TRAK Camp - Adirondacks Discovery Weekend Camp: Aug 16-19, 2019

We invite paddlers of all levels to our skills progression camp in the Adirondack mountains of upstate New York,  located on section 2 of the 740 mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail.

It will be an adventurous-yet relaxing trip lead by experienced TRAK Pilots to rustic campsites with water access only - tucked within a seemingly endless network of rivers, hiking trails, and wonderful scenery.

We’ll be meeting in Middle Saranac Lake, NY August 16 – 19, 2019!

  • Country:  Adirondack Mtns, NY, USA
  • Duration: 4 Days 3 Nights
  • Skill Level: All Skill Levels

    What we're going to do

    This camp is coordinated and delivered by a team of TRAK Pilots. These folks are experts with their TRAK kayaks, and are also qualified instructors and experienced in the outdoors. They have prepared a number of skills-focused topics that you can learn about and practice, such as:

    • Paddling skills & Boat control 
    • Kayak safety & Rescues
    • Navigation
    • Useful rope skills + Knots
    • Basic survival
    • Kayak fishing
    • Photography
    • Low impact camping and cooking - be prepared to eat well!

    There is something here for every paddler, are our primary goal is to get you more familiar with your TRAK kayak.

     

    Tour Itinerary

    Expedition Training Plan:

  • DAY 1: ARRIVE AT SARANAC LAKE, NY
  • We will arrange transportation to our put in
    Basic safety overview
    TRAK assembly walkthrough
    "Pack your TRAK" lesson
    Complete 45 minute paddle into campsites
    Build camp
    First dinner - local fare
    Fireside chat + orientation 

  • DAY 2: Beginning of Course
  • Breakfast & pack lunch preparation
    Splitting into pods - pod management briefing
    Rotation into the "skills stations"
    Optional beginning of level 1 training
    Dinner
    Fire side chats + socialization

  • DAY 3: Course Continuation, Time for Exploration
  • Breakfast & pack lunch preparation
    Continuation + completion of skills training
    Level 1 ACA sign off
    Break into exploration pods - paddling & hiking
    Dinner
    Fire side chat + Starry night paddle

  • Day 4: Strike Camp + Paddle Out
  • Breakfast & pack lunch preparation
    How to strike your camp + LNT briefing
    "Pack your TRAK" refresher
    45 minute paddle back to vehicles
    Transport back to Saranac Lake, NY
    Closing Ceremony + Dismissal


    Meet Your Guide

    Jeff Berner

    Hey! I'm Jeff. I've been kayaking for 20 years and paddling with a TRAK kayak for about 10. I've taught classes in flat water, multi-day/week outings and white water. As an outdoor photographer I enjoy having the TRAK and the accessibility it provides on any road trip, and I was also a member of the TRAK 20/20 team, and played a key role in developing the TRAK 2.0.


    Reviews

    Chelsea Josue

    “It was very exciting to be around such a culture of people and find myself on the open waters of the wild pacific coast with such an inviting and welcoming group, in these amazing high-performance kayaks. Never in my wildest dreams would those few basic skills that we learned on the first day, would progress to where we went today.”

    Chelsea Josue

    Natalie Kelly

    “That was really fun. He just broke it down… It’s funny when you have someone take the time to go through things that might be natural. He broke down the surf process into little bitty pieces that made me way more comfortable. I would have never just dove in and done that on my own.”

    Natalie Kelly


    Where we're going



    What's included in the tour

    We'll provide everything you need once you arrive, until you leave. You may want to bring your favourite PFD and paddle, and if you have a TRAK kayak already, bring it with you and save.

            • Campsite Accommodation.
            • Three meals a day including hot drinks + snacks.
            • Skills-training equipment & materials
            • All coaching and instruction.
            • ACA Level - 1 Certificate (Optional).

    Not included

          • Transport into and out of Saranac Lake, NY (Town).
          • Basic paddling gear (Paddle, PFD, Bilge Pump, Paddle Float, etc.)
          • Personal expedition equipment, for example tent, Thermarest mattress and sleeping bag, refer to the trip packing list, you may be able to rent some of these items from us, please inquire.
          • Gratuities
    August 16 - 19, 2019

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