July or August Adirondacks
The Questers July and August session trips will consist of traveling from New York’s Raquette River along the Northern Forest Canoe Trail to the peaks of the Adirondacks. We will be traveling by canoe and foot for 15 days, and then culminate the trip with three days of rock-climbing. No previous outdoor skills are needed, just an interest and willingness to learn and become an integral part of a team.
Meet and Pack Out Questers start at Saltash Mountain Camp, where they practice canoeing fundamentals and learn techniques for back country packing. These include prepping the menu, gear inspection, and reviewing the route. When the last dry bag is packed, it’s off to the Adirondacks.
Canoe (Days 1-8) The Questers journey starts as the whole team dips paddles into Raquette Lake for a nine-day journey through some of the area’s most beautiful waterways. While camping in an area teeming with wildlife, this section provides unforgettable beauty. Questers will have time to work on their paddling strokes and canoe-partner communication before taking on some of the more challenging moving water.
Backpack (Days 8-15) Tradeing canoes for backpacks, Questers pause for a day to review techniques for backpacking and orienteering. Questers then strap on their packs and hike into the north woods of the Adirondack Mountains. As they hike over tops of several Adirondack 46ers (peaks higher than 4,600 feet). Questers will take in the challenges and amazing views. Questers will travel over 50 miles of beautiful and rewarding trails during this seven-day section of the journey.
Rock-Climb (Days 15-19) Questers will base camp for several days and trek each morning to a climbing site. While working together to find and attempt routes up the rock face, Quester will also have the opportunity to set their own goals and find their own climbing style.
Back to Camp Questers end their journey back at Saltash Mountain Camp, where we unpack and reflect on our amazing adventure. August session Questers will arrive back in time for the Farm & Wilderness’ Fair Day.