New Meetup: Ultralight 40 mile backpacking trip-Labor Day Weekend.

From: Liz
Sent on: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 10:09 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Hiking & Nature Meetup!

What: Ultralight 40 mile backpacking trip-Labor Day Weekend.

When: Saturday, September 4,[masked]:00 AM

Where: Grand Central Terminal
87 E 42nd St
New York, NY 10017

Lets backpack the Appalachian trail from near the CT border to Cold Spring.

The Appalachian Trail runs for over 2,100 miles between Georgia, and Maine, with 88 of those in New York State. As a challenge to ourselves, lets try to lighten our loads, and conquer 40 of those miles over Labor Day weekend.

On Saturday morning we will take a Metro-North train to the Appalachian Trail stop, which leaves us 5 miles away from the CT border of the trail. Over the next two days we walk South on the Trail, covering about 20 miles each day. The ultimate goal would be to make it to Cold Spring on Sunday night in time for a hearty dinner before boarding a late evening train to New York.

We will coordinate on planning some meals for the trip. Meals should be as lightweight as possible.

We will endeavor to stay in the AT Shelters, bringing lightweight tents only as a backup.

Due to the strenuous nature of this hike, we ask that only people who have hiked with us before attend this trip.

You will need:

Sleeping Mat/Pad
Sleeping Bag/Sleepsack
Mess kit
Sturdy hiking boots
Tarp/lightweight tent
Water treatment (iodine/aquamira or a filter)
Insect Repellent!

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