6 Day Backpacking in the Catskills

August 10th - 16th, 2018  |  $465

Location: Located two hours from both Cornell’s campus and New York City, the Catskills strike a balance between the more rolling hills of the Finger Lakes and the steeper, higher peaks of the Adirondacks.  Home to iconic rivers and landscapes, the 700,000 acres and over 300 miles of maintained trails of the Catskills will provide beautiful views and a unique backpacking experience.  At night you get a chance to sleep under starry skies and enjoy the silence that accompanies one of the best kept secrets in New York.

Description: Different Odyssey trips will travel to various locations in the Catskills. The Catskill Mountains have one of the largest and most complex natural areas in the eastern half of the United States.  Some notable spots in the Catskills would be Little Pond, Bear Spring Mountain, North-South lake, and Mongaup Pond.

Activities: This trip is usually 4 days of travel backpacking and 1 day doing a day hike without moving camp.  However, this will vary depending on the trip.


Day 0: Friday, August 10th: 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 (usually at one of the restaurants in Collegetown). Trip participants and their guides sleep on the Arts Quad.
Day 1: The trip is awoken bright and early and departs to the Adirondacks.
Day 5: 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 miles a day carrying a 30lb pack over somewhat difficult terrain. The trails are generally not super steep or difficult, but can have some significant uphills and rocky terrain. 

Basecamping: No

Access to showers or restrooms: No