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genegene
09-02-2013, 17:33
So I have been toying with the idea that this winter will be the winter that I finialy attempt the Taconic Crest Trail thru hike of around 36 miles.

It does not seem like a long trail but rest asured that its not with out its difficulities and in the winter its even more chalinging.

I wanted to get an idea of how many others would like to take a few days and hike it with me.

I would prefer to have snow on the ground and in the Mtns that the trail runs so I dont have a date set yet as I dont know when its going to snow and stay for a good ammount of time.

In order to be able to get the special patch for the winter hike of the trail we need to have a minimum of 3 people but the more the better as we will be breaking about 75% or more of the trail as we go.

I have hiked most of the trail in good weather but there is still one section that I have not done so I do not know anything about it.

It could take up to 4 days to compleat end to end and the kicker is that there is no parking on eithor end to leave your car at. If there is enough intrest I will talk to local home owners and see if we can park cars on there property just so we can get home at the end of the trail.

If you would like to try it or are intrested in this hike please let me know.

Porkroll
09-02-2013, 17:52
Interesting, I've never heard of the Taconic Trail. I am interested, I can't commit right now, but I will keep an eye on this thread.

genegene
09-02-2013, 17:57
It starts on Rt. 22 in Massachusetts and ends on Rt. 346 in Ny near the Vt border.

raiffnuke
09-02-2013, 18:00
I am interested but I cannot commit yet.

DuctTape
09-02-2013, 18:06
Interested too, but date dependent. Would need to coincide with school holidays for me to get 4 days plus travel.

genegene
09-02-2013, 19:01
Both trail ends are about 45minn (+-) from Albany DuctTape

KMACK
09-02-2013, 19:42
Interested depending on dates. I'll keep an eye on this.

genegene
09-02-2013, 20:13
Since there is some good interest, maybe we should start talking about some Dates for this trip.

I will work on the GPX file for you all to look at. I only have 3/4 of the trail mapped via GPS so please excuse the gap that you will see.

If this does happen, I will have the paperwork ready before hand so you can get the special patch for the winter hike, or I will try and get some that I can hand out at the end.

There are plenty of trails that will get you off the trail and back to main roads if you need to end the hike before we get to the end. I will have them all listed as well. Just give me a few days to get it ready for everyone.

As for me I would like to do this in January or February since there is plenty of time to make arrangements and test gear before we hike.

I would like to see what dates in those 2 months (ie... Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon.) work best for a majority of those interested in this.

tri-pod bob
09-02-2013, 21:59
Interesting, I've never heard of the Taconic Trail. I am interested, I can't commit right now, but I will keep an eye on this thread.

The Taconic Crest Trail (TCT) is one of a few nice trails in this neck of the woods! Out in the Berkshires you'll also find the South Taconic Trail (STT), a hunk of the AT and a slew of other trails with lower miles. I'm not usually a trail guy (more into bushwacking), but since I'm in the planning/conditioning phase for an AT Thru next year and a NOOB hanger, I'll keep an eye on this. too. Thanks for putting it up!

Porkroll
09-02-2013, 22:04
I'm good for 2014. I have no vacation time left for this year, I reset on 1/1/14. So I will be open, now I'll just need some good winter hear by then.

Porkroll
09-02-2013, 22:05
The Taconic Crest Trail (TCT) is one of a few nice trails in this neck of the woods! Out in the Berkshires you'll also find the South Taconic Trail (STT), a hunk of the AT and a slew of other trails with lower miles. I'm not usually a trail guy (more into bushwacking), but since I'm in the planning/conditioning phase for an AT Thru next year and a NOOB hanger, I'll keep an eye on this. too. Thanks for putting it up!

Thank you tri-pod bob. Make sure you do a trail journal on your thru hike so we can follow your progress.

Nighthauk
09-02-2013, 22:54
I might be interested for this as well. Time dependent as the rest.

12trysomething
09-03-2013, 01:47
Very interested. Thanks for starting this.

09-03-2013, 07:26
Since there is some good interest, maybe we should start talking about some Dates for this trip.

I will work on the GPX file for you all to look at. I only have 3/4 of the trail mapped via GPS so please excuse the gap that you will see.

If this does happen, I will have the paperwork ready before hand so you can get the special patch for the winter hike, or I will try and get some that I can hand out at the end.

There are plenty of trails that will get you off the trail and back to main roads if you need to end the hike before we get to the end. I will have them all listed as well. Just give me a few days to get it ready for everyone.

As for me I would like to do this in January or February since there is plenty of time to make arrangements and test gear before we hike.

I would like to see what dates in those 2 months (ie... Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon.) work best for a majority of those interested in this.

Hey Gene, Hows it going.

I'd like to try this after our last attempt fell through because of schedule. I'll watch the dates to see if I'm free. At least we won't have to worry about water :D

JoshuaTrees
09-03-2013, 17:03
sounds very interesting. googling now......

dtmrides
09-03-2013, 21:06
I'm going to keep my eye on this to. I've been looking for more challenging trips.

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G.G.
09-03-2013, 21:24
I'll follow this. Doubt I'll be able to make it but if the opportunity presents it's self, I'll be there.

KMACK
09-04-2013, 12:05
If I can make it, it would most likely be an "out and back" one nighter for me.

SkyPainter
09-05-2013, 16:10
===> Hey Gene! Good to 'hear' from you again! ( Gonna make the NEHHA this year?). I am interested in this trip as well, depending on a variety of odd things. I hope to be in shape enough to do the whole trip by Feb or so.

Keep us posted.

Best -
~ SkyPainter

genegene
09-05-2013, 20:31
These are idea dates we can vote on.

Remember this will most likely take us 4 days to hike as we WILL be breaking most of the trail & you will be going up and down mountains. If for some reason you can not hike the whole time there are plenty of trails off the one we will be on at random intervals.
We need to start as soon as possible on the Friday morning as I started it at 11am in the fall last year and only made it 6 miles before it was time to make camp do to fading light at Berry Pond. The first days distance will determine if we can make it the whole distance in 4 days.

January 10-14
January 24-27
Feb 7-10
Feb 21-24

Nighthauk
09-05-2013, 21:04
Just to let everyone know that the Winter NEHHA hang will be January 10-12th.

tri-pod bob
09-06-2013, 08:40
I'm good for any of those dates. (This 'retirement' thing is awesome!) Looks like the Winter Hang date is set, too.

Porkroll
09-06-2013, 15:41
These are idea dates we can vote on.

Remember this will most likely take us 4 days to hike as we WILL be breaking most of the trail & you will be going up and down mountains. If for some reason you can not hike the whole time there are plenty of trails off the one we will be on at random intervals.
We need to start as soon as possible on the Friday morning as I started it at 11am in the fall last year and only made it 6 miles before it was time to make camp do to fading light at Berry Pond. The first days distance will determine if we can make it the whole distance in 4 days.

January 10-14
January 24-27
Feb 7-10
Feb 21-24

I am nursing my ankle back from partially torn tendons, so I hope I will be able to do this hike. My kids are scheduled to be with my ex on all of them weekends, I will have to make arrangements for 2 of the days each weekend. So I'll see what I can do!

genegene
09-06-2013, 21:44
The dates of January 10-14th are being recended due to the Winter NEHHA event.

genegene
09-06-2013, 21:45
"Rescinded" not recended LOL

12trysomething
02-18-2014, 22:37
Did this happen, is it going to happen?

G.G.
02-19-2014, 16:26
I'd be interested as well.