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VMO: The DC UL Great Traverse! (many ADK 46ers plus the Great Range Traverse)


Ok,'s been over about 7 years since I've seen the Adirondacks without snow on it. Most of my recent summits in the High Peaks looked like the picture above (me on the top of Algonquin Peak w/ 40+ mph winds and ungodly wind chills!) . Let's break that winter streak with some summer summits in the High Peaks region including the famous Great Range Traverse!!

Trip Overview:

This will be a three day backpacking trip with us leaving from the DC area Thursday after work, stopping at a campground somewhere once we cross into NY. We'll start early Friday so that we can aim to start hiking just before noon time.

Friday Trail Head parking lot: The Adirondack Loj Parking Lot - 1002 Adirondack Loj Rd Lake Placid, NY 12946

Our Friday and Saturday night campgrounds will still be TBD, but for right now, it looks to be around the Feldspar and Wolf Jaw camp areas, respectively. Stay tuned!

For this trip, I will be aiming to make summits of the following peaks:

Wright Peak, Algonquin Peak, Iroquois Peak, Boundary Peak, Mt. Marcy, Little Haystack, Mt Haystack, Basin Mtn, Saddleback Mtn, Gothics, Pyramid Peak, Armstrong Mtn, Upper Wolf Jaw Mtn, Lower Wolf Jaw Mtn, Hedgehog Mtn, Snow Mtn, and Rooster Comb.

On Sunday, we will wrap up and hike to back to the cars located here:

Sunday Trail Head parking lot: 44.185501, -73.786683

Approximate Mileage for this trip will be around the 25-30 mile range and total elevation gains for this trip will be between 10,000 - 15,000ft.

Please note the following:

- The terrain in the Adirondacks are unlike anything in the mid east that we are familiar with. Trails are usually very steep and rocky (involving challenging rock scrambles at some times). So please assess your fitness level before signing up.

- The weather tends to be very erratic. The weather down at the valley where we will be setting up camp and the weather at the summits (above the treeline) can offer completely different situations.

- Up to date trail information can be found here:

- Information regarding back country camping can be found here:

**I am limiting the group size so that it won't limit our camp spots choices.

- No permits are required for groups under 8, but we will need to utilize approved bear canisters for proper food storage.

- Maps - EVERYONE attending will need a map.

I recommend you guys to get the following map:

To get some excitement going, here's a trailer for a documentary currently in the making directed by Blake Cortright:


- Yes, I have made this a Veteran Member Trip only; however, if you are a member and want to do this, sign up (I'll put you on the waitlist) and lets go from there.

- We will be going in Black Fly season so bring your head nets and bug repellent! (reading current reports it seem we'll be at the tail end of Black Fly season. So maybe we'll get lucky)

- This is a shuttle hike.

- AGAIN, all attendees must have a map in order to participate.

- More details about this trip will be posted here soon once we get the itinerary more ironed out! Stay tuned!!

- By RSVPing to this trip or any other DC UL trip, you agree to DC UL's waiver liability terms (