8 Day Backpacking in the Adirondacks

August 8th - 16th, 2018  |  $585

Location: Adirondack Mountains in upstate NY. Often this trip goes to the High Peaks Wilderness Area or the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area. The Adirondacks region is one of New York's greatest natural assets, preserved by state law to remain "forever wild." The area covers an impressive 6 million acres, 2.3 million of which are State Forest Preserve, the largest tract of wild land in the Northeast.

Description: There are many Wilderness Areas in the Adirondacks, and Odyssey trips travel to several of them. Spectacular views await those adventurous enough to scale one of the many peaks of these regions. The flora varies from hardwood forests at lower elevations, to spruce and fir forests higher up the mountains, to unique alpine vegetation on the highest summits. Specific trip details will be provided by the guides.

Activities: Expect world-class backpacking interlaced with seven nights of back country camping.


Day 0: August 8th Trip participants arrive between 11:00AM and 1:00PM at Cornell, trip participants and their guides meet and begin to get to know each other, prepare their belongings for the trip and have a trip dinner. Trip participants and their guides sleep on the Arts Quad.
Day 1: The trip is awoken bright and early by the harmonious Clock Tower chimes. The trip then eats breakfast and departs for the Adirondacks.
Day 8: All trips return to Ithaca for Camp-O-Rama, a closing ceremony and celebration of the Outdoor Odyssey trips. Trip participants clean their gear, share a meal with other trips, and get the chance to meet some of the ~200 other participants.
Move in Day: Friday, August 17th: Trip is shuttled back to Bartels Hall, where the participants return their rented gear as a group. Once all gear is returned, trip participants are free to register at Barton Hall and move into their dorms. Often times, guides will help their trip participants move in.

Physical Activity Level:  Expect to backpack about 5-10 miles a day carrying a 30lb pack over somewhat difficult terrain. The trails are generally not too steep but can have some significant uphills and rocky terrain.

Base camping: No

Access to showers or restrooms: No