Here’s what you need
- Ample snacks
- At least three liters of water
- Backpack. Need a recommendation? Check out Deuter!
- Weather-appropriate clothing. For a great selection and discounts, visit our partners
- Extra wool socks on the trail
- Trekking or ski poles
- A thermos of hot soup, tea, or coffee
- Hand / Foot warmers
- A dry set of clothes and shoes for the ride home (can be left in the van)
- Ski or snowboarding gear, including a warm, waterproof jacket
- Comfortable, moisture wicking base layers
- Waterproof hiking boots with wool socks (required)
- Warm hat
- Weatherproof Gloves
- Neck buff or balaclava
- Expert guides
- Park permits
- Snowshoe or microspike rental, depending on conditions
- Water and snack resupply
- Gratuity for your guide
Drive to Meet
Have your own transportation? Select the "drive to meet" option at check out. You'll meet your guide at the Plattekill Travel Plaza at 6:15 AM. From there, you will follow your guide to the trailhead. Once you enter the Catskill Mountains, most cell phones do not work. You will be given your guide's cell phone number should you need to reach us the morning of the trip.
Weather conditions can be quite different from the city in the mountainous regions we visit. Temperatures can be expected to be quite cooler as we head north or to higher elevations and we'll likely encounter more snow accumulation between early winter and spring. Keep your eyes out for an email from our team a few days in advance of your trip. That email will provide updated weather conditions and will alert you to anything additional you should put in your pack to prepare. Your guide will also make sure you have the necessary gear, such as snowshoes or microspikes, so you can have a great day in the snow. We head outside in any weather, as long as we know it's safe, and we don't let a little snow or wind ruin a chance for an adventure. You can contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions about preparing for trail conditions.
Vigorous — Recommended for fit travelers with experience
On Level 8 trips you’ll be challenged by some of the steepest elevations and technical terrain available on the east coast. These trips are for endurance athletes and those who wish to truly test themselves. These are our hardest day trips and our weekend trips that prepare you for international adventure.
We will be active for six to nine hours. You can best prepare for a Level 8 trip by maintaining your intense fitness regimen, trying to get your mile time below seven minutes, and hiking consistently on the weekends.
Level 8 hikes range from twelve to fourteen miles.
We will hike and scramble up numerous peaks with exposed, uneven surfaces, large boulders, and steep ascents/descents. Hiking boots, poles and headlamps are recommended.
There could be elevation change of up to 3,000 feet per day and possible altitude challenges.
Up to 14,000 feet.