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Monthly Meeting

 Eisenhart Auditorium, Rochester Museum and Science Center
Workshop at 6:30 PM
Presentation at 7:30 PM

Chapter Meeting Presentation

Presented by Lisa Albrecht

Deep among the mystical mountains of Japan’s Kii Peninsula lies a network of ancient pilgrimages trails known as the Kumano Kodo. For over 1,000 years, people have traversed these mountains - the arduous trek being an integral part of an age-old pilgrimage practice. Along the way, sacred Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples provided places to undergo worship and purification as the travelers made their way to the Three Grand Shrines that fulfilled their spiritual quest. Today, these treasures still wait to be discovered by spiritual seekers and nature enthusiasts alike. Lisa Albrecht will present a narrative with photographs that showcases the Nakahechi Route, which winds through the heart of the Kumano Mountains - and was the path used for centuries by the Imperial Family. Her trek was capped with a visit to the sacred monastery village of Koyasan, the seat of Shingon Buddhism, and one of the holiest places in Japan. White there, she witnessed the celebrations and rituals associated with the 1200th anniversary of its founding. Designated as a World Heritage Site in 2004, the Kumano Kodo shares this distinction with only one other pilgrimage route, Spain’s Camino de Santiago. Lisa will share information about the trails & temples and explain how easy it is to organize a
visit to the region.

Workshop at 6:30

Trails Advisory

DEC Issues Muddy Trail Advisory for Adirondack High Peaks
Hikers Should Temporarily Avoid High Elevation Trails
As a new season of outdoor hiking and recreation on public lands in the Adirondacks approaches, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) urges hikers to be cautious and postpone hikes on trails above 2,500 feet until high elevation trails have dried and hardened.
Spring conditions are present throughout the state and the lower elevations of the Adirondacks. However, backcountry trails in the highest elevations are still covered in slowly melting ice and snow. Steep trails with thin soils can become a mix of ice and mud as the ice melts and frost leaves the ground, making the trails slippery and vulnerable to erosion by hikers.
DEC asks hikers to help avoid damage to hiking trails and sensitive high elevation vegetation by avoiding trails above 2,500 feet, particularly high elevation trails in the Dix, Giant, and High Peaks Wildernessareas in the northern Adirondacks. Please avoid the following trails until trail conditions improve:
·        High Peaks Wilderness Area - all trails above 2,500 feet; where wet, muddy, snow conditions still prevail, specifically: Algonquin, Colden, Feldspar, Gothics, Indian Pass, Lake Arnold Cross-Over, Marcy, Marcy Dam - Avalanche - Lake Colden, which is extremely wet, Phelps Trail above John Brook Lodge, Range Trail, Skylight, Wright, and all "trail-less" peaks.
·        Dix Mountain Wilderness Area - all trails above Elk Lake and Round Pond
·        Giant Mountain Wilderness Area - all trails above Giant's Washbowl, “the Cobbles,” and Owls Head.

Hikers are advised to only use trails at lower elevations as these trails usually dry soon after snowmelt and traverse deeper, less erosive soils. DEC suggests the following alternative trails for hiking, subject to weather conditions:

·        High Peaks Wilderness:
o   Ampersand Mountain
o   Mt. VanHoevenberg
o   Mt. Jo
·        Giant Mt. Wilderness:
o   Giant's Washbowl
o   Roaring Brook Falls
o   Owl’s Head Lookout
·        Hurricane Mountain Wilderness
o   The Crows
o   Hurricane Mountain from Rt 9N
·        Jay Mountain Wilderness
o   Jay Mountain
·        McKenzie Mt. Wilderness:
o   Baker Mountain
o   Haystack Mountain
o   McKenzie Mountain
·        Saranac Lakes Wild Forest:
o   Panther Mountain
o   Scarface Mountain
o   Floodwood Mountain
DEC’s website contains information on backcountry conditions in the Adirondacks at (http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7865.html).

EXPO 2017

20th Annual Outdoor Expo
Did you have a good time at last year's Outdoor Expo? Thought maybe you'd like to help with the planning? Here's your chance!

The planning committee is having its first meeting for the 2017 Outdoor Expo on Monday, November 14th at 6 PM. We're looking for folks who may want to join us. Come to some meetings, have dinner and check us out, no commitment necessary. If you’re interested email: Expochair@adk-gvc.org or call 585-224-0912 for details and directions. Please come join us!


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