Alpine Botany Backpacking Trip to Skylight
Thank you for your interest in an Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) guided alpine botany trip.
Health insurance is required to participate in this program.
This three-day backpacking trip to Mt. Skylight (elevation 4,924’, 17 miles round-trip with approximately 4,300’ of elevation gain) is designed especially for experienced hikers who have an interest in learning about alpine ecology and botany. It is also a cooperative group camping experience with the shared responsibility of camp chores, cooking, and decision making while practicing Leave No Trace skills and ethics. Our journey into New York State’s rarest ecosystem will be led by ADK’s Naturalist Trip Leader, Ryan Nerp. During his tenure as a Summit Steward from 2016-2018 and as the Dr. Norton Miller Botany Steward in 2019, Ryan made hundreds of trips into New York’s alpine zone to educate the public, identify plants, and to conduct research. Be prepared for an educational hike instead of a peak bagging pursuit. Throughout the weekend we’ll discuss safe backcountry travel, outdoor skills, and the rich natural and cultural history of the Adirondacks.
Our tentative itinerary is as follows: On Day 1, we’ll depart from the Adirondak Loj at 12:00pm and hike to a campsite at or near Feldspar lean-to. On Day 2, we’ll hike a steep 2 miles to the summit of Skylight and return to base camp for the evening. On Day 3, we’ll hike 6.5 miles back to the Adirondak Loj trailhead and should be out of the woods by midday. Plans are subject to change due to weather, trail conditions, and numerous other factors. This weekend will be physically demanding, especially if the weather is poor. 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 (Day 1 Dinner through Day 3 Breakfast) will be provided by ADK. Participants are expected to provide their own lunch for Day 1 and their own personal equipment listed in the link above. 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.
No prior backpacking experience is necessary, but prior High Peak hiking experience is highly suggested. 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 Mary Glynn, ADK’s Outdoor Skills Coordinator, at (518) 523-3480 x 111 or by email at email@example.com
We look forward to meeting you. Come prepared to learn and to have fun!
Minimum age: 16