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Great Range Traverse - Adirondacks - 26 miles - 9000' gain plus a 3/4 Event!

  • May 23, 2014 · 5:00 PM
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First in our 2014 Extreme Hike Series, The Great Range Traverse in the High Peaks area of the Adirondacks is said to be one of the three toughest and most beautiful day hikes in the Eastern US.  Parts of it are above the treeline with gorgeous views of the surrounding peaks. Our route will be slightly different, but similar enough to this trip report that it will give you a good idea of what to look forward to.

Great Range Traverse

Here is the route in Google Earth format. To view this file, first install Google Earth and then download the file.

Great Range Traverse in Google Earth

This is an Extreme hike. You must be an experienced long distance hiker to consider participating. If you have not participated in our training hike series, please follow up your RSVP with an email that provides a summary of your qualifying experience, which should include several recent 25-30 mile hikes with extreme elevation gain for the Full Event and 16-20 mile hikes with extreme elevation gain for the 3/4 event. If the leaders are not relatively confident you are capable of completing this hike with good cheer, we will have no choice other than to remove you from the RSVP list.


Directions

Lake Placid / Whiteface Mtn. KOA
77 Fox Farm Road
Wilmington, NY 12997
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 Campground
Information
Lake Placid / Whiteface Mtn. KOA
77 Fox Farm
Road
Wilmington, NY 12997
Phone:[masked]
Fax:
[masked]
Email: http://koa.com/campgrounds/lake-placid/

Directions
From the south? I-87 Exit 30,
follow signs to Whiteface Mountain, or
From the north I -87 Exit 34 9 N to
Hwy 86,
From the west Watertown N.Y. take RT. 3 thru Saranac Lake to Hwy
86,
From the east take one of the ferries across Lake Champlain or take the
scenic drive around the Lake.


Itinerary [tbd]

At 3:30am on Saturday August 31, we will drive 30 minutes to the trailhead just off of Rt 73 south of Keene Valley, NY. Parking is available at the trailhead.  That evening or Sunday morning, we will shuttle the drivers back to the Rooster Comb trailhead to pick up the cars. Details for the actual route are available here:

http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2009/11/adirondack-great-range-a-dayhike-of-10000-vertical-feet.html

http://lookingforviews.blogspot.com/2013/08/great-range-traverse-2013-08-05.html

http://mountainpeakfitness.com/blog/2013/9/4/elizabeths-recap-the-great-range-traverse

After the hike, we will enjoy a meal (menu to be determined if at camp or choose a restaurant) and then gather outside by the tent/cabin sites to share our days experience around the campfire.  For Sunday dinner there is a Pig Roast at the campground.

We will develop a list of activities to do on our off day (Saturday or Sunday) in the Lake Placid area.  However, if the weather is bad for Saturday, we will do the GRT on Sunday instead.  The Lake Placid area has many wonderful things to do so as usual with our Extreme Hikes this will be a great vacation as well!  Please note we are doing this hike due to the cooler weather, but black flys will be out so take that into consideration in your planning on camping versus staying at a small cabin with friends in the campground.  The campground is located on the banks of the fabled Ausable River with amazing views, so well worth the effort!

Gear List

As always, be sure to bring plenty of water and trail food for this hike.  3 to 4 liters of water are suggested. You should also bring extra socks and dress in layers.  Proper fitting footwear suitable for extreme hiking is essential.

 Carpools:

Driver:  Steve M

2.  Larke

3.  Kelley

4.  Paul

Driver:  Kathryn

2.  Jin Z

3.  Patricia

4.  Bryan

5.  Vince

Driver:  Jim N

2.  Marc

3.  Jin

4.  Rachid

Driver:  Bill is by himself

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  • Bryan

    Thanks to everyone who posted photos of this gorgeous hike. For a total of ~$50 I was able not only able to get a RT ride from Baltimore to the campground but also have a camping area equipped with nice facilities for three days, two nights. Steal of a deal.

    1 · May 29, 2014

  • marc

    Many thanks to Jim for organizing and showing us the most beautiful spots in the northeast. Love all you guys, fast or slow, fresh or exhausted!

    2 · May 29, 2014

  • kelley

    Thanks for a great time, everyone! Especially to Jim for all the planning and coordination efforts! Talk about a great weekend with stellar views and fabulous people. Can't wait for the next one!

    2 · May 29, 2014

  • Dorothy

    hey congrats all.. nice to finally meet you in person!

    1 · May 27, 2014

    • Jim N.

      Same here Dorothy, we so enjoyed your hike choice on Saturday, awesome just like your group!

      May 28, 2014

  • Paul

    Super, Smashing, Great . . . What a weekend . . . great company, great weather (for the GRT on Sunday) and what an amazing, everlasting trail. Thank you all . . . till next time

    1 · May 27, 2014

  • patricia z.

    Gorgeous views! Cool weather, few bugs and great time of year to do this. Love the rocks.
    Thanks, Jim and the WONDERFUL everyone who shared this adventure.

    1 · May 27, 2014

  • Jim N.

    Amazing in every way from our accomplishments, to the people, location and effort everyone put out, enjoy the pictures and see you next Memorial Day in the 'Daks!

    1 · May 27, 2014

  • Kathryn

    And Jim said there are places u can bail out.

    1 · May 23, 2014

  • Kathryn

    Rachid, Per our conversation, here is a link that gives more information about the hike.

    https://alavigne.net/Outdoors/ImageGallery/2004/Solstice2004/

    May 23, 2014

    • Rachid

      Thanks Kathryn.

