LET’S LISTEN AND LEARN!! St. Luke’s Lutheran Church 20 Candlewood Path Dix Hills , NY 11746

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Wilderness First Aid Training Session 2 @ Caleb Smith State Park SOLD OUT! (N/R)

Sunday, May 6 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Wilderness First Aid Emergency medicine for those who travel where ambulances can’t. A 2-day, 16-hour course No prior first aid experience is necessary. The course is a mix of classroom lecture and practical exercises. Both days are required to certify. Topics covered include: Introduction Scene Survey Primary & Secondary Assessment Bleeding and Wound Care Musculoskeletal Injuries Shock Environmental Emergencies Bites & Stings Cardiovascular Emergencies Q & A Course Schedule Date: Session 2 Sunday, May 6, 2018 Location: Caleb Smith State Park - Caleb Smith House 8 am - 4 pm Registration Opens: February 6, 2018 Registration Closes: April 22, 2018 Course Fee: $101 + $4.53 service fee from Brown Paper Tickets for a total of $105.53 if registering on line…

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Muttontown Preserve (C)

Saturday, May 12

An easy two mile walk through the Muttontown Preserve at the height of the spring flowering season. The Muttontown Preserve is a 550 acre preserve of forest rich in varieties of flora and fauna including wildflowers, trees, amphibians and raccoons. Perhaps see the ruins of a former castle that was inhabited by the mysterious King Zog from Albania. Rain cancels. Register by Thurs May 10. Questions call my cell but on week days only after 1 pm please Lynn Plunkett esc755@gmail.com (631) 759-0889

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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Tour (C)

Saturday, May 19

Get a tour from veteran employee Nancy Hodson of the beautiful grounds and historic buildings of the world-renowned scientific facilities in cancer research, neuroscience, and molecular biology. We will walk on a wooded nature trail that circles the grounds, and visit the beach and some of the buildings. Suitable for beginners. Some elevation. Rain date May 20. Register with leader Nancy Hodson 631-239-1867 or nancyhodson64@yahoo.com.

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The New York City 5 Borough High Point Challenge (B-)

Saturday, May 19

We will continue our pursuit of New York State’s County Highpoints with an attempt to visit the Highpoint of each of NY City’s 5 boroughs. This will be an all day event (at least 11 1/2 hours) and include a walking distance of over 9 miles. We will meet very early, time to be determined, at Penn Station and a Metro Card will be a necessity. A note for “Highpointing Purists”, although we will get close, to the actual highpoints in the Bronx (inside a million dollar plus gated community- they don’t welcome “visitors”) and Queens (a private golf course) may not be attainable. Limit 20. Register by Wed., May 16 with Chuck Brock (631) 664-1666. E-Mail registration preferred at…

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Welwyn Preserve (C)

Sunday, May 20

Explore the sprawling grounds of the 204 acre Welwyn Preserve. Welwyn is the former Estate of Harold Irving Platt, heir of an oil fortune. This densely wooded preserve has four marked nature trails that provide access to a magnificent wooded stream valley, fresh water ponds, a coastal marsh and a stretch of Long Island Sound shoreline. More than 100 species of birds, a variety of small native mammals, reptiles and amphibians inhabit the preserve’s grounds. The preserve also hosts the Holocaust Memorial & Educational Center. Rain cancels. Register by Friday May 18. Questions call my cell but on week days only after 1 pm please Lynn Plunkett esc755@gmail.com (631) 759-0889

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Kayak Outing on the Carman River (N/R)

Sunday, May 20

Kayak approximately 3.5 miles round trip along the Carman River. The estuary flows through the Wertheim Nature Conservancy. We will observe many different birds including the resident Bald Eagle. This is an easy paddle - the river is not affected by tides. Carman River Canoe is offering Special Pre-season Rental Rates. Register with leader Deborah Schamberger 631-827-6760 email (preferred contact) djsdebbie@gmail.com

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Brothers Trail Maintenance Adirondacks (B+)

