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Campers' Group is a club that organizes camping, cabin, hiking and ski trips, mostly in NJ, NY, PA and CT, and within a three-hour drive of the NYC metro area. We welcome singles, couples and families, experienced campers and newbies, to camp and hike with us.

You can also join us on meetup.com or like us on Facebook.

Here are some of our upcoming events:


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Sunday, January 26, Day Hike, Ramapo Valley Reservation, Mahwah NJ
We will meet for a moderate 5-7 mile hike in this popular park. Snowshoes or Microspikes may be necessary. A steady pace will be maintained to keep warm! It's adjacent to Ringwood State Park, and popular with dog owners. Well-behaved dogs and their owners are welcome, but only after the dog owner contacts the host for permission. Dogs must be on a 6ft leash to start and end the hike.

Dress in synthetic or wool layers, wear hiking boots or an outdoor type shoe, and bring lunch or energy snacks with about 1-2 liters of water. If it is icy, a traction device for the bottom of your boots, such as Microspikes (http://kahtoola.com/product/microspikes/), are highly recommended, or may even be required for safety. They are available from Campmor, REI, Ramsey Outdoor, EMS, Amazon, etc.
More trail info here: http://xj.cdevco.net/ramapo/
Please RSVP on the Meetup trip page for this event.
 
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January 30-February 2, Winter Trip, High Peaks House, Lake Placid NY
We are returning to Lake Placid! This beautiful area has excellent cross-country skiing, also downhill skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, tobogganing, iceskating, snowmobiling, dog sledding and many other activities in the spectacular high peaks region of the Adirondacks. Lake Placid is an interesting town to explore, having hosted both the 1932 and the 1980 Winter Olympics. The Mt. Van Hoevenberg Cross Country & Biathlon Center is a world class facility for cross-country skiing, ice skating, snow tubing, and even bobsledding or a tree-top gondola ride! