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8 Day Backpacking in the Adirondack High Peaks

This trip goes to the High Peaks Wilderness Area compelte with 46 mountains over 4000 feet. The Adirondacks region is one of New York's greatest natural assets, preserved by state law to remain "forever wild." The area covers an impressive 6 million acres, 2.3 million of which are State Forest Preserve, the largest tract of wild land in the Northeast.There are many Wilderness Areas in the Adirondacks, and Odyssey trips travel to several of them. Spectacular views await those adventurous enough to scale one of the many peaks of these regions. The flora varies from hardwood forests at lower elevations, to spruce and fir forests higher up the mountains, to unique alpine vegetation on the highest summits. Expect world-class backpacking interlaced with seven nights of back country camping. Specific trip details will be provided by the guides.


Trip Dates

TBA for 2024

Trip Fee

$585 Financial Assistance available


Adirondack Mountains, NY

Activity Level

Expect to backpack about 5-10 miles a day carrying a 30lb pack over difficult terrain. The trails can have some significant uphills and rocky terrain mixed with flatter terrian, and fatigue across an 8 day trip can build up over time.



Access to showers or restrooms



Day 0

Trip participants arrive between 11:00AM and 1:00PM at Cornell, trip participants and their guides meet and begin to get to know each other, prepare their belongings for the trip and have a trip dinner (usually at one of the restaurants in Collegetown). Trip participants and their guides sleep on the Arts Quad.

Day 1

The trip wakes up bright and early and heads off to the starting point of their backpacking trip.

Days 2-7

A normal day consists of 5-10 miles of hiking with a break for lunch. In the afternoon, you will help set up camp, make dinner, and sleep outside!

Day 8

All trips return to Ithaca for Camp-O-Rama, a closing ceremony and celebration of the Outdoor Odyssey trips. Trip participants clean their gear, share a meal with other trips, and get the chance to meet some of the ~200 other participants.

Move-In Day

Trip is shuttled back to Bartels Hall on the morning of 8/14, where the participants return their rented gear as a group. Once all gear is returned, trip participants are free to register at Barton Hall and move into their dorms. Often times, guides will help their trip participants move in.