NCCOC - Maine: Sunday, August 14, through Friday, August 19, 2022

As of now plans are to leave Sunday, August 14, stay in a Motel Sunday night, and go into the Park on Monday -- THESE PLANS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.  Meeting time: 8:45 AM Sunday, August 14, at NCC (or if arrangements are made,  10AM at Little Neck Shopping Center directions).  (It may also be possible to meet earlier at the Woodside LIRR station.)  BRING LUNCH FOR SUNDAY!  We be stopping for dinner on Sunday and also for lunch on Monday and lunch and dinner on the the way back.  Plan to have enough money to pay for this.  Camping and transportation fees will be paid for by the school (FSA).  We expect to be returning very late (possibly after midnight) on Friday.  The motel cost will be paid for by school funds but the exact costs will depend on how many people come.  You should expect to pay a cost of $90  in addition to the meals bought on the road.    There may be a planning meeting scheduled on a date to be announced in the Club office, room 304 of the College Union Building when we will make final plans, assign equipment, etc.

We will be in a campground in tents for the 12 of us.  The campsite is right next to the car so you do not need to have backpacks to carry your stuff to the campsite.  We will be staying in tents at Foster Field Camping Area in the middle of the park.  If you want more information about the park, go to

You will need a sleeping bag of your own (the club can lend you one if arrangements are made in advance).  We will bring extra foam pads, If you have a tent, you should bring it; the Club has tents and we will arrange in advance to have tents for everyone.   We will bring stoves and pots, etc.  We will bring or buy paper plates and plastic ware but you may want to bring your own silverware.  There are NO showers or washing facilities once we are camping in the park.  There is no access to electricity or phones, and no cell phone service within the park

It is too early for a forecast but in the past we have had  highs in the mid 70's and lows at night in the 40s -- near ideal hiking weather. And we have also had highs in the 90s and lows at night in the 80s-- way too hot.  And one year we had highs in the 60's and lows at night of below freezing.   It will be much cooler at the top of the mountains; be sure you have windbreakers and sweaters to take with you.   If you will need a day pack, we can bring an extra packs, please let us know in advance

IMPORTANT: We will be hiking most days over some of the most strenuous terrain in the Northeast.  You must be prepared to face the physical risks inherent in strenuous outdoor activities.  Please see the statement on the trip information page:  This is not a trip for those who have never hiked before or those not prepared to spend all day hiking 7-12 miles or more.

Pack a separate smaller bag to take inside for the first night in the motel.  (This way we will not have to unpack the entire van just for the first night.)

What to bring (as a minimum - use your good judgement):
-Bring enough clothes for the 5 days including some spare stuff.
-sleeping bag, warm enough for 40-50's at night (see comments above)
-pillow if you need it, or a small bag to pack your extra sweater in and use as a pillow.
-a light windbreaker
-sweater(s) including something really warm for night and a hat for the evening
-a headlamp or flashlight (we will have some extra if arrangements are made in advance)
-a day pack for hiking (we will have some extra if arrangements are made in advance)
-hiking boots or whatever you will be comfortable in going over very rough rocky terrain
-Everything you need for hiking in an area above tree-line including sunscreen and a sun hat.
-A pair of work or gardening gloves to protect your hands when climbing on the rocks
-bathing suit, there will probably be a place you can go into just to rinse off. 
-toiletries, shaving stuff, etc.
-a couple of towels for washing up
-comfortable shoes or loafers, clogs, etc. to wear around camp.
-rain gear
-any special snacks you may want (see below about food)
-any and all medication you need
-if you wear contacts, bring extras as well as a pair of eyeglasses to wear if your eyes are irritated. (This is important.)

Just before going into the park we will stop at a good supermarket in Millinocket, Maine to buy all the food we need for 4 days.  Student funds will pay for some of this food, your payment will pay for the rest.  We'll discuss what type of stuff we need and we will bring an ice chests so we can store a few days worth of stuff.  If you see something special you want, you can buy it then.  If you have any special dietary requirements (vegetarian, allergies, etc.), please let us know in advance.

Let one of the advisors know if you have any questions or if we forgot anything.  -------
Don Wade                  
phone: 718-426-8555;  cell phone: 917-697-5701; email: donwade (at)
Janis Mazza
phone:  516-670-6307  email JanisMazza (at)

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