Adirondack Foothills Beyond BOW by fjwuxn

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									              2011­12 Adirondack Foothills Beyond BOW programs 

Introduction: 
These group events take place rain-or-shine, but thunder and lightning may require redirecting our
destinations. Special Adirondack Foothills Beyond B.O.W*. pricing does not include lodging or
meals (except in hunting camp), but we will be pleased to offer recommendations. Adirondack
Foothills Beyond B.O.W. programs are not limited to women or B.O.W. attendees. Minor children
must be accompanied by a parent. These events take place in New York State’s Adirondack Mts.


Clothing and gear for all events: 
Footwear: We recommend well-fitting, well-laced boots with good ankle support, not sneakers or
athletic shoes. Definitely no sandals or street shoes!
Clothing: The trick to staying warm or cool is to add or shed layers. Include a sleeveless or short-
sleeve wicking underlayer; long sleeved insulting layer; and windbreaking outer layer and a warm cap
even in summer. We recommend long pants with legs that zip off to create shorts; and an extra shirt
and pair of socks stowed in your day pack. In winter, add layers or thickness, and include hand, neck
and face protection. Avoid cotton clothing…in a wilderness environment, cotton kills!
Rainwear: Always an essential item regardless of the weather forecast.
Food and water: We recommend at least a quart of water for the trip (more for very hot or cold
weather, strenuous trips, or if you are accustomed to drinking lots) and high-energy lunch with extra
snack foods.
Gear: A day pack; we recommend your pack has a hip and a sternum strap. You must bring a
flashlight for each person, identification, and any personal medications.
Consider a camera, binoculars, field guides, handkerchief, insect repellent, sunscreen, notebook and
pencil, and personal items, based on the weight you are willing to carry. Your guide carries general
safety gear suitable for the group.
We store extra appropriate outer clothing, water, snacks, day packs and trekking poles in our vehicles
in case someone wants to rethink gear at the trailhead.
Please try to call us at 518-359-8194 at least one hour prior to departure time if you will be absent or
delayed. Please try to call our cell phones if less than one hour: We might have coverage en-route.
Sheila’s cell number is 518-637-6193. Sonny’s cell number is 518-524-6002. Sheila drives a pewter-
colored Chevy Trailblazer. Sonny drives a pewter-colored Chevy Silverado truck. Both have our
Adirondack Foothills Guide Service advertisement on the driver’s door. We will wait 15 minutes past
departure time for any late arrivals.

Calendar of Events 
2011 ­ 2012 
Snowshoe Round Pond Esker and Bogs
February 5, 2011
Cost: $20
Meet: Ampersand Mountain Trailhead parking lot, State Route 3, 8 miles west of Saranac Lake
Time: 10:00 a.m.

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Special equipment: snowshoes and poles (can be rented from guide service with advance notice);
and as listed in the introduction.
Details: Did you know an esker is really an upside-down river bottom? The glacially-formed bogs
surrounding the Round Pond esker can only be traversed in the winter season. This is an easy ½ day
winter activity. The views are great, and the bogs are pristine in the snow. Cookies and hot cocoa top
off the day! Say “Happy Birthday” to Sonny.

Become Skilled with Map and Compass
May 14, 2011
Cost: $30
Meet: Adirondack Park Agency Visitor’s Interpretive Center (facility name may change in 2011) 8023
State Route 30, Paul Smiths.
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Special equipment: None except as listed in the introduction.
Details: We have been teaching map and compass for nearly two decades, and to well over 1000
students. Even experienced cartographers and educators have commented positively about our
comprehensive, hands-on program. We can even de-mystify the bugaboo of declination adjustments.
This event combines classroom-style concept discussions and practice, and boots-to-the-ground
application.
Stalking the Adirondack Ostrich: Ferns & Flowers of the Adirondacks
June 11, 2011
Cost: $30
2011:June 11
Meet: Adirondack Park Agency Visitor’s Interpretive Center (facility name may change in 2011),
8023 State Route 30, Paul Smiths.
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Special equipment: Hand-held magnifying lens is recommended; field guides may be helpful. We
recommend “Fern Finder: A Guide to Native Ferns of Central and Northeastern United States and
Eastern Canada” (Nature Study Guides) available through Amazon; and as listed in the introduction.
Details: This event is held in the spring, when Adirondack flowers are expected to bloom and many
types of native ferns are abundant. The trails wind through several Adirondack ecological
environments. This is a relaxed, interactive naturalist program designed for all learning styles and
experience levels.
Spin Casting Mountain Lakes and Ponds
June 11, 2011
Cost: $70, limited enrollment
Meet: To be announced depending on water conditions, but meet at State Boat Launch, State Route
86, Saranac Lake. Call 518-359-8194 the day before the event for the specific meeting location.
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Special requirement: Valid N.Y.S. fishing license (can be arranged by guide service with advance
notice); and as listed in the introduction.
Details: Try your hand at catching Adirondack fish species from motor boat, canoe or shore. The day
is spent spin-casting on lake and pond water, learning how to identify legal species, reading the
water, selecting lures, and how to clean, store and prepare your catch safely. Sonny has been a
licensed fishing guide since 1982.
Adirondack Byway: A Raquette Falls Hike & Paddle
July 16, 2011

