This an amazing hike to jumpstart this adventure series. With multiple possible routes, each with a unique set of challenges. this trip will be sure to start a debate about route planning.
The Excelsior Adventure Club is geared towards helping teens build the skills required to tackle backpacking, and other types of long distance trips. The participants will gradually tackle larger, and more intense trips as this series progresses. As they develop both the endurance, and knowledge required to coordinate these trips, we will take on more of an observational role. Guiding ,or assisting only if the situation requires. The series will culminate with a trip planned entirely by the members of the club.
This traverse draws towards the heart of the Catskills, and will be the first overnight in this series. We continue to develop our route planning skills, and begin to incorporate lessons on proper packing, emergencies in the backcountry, meal planning, and camp chores. We will also learn about our role as stewards of the resources.
This hike literally has us following the footsteps of legends. Not to mention the jaw dropping scenery that will reward some of the toughest terrain we will encounter up to this point. We will begin to test the skills we learned on the previous journey by have the participants play and active role with camp responsibilities, and daily planning.
The views along this trek inspired the art that lead to the tourism boom, which made the Catskills a household name. At this point in the series we will encourage our members to take an active role in planning all phases of the trip. The guides will begin taking a more observational approach, as we allow each participant to find the role that they are best suited for. The logistics involved with selecting an appropriate campsite, and how to mange food and water, will be among some of the challenges our members will have to contend with, as the set out for their next adventure.