General Meeting

Tuesday, Novenber 10th
Education Workshop: 6:30 – 7:15

Happy Half Hour: 7 – 7:30                                                                                                                    
General Business Meeting and Program: 7:30-8:45                                                                     

77 Washington Highway, Snyder Amherst Community Church
NOTE: Please park in rear and enter through back door.NOTE: Please park in rear and enter through back door.


Shades of Gray Splashes of Color book

We here in Buffalo are so lucky to have published writer and experienced speaker Bill Cooke coming all the way from Louiseville, KY to talk about his experiences on the
magnificent Colorado Trail. The daily journey of the 486 mile hike was chronicled and the basis for his book “Shades of Gray, Splashes of Color: A Thru-Hike of the Colorado Trail”. Bill will present information about the trail followed by a slide show showing photos from his 2011 “thru-hike” with time to answer any questions afterwards. Before and after Bill’s presentation, his beautifully illustrated book will be available for

Bill Cooke worked for the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC for 25 years. An avid hiker, he has traversed many trails in USA and Ireland. Although Bill began backpacking in 1977, thru hiking the Colorado Trail is his longest continuous trek. Bill discusses the challenges of long distance hiking which include: acclimating to high elevations, hiking long and sometimes steep ascents, and coping with a wide range of climate conditions. These challenges can seem painful to anyone who has forgone the comforts of home. The “pain” of long distance hiking is balanced out by the beauty of the outdoors: meadows of wildflowers, sparkling mountain streams and the best views of sunrises and sunsets. After hearing this talk, I’m sure hikers of all levels will appreciate Bill Cooke’s passion to document his time in the outdoors and share it with us. Submitted by Dana Jandzinski

Education Program November 10 –  Leave no Trace

Leave No Trace         While we enjoy the outdoors, we want to make sure that we also care for it, and make sure our activities leave the wilderness  either untouched or even better than we found it.  Long time member and outdoor educator Ed Kasperek returns to our education workshop this month to review the seven principles of Leave No Trace.  Please join us to ensure you are practicing the principles and being an steward of and advocate for the natural world we love.

Reminder: Our workshop is now in the community room adjacent to the main meeting room, and starts at 6:30 sharp and ends at 7:15 sharp to give everyone time to socialize before the main meeting.

LOOKING BACK…Did you Miss the October Program with Wolf Speaker Joe Allen?

We needed extra chairs to accommodate the enthusiastic audience who came to hear Wolf Watcher Joe Allen talk about his amazing wolf viewing trips. Joe has been teaching at UB for over 20 years, and is an avid outdoorsman who loves to lead educational expeditions in the National Parks of the western US. After a brief history of wolves, Joe dissected many comical wolf misconceptions, and justified the rationale for reintroducing wolves to Yellowstone in 1995. Studies have revealed the remarkable impact of the new wolf presence, including decrease in elk and other ungulate animals, followed by the resurgence of young trees and shrubs that used to be nibbled by the elk. Joe’s excellent pictures, alluring videos and passion for the topic gave rise to an enjoyable evening for everyone, including Joe who felt so at home that he joined ADK the following day… Welcome to our pack, Joe!  Submitted by Janet Kowalski

Message from the Chair   Janet Kowalski

Change is in the air, as we transition from mild weather outings to brisk recreation options that require us to wear a few more layers. Bravo to the Biking (Paul) and Waterways (Richard) Committees that provided a robust selection of recreation offerings throughout our glorious early Fall. Still, there is no shortage of outdoor options, thanks to our enthusiastic Outings Chair (Mary) and the able Hiking Leaders in our club. Many thanks to all.

Hats Off to our Education Chair (Teresa) for relocating the Education Workshop to a larger and more convenient location. Folks seem to be enjoying this learning time in the Community Room before convening to the nearby Fellowship Hall for the Social Time and General Meeting. Other new developments include our new Programs Chair Dana Jandzinski from East Aurora, and our new Young Members (YM) Chair Travis Darrin, recent UB graduate.



Are You a 46er? We Want You on Our List!

Loretta Yerke, who is a long term member of our chapter and former ADK Newsletter editor, made up a list of all our chapter 46ers in 2008. Wilma Cipolla and Loretta thought we should update the list to include all of the new 46ers since then. If you don’t have a number because you didn’t register we can still add you to the list.

Click here to see the current list. To add your name send it to Cheryl Peluso, cherylp17@verizon.net, or call Kate Hacker at 688-8618.

Announcing Scholarship for ADK Winter Mountaineering School 2016

The Adirondack Mountain Club has sponsored Winter School for over 60 years. The purpose is to promote enjoyable, safe, and successful winter mountaineering and camping. Come experience an Alpine winter adventure!

Whether you’ve just started on the trail to become a winter mountaineer or have some experience, Winter Mountaineering School may be just what you need to learn new techniques, refine existing skills, and experience new winter activities.

The 2016 Winter Mountaineering School will again be based at the Adirondak Loj and take place January 28 – February 3.

We are offering 4 different program options this year:
– Weekend Day Hiking (Jan 28 – Jan 31)
– Weekend Backpacking (Jan 28 – Jan 31)
– Week Long Combination Program (Jan 28 – Feb 3)
– 4 Night Winter Backpacking Program (Jan 29 – Feb 3 – enrollment restrictions apply).

Space is limited so apply early. Registration closes January 15, 2016. Please see our Winter School website at www.winterschool.org for more information.

2016 ADK-NFC Scholarships for Winter Mountaineering School:

Deadline for Scholarship Application: December 16, 2015

Again this year, our chapter’s Executive Committee is pleased to announce that two of our members will receive reimbursements for ADK Winter School tuition up to $405. Interested applicants should read the Winter School requirements at www.winterschool.org

Scholarship winners must pay for the course in full, and will be reimbursed after satisfactory completion of the course as documented by the participant’s certificate of completion. Those attending Winter Mountaineering School are required to obtain all the necessary clothing and equipment as specified by the course requirements.

Questions about the school can be asked through the WMS website www.winterschool.org. Applicants must be current members of the ADK Niagara Frontier Chapter and may apply for the scholarship by contacting: Cheryl Peuso (Chapter Chair) 997-2349 cherylp17@verizon.net ; or Mary Schraven (Outings Chair) maryschraven1@gmail.com.

Previous WMS scholarship winners are not eligible. Applications for this scholarship must be received no later than December 16, 2015. If there are more than two applicants, winners will be determined by lottery.
Winter Mountaineering School Program Dates: January 28 – February 3 2016

Education Scholarship Application 

Education Scholarship Guidelines  

Education Scholarship Info


Who made these statements?

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”

“The mountains are calling and I must go.”

The amazing John Muir, epic naturalist and Sierra Club founder will be the topic of our next book club. The November ADK Book Club meeting is Wednesday, November 18 at 6:30 PM in the Meeting Room at the Eggertsville-Snyder Library Branch at 4622 Main St in Snyder, near the corner of Burroughs and Main. (The library parking lot is accessible from Burroughs, just behind the church.) We will discuss “My Boyhood and Youth”, an autobiography by John Muir.

Please note this meeting will be on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, instead of the usual last Wednesday time, due, due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Newcomers are always welcome! We are a club of both genders and a wide range of ages. For more information contact Janet at janetk300@gmail.com.