Dacks Big Haus 2020 Feb. 13-17 2020

  • Thursday, February 13, 2020
  • 10:00 AM
  • Monday, February 17, 2020
  • 12:00 PM
  • Adirondacks, near Elizabethtown
  • 3


  • Spots 1 and 2
  • Spots 3 & 4
  • Spots 5 & 6
  • Spots 7 & 8
  • Spots 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
  • Spots 9 & 10

Registration is closed
Note: While all members 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 a large house closer to Chapel Pond and Keene.  


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 13-17, 2020 (President’s Day Weekend)


Sign-up: You must sign up on the PATC-MS Website (www.potomacmountainclub.org) and you must have a liability waiver on file. Sleeping location MUST be specified when signing up and will be on first come first serve basis. Please note you will  be sharing the bed with another member, unless you pay twice for your own room. 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 December 10 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:

Bedroom #1: King Bed Sold

           Spot 1 and 2

Bedroom #2: King Bed Sold

            Spot 3 and 4

Bedroom #3: Queen Bed Sold 

            Spot 5 and 6

Bedroom #4: Queen Bed Sold

            Spot 7 and 8
Bedroom #5:Queen Bed Sold

            Spot 9 and 10

Bedroom #6: Queen Bed sold, Queen Bed, Double Bed

     Spot 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

Cost is $200.00 per person.

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, 2020.


House details: This house comes with a fully equipped kitchen and 4 1/2 bathrooms. 


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). There is ample parking. Exact location will be provided to participants.


Cell phone coverage: Service is limited in the Adirondacks, check with your provider to see if you have service. Wifi at the house.



Club will provide coffee, coffee filters, and sugar. Please bring a snack to share (chips/dip/brownies, etc) and a main dish, side, salad, app, or dessert, because on Saturday night, we’ll have a pot luck. You can walk to several bars/restaurants, as well as the grocery, liquor, and hardware stores, not to mention an Adirondacks museum and a hospital.  It is my goal that no one needs to visit the hospital.  Help me out with that.


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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