The Ultimate Adirondacks Challenge
The Long Distance Legends Series features hikes that are famous for their beauty, but legendary for their difficulty. Considered one of the most challening day hikes in the country, the Great Range Traverse passes over several of the Adirondack High Peaks on an epic 21 mile journey. This Adirondack weekend is your chance to prove you have what it takes to be a legend.
We'll depart for our mountain destination early on Saturday morning, arriving in time for a short hike to our cabin base camp. Everyone will help to carry our supplies on the short three miles to our destination. Our home for the weekend is Camp Peggy O'Brien, a charming and private backcountry hut that's ours for the weekend. After eating a hearty dinner, we'll head off to bed early to prepare for our big day.
Sunday morning, we'll wake up before dawn to being our traverse attempt directly from camp. Today, you'll take in some of the greatest views New York State has to offer as you make your way along the mountain ridge. You'll pass over seven 4000'+ peaks and be well on your way to becoming an Adriondack "46-er" by the end of the day. With over 8000 feet of elevation gain, though, this is not an easy task. Get ready for some heart pounding scrambling and climbing on the Adirondack's notoriously rugged terrain.
Today's hike is designed to set you up for success - with a water and food resupply point at your halfway mark and the support of three DO Guides. You'll be able to travel light and move fast and will be encouraged to hike at your optimal pace. Safety will be our number one priority, with multiple exit points along the way. The final peak of our hike, Mount Marcy, is the crescendo of our day and at 5344' is the highest peak in the state of New York.
As you descend, you'll make your way back below the tree line and, with fifteen miles on the day behind you, you'll finish your traverse just steps from our camp. Here, you'll relax with the group before our delicious dinner and campfire stories. You'll certainly sleep well tonight and will be able to hit your snooze button before a leisurely drive back to New York City on Monday, where you can take full advantage of your bragging rights, one step closer to becoming a Long Distance Legend.
This trip is for experienced hikers and fit individuals only. When sign ups open, you'll be asked to complete a short application before purchasing your spot on the expedition. Your safety is our number one consideration and any individual who does not have appropriate preparation may not be approved.
Your Discover Outdoors guide will meet you at The North Face on West 73rd St and Broadway at 7:45 AM. We will depart promptly at 8:00 AM and arrive at the trailhead in the afternoon.
Hike to Camp Peggy O'Brien (3 miles, with gear and supplies)
Attempt Great Range Traverse
Spend night at Camp Peggy O'Brien
Return to New York City by 8:00 PM.
Our home for the weekend is Camp Peggy O'Brien. Camp is located a moderate three miles in from the trailhead. We'll carry all of gear and food into camp when we arrive on Saturday. On Sunday, we'll be able to hit the trail directly from camp. Along the path, we'll have multiple "bail out" points where hikers can take a route directly back to camp. For those able to complete the full loop, you'll also finish your journey directly back at camp. Meals at camp will be prepared by your DO Guides, accommodating all dietary restrictions. Mattresses are provided (no pillows or linens), so hikers are asked to bring a sleeping bag and/or sleeping bag liner.
TO WEAR (HIKING)
- Comfortable, athletic clothing
- Hiking boots with wool socks (multiple pairs)
- Gaiters are highly recommended
- Layers are recommended to account for changing conditions
- Rain Jacket
- Sleeping bag rated to 40 degrees or less (can be rented for additional fee)
- Headlamp or flashlight
- Day pack or hydration pack / vest for the Great Range Attempt
- Backpack to bring gear to camp (60 L recommended, food and gear will be split for everyone to help carry)
- Basic first aid kit (band-aids, moleskin, etc)
- Water shoes or tevas for stream crossings
- Bug spray
- Warm clothes for evenings at camp
- Comfortable camp shoes
- Camelbak bladder or water bottles (3 L capacity)
- Additional snacks
- Money for meals on the road Saturday and Monday
Long Distance Legends
Our very own backyard, the Northeastern US, is home to three of the toughest, most grueling day hikes in the entire country. The hikes that make up this triple crown -- The Great Range, The Devil's Path, and The Presidential Traverse -- are famous for their beauty, but they're legendary for their difficulty.
This summer, we present our first ever Long Distance Legends Series. Our goal is to help you complete these three epic traverses as single-day hikes and, in doing so, become a legend yourself. To those that complete the trifecta, you'll head home with an official DO Legends Hatchet.
Marathon distances, relentless elevation change, and unpredictable elements are just a few of the challenges that you'll face on your quest for glory. But, with a support crew of DO guides and optimal planning of resupply points, you'll be set up for success.