Saturday, December 31, 2022

This has become an annual tradition for Adventure Untamed. As we are about to enter a new year, we get together, drive to the heart of the largest park in the contiguous United States – Adirondacks, and climb a 46er. 46ers are 46 high peaks of the Adirondacks, each over 4,000 feet tall. We ring in the new year with mountain climbing, games, and great company!

So, how do you plan to say hello to 2023? How do you want to greet the new year? Join us on this beautiful adventure! Our journey will take us on a gorgeous hike of the Giant High Peak. It’s a steady, steep climb, and it will feel anywhere between INTERMEDIATE and CHALLENGING, depending on your experience and conditions. We’ll keep the pace at an intermediate level. We won’t rush and take time to enjoy the day. If you can do a Catskill 3500 mountain, you can do this peak. If you need more practice in the winter, we’ll have plenty of hikes in the Catskills in November and December. We’ll also provide crampons and/or snowshoes, so you don’t have to worry about traction.

When not hiking, we’ll spend our nights in front of the fireplace at the Adirondack Loj, relaxing and enjoying board games and great conversation.

Experience: Prior winter hiking experience strongly encouraged. Please contact us with any questions at info@adventureuntamed.com. This trip is rated INTERMEDIATE due to easier pace, but it may feel more challenging depending on conditions. This trip has CHALLENGING terrain and conditions.

For multi-day trips, as a precaution, we ask that you get a COVID-19 test 3-5 days prior to the trip, regardless of vaccination status. We will accept an at-home test.

Accomodations: Shared rooms at the ADK Loj. Limited private rooms available for an extra $100 per night. Please email us at info@adventureuntamed.com with questions and requests.

Day 1 (December 31st)

We’ll depart at 7:00 am, stopping for lunch on the road. After arriving at the Loj we’ll go for a short warm-up hike. We’ll also discuss winter hiking and layering techniques to set us up for success the next day. After a moderate scramble to the top, gorgeous views of the Adirondacks will open up right in front of us. That evening we’ll enjoy a tasty dinner and say goodbye to 2022.

Day 2 (January 1st)

After a hearty breakfast, we’ll start the summit attempt of Giant. We’ll take our time on the trail and make consistent, steady progress, admiring the ridge and summit views. That night, we’ll relax in front of the fire after a delicious dinner.

Day 3 (January 2nd)

After a good night’s rest, we’ll pack and relax for the leisurely drive back to New York City, stopping for lunch along the way. For those interested, a sunrise hike will be available.

Photo credit: John Campbell, Courtesy of Adirondack Mountain Club.

Level: Intermediate (Learn More)

Mileage: 6.1 miles

Elevation Gain: 3,018 feet

Group Size: 2 - 8 adventurers

Departure:

The North Face, UWS

Check-in Time: 6:45 am, December 31st

Departure Time: 7:00 am, December 31st

Return Time: Approximately 6:00 pm, January 2nd

$775.00

If you don’t have a piece of gear, please reach out. We may have extras!

Wear

  • Adventure Untamed will provide any traction devices you need, but if you have your own microspikes/snowshoes/crampons, feel free to bring them
  • Winter hiking boots (required)
  • Wool or synthetic socks (no cotton)
  • Gaiters
  • Moisture-wicking, non-cotton base layers (top and bottom, no cotton)
  • Fleece
  • Insulating top and bottom layers
  • Fully waterproof top and bottom layers that can be worn over all other layers except puffy
  • Puffy (850+ fill – at least 1-inch thick) that can be worn over all other layers
  • Waterproof, insulated mittens
  • Goggles
  • Balaclava
  • Wool hat
  • Fleece hat
  • Liner gloves
  • Neck buff
  • Sunglasses
  • Comfortable car shoes

Pack

  • Money for lunch stops on the road
  • Personal toiletries and towel
  • Snacks (we will provide snacks and lunch for summit day)
  • Water bottles that can hold at least 3 liters total (NO hydration bladders – will freeze)
  • Insulation system for the bottles (putting bottles inside thick wool socks works for insulation)
  • Backpack (large enough to fit all the extra layers and supplies)
  • Headlamp (required)
  • Sunscreen
  • Extra pair of wool socks
  • Extra gloves
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Hand / foot warmers (optional)