Adirondacks camping for the uninitiated.
June 6, 2012 2:21 PM Subscribe
My teenaged younger brother wants to go "camping in the Adirondacks" this summer. What is that and how do you do it? Assume I have no camping or adventuring equipment, special clothing, or wilderness survival skills of any kind.
posted by Nomyte to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (16 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My younger brother has called to reserve a cabin near Lake Placid, NY, for five days in the second half of July. He wants to bring our middle-aged mother along. I am doing the trip planning.
I have not spent any time outdoors since summer camp in eighth grade. I am not averse to nature trips, but I have absolutely nothing resembling camping equipment or backpacking supplies.
What kind of experience should we be shooting for, as inexperienced overnight visitors to the Adirondacks? Given my situation, how can I ensure that all of us have a good time, enjoy ourselves, and stay active and occupied for five days? We will not be fishing, and we have no experience canoeing or kayaking or mountain climbing.
More specific questions:
- What kinds of wilderness/adventuring activities are likely to be available nearby? Which of them are "family-friendly"? Will I have to arrange these things beforehand?
- Which amenities of the civilized world are likely to be available? Should I expect to bring food and water for the entire trip, or will, e.g., a general store be within a short drive?
- What precautions should I take? Casual reading suggests that the black fly season will be over. Will there be ticks? What kind of climate should we prepare for? Hot, muggy days with cool nights?
- What would you consider indispensable equipment on a tip like this? Backpacks? Clothing? As far as I know, the cabin we're renting has no power.
- Apart from the cost of lodging, how much should I budget for the trip? I will be picking up the tab for room and board, equipment, and activities.
Is there anything else I should ask about or ensure before our arrival?
Many thanks for any advice.