Friday, May 25 - Monday, May 28

-A to B Join LI Chapter members for the 51st annual maintenance trip to the Brothers Trail. Located in the High Peaks area in Keene Valley this scenic , rugged trail is 3 plus miles with outstanding views along the way. Help to keep the tradition alive. Work trip is Saturday , follow by a group dinner. Hike rating dependent upon distance assigned. Sunday is hiking of your choice. Thinking of coming along? Investigate lodging early as there is a shortage on the three day weekend. Registrar - Herb Coles e-mail please

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June 2018

Spring Walk Around Stump Pond (B-)

Sunday, June 3

Enjoy a late spring walk on a moderately paced six mile loop around Stump Pond in Suffolk County's Blydenburgh Park. 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 snack and water. Rain cancels.  Register by Friday June 1.                                Terry Shapiro  terry.s.shapiro@gmail.com or 631 806-9498  

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Meeting: Tuesday, June 5 – Backpacking New Zealand’s Milford and Routeburn Tracks (N/R)

Tuesday, June 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 20 Candlewood Path
Dix Hills , NY 11746 United States
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New Zealand is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Nothing is more iconic than the Milford and Routeburn tracks. Nestled deep in the heart of Fiord land, in the most remote corner of the South Island, the Milford track traverses some of the best landscapes and vistas New Zealand has to offer, earning a place on people’s bucket lists. Lanny Wexler, a worldwide traveler and hiker, will discuss his own personal experience on both tracks in New Zealand, including everything you need to know to prepare a trek of your own. Don’t miss this exciting adventure!! St. Luke’s Lutheran Church 20 Candlewood Path Dix Hills , NY 11746

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Shenandoah National Park Camping Weekend SOLD OUT!!! (B+)

Friday, June 8 - Tuesday, June 12

Hike the famed Appalachian Trail through Shenandoah National Park.  We'll be hiking at a moderate pace an average of 8 to 10 miles a day with elevation gains ranging from 700' to 2,500 feet a day. Each day we hike we'll enjoy a panoramic views of forested mountains, valleys and  farmland from frequent vistas. Expect an abundance of spring wildflowers, pretty waterfalls and park wildlife including deer, raccoon, opossum and black bear. One day option to visit White Oak Canyon or rugged Old Rag. Camping fee of $20 per night at Big Meadows Campground.  Plus park entrance fee of $25 per car. Park dining facilities available, evening ranger led programs. plus park entrance fee of $25 per car. Joint with…

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Harriman State Park Loop Hike (B+)

Saturday, June 9
Harriman State Park Tuxedo, NY 10987 United States + Google Map

This will a moderately paced loop hike of 7 miles with several panoramic viewpoints from rock ledges. We’ll start from Tuxedo Train Station and find out how steep (very) Almost Perpendicular actually is and how the Elbow Brush got it’s name. We’ll try to pace our hike so our lunch break is on top of historic Claudius Smith Rock and then visit a natural rock dam, before returning to our starting point. Bring lunch, and adequate hydration. Register with leader Bill Schneider at email: offsetbill4@optonline.net (preferred) or 516-378-3043 (before 9 PM) by Thursday June 7th.

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Catskill Escarpment Trail Backpack (B+)

Saturday, June 9 - Monday, June 11

Three day backpacking, starting from the Schutt Rd parking lot at the North South Lake entrance gate thru the Windham Blackhead Range Wilderness We will be hiking the Rock Shelter trail (Yellow) to Mary’s Glen trail (Red) to North Point & the Escarpment Trail (Blue) toward Dutcher Notch where we turn Left SSW onto yellow trail which will exit the ridge and take us to the ending parking lot at Colgate Lake. Total Distance 10.95 miles Excellent vistas at North Point, Stoppel Point, Mill’s Lookout, & Dutcher Notch. Elevation gain 1230ft at Stoppel Point (3420ft) Participants must have their own equipment including shelter, sleep systems, food, water and cooking gear. Register with leader: Debbie Schamberger 631-827-6760 djsdebbie@gmail.com

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Stillwell Woods Preserve (C)

