Harriman Backpacking Tune-up Hike - 15 miles - Beginner/Intermediat­e

Backpacking Tune-up Hike - 12 miles - Beginner / Intermediate

Test that new gear, learn some skills, teach some skills!

When:  Saturday, September 22,[masked]:00 AM

Where: Tuxedo, NY - Harriman State Park

Description:
This is a short backpacking trip. 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, as I'll have time to go over gear and help you understand all the mistakes I've made so you don't have to make them yourself.

You must have your own sleeping pad, sleeping bag, food, and cookware.
I'll bring a stove to boil water for dehydrated meals or oatmeal in the morning.  I can provide tents on request but you'll have to carry them. (5 pounds w/fly, comfortably fits two people). 

Basics:
This a 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 12 miles over two days
Hiking Pace: moderate

Hike Route:
We'll hike out of Tuxedo, NY,  Parking is north of train station (DEC parking near the bridge) Camping location TBD by the group en route.
Swimming is against park rules.

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. You must answer these questions.

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 - sleeping bag, pad, etc
- Plan your own meals - Lunch, dinner, breakfast, lunch, plus snack
- Hiking map of Harriman park area if you have
- Poncho or rain gear

- 2 liters water minimum

- Headlamp / Flashlight w/extra batteries
-The Harriman map set covers with hike.


Weather: highs 70s lows 50s

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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  • Cindy

    Hello, hope all is well. Just thought I share a friend's epic 30,000 miles journey across North America including many national parks, taking some of the most amazing photos these 2 great countries have to offer: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1527999995/30000-miles-a-photographic-journey-across-north-am If you think his project is worth his grain, do consider supporting him and/or telling your friends about it. Cheers!

    November 25, 2012

  • Delphine

    I had a great time and enjoyed meeting everybody on this hike. My favorite part was... falling asleep to the sound of the rain on my tent. Thanks Steve for taking such good care of us!

    September 25, 2012

  • Cindy

    Had a wonderful time - felt like on a boy/girl scout trip. Learnt so many tips and essential skills that are beneficial not just to novice backpackers only. Thanks so much to Steve for his willingness and patience to share his knowledge and above all, his enthusiasm in appreciation of nature is examplary.

    September 24, 2012

  • Jing

    Thanks Cindy for those lovely photos. My memory card was damaged!!! I cannot believe that I lost all my photos. :-(

    September 24, 2012

    • Gabriel R.

      Hey don't lose all hope in the memory card. Depending on how the data was lost, it can be recovered. Just avoid trying to use Best Buy since they are ridiculously expensive.

      September 24, 2012

    • Cindy

      Oh Jing, I ma so sorry to hear that. I hope you are able to recover the pix. Meanwhile, you can enjoy the pix I have posted.

      September 24, 2012

  • Silvia M.

    Fabulous!

    September 24, 2012

  • Alex M.

    It was an awesome hike. Made some good friends. Hope to see you all again.

    September 23, 2012

    • Silvia M.

      Is was a fabulous trip! Thanks everybody for making it so memorable :)

      September 24, 2012

    • Gabriel R.

      Though Arnu and I missed the opportunity to join the group on the hike we were able to get to the park around 1:30 (the shuttle bus experience was horrible). The park though was awesome! I now understand what it means to go Backpacking. We ended up taking the red path to try and get to the Dutch Doctor shelter, but ended up getting lost into the white path. From there we rushed to the Sabago Cabin camp before rainfall.

      September 24, 2012

  • judy

    best hike i've been on yet! the group and stve were awesome.

    September 24, 2012

  • Jing

    Superb! Kennedy is awesome and everyone is so nice! I had a great time and the weather is amazingly pleasant. Thanks everyone!

    September 24, 2012

  • Alex M.

    EXCELLENT

    September 23, 2012

  • Kennedy

    Fantastic! Everybody contributed to making this an amazing weekend. Lots of challenges, good hiking and nighttime rain! Then to get up in the morning to sun-filled blue skies and smiling faces...perfect!

    September 23, 2012

  • Gabriel R.

    Hey me and a friend would be arriving at Tuxedo around 12:30. Is it possible to let us know where the camp site is?

    September 22, 2012

  • Gabriel R.

    Hi guys, does anyone have space in their car for one more person?

    September 21, 2012

  • Jinan M.

    I'm driving from Brooklyn. Anyone need a ride?

    September 18, 2012

    • Gabriel R.

      Hi Jinan, I was wondering if there was space for one more person? I'm in Brooklyn right off of Bedford Ave and Lexington Ave.

      September 21, 2012

    • Jinan M.

      Sorry. My car is full.

      September 21, 2012

  • Danny B.

    where is the camping going to be?

    September 13, 2012

    • Danny B.

      you are correct sir. :)

      September 13, 2012

    • Alex M.

      Hi All I just got off the waiting list. Anyone offering a ride from Astoria Queens or I can meet in the city if needed. Call me anytime. Alex-[masked]

      September 20, 2012

  • judy

    so glad i'm on this hike! i will be driving from mount vernon, right over the bronx, if anybody wants to carpool...

    September 17, 2012

    • Arnu

      I just checked with Jinan and she said I could ride with her. tks.

      September 20, 2012

    • judy

      good- that will save you a nasty subway ride in the morning! see you sat.

      September 20, 2012

  • Anna

    Hey guys,

    Anyone driving from Queens or Manhattan have room for one more in their car? I just got off the waiting list.

    September 20, 2012

  • Cindy

    Hi Jing, would you be passing by Jersey City? Can I hop on your car for a ride to Tuxedo please?

    September 18, 2012

    • Jing

      Hi Cindy, I really wish that I could say yes. Although I have been in the US for many years, I started driving only several years ago. I have not, nor I am capable of driving to the City metro area. I am scared by the busy traffic and always take trains to the City and Newark. Sorry if this sounds a little unbelievable. FYI, I will be driving on 18 and 287 because of less traffic. I would be glad to pick you up, if you were along the way. I wish that I could help.

      September 19, 2012

    • Cindy

      Not sure where 18 and 287 are, no worries and thanks for letting me know,

      September 19, 2012

  • Kennedy

    Does everybody have transportation to Tuxedo?

    September 19, 2012

  • judy

    hi kennedy- i'm on the waiting list (i'll also be working tues eve so i can't do the conference call), but wanted to ask if there are water sources on the route. i'd like to plan how much water i need to pack and if there will be places i can use my water filter to top up.

    September 16, 2012

    • Kennedy

      Judy - There are several water sources along the route. Each of the shelter / camping areas have water sources as well.

      September 16, 2012

  • Kennedy

    OK! Who has questions?? Does anyone know what temperatures we should prepare for? Also, If you signed up and now can't go, please change your rsvp. We need to give people time to assemble gear.

    September 10, 2012

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