ADK Guidelines Chapter Outings (revised 2012)
Updated Outings Policies & Procedures – Approved June 1, 2021
These policies and procedures have been revised to reflect the latest Center for Disease Control, New York State Health Department, and Adirondack Mountain Club guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals. The Niagara Frontier Chapter does not require, but strongly encourages, vaccinations for participation in outings and other activities. Persons who are not fully vaccinated should be familiar with and follow the current recommendations.
- All participants call the leader and register in advance.
- At beginning of outing, the leader must screen all participants and themselves with the following questions. Anyone who answers “YES” to any of these should be sent home:
- Do you currently have any symptoms of a respiratory infection (including cough, fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, or loss of taste/smell)?
- Have you had any of the above symptoms in the past 14 days?
- Have you tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
- At beginning of outing, the leader must verify that all participants have hand sanitizer and face masks. Masks are not required for fully vaccinated individuals except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. Fully vaccinated individuals still need to carry a mask on outings for use if needed.
- Updated liability forms must be signed by all participants. Contact information will be shared with government contact tracers when requested.
We are looking for a passionate cyclist, who would like to lead the biking committee! We promise to work closely with you, to recruit and help train new biking leaders.
Trip Leaders, please be sure to turn your liability forms in at the next general membership meeting; if unable to attend, contact the current Outings chair. Liability forms are available using the link above. All participants must sign the liability waiver form before beginning an ADK sponsored outing.
Future Trip Leaders, please contact the Outings chair if you would like to lead an outing. We will support you in writing up the trip description and getting the ball rolling. If you want your outing to appear in the newsletter, it must be submitted by the 10th of the previous month. That means, we are “booking” at least a month in advance. While many of us don’t like to bike or paddle when the weather is cool, hiking still remains a wonderful option all year long. So send those cool weather hiking trip ideas to me.
To ALL the dedicated ADK trip leaders…
There is nothing more discouraging than planning for an outing, doing the write up, clearing your busy schedule, communicating with the club membership, anticipating the outing and then, because of icky weather, canceling the trip or having no one call to say they are interested in coming. It is a real let-down.
So to all the trip leaders who had outings did not happen for what-ever reason, we want to say a BIG THANK YOU! For taking the risk to volunteer your time to fill out our local club calendar with wonderful and varied outings! Please consider rescheduling your favorite outing later in the season or perhaps as a different king of outing. Let’s make these months ahead a record-breaker for successfully attended outings!
Fall/Spring Weather Outings
Don’t let dismal weather forecasts discourage you from getting outdoors during these transitional seasonal weekends. Many times we say no to an outing because of possible rain and then the day turns out to be just beautiful! So don’t be put off by an iffy forecast. These are the perfect opportunities for you to test out your gear and your layering system. It is so much more fun to exercise outside.
Here’s a funny story about hiking in the rain…
One spring, we included our 20-something daughter on a spring outing in Ithaca with the club. Saturday, bright and early about 20 of us met for a hike under cloudy skies and within the first few minutes of the hike, it began to lightly rain. We all quickly donned our waterproof jackets, pants and hats and merrily continued hiking. After 30 minutes, in her fashionable but wet and now cold jeans, she sputtering, “What is wrong with all of you (old) people?! When it’s raining, you should all be going to the movies, not on a hike!” In sympathy to her suffering, we were forced to detour out of the hike early, get her indoors and warmed up. We spent the remainder of the day split between the coin laundry drying her clothes and the local EMS buying her an early birthday gift of waterproof outerwear and hiking boots.
Here are some tips to help you avoid a similar mishap….
- Pack your waterproof outer layers even if it is sunny at your house as you leave for an outing. Also include a layer of insulation just in case it is colder than you think. Remember to wear wool and polyester fabrics, no cotton. Take your “Essential 10” for comfort and possible survival.
- Re-spray your hiking shoes/boots with waterproof spray. Pack your micro-spikes just in case it is icy.
- Check your google weather report for the destination of the outing.
- Have the trip leader’s cell phone number handy for last minute cancellations or late arrival at the meet up place.
- And if the weather conditions are more than you were prepared for, or you truly wouldn’t enjoy yourself, then by all means, take our daughter’s advice and head out to the movies instead!
Staying Safe in the rain (DEC.org)
Recreationalists also should be aware that if skies darken, the wind increases or lightning flashes, it’s likely an electrical storm is approaching. Avoid high ground, isolated trees, water and metal objects. Seek shelter in a nearby building or vehicle. If a storm is imminent, make yourself as small as possible by squatting on the balls of your feet and keeping your arms close to your sides. Limit contact with the ground by putting your hands on your knees. Do not crowd people together. You are safer alone than in a group.
If a storm threatens while you’re swimming or boating, get out of the water and away from it as quickly as possible. If you cannot return a boat to shore before a storm hits, go below deck or crouch in the middle of the boat, staying away from metal objects and surfaces.
