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Two ADK 46er Peaks, 8.5 miles, 4,450 feet elevation gain At 4627 feet, Giant is NY's twelfth highest peak, with stunning views. We'll hike the Ridge Trail (aka Zander Scott Trail), which gains over 3,000 feet in 3.0 miles. This is the shortest trail on Giant, steep and well marked. It begins in the woods and passes a quaint little mountain pond called Giant's Washbowl at .7 miles, At 1.5 miles the ridge begins, with frequent great views from that point to the summit. The mostly bald summit offers an excellent view of the entire Great Range as well as Whiteface, Esther and the Dix range. After summiting Giant, we'll backtrack .1 mile and turn left onto the trail to Rocky Peak, which lies 1.25 miles farther. We descend 850 feet to the col, and then ascend 600 ft. Rocky Peak stands at 4,420 ft and has great 280 degree views. We then turn around and backtrack to the junction w/ the Ridge Trail, and take left to descend 2.9 miles to our cars ______________________________________________________________ You agree when you sign up for this group or any of the events that you have read and understand the below. If you join us for a hike (or any other event), please understand that you are responsible for your own preparedness and well-being and will hold no one else liable in case of injury or mishap. You agree not to hold the Organizer, Assistant Organizers, or any other members of the NY Hiking & Outdoor Adventure Group responsible for any injuries, mishaps, or any other situation that may happen at a planned event or during transport to and from a planned event. You are responsible to research the event, know the area, and bring the proper gear. When applicable, you should review topographic maps and trail features carefully. Understanding the topography of a hike is key to knowing where you are, where you're going, and how to get back. The NY Hiking & Outdoor Adventure Group does not provide liability insurance for the protection of individuals who may participate in any of the events planned by the Organizer or Assistant Organizers. This release extends and applies to, and also covers and includes, all unknown, unforeseen, unanticipated and unsuspected injuries, damages, loss and liability. Your attendance on an event signifies that you have read and accept the terms of this liability waiver. By signing up for this group or event you understand that you are attending all events AT YOUR OWN RISK. Organizers and Assistant Organizers of this group are just that, we organize the events and participate together as friends. We are not licensed guides and there are no leaders on these events. You are your own leader - This is YOUR event. • What to bring Prepare for full winter conditions with high summit winds. Previous winter hiking experience is a must. Traction is a must. Bring at least microspikes, but crampons and snowshoes are also advisable. Crampons will work better than microspikes if there is ice, and snowshoes may be helpful if there's been recent heavy snow. Also bring a map, headlamp, sufficient food and water, a whistle, and extra warm clothes for the top which is very windy and hence very cold. Moderate, unhurried pace. • Important to know I'll stay at the Keene Valley Hostel on Friday night and probably on Saturday night as well. They are cheap, convenient, and hospitable. The Hostel fills up quickly, though, so if you also want to stay there, I'd book with them soon. There are plenty of other nearby places to stay as well. After the hike, we'll go out for food and drinks.
This hike has some strenuous climbs, and also offers fantastic views and long stretches of peaceful, breezy trails and woods roads. We will start at the Quarry Hill Road Parking area and hike up white past South Brace Mtn, Brace Mtn, We'll turn east on the Red trail, past the NY/CT/MA tri-point past Mt. Frissel, CT's state high point. Then I'm going down Mt. Frissel (Yes, I'm going down and back up..) and back to the white trail going up Mt Alander. We stop for lunch on top of Mt Alander and then follow the white trail all the way towards Bash Bish Falls lower parking area, which is where we spotted our cars in the beginning. The peak of Brace is somewhat flattened out and treeless so it makes for relaxing views where you can find a soft spot to sprawl out on and take in the beauty of nature. You'll need the rest as the hike to Brace will get your blood pumping for sure. From Brace there is a great scene to the west. Brace hangs high over the farmland and neighborhoods dotting the valley below and affords great views of the mountain ranges in the distance. During the hike we will reach the highest point in Connecticut at Mt. Frissell, with the summit being in Massachusetts. We then hike up Alander Mountain with panoramic views behind us. We then follow the South Taconic trail (white) all the way towards Bash Bish falls. We can then add another 1-2 miles from the parking lot to see the base of the falls. NOTE: This is a challenging hike with about 4,300' - 5,000' vertical gain. It should take about 7-8 hours, and we'll be hiking at a steady pace. I want to emphasize this hike is not for beginners! Please only RSVP if you are a self-sufficient hiker. PARKING AREAS: The parking area at Quarry Hill is quite small, please carpool as much as possible! We will be starting at Quarry Hill, and spotting half our cars at Bash Bish Parking Area. START: GPS Coordinates to Quarry Hill Parking Area. We will be driving to the Quarry Hill parking area after meeting at Bash Bish Parking Area to spot half our cars) •[masked],[masked] END: GPS Coordinates to Bash Bish Lower Parking Area •[masked],[masked] Click Here for more detailed hike info (http://www.nynjtc.org/hike/south-taconic-tristate-hike) DISCLAIMER: Your attendance on a hike or event signifies that you have read and accept the terms of this liability waiver. Full waiver and information can be found on the ABOUT page.
Love hiking? Want to share that love with kids? Then come to the next New Volunteer meeting for NYC ICO! New York City Inspiring Connections Outdoors (NYC ICO) is the Sierra Club's community outreach program for children and adolescents who face the challenges of growing up in New York's inner city areas. We're a 100 percent volunteer organization working to provide young people with outdoor recreational opportunities, leadership training, positive group experiences and environmental education, while imbuing in them a love of nature and the outdoors. We are having our New Volunteer Orientation on April 18th. If you love kids, the outdoors, and want to volunteer for a great organization come to our New Volunteer Orientation! You can check out the official site at http://www.sierraclub.org/atlantic/nyc-ico Date: April 18th Time: 7:00 Location: 414 West 14th street Please RSVP by sending an email to [masked] Hope to see you and your friends there! Liz Nevins New Volunteer Coordinator
Don't miss this great Annual Event of Amazing mountain and adventure sports films! Tickets are Now on Sale at the University Ticket Office at Frist Campus Center: $5 Princeton Students, $15 General Public. https://outdooraction.princeton.edu/events/films-speakers The Banff Mountain Film Festival is an international film competition featuring the world's best footage on mountain subjects. The festival began in 1976 and is held annually on the first weekend in November in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Each year, the festival receives approximately 330 films in the film festival competition. An international film festival jury chooses the best films from the finalists and awards prizes in eight categories: Grand Prize, Climbing, Mountain Sports, Mountain Environment, Mountain Culture, Short Mountain Film, and Feature-Length Mountain Film. Audience members select the winner of the People's Choice Award. Join the Princeton students, staff faculty, and local community for this campus favorite that combines awe-inspiring films and an intermission gear raffle! The spectacular action-packed films feature rock climbing, mountaineering, kayaking, mountain biking, extreme skiing and explorations of the natural world.