The annual FLTC Fall Campout is three days of hikes and two evening programs, usually in a more rustic setting.

2015 Fall Campout and NCTA Rendezvous

September 10-13, 2015


2015 Fall Weekend, a (not so rustic) Rendezvous with our friends from the EIGHT states of the North Country National Scenic Trail: September 10-13, at Hope Lake Lodge, across from Greek Peak Ski Resort near Cortland and Ithaca, NY. Complete information is available here including schedule of events, hike and workshop descriptions, lodging, and meals.

You can register on-line and pay with credit card or PayPal account. Or, you can register by US mail and pay by check using this paper registration form.

Do not book your room directly with Hope Lodge; their advertised rate includes NO breakfast, and later adds sales tax and a processing fee that the FLT is NOT charging you. Also, the lodge cannot help you finding roommates. So please register only through us.

Event report I’d like to take this opportunity to personally thank our own Finger Lakes Trail’s Irene Szabo, who masterminded this past weekend’s North County Trail Association’s (NCTA) annual meeting. This get-together was sponsored by the Finger Lakes Trail Conference and held at the Greek Peak Ski Resort in central NY.  The trail passes by the resort on FLT Map M19. near Virgil, NY.

The NCT runs from North Dakota through seven states before terminating at Crown Point, NY on the NY/ Vt border.  In NY, the NCT is concurrent with the FLT from Allegany State Park east to the Onondaga Branch Trail, where it veers off from the FLT to head up into the southern Adirondacks as it winds its way to Crown Point.  Here’s more about the NCT, at 4600 miles it’s the longest of the 11 US National Scenic Trails — bill currently before the US Congress will authorize a trail extension into and beyond Middlebury, Vermont to allow the trail to ultimately connect with the Long Trail in the heart of the Green Mountains.

Representatives from all seven NCT states (plus Vermont) were on hand for the conference.  A number of hikes and other activities were offered each day, highlighted by hikes on Saturday through the Watkins Glen St Pk gorge which many of the participants took advantage of.

Speakers each evening were quite interesting.  On Thursday evening, Mary Coffin (from Syracuse, NY) talked about the efforts which she has been leading to work with the NY DEC to settle on the final routing of the NCT through the southern Adirondacks.

On Friday evening, Gene Bavis (from Walworth, NY) talked about his hobby of photographing community murals which depict the culture or history of the particular community.  Gene’s traveled extensively up and down the east coast taking such photographs.
And, on Saturday evening two speakers (from Middlebury, Vt) talked the plans for extending the NCT on in to Vermont.

A number of NCT awards were presented at the meetings.  I’m going on memory here, but I believe that those from the FLT who received awards included Dave Potzler and three grand children, Jacqui Wensich, Roger Hopkins, and Lynda Rummel.  Would appreciate if someone can correct me if I’ve left anyone off this list !Met a lot of hikers from across the NCT states (North Datoka, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and NY), and had the unique opportunity to meet, hike and talk at length with Heather Houskeeper (ie- the “Botanical Hiker”).  This past summer, Heather thru-hiked the FLT and each of the branch trails, nearly 1000 miles of backpacking in all.  She maintains a blog, you might want to take a look at it — I’ve posted some pictures at the following link from the hikes that I participated in on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday — And, finally, the fourth Saturday of each September (September 26, this year), is the annual NCT Trail Days Celebration, where hikes are offered all across the NCT.  There will be several such hikes along the FLT / NCT in NY state, find out more about these hikes here

Larry Blumberg

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Greek Peak, Hope Lake Lodge, and the Finger Lakes Trail/North Country National Scenic Trail
(see more on the FLT Interactive Map)