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3500 Series: Giant Ledge and Panther

3500 Series: Giant Ledge and Panther

Overview
Pack List
Intensity Level
Drive to Meet Option
FAQ

No. 17, Elevation: 3,725 feet


WHAT WE LOVE

  • Open views of the Catskill range
  • Hike a Catskills 3500 peak
  • Unique geology from a meteor strike
  • Interesting history and stories of the area

YOUR DAY

Giant Ledge & Panther Mountain, among the most dramatic of the 3500 Series, serve us a winding trail on the way to the 3,725-foot summit. We will hike through notches and ridges created by glaciers and these sedimentary rocks still bear glacial scarring in areas. The trails often climb for three miles or more, gaining 1,556 vertical feet before leveling out at a ridge or the peak. Earn the rest of your weekend by doing something this epic in a day.

Depending on trail conditions, snowshoes or microspikes may be required. If so, they will be provided by your guide.

Perfect for: Intermediate hikers looking for a challenge, experienced hikers


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Pack List

BRING
  • Your lunch
  • Ample snacks
  • At least two liters of water
  • A thermos of hot soup, tea, or coffee is recommended
  • A backpack. Need a recommendation? Check out Deuter!
  • Weather-appropriate clothing. For a great selection, visit Kuhl.
  • Hat, gloves, an extra pair of wool socks
  • Trekking or ski poles are recommended
  • Hand / Foot warmers
  • Chapstick
  • Camera
  • A dry set of clothes and shoes for the ride home (can be left in the van)
WEAR
  • Ski or snowboarding gear, including a warm, waterproof jacket
  • Comfortable athletic clothing
  • Waterproof hiking boots with wool socks (required)
  • Gaiters are recommended to keep snow out of your boots
  • Hat, gloves, scarf
INCLUDED
  • Expert guides
  • Transportation
  • Snowshoe rental and instruction
  • Park permits

Intensity Level

Level 6

MODERATE — FOR INTERMEDIATE PARTICIPANTS AND ABOVE
Level 6 trips will push you with a faster pace and longer distances. This hard work allows you to see more terrain and higher vistas. You should expect to be tired and fulfilled on the van ride home.
ACTIVITY
We’ll be active for five to eight hours. Prepare for this trip by maintaining your daily fitness regime that includes both cardio and strength.
DISTANCES
Be ready to cover some serious distance. We may hike up to eleven miles today, nearly a half-marathon.
SURFACES
We’ll be hiking on varying mountainous terrain, which will involve navigating various rock faces, loose stones, and steep, uneven trails.
ELEVATION CHANGE
Up to 2,000 feet per day.
ALTITUDE
Up to 10,000 feet.
 

Drive to Meet Option

If you chose the "Drive to meet" option, you will meet your guide and the group at the Plattekill Travel Plaza at 8:30 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.

 

FAQ

This is my first trip. What should I expect?

Your guide will meet you at the departure location in a Discover Outdoors shirt and will be driving a passenger transport van. After introductions, you'll drive to your hiking location. The drive can be anywhere from one or one and a half hours (for most trips) to two and a half hours (for trips to the Catskills). Your guide will have lots of helpful information and lead you along the trail. You can expect some great views, interesting facts about the area, and lots of great conversations with your fellow hikers. After your trip is complete, you'll be dropped off at the same location as your departure.

What if I'm running late to the pick up?

We know how tough it can be to get around this city sometimes, but our trips depart on time. As a courtesy to your other adventurers and guides, please arrive at least 15 minutes early to your pick-up location so we can depart at our scheduled time. You're more than welcome to bring coffee and breakfast along to enjoy on the road.  If you are running late, please contact your guide (whose phone number you'll receive via e-mail the week of your trip). Unfortunately we do not offer any trip credit for a missed departure due to late arrival.

What should I wear and bring?

All the information on what to wear and bring can be found on the trip's site in the pack tab. We recommend dressing in layers to allow you to adapt to changing temperatures. Avoid cotton in favor of synthetic fabrics. Your base layer should be wool or a moisture wicking fabric, with an insultaing layer such as a fleece, and a warm, waterproof ski jacket on top. Waterproof hiking boots with wool socks are required for all winter trips. You can contact us (212-579-4568 or info@discoveroutdoors.com) for more information on trip conditions.

You should pack plenty of water (2-3 liters) and snacks, as well as a hearty lunch. It's also a good idea to bring an extra layer, a camera, a hat, and sunscreen in your pack. Oh, and don't forget to bring your sense of adventure!

I've never snowshoed before, should I sign up?

Of course! Our guides will provide a brief intro to the equipment and will help you get set up before your hike. Snowshoeing is easy to learn and is a great workout. Snowshoeing trips are rated on a level of 1-10, just like our hikes, so you can be sure to find a trip that's appropriate for your skill and fitness level. You can find any trip's intensity on its main page, with a detailed description in the "intensity level" tab. We recommend that you review this information so you can be prepared for your day. If you have any doubts, please call or e-mail our office and we can provide more information on any trip's difficulty.

How many people will be there?

Our groups for hikes usually range from 8-14 people. Your group will have either one or two DO guides, depending on the trip.

Will I be the only solo traveler?

No way! Many individuals sign up to join our trips solo. The best part of a DO trip is meeting new people and being part of a group. Even if you show up as a party of one, you'll be leaving with lots of new friends.

What if I'm the slowest one?

We hike as a group, but sometimes people move at different paces - and that's completely ok! Our guides will always have your safety in mind and be keeping attentive track of the group. On longer or more difficult hikes, we'll have a sweep guide as well. As long as your group is keeping on schedule, there's no pressure to move fast; enjoy the trip!

Will there be bathrooms?

Once we get to our trailhead, nature is your bathroom! Your guide will brief you on leave-no-trace guidelines for using the bathroom responsibly. Always tell someone when you're stepping off trail to go.

What if I don't feel well?

Our guides receive medical training and are all certified Wilderness First Responders, so you're in good hands, but communicating is key. Please notify your guide if you don't feel well, are worried about a blister, or any other concerns. Also notify them in advance if you have any medical conditions or allergies.

What if there's not enough snow?

Our desinations tyipcally get much more snow than we do in the city, but sometimes trip conditions aren't ideal. If conditions do not allow for snowshoeing, we'll enjoy a winter hike instead or will opt to use microspikes if it's icy. Your guide will have all necessary equipment.  If no equipment is needed, you'll be refunded the price of rentals as DO trip credit.

How much should I tip our guide?

If you have a great day, a tip is a great way to thank your guide for their work.  On our trips, a tip of 10-20% is customary.

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