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Welcome to the New York Backpackers!

We're a club of outdoor enthusiasts who come together for day hikes, weekend backpacking trips, and longer excursions. We love all outdoor sports such as rock climbing, ice climbing, kayaking, alpine, nordic, or telemark skiing, snowboarding and biking.

Our Club provides all kinds of adventures year round. Please check out our past events and sign up future events.



How do I get a ride or offer rides?

Post on the comments section of the event that you are going to that you need or that you have space in your car. Please wait until at least two weeks before the event to ask for a ride. We try to carpool as much as we can because a lot of people don't have a car and it's more environmentally friendly. Some events have spreadsheets with the rides. Check each event description for the details.

Upcoming events (5)

Hunter - SW Hunter- Buttermilk falls bathing hike 10 miles. Fit beginners.

Total Mileage: 10.0 miles Total Elevation Gain: about 2200' Fit beginners are welcome. We will be moving at a moderate pace with stops at the Hunter Mt Fire Tower, SW Hunter Mt, waterfall for bathing, and a few more. Text/call:[masked]. Please share a ride if possible. If you are a rider in a carpool, please share gas/toll expenses. Directions to Hunter Mountain Trailhead: https://www.google.com/maps/dir//Hunter+Mountain+Trailhead,+Unnamed+Road,+West+Kill,+NY+12492/@42.181027,-74.2681589,16.58z/data=!4m9!4m8!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x89dc53a6979d8a17:0xac084f9c67bcf09!2m2!1d-74.2717676!2d42.1842054!3e0 Recommended: 2 Liters of water, snacks, headlamp, sunscreen, Bug-off spray (DEET), hiking poles, and shoes. You are responsible for bringing appropriate gear, supplies, clothing, first aid, and lights. You should review topographic maps and trail features carefully; understanding topography of any hike is key to your knowing where you are, where you're going, and how to get back. You agree when you sign up for this group or any of the events that you have read and understood 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 responsible for any injuries, mishaps, or any other situation that may happen at a planned event. You are responsible to research the event, know the area, and bring the proper gear. Your attendance on a hike signifies that you have read and accepted the terms of this liability waiver.

Summer after work 🥾 and swim 🏊‍♀️ in Harriman - train accessible

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Let's do this again. I will be limiting the size of the group due to the pandemic. If you sign up you must come. No excuses. If you are on the waitlist check often as if you are more to Yes and you fail to show up it won't look good. You have until a 1pm the day of the event to drop out. Don't take a spot from someone who would have come. I expect everyone on the RSVP Yes list to show. Failure to show up might get your removed from you the group. This is mainly an outdoor swimming event with some hiking, please don't come if you are not going to swim or you don't know how to swim. You must know how to swim. The lake is 90 feet deep. The plan is to meet at Tuxedo at 7:10pm. There is a train leaving Penn Station at 6:07pm which will enable you to change at Secaucus for a northbound Tuxedo train. Secaucus is the first stop after Penn Station so you don't forget to get off the train. If you are taking the train make sure to arrive 15 minutes earlier to find your train. I might or might not to take the train. It all depends on whether I have to work onsite or not for my job. If not I will drive to Tuxedo. I will update the meetup the day before letting you all know. If a few people are taking the train perhaps one of you can be the point person for everyone else. Only buy a one way ticket as we will not be returning via Tuxedo to NY You can buy a ticket on the NJTransit app so no need to rush to a ticket machine once you are at Penn. If you are driving please meet us at the Tuxedo, NY train station near route 17. We will catch a ride with those driving there to the trailhead. This will be a short hike because we mainly want to swim. This is a nice secret spot we have. We will return to NYC by getting a ride with one of the drivers. Please bring some wine or beer and some food to enjoy. Don’t bring glass. Cans or boxed wine is great. Please bring your own cups and utensils. No disposable cups or utensils. Let's minimize waste. It's leave no trace. We carry and carry out everything. If you see any trash on the trail please pick it up. Lets leave Harriman cleaner than when we arrive. 1L of water in a reusable water bottle. Headlamps are a must since we will mostly be hiking back in the dark.

