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Campers' Group Bulletin - Winter 2017-2018   

People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy. - Anton Chekhov

December 29-January 1, Party/Ski Weekend, Gore Mountain, North Creek NY
Come join us to ring in the new year in the Adirondacks! We have rented a charming farmhouse, located on 220 acres just 8 miles from Gore Mountain. The house sleeps 10-12, has 4 bedrooms with 8 beds/bunks, sleeper sofa, 2 full baths, living room, sitting room, and a fully equipped kitchen and pantry that includes a microwave, coffee maker, dishwasher... even a griddle and waffle iron. All linens are provided, and there is a washer and dryer. Gore Mountain is New York State's largest ski and ride resort. Boasting a vertical drop of 2,537 feet and 446 accessible acres, it spans four mountains including Gore, Bear Mountain, Burnt Ridge Mountain and Little Gore Mountain. The resort offers skiers and riders 119 trails including 107 alpine trails with 27 glades and 9 cross-country and snowshoe trails serviced by 15 lifts. The area also offers hiking, skating, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, and more!
To reserve a spot, send a check for $96 made out to Campers‘ Group, to: Campers' Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Once the organizer or a trip leader is notified of receipt of your check, you will be added to the RSVP list. For immediate inclusion, pay $99 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Jennifer 917-202-8025 / Lillian 914-668-3184
January 12-15, Vermont Skiing/Snowshoeing, Green Mountain House Hostel, Manchester Center VT
Join us in the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont for this long holiday weekend! There will be downhill skiing at Bromley Mountain, cross-country skiing at Viking Nordic Center, snowshoeing, hiking, pot luck dinners, and much much more!
We'll be staying at the Green Mountain House Hostel in Manchester, Vermont, just 5 miles west of the Appalachian Trail and Long Trail. We will have the exclusive use of the hostel; it sleeps about 10 people, has comfortable twin beds and bunk beds w/ clean linens, blankets & pillows. Besides a total of eight beds, there is also one couch for sleeping, plus floor space upstairs if anyone wants to bring an air mattress. Towels, soap and shampoo are provided. We will also have the exclusive use of a fully equipped kitchen, with basic breakfast supplies provided for free. Wi-Fi access and a landline phone is available for free long-distance calls.
The parking is limited to about 6-7 cars on site. Carpooling is recommended. The hostel will work out additional parking when we arrive.
To reserve a spot, send a check for $85.50 made out to Campers‘ Group, to: Campers' Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Once the organizer or a trip leader is notified of receipt of your check, you will be added to the RSVP list. For immediate inclusion, pay $88.19 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Trudy 845-544-0446 / Michelle 845-325-4526
Sunday, January 21, Brunch & Planning Meeting, The Park Restaurant, Manhattan NY
This spacious, hip restaurant has nice selections, friendly staff, and a large garden dining area. Meet us at 12 pm, and we will enjoy a meal together before we discuss and decide on future trips. Afterward, perhaps we will stroll over to the nearby High Line Park, or another location. If you have joined us on one or more of our outings, we would greatly appreciate you helping us on a weekend or day event as a leader or co-leader. If it is your first time, don't worry, we will partner you with a more experienced member. We are a volunteer-run club that needs more of their members to participate as trip leaders. For immediate inclusion RSVP on meetup.com.
Kirsten 914-548-5576
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Ken 201-388-3685
January 27-28, Cabin Trip, Thendara Mountain Club, Harriman State Park NY
Our friends at Thendara Mountain Club have invited us to stay overnight at their rustic cabin in Harriman State Park. The cabin (built 1929) has heat, electricity, a full kitchen, indoor men's and women's washrooms with hot showers, and unheated bathrooms about 50 ft from the lodge. There are seven bedrooms with 2-4 cots each (rooms are shared). The cabin has a big main room with fireplace, comfortable seating, eating table and screened in porch. The weekend includes Saturday night dinner, Sunday breakfast and a bag lunch. Meet us at the cabin on Saturday morning at 9:30am to join us on a hike (TBD). Depending on snowfall, we may instead snowshoe or even cross-country ski. We may also carpool to the trail head. Later in the afternoon we will return to camp for a relaxing and well deserved happy hour in front of the fire! Dinner will be provided by the Thendara host for this weekend. Breakfast and lunch will be available on Sunday. Diet restrictions can usually be accommodated - just be sure to tell the host when you RSVP. You need to bring a sleeping bag or sheet and pillowcase. There are wool blankets and pillows available. On Sunday, after we have breakfast and prepare our bag lunch, we may go out again starting at about 11am from the cabin. The total cost will be approximately $50, depending on what food the host brings to prepare. You must pay the balance in cash to the host during the weekend. This payment will cover meals and lodging for Saturday night (meals are Saturday happy hour and dinner, Sunday breakfast and lunch). YOU MUST RSVP AND SIGN UP FOR MEALS BY WEDNESDAY January 24th. You can take the train or bus to Sloatsburg and can either hike in, ride a bike up scenic Seven Lakes Drive, or we can arrange to have someone from camp with a car meet you at the station. Feel free to bring a spouse, date, friend and well behaved kids, but sorry, no pets.
