What we're about

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.


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**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 (4+)

2022/23 Ski/Snowboard season opener - Sugarbush, Mt. Ellen & Mad River Glen

Let's kick-off the 2022/23 ski and snowboard season in VT. I've reserved the entire Horseshoe Hideaway (a Waitsfield Inn Property) centrally located to skiing and Apres Ski in Waitsfield. We'll stay 5 min from Sugarbush, 20 min to Mt. Ellen and 10 min to Mad River Glen (if open for the season) and downtown Waitsfield. Stowe and Killington are both about an hour's drive for those interested.

The property has two bunk rooms accommodating 5/ea and two queen bedrooms. If interested, please send $120 for your spot. Once paid I'll open up the following links for selecting beds choose a bed and arranging carpools.

Bed assignment & carpool

Venmo: @Brian-Brennan-23 (send friend request before paying)
Paypal or zelle: [masked]

If you have any questions please feel free to message through Meetup or contact me at[masked]

Drinks and chats at Savage 718 in Astoria

Savage 718

Let's meet up to chat about past, present and future outdoor adventures. Let's have some drinks and some food at Savage 718. It's a really nice cozy restaurant and bar in Astoria.

If anything comes up I will post any updates on the message boards for this meetup.

The Adirondacks in December ❄️ , hiking, ice 🧗‍♀️, xc skiing and ⛷

Our annual trip to the Daks is on again!

The Cascade Inn motel sits across the street if you want to be in your own room.

If you want to have an entire room at the hostel for yourself you can. Just send me the money for all the beds in the room.

If there is waitlist you can just send me money for a bed and I will move you off the waitlist if there is space.

The spots are allocated based on who sends me the money for a bed. The hostel books up quickly. If you get a room nearby let me know.

I have booked the entirety of the T-max and Topos hostel for the 13th year in a row.

We will have a chat set up to coordinate the hikes and ski trips from the hostel about a week before the event. I will post the link to the chat then.

I'm not responsible for anyone on these hikes. Everyone will hike at their own pace. Waiting for people is very hard in the winter. I recommend to hike in pairs of two with someone who hikes at your own pace, but if you are of the solo type, you are welcome to plow ahead on your own. However we won't go out and rescue you. You must know how to get in and out on your own. If you guys decide to go on a group then you are all responsible for each other.

[ Equipment list for hiking (mandatory unless otherwise indicated) ]

One or two pairs synthetic base layers, top and bottom


Winter jacket

Hiking pants or snow pants


One pair of thin gloves and one pair of mittens to go on top of the gloves

Warm boots


Snowshoes (The parks department has a rule that if there is more than 2 feet of snow you are not allowed to go inside the park without them and they check. Obviously if there is no snow you won't need the snowshoes.)

Crampons or Microspikes

Ski goggles

Balaclava (Ski Mask) (optional but it is great to have when it's brutally cold)

Hiking poles (optional)


You can rent snowshoes at the mountaineer in Keene Valley.

Waterproof paper map

[ The plan ]

Leave NY between 4 to 6pm. The earlier the better. We will carpool to the Adirondacks.

You can pay me at any time between now and the meetup. However we have limited space. You will be on the waitlist until you pay me for a spot. Then you will come of the waitlist.

Last year most of the beds were gone a month before the trip. Please be prompt in paying for your spot.

If you have already paid for your bunk please add your name to the spreadsheet here for a bunk or bed: http://bit.ly/2gIMrWy

[ Prices ]

There are two payment tiers for the beds. The bunk beds are $82 for two nights. There are 22 bunk beds and 1 cot. The first 22 people get a bunk bed, person number 23 gets the cot.

There are also 3 single beds and 3 full size beds upstairs. The single beds are $100 for the weekend. The full size bed can fit one or two people and they are $120 for the entire bed for the weekend.

You can pay me via PayPal or Zelle me to:


Or Venmo to @xico-mancheno

Make sure to include what the payment is for in the memo and your name if it's different from the one on Meetup.

[ Refunds ]

You can cancel up to two weeks before the trip. After that you will have to find someone to replace you and exchange money with them.

[ Travel time and transportation ]

The average travel time to the Adirondacks is 5 hours. You should add an hour for bathroom, food and gas stops.

We will carpool up there. Check out the rides spreadsheet to offer rides or look for rides. Please if you are drive add your car to make it easy to coordinate rides.

Rides spreadsheet: bit.ly/adkrides

On Sunday, we can either do a short hike, return to NY early or go XC skiing at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid if there is enough snow.

Also, the policy for this group is that those carpooling with a driver must pay the driver for all the driver's costs including gas and tolls. It is only fair given that the driver is putting some miles on his/her car and you are not renting a car. Maybe also buy the driver dinner.

When you RSVP, please indicate whether you are driving or need a ride and also indicate where are you leaving from and what time on Friday. Most of the drivers are not in Manhattan, so you will most likely have to take a train to NJ or Westchester or Putnam county to get a ride. For those driving, it is better to pick one meeting spot and now drive around picking up people because you'll just waste some time.

If you have any questions or comments, please email me at:




NYB Holiday Party

The Woods

We are planning to have our annual Holiday party on December 15!

The Woods has agreed to host our group. (Well not yet but hope they do) We are very excited to have our Holiday party back on again. We will start the party at 7pm and keep it going until midnight or longer.


The Woods will set up a space aside at the bar for all of us to gather. They will also have a DJ spinning dance tunes. Don't forget to bring your ID and proof of vaccination to enter!

The Woods serves yummy burritos and tacos in the back for those hungry.

We are also going to have our awards ceremony at around 9:30pm. I will send out an email asking people to vote first on the nominees and then later on the finalists. Awards will go to best hiker, funniest outdoorsy person, best car ride and more!


Past events (1,684)

Cellar Dog hangout

Cellar Dog

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