If you are interested in suggesting a paddle trip or taking part in our activities this season, please contact Richard Schraven, Waterways Co-Chair, with your email contact information at Richardschraven1@gmail.com.
For great ideas on where to put in, see the list of paddling options on the WWW (Wilderness Weekends of WNY) tab, or the paper book. See how many outings you can document towards earning your WWW Patch! Our Bob VanHise has also developed a wonderful website called BuffaloPaddles-Google which uses Google Maps to show many great launching locations in and around WNY as well as a trip description. Thank You Bob!
Three main questions were discussed at our 2015 Biking Committee organizational meeting. The questions and answers are related below:
1. What makes ADK biking unique?
- INCLUSIVENESS – of many varied abilities, ages, bike types, clothing types;
- SAFETY – We follow the rules of the road, prefer bikeways and bike routes, wear helmets, help each other make sure our bikes are in good operating condition, and stick together;
- LOCAL TOURISM – We go to fun places and events throughout WNY and Southern Ontario;
- SOCIALIZATION – We get to know and talk to each other before, during, and after our rides.
2. What have we done in the past that you’d like to see continued?
A “laid back”, non-competitive tone, no hassles, food stops, combining biking with hiking or paddling or swimming, going to events/attractions, and riding on bikeways.
3. What would you like to see changed?
Having more leaders, better pre-screening of riders, more riders having their own spare tube and/or repair kit.
At our 2016 meeting, besides having a workshop on bicycle maintenance and flat repair, we noted how well bicycling fits into the “ADK C.A.R.E.S.” mission on every point: Conservation, Advocacy, Recreation, Education and Stewardship!
Look for trip descriptions on the Event Calendar. If you want to add a trip (see suggestions) to this list or volunteer to lead a trip please submit your desired rides and/or dates to Biking Co-Chair, Paul Kochmanski at 895-7712 or email@example.com
See this link for Biking Safety Tips
Bike Rides from Past Years (Mileage is approximate)
Local Area Bike Rides
Akron Falls Park from Wherle Dr. (19 mi to lower end or 21 mi to upper end)
Amherst Recreation Trail to Niawanda Park
Amherst Recreation Trail to Uncle G’s Ice Cream (Pendleton)
Angola to Evangola State Park
Back Creek Rd in Boston (B – B+)
Clarence to Akron Park (12 or 14)
Clarence to Clarence Center (17 mi.)
Clarence Center to Akron Falls Park (16 mi. or 18 mi. or 22 mi.)
Clarence Center to Clarence Town Park (18.5 mi. or 24 mi. to Wherle)
Delaware Park to Erie Basin Marina (and beyond?)
Dufferin Islands from Service Rd. 11 (20 mi. to Dufferin Islands, 22 mi. to Table Rock)
Erie Basin Marina to Albright Knox Art Gallery
Eighteen Mile Creek Loop (B+) (24 mi.)
Ellicott Creek Park to the Amherst Museum (Mr. D’s ice cream stand) (19-20 mi.)
Foot of Sheridan to Ellicott Creek Park or Island Park (20 mi.)
Foot of Sheridan to Erie Basin Marina (16 mi.)
Front Park to Crystal Beach, ON, Canada (Bike & Beach) (21-24 mi.)
Front Park to Port Colborne, ON, Canada (Canal Days) (40 mi.)
Grand Island Loop (21 mi)
Iroquois Wildlife Refuge (23 mi.)
Isle View Park (near South Grand Island Bridge) to Erie Basin Marina (23 mi.)
Lewiston to Fort Niagara (20 mi.)
Lockport to Middleport (21 mi., 22.5 mi. to Darrell’s Place)
Moonlight ride (destination optional)
Niagara Falls, NY to Niagara Glenn Park, ON
Niagara Harvest and Craft Show, Lewiston
North Forest Road to Tonawanda Canal Fest and Niawanda Park (20 mi.)
North Grand Island Bridge to Devil’s Hole State Park and Goat Island (20 mi.)
Queenston to Niagara-on-the-Lake
Queenston or Botanical Gardens to Niagara-on-the-Lake (Peach Fest) (20-25 mi.)
Scottish Festival at the Amherst Museum (23 mi)
St. Catharine’s Merritt Trail to Port Dalhousie (25 mi.) (or variation)
Tonawanda to Albright Knox
Bike & Hike/Paddle
Bike & Hike to Niagara Glen
Bike & Hike to Royalton Ravines
Bike & Hike to Zoar Valley
Pedal & Paddle Queenston to NOTL
Out of Local Area
Lehigh Valley Linear Park Trail
Oak Orchard River Rd. to Point Breeze on Lake Ontario, Orleans County
Presque Isle (Erie PA) Bike and Beach
Updated by our past Outings Chair, Mary Schraven, and Biking Co-Chair, Paul Kochmanski 2/23/2017