We have arranged for three different excursions for the afternoon of Wednesday, September 26.  You can choose to participate in one of these planned activities by clicking on the link below.  If you would like to do something else, there is a list of additional activities, for which you can make your own arrangements.

The hikes will leave from the Hotel lobby 10 mins after the last morning talk (approximately 12:10 PM).  The tour will leave from the Hotel lobby at 1:00 PM.  After the excursions, shuttles will leave for the cruise to the Banquet from the Hotel lobby between 4:30 and 5:00 PM (latest).

Please SIGN UP for one of these excursions here (and note if more than one person).

Excursion #1 - Hike up Mount Jo

This excursion is now filled up. Please choose another activity.

This moderately difficult hike features a forest trail with nice vistas of Heart Lake, and an open 2,876-ft (875 m) rocky summ it that provides one of the best views of the High Peaks for the effort.  It is a 2.3 miles (3.7 km) loop, consisting of a long trail and a steeper short trail, and a 700 ft (210 m) ascent.  Mt. Jo is located southeast of Lake Placid.  Please be sure to sign up for this hike if you are interested, since there is a 20-person limit for this hike, and we will need to organize car transportation for the 15 minute ride from the Hotel to the trailhead. A box lunch will be provided. A small fee is charged for parking. For those going on this hike, good boots are essential, as is taking along some weather-appropriate (i.e., warm) clothing.  A detailed description of the trail and driving directions may be found here, and a youtube here.

Excursion #2 - Hike to Cobble Peak 

This realtively easy hike starts from the Hotel, passes though the town of Lake Placid, and then takes a forest trail that ascends to the top of Cobble Peak.  This is a loop of about 2.5 miles (4 km).  There are some lovely views of Mirror Lake and the surrounding area from the top.  There is no limit to the number of persons for this hike.  A box lunch will be provided.  A view from the summit may be seen here.

Excursion #3 - Tour of Olympic Village and Lake Placid Area

This is an entertaining guided tour of local sights, by trolley. Olympic sites include the Olympic Arena, which is a must-see for visitors to Lake Placid.  The 1932 rink is named for Sonja Henie and Jack Shea. The 1980 rink is named for the "Miracle on Ice" hockey team and coach Herbert Brooks.  Also of interest is the Olympic ski jumping complex and the Olympic Training Center.  Lake Placid sights are seen motoring around Mirror Lake, where the interesting history of the village of Lake Placid is presented along with stops at the lake.  A maximum of 30 persons can be accommodated in the trolley bus.  Lunch is not provided, but  tickets for the Olympic complex are provided.  A view of some of the venues may be found here.


More Information & Links

Our listing of OTHER ACTIVITIES available during the conference (e.g. other hikes, boating, family activities) is available here.  Please note that you willhave to make your own arrangements for these. 

To find out more about local attractions at Lake Placid and the Adirondacks High Peaks, go here and here.  A long but informative booklet can be downloaded here (note, this server is quite slow).

A map of the Lake Placid area may be found here.

Late September can have warm days but also very cool to cold days and evenings.  Therefore you should bring some warm clothes.   The current weather forecast for Lake Placid may be found here.