Beginner / Intermediate Backpacking 8-12 Miles - Harriman State Park

Beginner / Intermediate Beginner Backpacking - 8 - 12 Miles

Harriman State Park, Tuxedo NY

Learn some skills, test that new gear, teach some skills!

When:  Saturday, April 26,[masked]:00 AM

Where: Tuxedo, NY - Harriman State Park

Description:
This is a short backpacking trip just an hour from the City. We'll hike in with the day hikers on Saturday, camp out in the park Saturday night, and return to NYC Sunday in the early afternoon.
This is an ideal trip for anyone looking to test their backpacking gear or start backpacking.  I'll have time to go over gear and show the basics of camp set-up, cooking considerations, and Leave No Trace principles. I'm also glad to share many of  the mistakes I've made so you don't have to make them yourself.

You must have your own pack,  tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, food, and cookware. You can share a tent if you like or tents (and sleeping bags) can be rented from REI or EMS.  Try to bring a stove, but if you cannot, I'll bring an extra stove to boil water for dehydrated meals or oatmeal in the morning.

Basics:
This a beginning backpacking trip and doesn't fall within our normal hiking levels.
Terrain: Rolling terrain, not too steep
Elevation Gain: 2000' the first day, second day TBD by the group
Distance: Approximately 8 to 12 miles over two days
Hiking Pace: slow to moderate

Hike Route:
The  route will be determined over the next few days and announced on this page.   Most likely we'll park in Tuxedo and take the trail head from there.


Getting a Spot:
- RSVP with Yes if you can make it. There's no "maybe" because we have very limited spots for this trip. Please respect other members and don't take a spot unless you are going to come.
- Please write in your RSVP if you are driving and from where.
- Update your RSVP if you can't make it.
- You will see a page of questions after you RSVP. Please answer these questions.  You will save me the time of having to contact you.

Public Transportation Meeting Location & Return Time:
Trains from Penn Station depart 9:14am and arrive at Tuxedo at 10:17am

Buses from Port Authority depart 9:10am and arrive at Tuxedo at 10:12am


CAR DRIVERS AND RIDERS
Plan to arrive at the Tuxedo train station at 10am.

Gear:
- Standard over-night backpacking gear - tent, sleeping bag, pad, etc

- Gear lists will be added to this event info in a day or two.
- Plan your own meals - Lunch, dinner, breakfast, lunch, plus snack ( information on cooking an menus will be added to the page in a few days as well.
- Hiking map of Harriman park area and a compass.
- Poncho or rain gear

- 2 liters water minimum

- Headlamp / Flashlight w/extra batteries
-The Harriman map set. ($10 at REI/EMS)

- Email me if you need a Gear Checklist

- Please note: Try to bring shoes suitable to hiking over rocky surfaces.  Sneakers will not be the best choice for this trip (you can get by in them, they will just be uncomfortable after a while.)  If you plan on buying shoes/ boots before the trip, buy them soon and wear them at home a lot before the trip.


Weather: highs 60s lows 40s

After the Hike:
-Upload your pictures and review the hike!
-Remember to check yourself for ticks. Deer Ticks are barely the size of a newsprint period and often carry Lyme Disease, so check yourself carefully.


See you on the trail!

Liability Waiver

You agree when you sign up for this group or any of the events that you have read and understand the below.

If you join us for this hike, please understand that you are responsible for your own preparedness, well-being and safety and will hold no one else liable in case of injury or mishap. The organizer will only provide a meeting place for hikers who wish to attend. It is your responsibility to research the event, know the area, bring the proper gear and have the skills necessary to return to the staring point safely. You agree not to hold the Organizer, Assistant Organizers, or any other members responsible for any injuries, mishaps, or any other situation that may happen at a planned event.

Your attendance on a hike signifies that you have read and accept the terms of this liability waiver.




