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UPDATE - NEW MEETING TIME AND LOCATION!! Who said camping had to be multi-day? If you just want to get out of the city for a night, unplug and disconnect from your devices, and drink with an open container without getting arrested, this is your trip. I’ll be car camping and after we've set up camp, I'll be leading a bonus(!) short, beginner, night hike through the oldest section of the Appalachian Trail at Buchanan Mountain in Sterling Forest State Park. Doesn't that sound awesome! I would love it if you came with me; you haven’t laughed until you’ve heard me after a few shots of whiskey. This is a perfect hike for anyone who’s never camped full-on outdoors in the woods before and is looking for a great way to try it.
We'll be meeting Saturday, May 24 at 11a at the Fairway Market in Chelsea at 766 Sixth Ave between 26th and 25th streets to get food, then driving up to the camp ground right after. We'll be returning Sunday afternoon. We’re going rain or shine. And remember, Monday is Memorial Day, so you get a day off to do laundry.
Your fee covers transportation, gas, tolls, permit, booze, and food for the 2 days, plus the sense of security that comes with going with a pro guide. Here's what to pack for the weather. Additionally, bring your utensils, plate/bowl to eat from, and your favorite cup/mug/water bottle. Need gear? Rent some through our partners at Traverse Outfitters. Ask for Avi. Hashtag for this trip is #justanovernight
Reservations for Saturday, May 24 through Sunday, May 25, 2014.
At least 4 campers are needed for this trip to happen. Plus, with every additional camper beyond 4, the cost down for everyone by $10!* Whoa! Definitely bring your friends!
*To be refunded after trip.
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I'm a bit surprised so many of you are as nutty as I am when it comes to these hard hikes, but due to popular demand, this ADVANCED hike is getting moved up on the agenda. Starting from Breakneck Point in upstate NY, we immediately climb 1,000 feet in elevation in less than an hour (Yeah!), giving us spectacular views of the Hudson. We'll continue along Breakneck Ridge which connects us to Breakneck Ridge Notch, where we'll end up crossing the (in)famous South Beacon Mountain watch tower. And if all that wasn't exciting enough, we will be completing this hike along the Casino Trail via the hidden, unmapped Beacon Reservoir Trails we discovered in 2013's Hard Scouting Hike (Sign up to our email updates to find out about these)! The trip wraps up in Beacon, NY, in the same manner we started, crazy-steep, 1,000 foot descent. This trail promises more exciting terrain, epic scrambling, and awesome vistas than you can shake a stick at!
At the end of the hike, we're crossing the 30-minutes through the entire town of Beacon to the train station, with a refuel pit stop (BEER!) at the end of Main Street before we hop on the train.
We're meeting at the clock at Grand Central Station at 8:30a to catch the Breakneck Ridge train departing 8:44a. (Buy your ticket roundtrip to Beacon for $30.50 at the ticket counter). Expect the hike to go from 10a to 6p point-to-point and our cross through town and pit stop to last until 8p (itinerary subject to change). We'd catch the 8:13p back to Grand Central Station. We're going rain or shine. Read the fine print and what to pack. The hashtag for this trip is #breakneckthruhike
You asked for it, and here it is: this is our first ever Sunday hike! Read on...
On the southern most end of Harriman State Park is a town called Suffern. And watching silently over Suffern is Nordkop Mountain, which connects to Cobus Mountain, and at the base of which runs the Ramapo River. And the only way to get to the top of Nordkop to bag the epic views and miles and miles of exciting terrain Nordkop is famous for is an 800 foot climb straight up. And that climb happens over a distance the size of a city avenue. So, it's steep, but it's short. And it's totally what you want to do! Bonus: epic scrambling and beginner bouldering during lunch!
We'll be meeting at NYC's Penn Station at 8:45a to buy our roundtrip tickets to Suffern Station ($13 each way). Here's what to pack for this time of the year (and don't forget your climbing or golfing or riding gloves!) Hashtag for this hike is #befreetoclimb.
This is a BEGINNER trip, but whether you're a beginner or experienced hiker, this will be a great introduction to the Outerthere type of trip, which are a bit more challenging than the average easy hike (or so I've been told) and perfect for anyone who wants to step up their outdoor game a notch.
We'll be hiking through a scrabbly sections of Harriman State Park (2.6 miles), briefly touching the famous Appalachian Trial to get to Indian Hill Loop (3.6 miles), "one of the most varied and interesting trails in Sterling Forest" thanks to the "panoramic, second-growth forests, crossing numerous old stone walls" we'll be passing. Word. It'll be approx 6.5 miles total. Here's a Google Map I did in a compulsive state of planning that shows the approximate trail.
