Live Your Own Adventure
Get On Trek
|By Chris Long|
|Canoeing on Long Lake in shadow of High
The Summit Base trek program provides different opportunities coinciding
with the seasons. During the summer season six and twelve day trips are offered
with weekend trips during the fall, winter and spring.
Canoeing treks can take you through the most popular Adirondack
waters such as Blue Mountain Lake, Tupper Lake and the Raquette River.
provide you with canoes, paddles and life jackets.
Backpacking treks have a great variety of possibilities. You could
traverse through the High Peaks region summiting any of the forty six
highest mountains in New York State. However, only the most serious
backpackers attempt the twelve-day, 122 mile, Northville to Lake
Combination treks offer the best of both worlds. Take a few days
to hike to a NY State Boat Launch where you'll be met by canoes to complete
your trek on the waterways.
Rock Climbing treks can give you a solid introduction to one of the
fastest growing sports in the U.S. Or our staff can further educate even your
most confident climber. We provide all the necessary climbing equipment.
Kayak treks are 5 days of high adventure kayaking on Lake
Champlain. Or a weekend trek down the lower Hudson River.
Challenging ocean water conditions likely.
Weekend Treks are a 3 day sampler of our full week adventures.
Two overnights provide an introduction to the canoe (seasonally) or backpacking trek
experience. Offered during spring and fall.
Winter Treks are a new addition to the Summit Base program.
Experience the Adirondack winter with a weekend snowshoe adventure.
Credit: Eli Goodman, Troop 78 Huntington, NY
|By Will Roth|
Trek Reservation Planning
The weeklong trek packages are offered for six weeks beginning July 5,
These weeklong programs tend to be very popular, contact us early for
Upcoming Summer trek reservations
Trek Registration Form
Fall, winter and spring treks are available during various
weekends. Contact us for available dates.
Contact our trek coordinator, infosummitbase.com,
for further information and to coordinate your trip.
View weather conditions and forecasts
for Summit Base and our trek areas.
Where are our treks?
Anywhere in the fabulous six million acres that make up the
Adirondack Park in upstate New York. This gorgeous land is filled with lakes, streams,
rivers, hills and meadows. Try one or more of the forty-six peaks that are over four
thousand feet high. Nothing can provide a finer outdoor experience than a
week in this fabulous outdoor playground.
Show of a canoe/kayak trek from Blue Mountain Lake to Long Lake
Our base camp, Summit Base, is located in the Adirondack Mountains at the north
end of Brant Lake. It is a 1,000 acre facility, about a forty-five minute drive north of
Lake George with numerous onsite high adventure opportunities.
Who is Qualified to Participate?
To participate in Summit Base Treks, you must:
- Be at least thirteen years of age.
- Be prepared/capable of handling and dealing with the activities
- Wilderness swimming requires rating as a BSA "swimmer" (swim 100
yards) during swim check performance and a completed parent/guardian permission
form must be on file.
Are there qualified individuals in your group who would like to go on a Summit
Base trek, but none of your adults leaders can go with them? See the program
fees and contact our trek coordinator, infosummitbase.com.
Adult leadership is available for an additional fee, see program fees for details. This leadership is in addition to the trek guide.
|By Tom Chlupsa|
|Great Range of High Peaks. Mt. Marcy,
highest peak in NY State, at upper left.|
How to choose a trek
We have program itineraries for all ability levels. Our Trek Coordinator
will help your group choose a program that best suits your needs. An
Adirondack trek should be both challenging and fun. Keep in mind the age,
maturity and physical abilities of all participants when planning your
adventure. Please do not focus on awards (50 miler, etc.); the Adirondack
Park boasts some of the most breathtaking scenery in the country. Although
many of our trek itineraries fall short of 50 miles, etc. they are still both
challenging and personally rewarding. A patch is temporary, pride in an
accomplishment is forever.
Once you have made your decision we will begin filing for your permits
from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC). In the meantime, it is imperative that your group begins
preparing for your trip. The better mentally and physically prepared your
group is, the more rewarding your trek will be.
General Base Information
Suggested Physical Conditioning Preparation
Schedule for a week-long trek
High Adventure Safety
Gear provided by Summit Base
Personal Gear List (for all trek programs
of all seasons)
See also our Program Guide, available with our Downloads
|By Will Roth|
Guidelines and Restrictions
We strictly adhere to the guidelines set forth by the NYSDEC. In 2011,
climbing, canoeing and
hiking groups may consist of up to eight persons in the Adirondack
Park. One of these will be your guide leaving seven spaces for
Sample Trek Descriptions
The descriptions below form the base of our more popular summer treks.
Remember, these can be
customized and other opportunities exist.
Canoeing: Blue Mountain Lake, Long Lake,
St. Regis Wilderness Area, Oswegatchie River, Big River, Cranberry Lake.
Kayaking: Lake Champlain and Hudson River
High Peaks Backpacking: Starting from
Keene Valley, Tahawus and Adirondack Loj. Ascending 4-11 High Peaks
near Mt. Marcy.
Northville-Lake Placid Trail Backpacking:
Various sections from 30-120 miles.
2 or 3 day backpacking followed by 2 or 3 day canoeing.
Other Backpacking: Pharoah and Siamese
Ponds Wilderness Areas.
|By Chris Long|
|On Tupper Lake|
Trek fees are detailed in our Program Fees section. Take special note
of the mileage fees.
Provided by Summit Base:
- Adirondack Guide services
- Tents and cooking equipment
- All specialized equipment (canoes, kayaks, etc.)
- Trip planning services
- All base camp services including High Adventures activities
- Transportation to and from trek points (additional mileage fee)