The MacIntyre Range Test your winter skills on the mountains of the MacIntyre Range

The North Face
The North Face
2101 Broadway
3 Days
3 Days
9.4 miles
4,300 feet
elevation gain

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About the trip

Test Your Winter Skills on the Mountains of the MacIntyre Range

The High Peaks region of the Adirondacks is full of grand adventures in any season. In winter, above treeline, exposed summits are subject to hurricane-force winds, sub-zero temperatures, and sheets of ice or several feet of snow. A well-bonded team, exhibiting a high degree of care for each other, becomes as critical to safety as equipment, knowledge, and skills. And your guides will be there every step of the way to teach you how to work together to thrive in these conditions.

If your application to join our climbing team is approved, your skills will be tested on some of the tallest peaks in the Northeast. Our three-day adventure begins with an introduction to crampon use and learning to move on the mountain as a team. After a good night's rest at the Adirondak Loj, we will rise early to attempt the mountains of the Macintyre Range.

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Level 9/10
4,300 feet elevation gain
9.4 miles
The North Face2101 Broadway
3 Days

Here’s what you need


Essential Gear
  • Double plastic or mountaineering boots*
  • Crampons*
  • Ice axe*
  • Day pack
  • Hiking boots
  • Gaiters
  • Mountaineering gloves or mittens
  • Light or liner gloves
  • Neck gaiter or balaclava
  • Warm hat (multiple recommended)
  • Headlamp
  • Ski goggles or mountaineering sunglasses
  • 3 1-liter water bottles with sleeves. No Camelbacks or bladders as they freeze easily.
  • Hand and foot warmers
  • Toiletries
  • Bath towel for lodge
  • Comfy shoes/slippers for evenings
  • Money for meals on the road Friday and Monday
  • Trekking poles or ski poles

*Mountaineering boots, crampons and axe can be rented for $90.


Essential Clothing
  • Base layers, top (moisture wicking long sleeve)
  • Insulating layer, top (down jacket)
  • Base layers, bottom (long underwear, running tights, etc)
  • Waterproof, insulating mountaineering or ski pants
  • Fleece top and pants
  • Waterproof, warm shell jacket with a hood
  • Warm hat
  • Neck warmer/balaclava (must cover all exposed skin)
  • Mountaineering gloves or mittens
  • Light or liner gloves

Trip Package

  • Round Trip Transportation from New York City
  • Licensed and medically trained guide team
  • Accommodations
  • Meals as outlined in itinerary
  • Group equipment
  • Park permits and fees
Not included
  • Personal gear and equipment
  • Meals not outlined in itinerary
  • Gratuity for guides


The mountains of the Northeast have a reputation for making their own weather - and the mountains of the MacIntyre Range are no exception. Despite how ground conditions may appear, summit temperatures can often fall well below zero degrees with sustained winds over 30 mph and snow drifts that can be several feet higher than on the ground. For that reason, layers are strongly recommended to help manage changes in temperature. Exterior layers should be wind and waterproof and boots with gaiters are required for the climb.


Every evening will be spent at the Adirondak Loj. The Loj, built in 1927, has been a getaway for hikers, climbers, and snowshoers for decades. Your stay includes home cooked meals, a bed in our group's shared bunk rooms, and time to explore the Loj. The Loj has full bathrooms and showers, and a comfortable living room with a stone fireplace and room to relax, unwind, and share trail stories.


On this technical climb, conditions in the winter can extreme and dangerous. Having a high level of physical fitness is essential for a successful climb and the safety of the group. Leading up to your trip, hiking is the best training you can do to get used to a long day of going uphill. When hiking is not an option, stairs, a stairmill or treadmill at a steep incline can mimic climbing. Aim to exercise at least three times a week for the months leading up the trip. Weight training and flexibility training will help prevent injury and endurance. Applicants for this trip must have winter hiking experience including familiarity with snowshoes and winter gear.

Why this trip?

Recommended for...

This trip is for highly experienced climbers and hikers with winter experience and a high level of physical fitness. Technical or ice climbing is not required but will ensure a higher chance of success. Hikers looking to take on this challenge are encouraged to participate in winter hiking trips and train physically for at least three months in advance.