Escarpment Escape - Learn to Camp (9/30-10/1)
This overnight is perfect for anyone looking to spend their first night in the woods, or adventurers who would like to learn more about camping and improve their backcountry skills. On this chill basecamp camping trip, we'll take a gentle hike to a backcountry location for a weekend of relaxing in nature, exploring the spectacular views of the escarpment, with the opportunity for fishing, and more. Enjoy time around the campfire, wake up to birdsong, meditate by the river, and find your own peace in the forest. Absolutely no outdoors experience is required for this trip.
About our destination: The Escarpment rises abruptly from the Hudson Valley along the eastern edge of the Catskills, providing jaw-dropping views over the valley and as far as Massachusetts, Vermont, and Connecticut on a clear day. We'll see incredible ledges and cliffs, visit the legendary viewpoints that inspired the Hudson River Valley School of Painters and authors like James Fenimore Cooper, and explore the sites of the famed hotels of the Catskills’ Golden era, as well as spots like Poet’s Ledge, Artist’s Rock, and Inspiration Point.
Cardio Intensity: Moderate
Terrain: On trail, generally good footing.
Most trips will depart at 6:30am near the Barclays Center and 7:00am near Grand Central. You will be notified in advance if departure times and locations differ for your trip.
Yes! Your adventure includes a breakfast of fresh fruit and donuts and a selection of coffee and tea for the drive to the trailhead. During your overnight trip, we’ll provide healthy, gourmet meals for lunch, dinner, and breakfast. We pride ourselves on serving delicious dinners cooked from scratch in the backcountry. We often hear from our adventurers that they eat better in the outdoors than they do at home! We offer vegetarian and vegan options, and we’re happy to accommodate any dietary and allergy needs.
We will provide a detailed packing list based on conditions before your adventure. Below is a sample packing list:
- Backpack (45L minimum, with hip belt)
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping pad
- Mess kit (fork, spoon, bowl and cup)
- 2, 1-liter water bottles
- Clothes: extra layers, top and bottom, 3 pairs of socks
- Wear: Comfortable, breathable clothes. Standard workout clothes are great for hiking
- Footwear: Sturdy sneakers, trail runners, or hiking boots. We’ll let you know well in advance if conditions call for special footwear.
Your guides will provide all group gear (water filter, cooking gear, etc.). You do not need to spend much money on gear for our trips! We have gear available to borrow, and we have partnerships with local gear shops to provide reasonable rentals. We’re happy to answer questions and offer advice to ensure you have everything you need.
You will receive a confirmation email for your adventure within 24 hours of booking. Your guide will reach out 7-10 days before your adventure with an update on trail conditions, weather, a suggested packing list, and more.