Adirondack High Peaks

Page updated: 7/5/2008

Adirondack State Park in upstate New York is the largest State Park in the United States. We will be hiking the beautiful High Peaks region of the Adirondacks on our week-long jaunt. On this trip, we'll summit 5344' Mt. Marcy, the highest point in the State of New York. We will also summit several other above tree-line alpine mountains including Dix Mt., Algonquin Peak, Mt. Skylight, and Mt. Haystack, however except for Dix, we will summit them all without carrying a full pack.

This trip promises to have abundant water sources, which means less weight in your pack, as water is one of the heaviest items we carry. Several water sources also means there may be many swimming opportunities. Plus, you should expect lots of wild blueberries and huckleberries.

Although this is a parent/child (11+) trip, adults are welcome by themselves. Children under 18 are not allowed to participate alone, however.

View From Mt. Marcy

Note: Insects may be active, so be prepared for them by bringing a headnet and deet (insect repellant). Also note that black bears may be active during this time, although they are typically very reclusive.


We don't believe in austere eating regimens. Backpacking is a rigorous, rewarding activity. You must feed your body in order for it perform. Your body will dictate that you eat often. It's important to have fuel to feed it. See what we have planned to eat. Note that this is not necessarily a comprehensive list. If you want to bring a big old chocolate cake, go for it. After carrying it 50 miles through the mountains, your body will most likely not desire the empty calories therein.


The Adirondack High Peaks Fitpacking Trip will be from Jul 12-20, 2008. Here is the proposed itinerary.

Equipment List

Here is a list of equipment we suggest you bring.

View of Mt. Colden (L) & Avalanche Mt (R) From Marcy Dam


$925. This includes 20+ meals, ground transportation, storage, and 2 nights PPDO in a hotel/motel/B&B. You will be responsible for transportation to and from New York State, although carpooling opportunities may be available. You are also responsible for restaurant meals, phone calls, and incidentals.