Adirondack High Peaks, New York
Have you ever wanted to summit the highest peak in the State of New York? (Mt. Marcy: 5344')
How about the four highest peaks in New York? (Algonquin Peak: 5114', Mt. Haystack: 4960',
Mt. Skylight: 4926') On this trip, we will summit all of them. And we'll cap off this
week of peak bagging with a Bobsled Run on the Mt. Van Hoevenberg track that was used in the
1980 Winter Olympics.
At over 6 million acres,
Adirondack State Park
is the largest State Park in the United States. We will be hiking
the beautiful High Peaks region of the Adirondacks on our week-long wilderness adventure.
The end of the summer means a break from bugs, humidity, and crowds and is an ideal time
to visit the Adirondacks.
Bears beaver, moose, coyote, porcupine, otter, skunk, and rabbit all live here so hopefully
we'll encounter them. Expect abundant water sources and hence less weight in your pack. Several
water sources also means there may be swimming opportunities.
End your summer with adventure! See a conveniently located, wild and beautiful landscape (within
driving distance of New York City, Boston,
Hartford, Springfield, and Albany) and lose weight, or more accurately,
improve body composition.
The Adirondack High Peaks Fitpacking Trip will be from August 25 - September 2, 2012.
Our journey will begin at the famed
in upstate New York.
We'll head to Marcy Dam, Avalanche Lake, and progressively knock of the summits of Algonquin,
Marcy, Skylight, and Haystack. From there, we'll complete the loop and head back to Adirondack
Weather is always an important concern when backpacking.
Historical August weather
averages in the 60s and 70s during the day and the 40s and 50s at night. However, be
prepared for the possibility of temperatures in the high 80s during the day and freezing at
night. It's often hot, humid and sunny, but be prepared for the possibilty of
a thunderstorm or even snow.
lives in Hull, MA and has many years of backpacking experience over a variety of terrains and guides most
Fitpacking trips. He is a SOLO certified Wilderness First Responder, Leave No Trace
Trainer, and Certified Food Handler.
lives in Roswell, GA and thru-hiked the entire Appalachian Trail in
2008 (Trail Name: Jukebox). He guided the 2010 Shenandoah National Park, the 2011 100 Mile Wilderness and
the 2011 AT Primer Fitpacking trips.
Here is a
list of equipment
we suggest you bring.
The list is extensive and can seem daunting, but please don't let this deter you
from the trip. You can rent top notch quality gear for reasonable prices from
It may also be possible for us to provide some gear for you at a nominal fee if you let us
know far ahead of the trip. Unfortunately, we're not in the gear business so the selection of
our available inventory is unpredictable. Please feel free to
discuss any gear with us before the trip.
We don't believe in austere eating regimens. Backpacking is a rigorous, rewarding
activity. You must feed your body in order for it perform. Your body will
dictate that you eat often, so it's important to have fuel to feed it. Please
check out the
This list is not
comprehensive and may be altered or augmented. If you want to bring personal
food, say a 5 pound chocolate cake, go for it. After carrying it 50 miles
through the mountains, your body will reject the empty calories and prefer
Make sure to leave room in your pack for a bear canister (ARFC) as the park requires
us to carry them
Although the mileage is moderate for much of this trip and a few of the days consist
of day-hiking without a pack,
the terrain can be extremely challenging with mud, rocks, roots, and dramatic elevation
changes. Stepping over rocks and roots fatigues
hikers far more than the incline, so even though our mileages are moderate, be prepared
$1125 per person double occupancy. Here, double occupancy means that you will
share a hotel room with another trip participant. You will also be responsible
for transportation to and from Albany, NY (ALB) as well as personal equipment
and any restaurant meals.
Covered expenses include 2 hotel nights, 7 days of trail meals, ground
transportation, permits, fees and awesome guides.