2 Day Trip: Canoeing / Kayaking Delaware Water Gap

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Join me for a 2 day paddling trip from Dingman’s Ferry to Smithfield Beach (21 miles) along the Delaware River in PA. Please note, this adventure will not be a guided tour and we will be paddling as a group. You have the option to choose between either a 2 person canoe (you must arrange for a partner) or a single kayak. We will meet at the outfitter, Adventure Sports (398 Seven Bridge Road, East Stroudsburg, PA. 18301) at 8:00 AM. This means leaving NYC around 6:15 AM. From the outfitter, it takes about 1.5 hours to drive up river to the drop off location, meaning we will start paddling about 9:30 AM. Please have your clothes and all items/bag ready for the river on Saturday morning. Waivers are required for this event. After you register and I receive payment for this event, I will send you a link for the waiver. Deadline to register/pay is 8/6/20 (Thursday) by 3:00 PM. Cost/Sign up info including taxes and fees: $105 per person for Canoers; $112 per person for Kayakers If we get a large enough group, rates will be discounted and I will reimburse the difference. Please send your payment via Venmo to @Bobbisue-I and also specify whether you are renting a canoe or kayak in the venmo comment. If you have a car to drive, please also specify that you can be a driver. Google doc /sheet for carpool: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SQAi7sKCYGo-pM33YAKWmfxcUv6maKFh/view?usp=sharing The river section we will do is 21 miles that is typically very calm but there are a few sections of “Class I rapids”… in Francisco language “baby rapids.” This is an entry level trip everyone should be able to enjoy even if you do not have prior paddling experience. River Map https://www.nps.gov/carto/hfc/carto/media/DEWAParkMap.pdf We will camp at a designated campsite along the riverfront Saturday evening. It is a primitive campsite, so there is no electricity or official bathroom. Please bring your own toilet paper / food / tent / hammock / necessities. Each person is responsible to carry their own gear to the site in their chosen voyage vessel and be prepared to set up your own camp. You will be responsible for your own garbage. WHAT YOU PACK IN WILL BE WHAT YOU PACK OUT. Waste baskets are not available. If you cancel, there will ONLY be a 50% refund. Please text[masked] with any questions or post in group. I work busy twelve hour shifts at a time, so be prepared that my response may not be immediate but I will try to get back to you as soon as I can. There is a separate $10 per car per day ($20 total for Sat/Sun) parking fee at Smithfield Beach where we will need to leave our cars. Drivers please discuss this with your passengers to split the cost. Disclaimer: You agree when you sign up for this group that you have read and understand the below. Participation in activities is strictly voluntary and group members assume all risks in connection with activities. 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 or any other member responsible for any injuries, mishaps, or any other situation that may happen at a planned event. You are responsible to research the event, know the area, and bring the proper gear. What to Bring, Short list: Tent/hammock, sleeping bag/pillow, water shoes, camp shoes, swimsuit/water clothes, river dry bag, water, food, cooking set/utensils, pocket knife, headlamp/flashlight, sun block, bug spray, toiletries, rope, rain jacket, sunglasses/baseball cap, towel. I can email a detailed list if needed. Food - Everyone is responsible for bringing their own food. I’ll bring cooking basics (grill/charcoal plus camping stove for boiling water). Bring snacks/lunch for Saturday/Sunday on the river but also plan for dinner/breakfast at the campsite. Note: Alcohol is permitted BUT cannot be in glass bottles on the river. Canned beer and Boxed Wine is fine. Hard liquor in non-glass vessel.

Kayaking, canoeing and camping in Lake George

Lake George Escape

Update: I have updated the requirements for getting off the waitlist. I am now requiring people to attend at least two events between June and the kayaking trip to get off the waitlist. Our annual trip will take place off-season in Lake George which means that there are less boats on the water and that we can take an entire island for ourselves since the boat docks have been pulled. If you RSVP Yes to this Meetup you must attend. Anyone who RSVPs and does not show up will be removed from the group immediatly. I will set the number of RSVPs to 4. After that there will be a waitlist. I will cap the trip at 25 this year. Due to the popularity of this event, I will move off the waitlist those who have showed up to at least two events between June and the kayaking trip. If you haven't there is still time. If you’re new you can get off the waitlist if you come to an event in the city or outside before the trip. We host plenty of hikes, bike rides and happy hours for everyone to attend and meet us. I want to know everyone coming on the trip. You must be fit and able to paddle 16 miles over two days. There is no option to camp and not paddle. The campsite on Saturday is only accessible by boat so you must paddle. You must also be able to swim. The Plan: Drive from NY on Friday to Lake George Escape and camp out there. Saturday we rent kayaks and canoes from Lake George outfitters in Bolton Landing. We load our sleeping bags, tents, food and wood on the kayaks and canoes and off we go. We will paddle 8 miles to one of the Mother Bunch Islands. We set up camp there for the night. We paddle back 8 miles to Bolton Landing around noon on Sunday. That makes it a total of 16 miles for the entire weekend. Cost: About $15 per person for one night at Lake George Escape. The camping on the islands is free since it's after labor day. The kayak rentals are $85 per day for tandem kayak and $75 for a solo kayak. Canoes are $85. If you split tandem kayak or canoe the rental per person is half of the price. They do charge us for two days usually so a tandem or canoe would be $85 per person for the weekend based on double occupancy. It would be great if we had two or three canoes since they can carry more beer and wood than the kayaks can. Camping Bring a sleeping bag and sleeping pad. Tent is optional. If you don't have one please ask in the comments You must be in great shape to paddle. There can be no complains about how long and hard this is. It's great exercise for your core muscles. Please please make sure that you are in good physical shape to do this trip. Last year we had 4 people who were completely out of shape and could not make the 8 mile paddle back to Bolton Landing. Two of them had to pay the Lake George tow boat about $150 to get a ride back. This is trip is 16 miles in total. You don't need to have paddled 8 miles one way in your life but at least have to have the cardio to do it. You will have to paddle sometimes until your arms fall off. All this paddling makes for a great excuse to drink more beer. How to get there: We will carpool leaving NYC around 5 to 6pm and arriving in Lake George between 10pm and midnight. Please write down your car in the rides spreadsheet if you are driving and let people know how many you can take. If you are looking for a ride look on the rides spreadsheet and contact the driver for one of the open spots. Don't add your name to the sheet without asking the driver. Please figure out ahead of time the cost of gas and tolls with the driver. Due to Covid this might get cancelled but hopefully the state is still open by then.

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