Sunday, April 9, 2023

Let’s celebrate Gary’s birthday together! Gary Keir – the man, the myth, the legend… If you have been lucky enough to have Gary as your guide you will remember him for his inexhaustible knowledge of birds and trees (beech or birch?), his prep emails (he will tell you exactly what fancy coffee drink you should and should not buy right before getting in the van), and his kindness. He makes everyone – from beginners to experienced hikers – feel comfortable on the trail, and he is always there to give you a spot, a helping hand, or an extra layer. He is also the person behind our carbon emission offset program. We are so lucky to have Gary on the team, and we are excited to celebrate his birthday with a hike!

For this hike, we doing a section of the Connecticut Appalachian Trail, culminating in a stunning set of waterfalls, known as the Great Falls.

What’s included:

  • NY State Licensed and Wilderness First Responder Certified Guide
  • Transportation to and from NYC (if you would like to meet us at the trailhead, please email for a discount)
  • Microspikes or snowshoes, as needed, for participants’ use
  • Hike on the historic Appalachian Trail
  • Celebrate Guide Gary’s birthday in the wild (with sweet treats ;))

Level: Intermediate (Learn More)

Mileage: 9.5 miles

Elevation Gain: 1,763 feet

Group Size: 2 - 13 adventurers


The North Face, UWS

Check-in Time: 7:00 am

Departure Time: 7:15 am

Return Time: Approximately 6:30 pm


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  • Hiking boots (required)
  • Weather-appropriate, moisture-wicking, athletic clothing (no cotton)
  • Wool or synthetic socks (no cotton)
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses


  • Lunch
  • Ample Snacks
  • At least three (3) liters of water
  • Backpack
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Extra layers to adjust to changing weather conditions
  • Extra pair of wool socks
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • A change of clothes for the ride back (optional)