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Members of the Environmental Studies Forever Wild class in the wilderness near Old Forge.
Forever Wild Adirondacks Class Makes Winter Hike

Ernest Williams, the William R. Kenan Professor of Biology, led his Adirondack class -  Environmental Studies 220, Forever Wild: The Cultural and Natural Histories of the Adirondack Park - on a snowshoe hike into the wilderness near Old Forge on Feb. 10. The group hiked to a frozen-over beaver pond and identified tree species growing in the Adirondacks. It was a beautiful day for exploring the northern forest, with fresh snow and blue skies.  More ...

Students in Bio. 237 with Professors Ernest Williams and Bill Pfitsch.
Ecology Class Examines Adirondack Forest

For the 29th year in a row, the ecology class (Bio. 237) went up Whiteface Mountain to look at how and why the composition and structure of the forest changes with elevation. The 23 students on the Oct. 7 trip were led by Associate Professor of Biology Bill Pfitsch and Ernest Williams, the William R. Kenan Professor of Biology.  More ...

Mike Nelson '16, Katie Murphy '16 and Charlotte Simons '16.
HOC Summits 43 of 46 High Peaks

The 2012 46 Peaks weekend of Sept. 29-30 was a roaring success, despite the constant rain. The Hamilton Outing Club (HOC) tied its previous record of 43 peaks summited, and almost doubled participation from last year, with 125 students hiking in the Adirondacks over the weekend. “As far as our goals... it totally met that,” said Assistant Director of Outdoor Leadership Sarah Jillings. Two of the trails-less peaks were impassable, due to a washed-out bridge and high waters from the rain, which made crossing unsafe.  More ...

The Environmental Studies 220 Class at Camp Wenonah.  Seated in front are Anne Schoff, Ed Fitzgerald, Dennis Phillips and Jim Schoff, '68, hosts and contributors to the evening seminar.
Environmental Studies 220 Class Travels to Adirondacks

Over the weekend of October 1-2, the combined sections of Environmental Studies 220, The Cultural and Natural Histories of the Adirondacks, taught by Onno Oerlemans and Robin Kinnel traveled to the Adirondack Park for some first-hand experience.  More ...

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 ...
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