Category Archives: off season

Baldpate in Winter

A winter perspective on one of our hiking trips: Baldpate.  In the summer, this is a 3-day hike on the Appalachian Trail for beginner hikers.  One of our campers followed part of this trek last weekend and shared these incredible photos from Baldpate’s East Peak.  It’s a different world in the winter!

Summit sign on Baldpate’s East Peak. It’s 3812 feet (in case you can’t read the sign). Old Speck in the distance.

Caleb, looking towards West Peak and beyond to Old Speck. (Photo credit: fellow hiker Bill Brook.)

(photo credit: fellow hiker Tennyson Tappan)

New Floating Dock System

Director Ben Swan and his son, alumnus Rip Swan, took a trip up to Pine Island this week to take final measurements for the new floating dock system.

Rip doing final measurements where the dock will be floating

Rip taking final measurements where the dock will be floating. (Pine Island is visible in the background)

The mainland dock (shown below) has always been a huge pain in the neck to install, and it’s not quite as wide as we would like. While carrying gear, we need to walk single file, or risk falling in.

Our mainland dock as seen last summer. It's much too narrow for our needs.

Our mainland dock as seen last summer.

Generous gifts from former dock builders have provided the funds to construct a very robust floating dock system that will be delivered and installed in June.  The entire system will be lifted out of the water every fall, along with the swim float and the boathouse floating dock.  Veteran Mainland Dock builders (pictured below) will truly appreciate this new system.  And we’ll all benefit from a wider mainland dock.

These guys are only working on the first section and you can see they are already not feeling happy. And, veteran Mainland Dock builders will notice the beginnings of the dreaded north wind.

A past mainland dock installation: These guys are only working on the first section and you can see they are already not feeling happy. And, veteran Mainland Dock builders will notice the beginnings of the dreaded north wind.