Our Summer Newsletter Is Now Online

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PADDLING? Pay Attention to Water Quality

Paddle Outing Cancelled Owing to “Unhealthy” Water

Mid Hudson ADK paddle leader Don Urmston has cancelled the May 7 outing planned for the Wallkill River owing to warnings from the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation that the water quality is unhealthy.

Don writes: “The Wallkill has been declared unfit for recreational activities due to high levels of toxic algae and dangerous bacteria which are being fed by raw sewage being released into the river.  I would advise all paddlers to avoid this river this season.”

You can sign up for water alerts from DEC by visiting this page on their website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/101187.html


Another Great First Day with ADK


Lisa, Anthony, Jill, Georgette and Peter enjoy sun and views from the top of Mount Taurus in Putnam County, with Storm King Mountain in the background. Photo by Jean-Claude Fouere.

Mid-Hudson ADKers enjoyed another New Year’s Day with mild temperatures and blue skies, which got folks out for First Day excursions at Vassar College and Mount Taurus in the Hudson Highlands.

A group of 16, led by Sue Mackson, walked the edge of the Vassar College campus over to Vassar Farms, where the sun warmed the group as it trod along. Another group–5 hikers plus leader Jean-Claude Fouere, hiked up Mount Taurus and couldn’t believe the absence of snow or ice. This group enjoyed unobstructed views north to the Catskills and south to the NYC skyline, with bends and turns of the Hudson River glistening in the brilliant sun.

A good number returned to Sue’s house for soup, bread and conviviality.  It’s become a nice way to start the  year.

Reports submitted by Sue Mackson and Jean-Claude Fouere; photo by J-C Fouere.

Russ Faller looks back on a couple of summer paddles in the Adirondacks

One of our busiest outings leaders, Russ Faller, is home from a summer filled with paddles and backpacks. He recently took time to send photos from a couple of his extended paddles in the Adirondacks. As Russ says: “The pictures tell the story.”
Sept. 2-5, 2016  Oswegatchie River Basecamp, NW Adirondacks
Leader: Russ Faller
A mellow and enlightening paddling/hiking/camping trip where the pictures tell the story. Photo credits:  Ron Gonzalez & Peter Arnold.

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July 12-14. 2016  St. Regis Canoe Wilderness to Paul Smiths, northern Adirondacks
Leader: Russ Faller
This was a fascinating, but strenuous excursion.  The pictures tell the story. Photo credits go to Tom Amisson, J-C Fouere & Ron Plaisted.

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Join Us at Environmental Fair at Vassar Farm

Look for Mid Hudson ADK September 25th at the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve!

We will be tabling at the URBAN WILDERNESS FESTIVAL & ENVIRONMENTAL FAIR, 1-4pm–part of an afternoon of activities for people of all ages. 

Come out and enjoy:

~ Guided hikes on the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve ~ Tour the newly renovated dairy barn

~ Learn about environmental efforts in Dutchess County

~ Kids’ activities and more! Hosted by the Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns and the Dutchess County Environmental Management Council

For details, contact thecoop@vassar.edu