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Not So Urban Athletics: Snowshoeing in High Point State Park

  • Jan 12, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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Ever wanted to try snowshoeing? Sure you have, now here is your chance! Let's head out to New Jersey's High Point Cross Country Ski Center for the 18th Annual Winter Trails event, a FREE all day winter festival and introduction to snowshoeing. There will be snowshoe demos, guided snowshoe hikes at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM, outdoor gear displays, informative clinics, and giveaways. I'm going to get my snowshoe on but there is also a chance to try your hand at cross country skiing. I encourage everyone to enjoy as much of this event as possible.

About a 90 minute drive from midtown, High Point Cross Country Ski Center is like a little bit of New England right in our back yard. Its 1,600 feet of elevation guarantees that it is the snowiest spot in the metropolitan area. We'll strap on our snowshoes and head into the forest to discover an alpine hollow of lakes, trees, wildlife, and sweeping vistas.

Note: If there is a lack of snow for snowshoeing, we'll go with plan "B" and do a local hike.

The important stuff ...

  • Dress in layers of non-cotton clothing, wear waterproof boots and pants, a hat and gloves, bring water, a packed lunch and/or snacks, and sunscreen.
  • Please REGISTER ONLINE to speed up things on site. Follow the directions on the registration page and choose High Point Cross Country Ski Center, NJ as the event location. Don't forget to print out your registration confirmation email!
  • Rain cancels the event.
  • No guests allowed, sorry.
  • RSVP only if you seriously plan to attend as space is limited. If you RSVP and I notice you have a number of no shows or a history of last minute cancellations, you will be removed.
  • I will distribute my mobile phone number to the confirmed RSVPs two days before the event. Don't leave home without it.

How to get there ...

There is no public transportation so we will have to carpool. When you RSVP please indicate if you can drive, where from, and how many passengers you can take. If you need a ride please indicate so and be proactive and contact a driver directly if you want to ride with them. And as a courtesy passengers should pick up gas and toll costs.

This event is cross-posted in Evenings & Weekends in New York City. Check there when trying to set up a carpool http://www.meetup.com/E-W-N-Y-C/events/91175472/

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a great time last weekend! If anyone's interested in reading about the event in my company's blog and seeing some pictures, please check out the link. Thanks :)

    http://pocketrangerblog.com/trail-talk-snowshoeing-at-high-point-state-park/

    January 18, 2013

    • Kevin

      That is an excellent write up, Maridy, thanks for sharing it with us and I am glad you enjoyed yourself. I have a few additional questions for you, I am sending you an email. Keep an eye out for it please.

      January 19, 2013

  • Kevin

    Thanks for everyone that made it out Saturday morning to play in the snow a bit. An overall good time was had and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to strap on some snowshoes again and further try my hand at the sport. Special kudos to everyone for taking the morning's hiccups in stride and not letting a bit of mis-advertisement by the Winter Trails folks and questionable business practices by the host vendor dampen our day.

    Oh, I saw many people snapping pics this day. Please take a moment and post them on the meetup site, we'd all love to see them. See you on the next adventure!

    January 13, 2013

  • Art

    Wish there was more soft snow for our hike. But it was all still very fun.

    January 13, 2013

  • Lynda

    Great people and great experience! I had a lot fun and good exercises. The group is very well organized. Thanks every body!

    January 12, 2013

  • Kevin

    Folks, I am wearing a black shell jacket and red pants today. I'll also be wearing a meetup.com pin in case you still have a question. Don't be shy, come up and introduce yourself if I don't get to you first.

    January 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    i would love to attend because it sound interesting but i think i am too late responding to this meetup

    January 12, 2013

  • Silvia

    Tried to register but I'm getting repeated error messages both through link and direct to site

    January 12, 2013

  • Art

    Kevin, they are reporting 36 degrees and rain tonight at the ski center. Are we still on for tomorrow?