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  • Baijoo

    Had a fun trip thanks to Kennedy for organizing and showing few tricks on tying knots !
    Fun group to be with.

    April 28

  • 'Rumana C.

    Uploaded the documentaries. Please enjoy!

    1 · April 28

  • frank

    This trip was a lot of fun and everyone was awesome! Special shout out to our host Kennedy, who took the time to teach us so much! Thanks Kennedy! See you all on the trails!

    April 28

  • Greg L

    Excellent Event - if Kennedy is running an event go to it!

    1 · April 28

  • 'Rumana C.

    This was a super exciting trip for me and I learned so much starting with properly setting up the tent to cooking, etc. A visit to the lake once everything was set up on the first day was really peaceful. The extra miles on the second day was awesome! R-D was beautiful with lots of ups and downs. Everyone on this trip was so much fun and friendly and Kennedy once again proved to be a great leader! Thank you all and I can't wait to do this again!!!

    1 · April 28

  • Greg L

    Great trip, great group - thanks Kennedy for planning and all the good info - looking forward to your next trip.

    April 28

  • Chris M

    What a great trip with a fantastic group. I will post a few images here and load them onto Nikon Image Space for Hi-Res download. Message me with your email address and I will send you the download link.

    1 · April 27

  • judy

    Anything with Kennedy leading is awesome! Btw, I was shocked that I made it back to tuxedo in a little over an hour. Had time to go home and get a real shower before my gig!

    April 27

  • Tom

    Has a hiking route been decided yet? I'd like to print a section of the map where we'll be hiking. Unlikely, but if anyone needs a ride along my route (15 to 287 to 17), let me know.

    April 24

    • Kennedy

      Tom, we'll use the Tuxedo Trailhead and stay in the area of the Ramapo-Dundenberg going north for 3 miles or so. Then travel back south for 3 miles to the shelter. The actual trails will vary.

      1 · April 24

    • Tom

      I'm going to bow out of this one considering the rain. I hope everyone else has fun.

      April 26

  • Hampton

    I think I'm just going to take the bus up. I'll probably aim for the 830am and kill the extra time loading up on fats and coffee at the diner.

    April 22

    • Agnes M

      Feel free to give me a call:[masked]

      April 25

    • Hampton

      Yes port authority just don't know what level or number. Probably downstairs

      April 26

  • Baijoo

    I would recommend bringing in a tarp to keep yourself dry in the tent.

    April 25

    • Kennedy

      I'll bring a group tarp for the cooking area. (Everyone: check if you have a ground cloth for your tents. If not, let me know)

      1 · April 25

    • Tom

      I don't have a ground cloth, but I do have a tarp, which I'm bringing.

      April 25

  • Chris M

    I finally get to try out my OR Rain Sombrero, ¡ole!

    April 25

  • Agnes M

    Anyone driving up and have space for one more? I'd be coming from Elhmurst, but happy to meet somewhere more convenient.

    April 20

    • Agnes M

      Hey Christian, do you know if you'll be driving and have room for one more?

      April 24

    • kate

      Anybody know of space for me too?

      April 24

  • Christina

    Unfortunately I tweaked my back and can no longer do this. I hope someone on the waiting list can still take my spot. Have a wonderful time!

    April 24

  • Agnes M

    Are dogs invited?

    April 17

    • Kennedy

      I think it's possible. I will ask the group and let you know. I am just concerned that someone may not be comfortable around dogs and they will not gain the backpacking knowledge they came for. I will let you know tomorrow.

      April 17

    • Agnes M

      Thanks to Kennedy and those who were ok with my pup. Unfortunately we went for a hike yesterday and she's showing her age. I won't be bringing her to play it safe, but hopefully will bring her on future day hikes :)

      1 · April 20

  • judy

    My vote is in favor of the dog...

    April 18

  • judy

    Ordinarily, I would offer rides, but I need to pack out at the crack of dawn on Sunday and do a gig in Brewster.....

    April 14

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