Catskills Overnight Backpacking

8:00am
8:00am PST
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$375 for REI Members

$395 for non-members

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Overview

  • Fitness level 3 Moderate
  • Minimum age 15
  • Group size 8 people

Beloved by locals and admired by adventurers nationwide, the Catskill Mountains offer spectacular views and pristine wilderness less than 3 hours from New York City. On this overnight trip in Catskill State Park, we'll explore the beauty of the Catskill Mountains while learning and practicing all the valuable backcountry skills necessary for backpacking. If we're lucky, we might even cross paths with a bobcat or see a black bear. Along the way, we'll share some hiking tips and offer insight into the region's history and ecosystem. The best part of this tour? We do all the planning and we'll bring all the gear and food - you just show up. Our instructors explain how to choose and use equipment (including how to load and carry your backpack) to maximize your comfort and fun. You'll also learn about campsite selection, camp cooking techniques, water treatment and Leave No Trace etiquette. Course includes all of the necessary gear (backpack, tent, sleeping bag, pad, stove, all cookware, trekking poles, and water filters)

  • Learn how to pack a backpack for fit, balance and accessibility
  • Learn techniques of how to properly wear and hike with a backpack for ultimate comfort on the trail
  • Learn additional camp skills such as choosing a camp site, camp cooking, water treatment, sanitation, and Leave No Trace principles
  • Discover local areas where overnight backpacking is available

What to bring with you

Notes

Transportation Provided with a pick up either at the Tarrytown, NY Metro North Train stop or the REI store in Paramus NJ. We will then head to the Catskills together in the van after packing our gear at the REI store

Map image of The Catskills - Kanape Brook Trailhead

More directions and information

Meet at venue or public transport pickup available from Tarrytown, NY or the Paramus REI.