Daks Big Haus 2017

  • Thursday, February 16, 2017
  • Monday, February 20, 2017
  • Adirondacks, near ADK Cafe
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  • Spots 11 & 12
    First Floor, Bedroom #5
    Twins, Bunk Beds
  • Spots 13 & 14
    First Floor, Year-Round Sleeping Porch
    Double Bed
  • Spots 15 & 16
    First Floor, Year-Round Sleeping Porch
  • Spot 17, 18, 19, & 20
    Floor/Couch Space
    (Bring a pad and a bag)
  • Spots 3 & 4
    Second Floor, Bedroom #1
    Queen Bed
  • Spots 5 & 6
    Second Floor, Bedroom #2
    Twin Beds
  • Spots 7 & 8
    Second Floor, Bedroom #3
    Queen Bed
  • Spots 9 & 10
    Second Floor, Bedroom #4
    Twins, Bunk Beds
  • Spots 1 & 2
    Second Floor, Master Bedroom
    Queen Bed

Registration is closed
Note: While all are welcome to join this trip, this is not an instructional event! Participants are expected to arrange their own partner, guide, or group beforehand.

Come join us for the club’s annual trip of alpine fun and ice climbing in the Adirondacks (aka Daks). Every year, we rent a large house in the greater Keene/Keene Valley/Lake Placid area and enjoy some beautiful frozen waterfalls and amazing snow covered mountains. This year we rented the same place as last year, a larger house in Lake Placid that offers more beds and easier access to restaurants and bars.


This is a club event. However, there will be no club infrastructure for new ice climbers. Do not register for the event expecting others to teach you to ice climb, set up ropes, etc. If you are a new or inexperienced climber, please arrange a partner or obtain a guide ahead of time. We will circulate a Google spreadsheet and all registrants must provide their partner’s name. We will contact anyone who has not completed this portion of the Google spread by late fall. Do not register expecting to show up and find a partner when you get there.


Finally, we are all adults. It’s expected that participants will be respectful of each other, clean up their mess, and help clean the house before everyone departs.


Dates: February 16-20, 2017 (President’s Day Weekend)


Sign-up: You must sign up on the PATC-MS Website (www.potomacmountainclub.org) and you must be a paid PATC-MS member in good standing with liability waiver on file. Sleeping location MUST be specified when signing up and will be on first come first serve basis. If you select a queen bed/futon, you will be sharing the bed with another member. Please obtain permission of person sharing bed with if they are a different gender. This happens every year, but for the love of god, DO NOT steal someone’s bed. You only get the spot you sign up for.

Participants have until November 23rd to pay their registration fee and club dues, at which point, if accounts are not settled, they will forfeit their spot to the next person the waitlist.

Sleeping locations:

Second Floor:

Master Bedroom: Queen Bed

            Spot 1 and Spot 2

Bedroom #1: Queen Bed

            Spot 3 and 4

Bedroom #2: Two Twin Beds

            Spot 5 and 6

Bedroom #3: Queen Bed

            Spot 7 and 8
Bedroom #4: Bunk Bed

            Spot 9 and 10

First Floor:

Bedroom #5: Bunk Bed

            Spots 11 and 12

Year-Round Sleeping Porch: Double Bed & Futon

            Spot 13, 14, 15, and 16


Floor/Couch Space (Bring a pad and a bag)

                 Spot 17, 18, 19, 20

Waitlist: This event generally fills up every year, but people also drop out. If/when the spots fill up, the waitlist will open. Newly vacated spots will be offered in order of sign-up to waitlisted members. If a member does not respond to the organizer and pay to reserve their spot, the next waitlisted member will be offered the spot.

Cancellation: If you decide to cancel, a refund will only be issued if a replacement person can fill your spot. No refunds will be issued after Jan 31, 2017.


House details: This house comes with a fully equipped kitchen and 2 1/2 bathrooms. There’s also a hot tub. I’m sure that’s a note of caution or a note of delight depending on which member you ask.


We will not have to deal with any steep driveway issues this year, but it’s still winter in the Adirondacks. It’s a safer bet to have a 4-wheel drive vehicles (with good tires). We can get 5 cars in the garage and driveway; please carpool. Exact location will be provided to participants.


Cell phone coverage: Service is limited in the Adirondacks. However, there is AT&T and Verizon service in Lake Placid. So, unlike past years, I assume we will have service at the house.



Club will provide coffee, coffee filters, and sugar. Please bring a snack to share (chips/dip/brownies, etc). On Saturday night, we’ll have a pot luck. You should be able to walk to restaurants in Lake Placid and you will be a short drive to Keene and Keene Valley.


Ice Climbing Gear: Rental & Sales in the area:

Mountaineer, Keene, NY

EMS, Lake Placid, NY


Ice Climbing Guide Services in the area:

Adirondack Mountain Guides

Rock & River



Ice Conditions Reports and Guides
NEice.com has up to date reports on conditions. The Mountaineer will post weather and condition reports outside the front door as well. Blue Lines by Don Mellor is the climbing guide for the area. There were a few copies available at Earth Treks. Otherwise, order online or pick one up at the Mountaineer. Mountainproject.com also lists a number of routes online.


Reminder: Climbing is a dangerous sport and serious injury may occur.


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