I seriously can't believe this is the 4th year in a row I'll be doing this with you guys. Let's make some more crazy stories happen, ya'll! Here we go.... It’s the peak of fall colors and instead of heading to overpriced revelries in any of the dozen beer gardens through the big city, or driving upstate to drink with “conservative Republicans”, bring your favorite German beer and sausage and we’ll do it like German’s used to do it - sharing our beers, not charging for them - back before it got all commercialized! Word. (If you’re actually going to Germany for Ocktoberfest, you’re excused. Also, I don’t really know if Germans shared their beer back in the day.) And from what previous campers have told me, "Your first sausage at Al's camping trip is the best sausage you've ever had!" Seriously.
Some important notes about this trip: This is a strenuous, backpacking trip because of all the food and drinks we'll be carrying, in addition to our tents, sleeping bags, and other gear, across really challenging terrain and weather, so avoid overpacking (see my recommended packing list). Pro Tip: To keep your pack weight even lower, wear layers (preferably merino wool) and expect to be in the same clothes the whole weekend, including sleeping. If you need some packing advice, gear, or anything else you're not sure of, contact me.
Additionally, Be prepared to help “set up camp”. What does this mean? Our campsite is raw land: no structures, no showers, and it’ll get below freezing overnight. So, we’ll be collecting firewood, prepping food on rocks, and working to light our fire. (If you don’t know how to do any of these things, you're going to learn.) There are also no bathrooms, no port-a-potties, and no showers, and if this ain’t your thing, you may not have a good time. Then again, you’ll be warm and tipsy before you notice, so it might be the best camping adventure you’ve ever had!
If you’ve car camped, camped at lodges, or RV’d before, and want to step up your camping game (especially if you're thinking about an epic thruhike somewhere) this is a great trip to transition into doing some real camping a.k.a. backpacking. And there will be beer! Sign up below to find out where we'll be meeting and what to bring.
Finally, as a reminder, I'm planning a Sunday Funday visit to a whiskey distillery on Sunday, October 23rd, to stock up on supplies before the trip. You should go.
HEADS UP, FAM! THE TIMES POSTED ON THE SITE OR ANYWHERE ELSE (LIKE FACEBOOK INVITES) ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AS THE TRIP DAY GETS CLOSER. ONLY THE EMAIL I SEND 24 TO 48 HOURS PRIOR TO THE TRIP DATE AND ONLY AFTER YOU'VE SIGNED UP VIA THE FORM ON THE TRIP INVITE WILL CONTAIN THE MOST ACCURATE TIMES FOR OUR TRIP.
You can easily spend over $1,000 to get all the right gear for this trip. (Curious what kind of gear you need? Check out the Outerthere gear list for this time of year.) However, that's not recommended for an overnight trip. If you don't have any friends you can borrow from (or a trust fund that won't even feel this kind of spending), then check out Outerthere homies Traverse Outfitters, the largest outdoor rental guys in NYC. Ask for Avi and tell 'em Al sentcha. He'll hook you up with whatever you're missing and you can save that money for beers, your dealer, or diapers, whatever your priorities, yo.