The Adirondack Mountain Club, Susquehanna Chapter, recently announced its schedule for October. Visit www.susqadk.org for additional information.

Tuesday outings are rated C or C+. For Tuesday hike meeting times and places, call the leader or Bev Hensle at 286-9126. For weekend hikes, call Ernie Mahlke at 432-2583. Participants are asked to always all the leaders of the hikes for details before taking part. Outing leaders' names and phone numbers are included with listing details.

Participants must have a level of fitness appropriate for the type of activity and must bring proper clothing and gear, including enough water to stay hydrated. Car pool participants are asked to contribute toward gas costs. Hike and bike classifications are subjective and chosen by the leader. Those who are uncertain if they are up to the hike should consult the leader.

Classifications are as follows:

A: Strenuous, long distances over rugged terrain with lots of climbing. More than 35 miles on a bike; B: Moderate, shorter distances with less climbing. Moderate hikes may have some steep climbing and/or rugged terrain, but are less demanding than strenuous hikes, 10 to 30 miles on a bike; C: Easy, short distance over rolling or flat terrain at a leisurely pace, 10 miles or less by bike. Suitable for beginners.

The schedule is as follows:

Saturday: Ernie or Heide Mahlke, 432-2583, will lead an outing to the Balsam Lake Mountain Tower hike in the Catskills with a round-trip distance of nearly 6 miles. Leaders described the outing as "relatively easy." The rain date will be Sunday.

Tuesday: Kay and Ted Kantorowski, 547-5528, will lead a hike in the Clarks Tower area.

Oct. 14: Rod and Sally Hebbard, 829-5811, will lead a hike in Franklin.

Oct. 15: The chapter will have its monthly meeting at the Elm Park United Methodist Church at 401 Chestnut St. in Oneonta. The meeting will begin with a potluck dinner at 6 p.m., followed by a program at 7. Connie Reed will show slides of her six-day, 100-mile, 7,000-feet altitude-gain hike through the Kachkar Mountains and on to the Black Sea in Turkey. The meeting is open to the public.

Oct. 18: The Wiggins or the Oakleys will lead a Cherry Valley bike trip after breakfast at the Westville Airport on state Highway 166, north of Milford. The breakfast, a fundraiser for the Middlefield Fire Department, will cost $6.50. Participants should plan to arrive between 8 and 8:30 a.m. to leave around 9:30. Various routes will be available on the ride.

Oct. 21: Scott and Doug Fielder, 638-5436, will lead a hike on Schenevus South Hill.

Oct. 28: Julie Smith, 432-8642, will lead an outing to be announced.

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