    January 11, 2013

    • Kevin

      Art, I am giving this the green light. There may not be the best conditions tomorrow given this evening's rain, but for beginners like most of us are the conditions should be more than adequate to tromp around in the snow and get our feet with with the sport -- so to speak. Upside, hopefully the iffy weather keeps some of the crowds away tomorrow.

      1 · January 11, 2013

  • Grace J.

    I'll be in a white/gray/yellow stripe coat

    January 11, 2013

  • Grace J.

    Emily, Mike & Alida if you still want a ride tomorrow, meet me at starbucks in BK heights on Joralemon & Court at 7am.

    January 11, 2013

  • Kevin

    Peeps take note, there will be several other meetup groups attending this event so if you don't know me, get on site and just mention that you are with meetup and not this specific group you could end up hanging out with another crew the entire day. That would be a bit humorous but not the intended plan.

    I'll post up what I am wearing Saturday morning so you can spot me but you have my number sent via email and can use it if you can't find me.

    January 10, 2013

  • Kevin

    I have sent everyone an email with my contact info as well as a few other important points -- don't leave home Saturday without my number. If your meetup profile is set up not to receive messages from this meetup group you will not get the email I sent and you need to change that for future communications. Please comment if this is the case.

    January 10, 2013

  • Art

    Will be be on the trails most of the afternoon? Should we pack lunch?

    January 10, 2013

    • Kevin

      Art, the event ends at 3:00 PM so you might not want to break for lunch and lose time. There is a cafeteria on site that you can have a full blown lunch at but you may want to just bring some snacks and water in a small backpack to have a quick refreshment and get back on the trail.

      January 10, 2013

  • Art

    I have 1 spot left in the car.

    January 9, 2013

    • Art

      My car is now full.

      January 10, 2013

  • Silvia

    Hello Art, Port Authority is ok with me. Let me know which corner to meet.
    Best<

    January 10, 2013

  • Art

    I still have at least one spot open. Two are tentative pending confirmation.

    I can pick up in Bay Ridge, near Park Slope or Port Authority in Manhattan. Let me know if you still need a ride.

    January 9, 2013

    • Art

      Oh, I'm just catching up on all this. Sorry. Looks like Rachel's got you. I'll be stopping near Port Authority to pick up Marie, if that works better for you.

      January 9, 2013

    • Lynda

      Thank you Art! I guess Rachel is arranging her route. Let me check with her where she would prefer to pick me up. If she prefer Brooklyn, then I can go with you because Port Authority is better for me, especially we'll leave early..

      January 9, 2013

  • Rachel

    I still have space for 2-3 more people in my car...leaving from Brooklyn if that is helpful!

    January 9, 2013

    • Rachel

      Can you message me with your contact info and we'll make arrangements?

      January 9, 2013

    • Lynda

      Sure. Sent u an email.

      January 9, 2013

  • Lynda

    Anyone still have room in their car? I live in Elmhurst, Queens but can come to meet you in Brooklyn or Manhattan near subway stations! Thank you :)

    January 9, 2013

  • Amy

    Does anyone have space in their car? I live in Washington Heights but can take the subway to a meeting point…

    January 9, 2013

    • Rachel

      I have space-leaving from Brooklyn if you're interested

      1 · January 9, 2013

    • Kevin

      Amy, get in touch with Alison via the other posting for this meetup linked to above. She lives in Washington Heights and has space in her car.

      January 9, 2013

  • Kevin

    Everyone, don't forget to fill out and print your event registration beforehand. You can find that here http://www.snowlink.com/wtregisternow.aspx. Doing so beforehand will get us on the trails faster and as this event is going to be crowded we want to get out hands on the gear as quickly as possible.

    January 9, 2013

  • Grace J.

    Does anyone know if there is enough snow for snow shoeing? If it ends up being just a hike, I'll probably pass on going.

    January 9, 2013

    • Kevin

      As of now there is and the ski center is predicting there to be enough snow for the weekend's activities as it a bit cooler up at that elevation than it is in NYC. The unknown variable is the possibility of rain on Friday. I will keep an eye on this let you guys know as soon as possible if Saturday's event changes.

