Trans Adirondack Route Hike – 2015

In the summer of 2015, I set out on a hike on the relatively new Trans Adirondack Route in the state of New York. Although the route was set up in 2013, most of the trails it uses have existed for a long time. The Adirondacks are relatively close to my hometown and it's where I went on most of my first hikes. The Trans Adirondack route was therefore very appealing to me, as it would allow me to discover more of that beautiful park, including regions little traveled. Spreading over approximately 237 miles at the time I hiked it, the route runs on hiking trails, snowmobile trails, roads and also off-route sections.
I found the route interesting and challenging, especially the off-route sections. Compass skills are a must on this route. Maps and a guidebook are available from the route's official website. You won't find any Trans Adirondack route specific signs or markers so the maps are a must if you want to follow the official route.
Traveling in September, I did not encounter many other hikers and no other through hiker. In fact most people I met had never heard of the Trans Adirondack Route. The route follows the Northville Placid Trail for some sections and most people thought I was hiking that trail.
The route crosses the Adirondacks High Peaks area where a bear canister is mandatory when camping. However, by planning your route accordingly, you can cross this section in a day, avoiding the bear canister requirement. I hiked with an Ursack food bag that I hung on a tree each night and I did not have any issues with wildlife.

Things to know

ResupplyI mailed a package to a store in Long Lake. More resupply locations are listed in the guidebook.
Useful information- Little to no network coverage on the trail
- Bear canister mandatory for camping in High Peaks region
- Many lean-tos and campsites on trail, details in the guidebook

Trip Details

Length (2015)237 miles (381 km)
DateSeptember 2015
Duration10 days 7 hours
Disclaimer: Gear lists represent what I used on previous trips and are not necessarily representative of gear I would use if I was to do these trips again and/or if I had infinite funds to buy new gear.
TOTAL BASE WEIGHT
4995g
Packing System
Zpacks 52L Arc Blast Backpack
515g
Shoulder pouch, belt pouch and side pockets
84g
Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Pack Liners Small 50 L
87g
Shelter System
Zpacks Duplex tent with 10 stakes and stake sack
652g
Sleeping System
ZPacks 20F (-7C) Regular, Long Down Sleeping Bag
578g
Zpacks Cuben Medium Dry Bag
26g
Therm-a-rest Neoair Xlite Pad, size regular
356g
Food System
Light my Fire Titanium Spork
20g
Lightload Towel
17g
Mini-Bic Lighter
11g
URSACK S29 AllWhite Bear Resistant Bag
217g
Water Storage
Platypus Platy Bottle (2L)
38g
Platypus Soft Bottle
28g
Sawyer Mini Filter
38g
Miscellaneous Items
Wallet and passport pouch with passport and money
80g
Deuce of Spades Trowel
16g
Toiletry items
Dermatone Skin Protector
28g
Soap Bottle
6g
Toothbrush + Travel size toothpaste tube
20g
Ibuprofen and medication
11g
Safety and Orientation
SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger Beacon
135g
SealLine HP Map Case
77g
Guidebook cut in half
148g
Maps
167g
Fisher Space Pen
13g
FOX40 Whistle
5g
Silva Forecaster 610 Compass
15g
Electronics
Iphone + charging cable + usb wall plug
190g
Headphones
18g
Portable charger + cable
420g
Petzl Headlamp
77g
Gear Repair
Cuben tape and repair patches
13g
Carried Clothing
Marmot Essence Jacket
184g
MLD Rain Kilt
80g
Zpacks Challenger Rain Mitts
27g
PossumDown Gloves
43g
Arc'teryx Rho LTW Beanie
30g
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Hoody
204g
MLD Cuben Fiber Pack Cube (3)
66g
Patagonia Underwear
30g
Sleeping socks
38g
Long Johns - Arc’teryx Phase SL bottom
92g
Patagonia t-shirt
95g
Worn Items (Not part of base weight)
Arc'teryx Palisade Pants
245g
Asics t-shirt
103g
Hiking Socks
38g
Patagonia Underwear
82g
Buff Headband
35g
La Sportiva Ultra Raptor Trail Running shoes
674g
Komperdell Vario 4 Ultralight Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles - Standard Length
370g

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