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90 Country Club Rd.
Tupper Lake, NY 12986-9704
(518) 359-7536
Adirondack Canoeing Guide

Spring/Summer/Fall Guided Day Hike List

Food, Clothing & Gear

It is recommended that the following items be carried on all hiking trips in the Adirondacks. Our weather tends to be rather unpredictable, and changes without warning, especially at the higher elevations. Adirondack trails tend to be muddy, rocky, root-filled and rather rugged. Even though we venture into the backcountry not expecting to deal with an accident or injury, they do occur. Please be sure to pack what you would need to keep yourself dry and warm in the event of an unexpected delay during the journey. Hypothermia can occur during any season.

  • Day pack large enough to hold the items on this list
  • Sturdy well-broken in footwear (hiking boots highly recommended for wet, slippery or rugged terrain.)
  • Micro spikes (for possible icy trails in early spring and later fall)
Food & Water:
  • Lunch & snacks for 4+ hours of hiking
  • 1 liter/quart of water or other non-alcoholic beverage (more if a hot day) OR Hydration system with a bladder capable of holding the equivalent of 50 oz. or more
Clothing: (No cotton please!)
  • Rain gear top & bottom **
  • Wool or fleece (pile) long sleeve top (for warmth when stopped)
  • Long pants or convertible (zip off leg) pants (if wearing shorts to hike)
  • Lightweight thermal top & bottom
  • 1-2 extra pair wool or wool blend hiking socks & wicking liner socks
  • 1 extra short sleeve shirt or a light weight long sleeve shirt with roll up sleeves (for warm temperatures)
  • Fleece or wool hat & mittens/gloves
  • Fleece, down or wool vest (optional)
Food, Clothing & Gear
Other Items:
  • Personal First Aid items (blister care, small cuts, scrapes & pain/anti-inflament medication)
  • Personal medications
  • Headlamp/flashlight with extra new batteries/bulb
  • Whistle (loud!)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bandanna
  • Sun hat & glasses
Optional Items:
  • Trekking poles
  • Binoculars, camera & extra batteries
  • Gaiters (to keep mud and other items from getting in boots)
  • Small microfiber hand towel (Pack Towel)
  • Small plastic bags for personal trash & wrappers
  • Hip or butt pack (keeps camera, snacks, small items, handy)
  • Rain poncho**
  • Pack cover (for wet conditions)

** In regards to rain gear - we recommend a waterproof rain top & bottom as well as a poncho for day trips. Rain suits can be used for warmth over a wool or fleece top and also as a windbreaker in windy conditions. Ponchos tend to catch wind and branches along the trail but are appropriate for most maintained trails. They can also be used to keep your pack dry during wet conditions.

Please avoid cotton clothing. It retains moisture that promotes a loss of body heat when wet. It's always a good idea to bring a complete set of warm, dry clothes for changing into in the event of an injury to yourself or another group member. Hypothermia is a risk any season.

In regards to water - the guide will have a water filter and should be able to replenish water should there be water sources along the way. Water is not always available along the way. Please be sure to begin with at least 1 liter/quart per person, more during hot weather or if you tend to drink a lot of water normally.
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