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Adirondacks Backpacking - Intermediate/advanced trip

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Contact Andre with any questions about this trip.

Drivers wanted! Please note in your RSVP if you have a car.

It's peak leaf season in the Adirondacks, and nothing beats waking up in deep in the forest on crisp fall morning!

Backpacking trips are always a little hard to plan because of the difficulties with limited tent sites, differing abilities, and the uncertainties of traffic and weather, but here's the rough plan:

Basics:
This an Intermediate/Advanced (http://www.meetup.com/hiking-NYC/pages/Hiking_Levels/) hike.
Terrain: Mountains
Elevation Gain: 5000+ feet
Distance: 3 miles the first night, up to 14 the second day, up to 10 on Sunday

The rough plan:
Friday: Skip out of work early and try to be on the road by 6pm sharp, arriving at the trail head at about 11pm and backpacking 3 miles to a campsite.

Saturday: We'll hit one of the high peaks, probably either Dixs or Haystack.

Sunday: Hike back to the car, possibly hitting a minor peak, and driving home.

Be Advised: This trip includes some difficult scrambling up and down bare rocks and possible winter conditions. Your safety is your own responsibility. The organizer will provide some guidelines for gear and information about the route, but it is your responsibility to determine if you have the experience, physical ability, and correct equipment for this trip.

How to Get a Spot:
-Only RSVP yes if you're serious since space is limited.
- If you're not an experienced backpacker send me an email. This is suitable for beginner backpackers, but you must be in excellent shape and have a some hiking experience.

Transportation:
We need at least one driver - we'll cover your gas and tolls.

Required Gear:
-Backpacking pack (50+ liter capacity)
-Sleeping pad and bag suitable for 15f at night (that means a 0f to 10f rating)
-Tents are not required as we'll be using lean-to's. Bring a tarp just in case.
-Weather suitable clothing, rain gear, plus emergency layers.
-Traction devices are suggested
-All your meals and snacks
-Plus water treatment, plates, cup, sunscreen, map, compass, etc. I have a packing list if anyone wants it.
-Bear Canisters are required in this area. If you don't have one, you'll have to rent or share. (EMS rents them for $5 a day.) Its about one canister for every two people.

Weather:
Winter conditions are possible! The ADKs usually get their first significant snow in mid or late October, but we could be caught in an early one. Dress accordingly. Ice may be present at higher altitudes.

Group Gear:
We can share stoves.

Cheers,
Andre