Thru-Hiking 101: Wakely Dam to Long Lake
Thank you for your interest in an Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) workshop.
Health insurance is required to participate in this program.
Thru-Hiking 101 is a guided four-day backpacking trip along a section of the Northville-Placid Trail (26.3 miles from Wakely Dam to Long Lake). This experiential course will be an introduction to long-distance, lightweight backpacking. It is designed to assist you in your future thru-hiking or backpacking goals. It entails a cooperative group camping experience with the shared responsibility of camp chores, cooking, and decision making while practicing Leave No Trace skills and ethics. The trip will be led by ADK’s Education Programs Coordinator, Tyler Socash, who has completed the Pacific Crest Trail, Te Araroa across New Zealand, and the Appalachian Trail.
Please plan on meeting at the Mt. Sabattis Pavilion in the village of Long Lake, NY at 9:00am. It is located at 46 Pavillion Road, Long Lake, NY 12847. After introductions, a classroom discussion, and a thorough gear shakedown, we will divvy up our necessary group gear and head out on our journey. Throughout the weekend we’ll cover thru-hiking topics and backcountry skills while enjoying the rich natural and cultural history of the Adirondacks.
Our tentative itinerary is as follows: On Day 1, we’ll engage in a morning Beginner Backpacking course covering the thru-hiking basics before being shuttled to Wakely Dam to our front country campsite. We will set up camp, make dinner, and prepare for our adventure. On Day 2, we’ll hike 8.1 miles to a campsite at Stephens Pond. On Day 3, we’ll hike another 8.1 miles to a campsite along the shores of Tirrell Pond. We will conclude our journey on Day 4 with a 10.1-mile hike, including a climb to the highest point of the Northville-Placid Trail, and ending at the trailhead along Route 28N. Plans are subject to change due to weather, trail conditions, and numerous other factors. This trip will be physically demanding, especially if the weather is poor. Please be ready for long days and tired feet.
All group equipment (stoves, fuel bottles, cook sets, water filters, tents, first aid kit, etc.) and meals will be provided by ADK. Participants are expected to provide their own personal equipment. Personal snacks are allowed, but due to limited bear canister space they should be small in size and high in calories. Hygienic products and other items with a scent (bug spray, sun screen, etc.) should also be small in size and limited in quantity as they must also fit inside the bear canisters. Travel-sized items are great! Please let us know well in advance if you require any equipment.
Prior backpacking experience is highly suggested before signing up for this longer hike. Good physical condition, proper clothing, and proper equipment are a must.
ADK members receive a 10% discount on programs and lodging. To reserve lodging at the Adirondak Loj, please call the Adirondack Mountain Club at (518) 523-3441 or book online.
If you have any questions about the program please contact Tyler Socash, ADK’s Education Programs Coordinator, at (518) 523-3480 x 120 or by email at email@example.com
We look forward to meeting you. Come prepared to learn and to have fun!
Minimum age: 16