To reserve a spot, send a check for $20 made out to Campers‘ Group, to: Campers' Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Once the organizer or a trip leader is notified of receipt of your check, you will be added to the RSVP list. For immediate inclusion, pay $20.89 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Kathy 973-600-4328
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Darlene 845-264-5815
February 16-19, Holiday Weekend Trip, High Peaks House, Lake Placid NY
We are returning to Lake Placid! This beautiful area has excellent cross-country skiing, also downhill skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, tobogganing, iceskating, snowmobiling, dog sledding and many other activities in the spectacular high peaks region of the Adirondacks. Lake Placid is an interesting town to explore, having hosted both the 1932 and the 1980 Winter Olympics. The Mt. Van Hoevenberg Cross Country & Biathlon Center is a world class facility for cross-country skiing, ice skating, snow tubing, and even bobsledding or a tree-top gondola ride! Whiteface Mountain for downhill skiing, and a visit to the Olympic Museum can also be great fun! We will be staying at the comfortable and convenient High Peaks House, right on Main Street in Lake Placid. This bunk-style house is less than a block from the skating oval, the toboggan slide, fun downtown shops and restaurants, and even a free shuttle to White Face Mountain. Through High Peaks Cyclery, and their Basecamp Group Lodging, we will have access to a yoga fitness area and an indoor rock gym. They also offer an outdoor guide service, gear rentals and assistance at the full service High Peaks Cyclery outdoor store, all on the same property. With two stories, four bedrooms, and six bunk beds, the High Peaks house sleeps up to twelve. Two of the bedrooms host one bunk bed with a full bottom bunk, while the third bedroom serves as the larger bunk room with three bunk beds. The house has 1.5 baths, a large gear room, laundry facilities, and a large, comfortable kitchen, bar and living area. A second shower will be available to us next door in the fitness center before and after hours. Amenities include: all bed linens (although they request that you bring a towel), free Wifi, cable TV and DVD player, as well as a microwave, dishwasher, oven/stove, and large refrigerator. The High Peaks House and Guide House share a large deck with a BBQ grill, both with great views of the High Peaks mountains! Friends from Thendara Mountain Club are again staying at the nearby Adirondack Loj this weekend. We may meet up for dinner, snowshoeing and/or cross-country skiing. Let us know if you can offer or need a ride by posting a message to those attending. Carpooling may be possible; please plan early and do not RSVP until your transportation is confirmed. Buses are also available, leaving from NYC and Newark NJ.
To reserve a spot, send a check for $151.75 made out to Campers‘ Group, to: Campers' Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Once the organizer or a trip leader is notified of receipt of your check, you will be added to the RSVP list. For immediate inclusion, pay $156.36 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Ken 201-388-3685
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Renee 973-224-1477
March 16-19, Skiing/Snowshoeing Weekend, Garden State Ski Club House, Pittsford VT
Last chance for spectacular skiing this season! We have been invited to stay at the Garden State Ski Club's (http://www.gardenstateskiclub.net/) lodge in Pittsford Vermont. Less than a 4-hour drive from northern New Jersey, the Lodge is centrally located to take advantage of all that Vermont offers. The ski house is 18 miles from the Killington Ski Area (http://www.killington.com/site/index.html), and 6 miles from Mountain Top Inn and Resort (https://mountaintopinn.com/things-to-do/winter-spring-resort-activities/). Besides downhill and cross-country skiing, there may be snowshoeing, hiking, pot luck dinners - whatever the group decides.
The Lodge sleeps up to 24 people in comfortable rooms of 2, 3 or 4 beds with a private bath for each room. All rooms except one have their own outside entrance, with only two having an entrance inside the lodge. Room assignments will be given upon arrival. You must bring your own personal soap, towels, bathmat, bed linen and pillow case; they provide pillows and blankets. The towering stone fireplace will welcome you into the large living room with the modern kitchen just beyond. Basic breakfast food is provided, but you are welcome to bring all your own for all meals. French doors lead out to a large deck, overlooking the wooded property. The deck is the perfect place to watch for deer, cooking on the gas grill or search the magnificent starlit Vermont sky. Let us know if you can offer or need a ride by posting a message to those attending on our meetup.com page. Carpooling may be possible; please plan early and do not RSVP until your transportation is confirmed. Buses are also available, leaving from NYC and Newark NJ.
To reserve a spot, you may send a check for $95 made out to Campers' Group, to: Campers' Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Once the organizer or a trip leader is notified of receipt of your check, you will be added to the RSVP list. For immediate inclusion, pay $97.98 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Michele 201-787-6786
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Ken 201-388-3685



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