      January 9, 2013

  • Marie

    Hi Art I sent the confirmation email but maybe there is a glitch with the mobile app. I will log on and send again.

    January 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I didn't think with 18 people on the waiting list that I would get a spot so made other plans... Hope everyone has a great time!

    January 9, 2013

  • Marie

    Art do you have space for one more?

    January 8, 2013

    • Art

      Yes. I can pick up in Bay Ridge, near Park Slope or Port Authority in Manhattan. Email me your mobile number and which pick up location you need. I'll confirm the pick up time once I work that out.

      January 8, 2013

    • Art

      Marie, please send the email to confirm your spot. Tx

      January 9, 2013

  • Emmy

    Could use a ride. Does anyone have room for one more from UES Manhattan? I can meet where its convenient for you.

    January 8, 2013

    • Emmy

      Oh, darn missed a chance at a spot. Let me know if you get another opening

      January 8, 2013

    • Art

      Still have 2 spots. LMK if you want one.

      January 9, 2013

  • Kevin

    Okay, looks like we can use a few more drivers. Here is where I unfortunately need to play favorites ... who on the wait list has a vehicle and is willing to drive? Speak up and you'll get fast tracked to a confirmed RSVP. You need to be driving from Brooklyn/Queens/Manhattan.

    January 8, 2013

    • Emily

      I was planning on carpooling with Grace but I do have a car. If I have 3 going with me (from Brooklyn Heights area), I'll drive up.

      January 8, 2013

    • Kevin

      Thanks, Em. So, that is four spots potentially available between Emily and Grace. If you need a ride drop them a note.

      January 8, 2013

  • Lynda

    I bought a snowshoeing ticket last year but somehow had to cancle the schedule! I'd love to join if there will be spot open! I need a ride. I live in Queens but I can come to anywhere in Manhattan to meet you! Finger crossed!

    January 8, 2013

  • Robin

    I need a ride from Manhattan if anyone is going through Manhattan. I'm emailing those who said they can drive but if anyone else is planning on driving through and needs additional carpoolers, please let me know. Thanks!

    January 7, 2013

    • Art

      Hey Robin, I have space and can pick you up near Port Authority if you like. LMK. Email me phone number if you're still interested.

      January 8, 2013

    • Robin

      Thanks Art but I have a ride from Stephanie now. See you Saturday!

      January 8, 2013

  • Art

    Hey Guys, I should have space for at least 1 more person (perhaps more but I will confirm). I can pick up in Bay Ridge, near Park Slope or Port Authority in Manhattan. Let me know if you still need a ride.

    January 8, 2013

  • Julie

    Hi rachel, thank you.. I passing on this event. Sorry. Kevin sorry!!!

    January 8, 2013

    • Art

      I replied too late - could have given you a ride. Sorry Julie.

      January 8, 2013

  • Julie

    Hey rachel, i live in queens, but can be at the atlantic ave LIRR station. or can meet in the city whatever will be convenient for u

    January 3, 2013

    • Rachel

      If you could get any closer to the bay ridge area (R train) or even the N or D to 59th st, I'd appreciate it bc I'll be driving through staten island which...can you please email me your contact info?

      January 7, 2013

  • Grace J.

    Alida & Emily are you still driving with me? I'm driving from Brooklyn & can take one more if someone needs a ride.

    January 7, 2013

    • Emily

      im still planning on going with you if that's okay. Thanks!

      January 7, 2013

    • Grace J.

      Yes totally fine!

      January 7, 2013

  • Kevin

    Folks, one more time, if your plans have changed, please change your RSVP to "not attending" so someone from the wait list can take your place. No shows and last minute cancellations will be looked upon with the stink eye and affect your ability to attend my future meetups. Thanks!