We'll be meeting at NYC's Penn Station at 8:45a to buy our roundtrip tickets to Harriman Station ($16 each way). Here's what to pack for this time of the year. Hashtag for this hike is #nativeamericanhill.
In honor of Outerthere's (belated) 1st birthday, you can reserve your spot for $0. That's right, we're celebrating Outerthere's birthday really late, so this trip is free!
Reservation for Saturday, July 12, 2014.
It's meant to be free to celebrate Outerthere's 1st birthday, but the system needs a number greater than $0. If you reserve your spot, I will reimburse you your $0.01.
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If you do a single climb this season, this is the one you should do! Climb Those Gunks, Baby! is an adventure designed as a BEGINNER/TRAINING, but in the best outdoor setting in the northeast, the Shawangunk Ridge.
The guide/instructor is Sue Kligerman, who lead me up epic climb, High Exposure, and is not only an awesome teacher for ladies who want to learn to climb the same way Sue learned; but an awesome teacher for dudes, too, because, yeah, she instructs our finest soldiers on how to climb as the West Point climbing instructor. So, don't be skirred, bring your bf/gf/bff, and relax, 'cause I'll be your official cameraman, so you can focus on climbing while I get plenty of pics of you being awesome! We'll be spending enough time out there so everyone gets to climb as much as they want.
We'll be meeting in front of the Schnippers at the ground floor of the New York Times Building on 41st street and 8th ave at 7:45am and walking over as a group to the Port Authority on 41st and 8th ave to buy our roundtrip tickets to New Paltz, NY ($42). When we arrive, Sue will be there to greet us and drive us the 6 miles to the Mohonk Preserve, where we'll be outfitted with any gear we need, then, hike in, set up, and get climbing. Gear, pick up/drop off to park and bus station, park admission, and Sue's time are $115.
Here's what to pack for this time of the year. Hashtag for this hike is #climbthosegunks
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I'm beyond stoked to introduce you to the Clarksville Cave trip, a trip I'm organizing for a select few Outerthere Warriors! Recognized among the northeast caving community (yes, there's such a thing) as a great cave for beginners, this trip will introduce you (get you hooked on?) to the wonderful world of caving (aka spelunking to you old fashioned types).
It goes without saying that if you're uncomfortable in pitch black surroundings and tight spaces, this trip is not for you. The entire experience will last about 3 to 4 hours, requiring you to army crawl (boot camp anyone?) through a muddy hole in the ground, which'll have more bugs than you're probably accustomed to crawling over (I'm really selling it now, aren't I?)
Underground, there are large pools of water, a running river, and a mini waterfall, so we're also getting wet. But I promise that once you're in the cave and get through the whole experience, it'll be like nothing you've ever experienced before. Your senses will on fire. It's going to be epic. This trip is rated INTERMEDIATE.
The only way to get there is by car, so we're going to need a minimum of 3 people to make this trip happen (6 max). If you want to bring a friend, fine, but be selective. This trip is not for everyone and despite its difficulty rating, no one should take the risks for granted. We'll be meeting Saturday, Aug 2 at 10a at the Fairway Market in Chelsea at 766 Sixth Ave between 26th and 25th streets to get food, then driving up to Clarksville right after. We'll be returning same day. We’re going rain or shine.
Here's how you need to pack (in no particular order, they're all important):
*Note that when you get home, you'll have to thoroughly hose down/wash off all your gear.
Need gear? Rent some through our partners at Traverse Outfitters. Ask for Avi.
Last fall, we did a hike which I labeled "hard" but which turned out to be fairly easy. To add insult to injury, this 100lb thruhiker - let's call her Nicole - met us at our midway point. She had hiked the same amount of time we hiked, except she hiked over over from Sloatsburg, a trail so long, maybe 15 miles, I didn't think it was doable in a day. She told us that she hiked it in preparation for a trek she was going on in some far away place. Well, in honor of that encounter, and because if she did it, we can, too, we're going to retrace her epic route from Sloatsburg to the southern most end of Harriman State Park, to the town of Suffern, in this new INTERMEDIATE hike.
We'll be meeting at NYC's Penn Station at 8:45a to buy our roundtrip tickets to Sloatsburg Station ($13 each way). Here's what to pack for this time of the year. Hashtag for this hike is #harriharhar.