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Cost: $45, limited enrollment
Meet: Intersection State Route 3 and Corey’s Road, midway between Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake
(Corey’s Road has a double entrance…meet at the intersection of entrances and main road)
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Special equipment: Canoe or kayak, life jacket, paddle (can be rented from guide service with
advance notice); and as listed in the introduction.
Details: The Raquette River is an historic byway used by Native Americans, explorers, trappers,
loggers and recreationists. We hike 4.3 miles with little elevation change. A generous picnic lunch and
our canoes await us at Raquette Falls. Then we paddle downstream through six miles of scenic
bottomland meanders created during the glacial age. There are a few beaches along the way, but no
permanent structures…this is a wilderness corridor.

The Complete Hiker: Fun and Safety in the Wildlands
August 13, 2011
Cost: $30
Meet: Deer Pond trailhead, State Route 3, approximately 2 miles east of Tupper Lake.
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Special equipment: None except as listed in the introduction.
Details: What would you do if you had to spend an unexpected night (or more) in the woods? Could
you build a fire or a shelter from scratch? We combine a pleasant hike with naturalist studies and
survival strategies on a 5-mile trail through a hardwood and conifer forest and past pristine Deer
Pond, with a nice picnic spot along its shore. At least half of this hike is on level terrain, with little
elevation change elsewhere.
High Peaks Jaunt: Views from the Summit
September 17, 2011
Cost: $30, limited enrollment
Meet: Adirondack Loj Road, 1.7 miles southeast of the intersection of Old Military Road and State
Route 73 in Lake Placid.
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Special equipment: None except as listed in the introduction.
Details: The trail to the mountain summit is 2.3 miles of relatively flat, wide, open trail; 1 mile
moderately elevation gain with somewhat rougher (rocks, roots) and narrower trail; then the final
steep ascent to the summit with 1300 feet of elevation gain in about a mile. We take plenty of heart-
rate-reducing breaks in the steeper sections. The views are absolutely wonderful from the open rocky
summit! Thunder and lightning would prevent us traversing the open summit.
Adirondack White-tailed Deer Hunt
November 17-18, 2011
Cost: $125, limited enrollment
Meet: Intersection of State Route 3 and Corey’s Road, midway between Saranac Lake and Tupper
Lake. (Corey’s Road has a double entrance…meet at the intersection of entrances and main road)
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Special equipment: Valid N.Y.S. hunting license. Legal ammunition and hunting weapon in good
working condition; and as listed in the introduction.
Details: The first day is spent primarily on tracking and stalking techniques, although taking game if
the opportunity presents. Off to an early start, the second day focuses on the hunt. Sonny will teach
you how to identify legal game, read the game trails / scrapes / rubs, and how to clean, store and
prepare your game safely. Sonny has been a licensed hunting guide since 1982. Dinner of day one,

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breakfast of day two, and lodging between day one and two are included. This is a very select hunt
during the heart of the rut season for only 2-3 participants.
Snowshoe Round Pond Esker and Bogs
February 4, 2012
Cost; $20
Meet: Ampersand Mountain Trailhead parking lot, State Route 3, 8 miles west of Saranac Lake
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Special equipment: snowshoes and poles (can be rented from guide service with advance notice);
and as listed in the introduction.
Details: Did you know an esker is really and upside-down river bottom? The glacially-formed bogs
surrounding the Round Pond esker can only be traversed in the winter season. This is an easy ½ day
winter activity. The views are great, and the bogs are pristine in the snow. Cookies and hot cocoa top
off the day! Say “Happy Birthday” to Sonny.

*B.O.W. = Becoming an Outdoorswoman.
These group rates have been steeply discounted in honor of the B.O.W. in New York State program.
Adirondack Foothills Guide Service has volunteered as B.O.W. instructors continuously since 1994.




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