    January 7, 2013

  • Steven

    Hello, I will be driving from Lyndhurst, NJ if anyone needs a ride or if I can get a ride with someone nearby that would be great as well. I can take 3 passengers, please let me know. Thanks and Happy New Years

    January 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      i'm in central jersey.... i'd love a ride

      January 5, 2013

  • Bonita

    Hi, I live in North Jersey, Englewood. I have room in my car if anyone is in that area and needs a lift.

    January 3, 2013

  • Dania K. R.

    Oh bummer! I got snowshoes from "Santa" this christmas. I wish I were going, but I have another event. I hope y'all do this again. Have FUN Everybody!

    January 3, 2013

    • Dania K. R.

      Oh, hold up! I can go! Quiet clubbing isn't until tonight! I'm working at that event. Oh, NUTS! Wait listed again!

      January 3, 2013

  • Julie

    Hi rachel, would u have room for 1 more¿

    January 3, 2013

    • Rachel

      Sure! Where are you coming from?

      January 3, 2013

  • mary

    I'll be driving if there's still people who need a ride (can fit 3). Usually pickup at Port Authority, but flexible. Otherwise, will probably carpool too. Just email me, thanks.

    December 13, 2012

    • Elizabeth L.

      Kevin, how do I do that?

      January 2, 2013

    • Kevin

      Elizabeth, click on Mary's name and that will bring you to her profile page. On that was page up top under her name you'll see a button labeled send email. Click that.

      January 2, 2013

  • Kevin

    If your plans have changed, please change your RSVP to "not attending" so someone from the wait list can take your place. No shows and last minute cancellations will be looked upon with the stink eye and affect your ability to attend my future meetups.

    December 31, 2012

  • camie

    Hi I am still in need of a ride, does anyone have space? I live in Valley Stream

    December 28, 2012

    • Lonnie

      Camie, looks like I will be driving also. I have room if anyone else need a ride from Brooklyn.

      December 28, 2012

    • camie

      Thanks Lonnie, I am not at all familiar with Brooklyn so I think it might be best if I could find someone a bit closer to me.

      December 31, 2012

  • Rachel

    I still have some spots if anyone needs a ride from Brooklyn!

    December 29, 2012

  • elena

    I can drive if I end up going...

    December 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    only a few weeks away! i've never snow shoed so i'll need a ride and rent snow shoes. i'm in the central jersey area... anyone close to me?

    December 25, 2012

  • Rachel

    I'll be driving from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn and can fit 3 others if anyone needs a ride!

    December 10, 2012

    • Kevin

      Cool. I live right near the VZ, an easy on and off of the highway. Let me figure out the logistics and let you know.

      December 10, 2012

    • Rachel

      ok, sounds good!

      December 11, 2012

  • Grace J.

    I'll be driving from Windsor Terrace Brooklyn & can take 4.

    December 3, 2012

    • Grace J.

      Yes definitely!

      December 9, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi grace, im coming from crown heights- do you still have space?

      December 11, 2012

  • Chad

    I'm in Paramus, I can either drive or carpool with anyone heading in this direction. I also know that REI rents snowshoes at all their stores. It sounds like they will have some there for you to try, but just in case, I figured I'd let you know where you can get them.

    December 10, 2012

  • Julie

    Hi Andrea, would you have a spot for me? I'll share with gas and tolls..

    December 10, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Julie! Sure, that would be great! Are you in Astoria?

      December 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I need a ride from jersey city downtown or Manhattan.

    December 10, 2012

  • camie

    Hi, I was wondering if I will be able to rent snow shoes? I also will need to carpool with someone and being that I am a new member I don't know anyone!

    December 9, 2012

    • Kevin

      Welcome Camie. Yes, there will be snowshoes there available for you to use. As far as a ride to the event, I know we have several people driving from Queens so you may need to travel a little bit to catch a ride. Also post up your request for transport in the EWNYC listing for this event I linked to above.

      December 9, 2012

    • camie

      Ok thanks Kevin :)

      December 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be driving from Astoria and can also fit 4 others in my car if anyone needs a ride!

    December 7, 2012

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