It is a busy weekend in the ADKs, so we just have a lean-to (accessible via car) for Friday night. Then we'll backpack into Marcy Dam Saturday morning and camp there Saturday night.
Alternatively, there is privative camping in the south meadows for anyone for people who don't want to backpack. (South Meadows is accessible via car).
-Friday night: Drive to the Adk Joj (~5hr drive + traffic)
-Sunday: Shorter hike, hit the road by early afternoon
Backpacking to Marcy Dam:
We will car camp Friday night, then backpack to Marcy Dam on Saturday.
Free wilderness camping is available at South Meadows if you want to rough it. It is another 2 miles from the trail head.
The Hikes: Algonquin, Marcy and Colden are all popular destinations with multiple approaches depending on your skill and fitness. Check your ADK map for details.
I'll be doing the Trap Dike and a new slide I haven't done before of unknown difficulty. Both are advanced scrambles just short of technical rock climbing and only for experienced climber comfortable with exposure without protection.
Transportation: We need to car pool up. If you can drive, please post where and when you're leaving, and if you're returning early on Sunday. All passengers should chip in at least $20 for gas and tolls.
- This is for intermediate and advanced hikers only. Expect 10-20 mile hikes. Everyone must be comfortable hiking independently and must be able to read a map (and you can't read a map if you don't have one).
- I will be collecting a non-refundable payment for the lean-tos. Make sure you have a ride before paying.
Food: Participants are responsible for their own food. People often share stoves, but make sure you've arranged that in advance. Group meals TBD.
-Standard Backpacking gear, incl sleeping pad and sleeping bag suitable for the 20s at night
-Bear canisters are required for backpacking
-Waterproof Boots (trails shoes not suggested)
-Standard hiking gear for cool weather (20s-60s). There shouldn't be snow yet, but an early snow is possible.