TAKE NOTE: This is a big and very strenuous hike. For us to be successful, all must contribute in the preparation and needed teamwork. For those who are slow and could not handle a sustained pace for 12 hours or more, this hike is probably too much for you. For hikes as strenuous as this, group success and safety is more important than personal records. If you enjoy sprinting, leaving the work to manage the group on the later part of the hike, esp during the dark, then you are probably better off to hike solo, not on this one. True teamwork means working with the team, no excuse.
This hike is open only to regular members who have done 23+ mile hikes with us recently and have shown preparedness on our latest outings and practice hikes. When all participants are at good hiking levels, it eases up the work of the team, and makes the hike fun and safe for all. Please carefully assess the hike plan and your hiking preparedness before you RSVP on this hike. You must have recent experience with our longshanks or similar big hikes to participate on this one. Prior experience of the RD24, SBM24, Escarpment24 or similar is required.
The waiting list is not guaranteed a spot unless qualified as YES. Those with history of no-shows and flip-flops (during the week or day prior to the hike) need not join.
Difficulty: Super Strenuous
Distance: 23+ miles
Vertical Gain: more than 9,000 ft
Estimated Time: 13 hours or more
Map/s: to follow...
Trail Blazes: to follow...
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The Great Range is a contiguous chain of mountains in the heart of the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks. Backpacker magazine (backpacker.com) calls the The Great Range of the Adirondacks as possibly the hardest classic day hike in the East. This super hike will traverse, in one day, at Adirondack high peaks (above 4,000ft) and 8,200ft of elevation gain or 16,500ft of combined elevation change.
We are planning to hike the whole range from south to north bagging the high peaks in the following order: Marcy (not part of the GR; TBD), Haystack, Basin, Saddleback, Gothics, Armstrong, Upper Wolfjaw and Lower Wolfjaw. There are two options for the hike start: either from the ADK Loj on the southwest or the Garden Parking 3+ miles north of the Johns Brook Lodge. We will finalize the hike plan later.
We barely have enough daylight for this hike. Which means we have to hike at a faster pace to make this through. Be prepared to start VERY VERY early. Timing, camping or sleepover, carpool, food drops and bailout/exit points are some of the items we need to work out. So keep posted.
DP25 IS A REQUIRED HIKE: From our experience with last year's failed attempt, we think that this is a very difficult hike, probably more than the DP25. Last year, we bagged all peaks, including Marcy, except the Lower Wolf Jaw. We bailed out past midnight and were back at the JBL past 2am. We started late (7+am) and we ran out of water on the last 3+ hours of the hike. Many lessons learned!
Check out our last year's hike (06/09/2012):
Timing, camping or sleepover, carpool, food drops and bailout/exit points are some of the items we need to work out. The hike details will be finalized in May.
Here are some links to hike trail reports on this traverse: http://alavigne.net/Outdoors/ImageGallery/2004/Solstice2004/index.jsp?navpage=1
RAIN DATES: The hike date may change the last minute depending on weather conditions. We may do it on Sunday, the following day, if Saturday's weather will turn out iffy. The following weekend will also be a rain date, in case we have to cancel the original scheduled weekend of the hike. So be flexible.
Outdoor recreation activities are by their very nature potentially hazardous and contain risk. All participants in such activities must assume the responsibility for their own actions and safety. The outdoors are forever changing. No book can replace good judgment. The organizer cannot be held responsible for inaccuracies, errors or omissions or for changes in the details in this hike or for the consequences of any reliance on the information contained herein or for the safety of people in the outdoors.