NCCOC - Jan. 7-11, 2023 Adirondack Winter Trip Information: main NCCOC page ... to NCCOC Trip Listings Page

This trip is subject to all health regulations in effect at trip time and will be canceled if regulations become more restrictive.  All participants will be required to wear masks whenever in close contact with others and are required to have had the COVID vaccine   If conditions do not permit the trip to run it will be cancelled.

We leave Saturday morning, January 7, 2023, meeting at 8:30 AM sharp at the Club Office at NCC; we will be using a school van and private cars.  You should bring lunch with you so we do not have to make a long stop and we will arrive at the Loj in time for dinner at 6pm.  On the way back we will stop for dinner on the way so you will need money for that meal. You should bring extra money if you want to go downhill skiing on one of the days or possibly buy anything in the stores).  Otherwise all costs at the Loj are included in the $90 fee.  A deposit of $50 is due on December 15 or before. (The deposit can be mailed to an advisor or dropped off to Don at NCC on Tuesday afternoons.  Contact Don at the numbers below to make arrangements for either option.)

We will return late in the evening of Wednesday, January 11, 2023. We could get back to school late, depending on traffic and road conditions. On the way back we may stop for dinner and, if we do, you will need money for that meal.

This Trip is limited to 8 students and participation is limited to those who have gone on at least one, preferably two, previous club activities.  Any questions or problems, please call the faculty co-advisors, Don Wade, at 718-426-8555 (cell 917-697-5701) or  Prof. Janis Mazza, 516-670-6307.  There is no reliable cell phone service at the Loj.  There is a regular phone so if you need to make calls bring a calling card or the advisor will have one to use.  There is electric power in the Loj but no TV.  Last year there was very limited wi-fi service available.

We will be staying in a heated wooden building (The Adirondack Mountain Club's Adirondak Loj) with common washrooms and showers.  We will be sleeping in a 12-person co-ed bunk room with occupancy limited to 8 of our group -- there may be others staying in the loft.  The Loj will supply everything including sheets, blankets, pillows, and towels. You do not need to bring your own bedding unless you sleep very "cool" and want extra blankets (all rooms are heated).  Pack your things so they will be easy to carry -- we can usually park the vans about 100 ft. from the Loj but if it is icy we might have to park it further away.  A duffel bag or suitcase is good -- a "backpack" in not needed.  Breakfast and Dinner will be eaten in a communal dining room with social distancing and any along with any others staying at the Loj; lunch will be bag trail lunches.  More information about the Loj is available on the Adirondack Mountain Club Web site,  In case you need it, the phone number of the Loj is: 518-523-3441.  Please note that there is no alcohol on this trip.  College policy explicitly states that "The College expressly prohibits the unlawful use, possession, manufacture, distribution, or dispensation of controlled substances, which includes alcohol, in all Nassau Community College facilities or while attending or conducting college business off campus."

You need to be prepared for outside winter activities all days. The hikes in the Adirondacks are all long and difficult -- much more difficult than hikes in Harriman Park.  Winter conditions add to the difficulty. If you have winter "poly-pro", polyester, or fleece insulated underwear, bring it. For a discussion of Winter footwear, see the link on the main club web page. Here's a list of suggested items to bring (modified from the list made by then president Mike Scholz for our very first Winter trip many years ago). The club is able to lend such things as a pack or headlamp but be sure to arrange for this in advance.  All the winter outdoor equipment we will need (cross-country skis, snowshoes, etc) will be rented or supplied by the club.  However if you want to go downhill skiing or snowboarding you will need to rent or bring your own equipment and you will have to pay lift fees. (Whiteface Mountain ski area,, is about 10 miles from the Loj.). 

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Remember:  Dress warmly but in layers so you can take off one layer and still be protected from the cold. A lighter windbreaker or jacket, combined with several sweaters is preferred to one big, heavy coat.  We encourage you to discuss any questions with one of the advisors: Don Wade, at 718-426-8555 (cell 917-697-5701) or  Prof. Janis Mazza, 516-670-6307.

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