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Professor Bill Pfitsch's group on Sept. 25.
Ecology Class Treks to Adirondacks

For the 28th consecutive year, the Ecology course (Bio. 237) traipsed to the top of Whiteface Mountain. This year's class was so large that it was split into two separate trips. As usual, the weather for this trip was unpredictable. The first trip took place on Sept. 25 with Prof. Bill Pfitsch and found warmth, blue skies and grand vistas. The second trip, led by Prof. Ernest Williams on Oct. 2, encountered dense overcast skies, rain and chilly temperatures.  More ...

Front: Pat Dunn and Marco Scheuer. Standing: Makenna Perry, Leslie Cohen, Lucas Harris, Max Lopez, Leonard Teng.
Outing Club Members Conquer Two Adirondack Peaks

Seven Hamilton students—trip leaders Pat Dunn ’12 and Leonard Teng ’12 along with Makenna Perry ’12, Leslie Cohen ’12, Lucas Harris ’12, Marco Scheuer ’13 and Max Lopez ’15—were part of a Hamilton Outing Club (HOC) backpacking trip last weekend that tackled two of the Adirondack High Peaks: Algonquin Peak, the second highest mountain in the state at 5,115 feet, and Iroquois Peak, the eighth highest at 4,843 feet.


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The Adventure Writing 111 class on Blue Mountain.
Adventure Writing Class Takes on Blue Mountain

Director of Outdoor Leadership Andrew Jillings and James L. Ferguson Professor of History Maurice Isserman took the students of Adventure Writing 111 on a climb to the summit of Blue Mountain on Oct. 23. The climb was one of several field trips that the group takes together in the fall, and that the students write about for the class, in addition to more conventional academic papers.  More ...

From left Grace Lee '13, Dave Hyman '12, Erin Sullivan '13, Sarah Fellows '14 on top of Couchsachraga Peak.
HOC Attempts Adirondack High Peaks

On Oct. 8-10 members of the Hamilton Outing Club (HOC) attempted their annual goal of having at least one member of the Hamilton community atop each of the Adirondack 46 peaks. The High Peaks, in Essex and Franklin counties, are the 46 Adirondack Mountains that were traditionally believed to be higher than 4,000 feet, though surveying ultimately showed that four did not reach that height.  More ...

The College 220 class and Judson Potter '89 at Camp Wenonah.
One Weekend, 450 Miles Through the Adirondacks

Over the weekend of Oct. 2-3, the College 220 class, “The Cultural and Natural Histories of the Adirondacks,” explored several Adirondack natural sites, visited the historic John Brown’s cabin in North Elba, and took part in a seminar on paddler’s rights during an overnight visit to Camp Wenonah, owned by alumnus James Schoff, ’68.  More ...

The Canoe Classic takes place over three days in the Adirondacks.
Two Hamilton Teams to Compete in Annual Adirondack Canoe Classic
Two Hamilton teams will compete in The Adirondack Canoe Classic, also known as “The 90-miler” this weekend, Sept. 10-12. The race is paddled over three days, starting from Old Forge and finishing in Prescott Park in Saranac Lake, and is billed as the biggest race of the year in New York State. More ...
Ernest Williams
Williams, Reynolds and Oerlemans Co-Author Book Chapter
A book with a chapter coauthored by Hamilton faculty Ernest Williams, Patrick Reynolds and Onno Oerlemans has been published by the University of Iowa Press. The chapter, “Interdisciplinary Teaching about the Adirondacks,” appears in Nature and Culture in the Northern Forest, (edited by Pavel Cenkl, 2010). More ...
Members of Ernest Williams' Cultural and Natural Histories of the Adirondack Park class.
Adirondack Park Class Treks North
Some Hamilton students got a real taste of the Adirondacks on Feb. 7, as 20 members of Professor Ernest Williams’ Cultural and Natural Histories of the Adirondack Park went on a snowshoe trek to Grass Pond in Old Forge, N.Y. More ...
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