      May 23, 2014

  • patricia z.

    Tent sites have a 3 night minimum and cost $198 and have a maximum of 6 people. (Cabins are $344 for the 3 nights and can sleep 4-8 depending but with some sharing beds.) I am planning to make a reservation for one tent site. Let me know who wants to join in on that site --- in addition to Kathryn, Bryan and myself --- and I will send you the site number.

    1 · May 16, 2014

    • Jim N.

      So this amounts to about a 60% reduction in the cost.

      1 · May 20, 2014

    • patricia z.

      KOA Campground Confirmation/Reservation­! #[masked]

      Thank You for Your

      May 23, 2014

  • Kathryn

    Vince. You are free to ride with whomever you like, but I've told you and Bryan several times that I have room to take you.

    May 20, 2014

    • Rachid

      Hi Kathryn, do you still have a spot left for me, are you going on Friday or Saturday? Please let me know so I can plan.

      May 22, 2014

    • Kathryn

      Rachid -- leaving very early Saturday morning but you will need to text or call me at[masked] so we can set up a time to meet.

      May 23, 2014

  • Jim N.

    I have uploaded the word file and associated map for this trip into the WB Files. If you are a leader you can access them on the Main Meetup Page at the top by clicking "More", then "Files" and it should be the first 2 files titled, "Great Range Travers 2014 WB" and "Great Range Traverse Map". It is the email I just sent to participants and the map I have copies of for everyone and will bring for you. Just have a zip lock bag to put it into please since it will run with any moisture.

    May 22, 2014

    • Jim N.

      The GRT is on Sunday everyone with a local hike on Saturday morning after breakfast.

      May 22, 2014

  • Jim N.

    The Great Range Traverse will be on Sunday

    May 22, 2014

  • Jim N.

    I have updated the meetup with the carpools I know about. Bill and Rachid, let me know how you guys are getting up there, so I can update the carpools accordingly.

    As far as the GRT go day, Sunday looks better than Saturday right now with conflict as to the weather on Sunday (anything from rain to partly sunny). Monday still looks like the best day if everyone can swing that, otherwise, looks like Sunday as GRT day.

    1 · May 22, 2014

    • Kathryn

      Rachid you can ride with me if you want to leave Saturday. As u know I live in reston

      May 22, 2014

    • Jim N.

      Sounds like Kathryn wants you Rachid....how can you pass up an offer like that!

      May 22, 2014

  • Bryan

    Just curious... are we summiting Rooster Comb and Pyramid Mountain as well?

    May 22, 2014

  • Bryan

    Does anyone have an extra spot available in their car for Vince? At one point, he and I were thinking of renting a car and going up there, but then Kathryn offered to carpool up there, and I took up the offer -- her car is full now.

    May 19, 2014

    • Jim N.

      Correct.

      May 21, 2014

    • Rachid

      Marc, Reston is on your way, correct? Let me know.

      May 22, 2014

  • Jim N.

    Sunday is looking like the better day with a forecast of partly sunny high of 52, low of 41, and wind 9-13 mph with no rain. Saturday has a 40% chance of rain:
    http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-73.92350&lat=44.11258

    1 · May 19, 2014

  • patricia z.

    Who is driving? I would love to get a ride with someone and can meet at any Metro at time of departure and fairly flexible. Happy to help defray costs.

    Patricia

    April 23, 2014

    • Kathryn

      I can drive. Please text me at[masked]

      May 5, 2014

    • Vince

      Kathryn - Is there a last spot in your car? I can meet at a metro and split the gas cost.

      May 16, 2014

  • Jim N.

    Just to let the group know, I always secure permission for an event like this and have done so with the ADK Park Rangers (one of the many things I do behind the scenes for our events).
    Therefore, please disregard the current NY State Department of Environmental Conservation ADK bulletin asking people not to hike in the High Peaks area or above 3000' elevation in the ADK's until early June. Since I have secured special permission for us due to our well trained and highly experienced group, along with all the trail maintenance we do every year to give back to the hiking community and wilderness areas, the DEC is supportive of us doing the GRT over Memorial Day weekend, yay! Another good reason not to do it later in the summer is the blackflies should not be as bad, lol!

    2 · May 13, 2014

    • Jim N.

      That being said, bring gaiters, extra socks, etc.

      1 · May 13, 2014

    • patricia z.

      Thank you, Jim! You think of everything AND it is appreciated.

      May 14, 2014

  • Hua D.

    Sorry guys, jumped to a 60 miles event for the long holiday weekend, and plan to do the Traverse on 4th of July while it is HOT and has a lot of BLACK FLAYS.. Haha... Have FUN everyone!!!

    May 13, 2014

    • Jim N.

      And that is August, not July when they usually "burn out"

      May 13, 2014

    • Hua D.

      Will take a bug spray bath the day before the hike!!!!

      1 · May 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hiking the Alps next month and my wife has asked that I be around for her weekend training hikes. In the interest of conjugal continuity, I regretfully must forgo this outing. Enjoy!

    May 5, 2014

  • Larke W.

    Jim - did you book the KOA already, or did we need to do it ourselves. I just checked some cabins, and there are not many left.

    April 25, 2014

    • Jim N.

      No, I did not make advance reservations since the KOA does not have a group site.

      April 30, 2014

  • Kelly P

    Sounds like an amazing weekend!

    1 · April 1, 2014

    • Jim N.

      It is, with lots of great pictures!

      April 23, 2014

  • Aaron

    A extreme day hike classic! Enjoy!

    March 8, 2014

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