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Great Range - 23miles

  • Jun 8, 2013 · 4:00 AM

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...


Click the image to see the complete photo.


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):
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rasicoco/sets/72157630109505230/show/
http://www.northeasthighpeaks.com/events/49065312/

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
http://www.summitpost.org/spers-traverse-adirondack-great-range/215603

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.


Liability Waiver:
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.

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  • Rollo

    Hans/Ruchik/Merlin/Chris, when do you want to do this?

    June 7, 2013

    • Rollo

      Agree. Next time, we will set the Sat and Sun as the hike days.

      June 8, 2013

    • Chris

      I was thinking that if it ends up Sunday we won't get home until 2 or 3am Monday morning. I'm not to sure that that would be good. Depends if you have to work or not.

      June 11, 2013

  • Rollo

    Guys, let's carpool. Chris, I will pick you up from LI? Ruchik, I'll pick you up at the Bronx. Merlin and Hans, I will pick you up at the Woodbury I-87x16. I haven't heard from Mike. So the cabin is $410/5 is 82$ each for two nights.

    June 3, 2013

    • ecovindaloo

      I think after what I went through last year with their badly marked trails we're even!!

      June 7, 2013

    • Hans

      Rollo, do we have to pay you something? If so, please let us know how much and how.

      June 7, 2013

  • rita c

    Good luck this weekend guys. Rollio, I hope you finish up your business .... lol You can do it !!!

    June 5, 2013

    • Chris

      You got it Rollo.

      June 6, 2013

    • rita c

      So then , I am not needed .. have fun ... Next time.

      June 6, 2013

  • Rollo

    PULSE CHECK: guys, please I need to know who have decided to go. By now, if you have not made the mental decision yet, then most probably you are not. Some of us (Merlin and I) wanted to do this as a backpack to double the fun (and as practice for the JMT. But if there are absolute RSVPs who want to do this as day, then we can also do it. We don't want to get in the position last minute that everyone starts dropping out and it will end up only a few who are on for the backpack anyway but lose the chance to do it because of the flip-flops. SO PLEASE MAKE UP YOUR MIND NOW!

    May 30, 2013

    • Hans

      Joe you have to be in too. I need company on the drive there :-)

      May 31, 2013

    • Rollo

      Ruchik, we will hike Friday night 3.1 miles to the JBL. We hike 14.5 miles Satuday. Then we will hike out 3.1miles back to the parking early Sunday. We will have breakfast Sunday at Keene and should be home mid afternoon.

      June 3, 2013

  • Rollo

    Merlin, I'm only looking at doing the actual Great Range this time, (meaning excluding the Marcy) so I have time to enjoy the 360 views at each summit. Looking at the map http://files.meetup.com/1532311/GreatRange7.pdf the hike distance (for Saturday) will be 14.5 miles from JBL and back. Including the 3.1 miles hike from/to the Garden, the total hike for the whole trip will be 20.7 miles. We can start at the same time, you continue to Marcy, and we rendezvous between Haystack-Basin. What do you think?

    June 3, 2013

    • Rollo

      It is 2.5 miles and 1,200ft difference. So maybe, give it at least an hour lead time (with your pace).

      June 3, 2013

    • Hans

      Sounds good to me!

      June 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yesterday i drunk 8 liter of water on GRT. It was great water source for refueling before Basin . Can't guaranty that you'll have it next week but it was a lot of water yesterday . So if you'll have with you 8-10 liters of water from the beginning you'll survive. When you descend from Gothics you can count it as finished. Still a lot of work ahead but nothing extreme and danger just up and down a lot but simple as on Devil's path. You can stash you backpack on the bottom before climbing of Marcy and Haystack it will save some energy for you.

    June 2, 2013

  • Rollo

    Do you think there is still snow and ice in the area?

    June 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      As of yesterday no snow on GRT. You do not need micro spikes .

      June 2, 2013

    • Rollo

      Thanks for the post Sergey!

      June 2, 2013

  • Lourdes A

    sorry can't make it. you guys have fun.

    May 31, 2013

  • Chris

    I'm in. Being that it is prime black fly season I'll watch you guys backpack. A cabin is great, floor space is fine, same price as bunk space is cool, discount not needed. Sunday I have to be in Newburgh about 12pm, so a day hike is for me. Ovral, I haven't hiked since October.

    May 31, 2013

  • ovral

    This is not the hike to do after not hiking for a few months. Have fun guys.

    May 28, 2013

    • Rollo

      Pffftt.! oh com'on!!! Then don't hike it... Run it!!! Now definitely that is something you can do right? :-) LOL

      May 30, 2013

  • rita c

    Rollio, Is there a half option on this ?

    May 2, 2013

    • Rollo

      Just do it Rita! It's gonna be fun fun fun! And don't worry about Merlin or Joe. You can take Marcy and bail, or after any mountain up to Gothics and bail, or take it all the way through with us.

      May 23, 2013

    • Merlin T.

      I'll take Marcy and bail....to the Great Range. :)

      May 23, 2013

  • Rollo

    Gotta do this!!! Some unfinished business :-)

    May 23, 2013

  • Eric

    Sorry, family affair this weekend

    March 31, 2013

  • rita c

    I am maybe, till I get my work schedule .

    December 5, 2012

  • Lourdes A

    no bailout, no bailout, no bailout, bwahaha

    December 4, 2012

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