Backpacking

Backpacking

We have scheduled 6 backpacks for this season - 2 Beginner Backpacks, 2 Moderate Backpacks, and 2 Moderate-Strenuous Backpacks.




Beginner Backpacks (Easy-Mod/Leisurely)

May 4-5, 2019 and June 8-9, 2019

These two backpacks are considered beginner backpacks. We will meet around 9am on Saturday in Harriman State Park and hike approximately 1.5 – 2 miles to the shelter, set up camp, and day hike in the area (with empty packs). Depending on the number of participants, we may offer 2 options - an easy hike and a moderate hike. On Sunday, we will relax in the early morning, have another short day hike in the area, then have lunch, break camp and hike back to the cars. We hope to do Bald Rock in May and Big Hill in June.

LOCATION: TBD in Harriman State Park
FEE: $40 (members $30)
DATES: See above
TRIP LEADERS: Jackie and Mary-Ann

BeginnersPlease note that we suggest you DO NOT buy equipment, especially if it is your first backpack, with the exception of a sleeping bag if you want your own. We have gear to lend on a first-come, first-served basis. If you do decide to buy, please check with the leaders before you buy. We will be able to give you some do and don’t suggestions. We will go over various gear choices, pros and cons, differences, etc. during our Beginner Weekends.

More details will be sent to those who sign up.

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Moderate Backpacks(Mod/Mod)

July 27-28, 2019 and November 2-3, 2019

As we progress through the year, we hope to increase the mileage and difficulty of the backpack weekends. These two backpacks will average 3-4 miles. Exact plans will be determined by the composition of the group. Again, for those who are still experimenting with backpacking, gear is available to borrow on first-come, first- served basis. We hope to do Fingerboard and Stockbridge.

LOCATION: TBD in Harriman State Park
FEE: $40 (members $30)
DATES: See above
TRIP LEADERS: Jackie and Mary-Ann

More details will be sent to those who sign up.

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Moderate-Strenuous Backpacks(Mod-Stren/Mod)

May 25-27, 2019 (3-days/2 nights) and September 21-22, 2019

Our Mod-Stren backpacks will include a 3-day/2-night introduction to section hiking over Memorial Day weekend, doing a part of the AT starting at the Delaware Water Gap, and a 2- day/1-night trip to Stone Memorial Shelter. These trips will include more mileage (5-6 miles) and/or challenging terrain but are definitely doable by those with hiking experience. There will be ample time for the hike so frequent rests will be part of the plan. Again, exact plans will be determined by the composition of the group. Gear is still available to borrow. For more information on these hikes, please contact the hike leaders.

LOCATION: TBD in Harriman St Pk and Delaware Water Gap
FEE: $40 (members $30)
DATES: See above
TRIP LEADERS: Jackie (May & Sept) and Mary-Ann (Sept only)

More details will be sent to those who sign up.

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