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.

Combination treks offer the best of both worlds. Take a few days to hike to a New York 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 United States. Or our staff can further educate even your most confident climber.  We provide all the necessary climbing equipment.

Weekend Treks are a three 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.

 

Trek Reservation Planning

The weeklong trek packages are offered for six weeks beginning July 2nd, 2017.  These weeklong programs tend to be very popular, contact us early for reservations.

Upcoming Summer trek reservations

 Trek Registration Form  

Fall, winter and spring treks are available during various weekends.  Contact us for available dates.

Summit Base High Adventure Program Guide

Contact our trek coordinator, monique.wicks@scouting.org, for further information and to coordinate your trip.  

View weather conditions and forecastsExternal Link 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.

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 reservation and appropriate deposits we will begin planning your adventure.  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
Physical Conditioning for Trek
Weekly Trek Schedule
High Adventure Safety
Gear provided by Summit Base
Program Guide, includes Gear Lists
Other Forms and Resources

Base Camp

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. 

Participant Requirements

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 registered for. 
  • 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, monique.wicks@scouting.org.

Adult leadership is available for an additional fee. This leadership is in addition to the trek guide. See program fees section for details. 

Fees 

Trek fees are detailed in our Program Fees section.  Take special note of the mileage fees.

Gear

Provided by Summit Base:

  • Adirondack Guides and services
  • Food
  • 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)
  • Adult supervision at extra fee

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