Sunday, June 10

Walk about 3 miles through a 270-acre preserve and multiple-use area that offers a blend of old field and oak barrens communities including plants and animals that are more typical of habitats farther east on Long Island. The Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trail runs through the preserve trails. Rain cancels. Register with Lynn Plunkett by Friday June 8 by email: ESC755@gmail.com. Questions call my cell but on weekdays only after 1pm please. Lynn Plunkett esc755@gmail.com (631) 759-0889

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Shawangunks: Millbrook Mountain/Gertrudes Nose Loop (B+)

Sunday, June 24

Approximately 8 miles and 1000 feet elevation gain. Beautiful views during a long ridge walk. Mountain laurel should be in bloom. Steady rain cancels. Register with leader by Fri June 22. Call or e-mail leader for details. Alan Chevat 718-768-1019 (no calls after 10 pm); achevat@nyc.rr.com

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South Taconic Trail Extension Hike and Swim (A-)

Saturday, June 30

This is a favorite hike of mine.  A six to twelve mile moderate to strenuous  hike along the new South Taconic Extension Trail . Six miles without the new extension. Twelve miles with the extension. Approx. 1,500 to 2,000 ft elevation gain. Your choice! This 10 star hike will have many, many views. After one initial steep climb this will be primarily a ridge walk. Watch the hang gliders sail off the summit of Brace Mountain (Dutchess County highpoint el. 2,311 ft). Stand in 3 states (NY/CT/MA) at one time! Visit the highest point in Connecticut el. 2,380 ft. Spectacular views of the Catskill Mountains, Harlem River Valley and the Berkshire Hills. Marvel at the mountain laurel in bloom. A…

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July 2018

Alaska – Hiking and Exploring Denali National Park  (B)

Monday, July 30 - Sunday, August 5

Hike in Alaska’s spectacular Denali National Park. See some of the most beautiful scenic landscapes in America. Experience Alaska’s wonderful forest, wildlife and the Alaska Range, home of Denali formally known as “Mount McKinley”. Our accommodations at Denali Educational Center will be in comfortable newly renovated guest cabins, with double occupancy and private bath. The Center will provide all meals, guided informative hikes and evening presentations.  Micheline Kagan, 17108 Gladwin Ave., Fresh Meadows, NY 11365; mfkagan@gmail.com.

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September 2018

Fall Trail Maintenance – Catskills (C+)

Saturday, September 15

Join us for the Fall Trail Maintenance of the section of Long Path – Catskill State Park.  The trail covers Bangle Hill, south-east of Peekamoose Mountain. Distance is about 4.2 miles. Bring works gloves and loppers or pruners if you have them. Contact Eunsil Recksiek eunsil.r@gmail.com or 631-921-0028 by Sept 13th.

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ADK Rendezvous at Camp Nawakwa (sponsored by the New York Chapter) (N/R)

Saturday, September 15 - Sunday, September 16

ADK Long Island members, we have been invited to the following event: "The New York Chapter cordially invites members of our neighboring Chapters to spend a relaxing weekend at our camp in Harriman State Park, Saturday-Sunday, September 15-16, 2018. Our camp, Camp Nawakwa, is a mile off Seven Lakes Drive, a few miles from the town of Sloatsburg, NY, and is situated on the deep-water end of Lake Sebago. On this late summer weekend, the water will still be warm enough for swimming. Take a canoe or kayak out on the lake. Or just relax on the dock. Visitors can stay overnight (we have six sleeping cabins, three tent platforms, and a number of ground sites for tenting) or just come for the day. We…

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Bike the Barns and Camping 2018 (B+)

Friday, September 28 - Sunday, September 30

Cost $97 pp (less for certain options). Two nights camping in the Champlain Valley, 45 mile road bike tour on Sunday 9/30 (10 mile and 80 mile tour options also available) Join us on Sunday September 30 for Bike the Barns, a fully supported recreational road cycling tour supporting the rich agricultural movement of the North Country. This one-day farm-by-bike experience will feature farm tour stops staged along the route where you can personally connect with the local food revolution. The agritourism experience culminates with a finish line local food celebration complete with a meal, beverages and live music. All proceeds will be used to support local farms and a portion of every rider's event fee will go directly into the FarmSharefund.…

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