SOLE Adirondack Mountains Trip Your safety is our top concern, and you have control over the one of the most important aspects of staying safe – the correct clothing and equipment. Proper equipment selection is critical for your safety and enjoyment for this trip. Thus, part of this experience will be to adequately outfit yourself for the trip. We have also included helpful comments, tips and related topics.
Weather In August, the weather in the Adirondacks can vary greatly. You will see cool nights (30’s-40’s) and warm afternoons (70’s-80’s). It is usually 10-20 degrees lower in temperature in the mountains than the weather forecasts you will see in Saratoga. You should prepare for temperatures that can be as low as 30 degrees at night.
There are sometimes rainy spells as well (even snow is possible). One of the most important factors to prepare for with your clothing and gear is staying dry in order to protect you from hypothermia, which is common in the summer months as people are not prepared for the combination of rain, cool temperatures and wind.
ClothingandGear It is your responsibility to bring the items listed -- borrow from friends, neighbors etc. SOLE has access to some equipment to loan, but the supply is limited. If you are having a big problem getting certain equipment make a note on the enclosed response sheet.
In general, your clothing should allow you to move during the day and keep you warm if it gets wet. We recommend clothing be made of wool or synthetic polyester polypropylene. Polypro holds water away from the skin instead of absorbing it, whereas cotton holds water next to your skin, which is very cold. When looking for these items check local Army/Navy stores and the Salvation Army. It is often unnecessary to spend tons of money in specialized outdoors stores. Synthetic “moisture-wicking” athletic clothing is generally made of some variation on polypro.
LeaveNoTrace(LNT)Tip: A consideration that you may want to think about while purchasing gear is the appropriateness of the color of your clothing and equipment. One important aspect of minimum impact camping is to lessen our visibility to other wilderness travelers. The use of earth tone colors such as blue, brown, tan or green minimizes our potential social impact our presence may have on others.
BOOTS If you are buying new hiking boots, do some research regarding fit, (there is a lot of info online). Different brands are designed with different foot widths and different toe box areas. Please, try them on with the one or two layer sock combo that you will use for the trip. Many people use liner socks to help prevent blisters. You will need high-cut, medium weight boots that are waterproof or water resistant. Light hiking boots won’t support your feet or ankles enough for carrying a 40-50 lbs backpack for a 5-day trip over uneven terrain. Sneakers for hiking with a full pack will NOT be appropriate for this trip.
If you bought new boots for the trip breakthemin! You will be hiking all day in your boots. Breaking them in is one of the most crucial elements of a comfortable trip, for you, for us, and other leaders you’ll be hiking with… you’ll thank us later. Start wearing them around the house or to work several weeks before the trip. You don’t want to find out two days before the trip that your boots don’t fit properly. Blisters are NO FUN!!!
Leader Date Reminders2013
• EMS (Saratoga Springs has a store close to Campus) www.ems.com
• Campmor - www.campmor.com (catalog/web sales. Store is based out of NJ)
• LLBean - www.llbean.com
• There are some surplus websites, but you’ll need to doublecheckpricing to make sure you are truly getting a deal, and check to see if you are actually buying older model gear that they are trying to sell using a new gear price point.
• iPod/MP3 player (However, SOLE groups are allowed to sing out of tune)
• family heirloom tea pot (A pretty yet ineffective water bottle)
• Anything you can’t bear to lose (Ha-ha, Bear to lose)
• Denim Jeans (They stay wet when cold. And they get heavy.)
• Extra Food (large and small Critters will make your pack look like the Swiss cheese you have inside in the process of looking for a free lunch and dinner).
For this backpacking experience, we ask our participants to leave their cell phones turned off except to take pictures because our Director Mary Ann loves lots and lots of pictures and or if there is an emergency and the SAT phone is not working. We ask that they keep it off and not call out. This gives us time to form a community within the group, which central to our goals for this experience. We want to focus on getting to know each other and expanding our network of connections and support on campus. The experience of working together within a wilderness context separate of the clutter of technology is an important piece of the week we have planned.
Foremergencypurposes, families may contact the Office of Campus Life at (518)580-8338 to speak with the Director Mary Ann Toia or her cell # is 518-281-3523. Our program has a few ways to reach groups, cell coverage is limited; however, each group will have a designated cell phone and Satellite phone which the leaders carry and check twice a day for messages. Also, we are able request the support of the Rangers (who use radios) to relay a message or we could send a hike team out to meet up with a group from our
Support Staff located at a basecamp in the area.
Basecamp staff is available at a location that receives call coverage each morning from 8 am to 9am and in the early evenings from
• Tons (or pounds, don’t worry) of delicious group food!
If youhavespecificquestionspleasegiveusacallor email.If youhaveextraclothingor gear,pleasebringit tosharewithothers whomayneedyourhelp. Thanks! SOLE Gear Checklist 2013
You must havetheitems listed on the gear list except forthosein the“optional items”section.(Youcan borrowitems markedwith an *fromSOLE) *notesgearthatwehavea limitedsupplyto loanforthetrip.Contactthesummermanagers. CampingGear
A multi-daypackwitha paddedhipbeltthatwillcomfortablycarry40lbsofgroupand
cooking, walking in the dark, etc. An inexpensive one runs about $15-$20 and post-trip; it is also great to keep in the car for when you need your hands to fix a flat. (Flashlights can work fine, but headlamps will serve you better.)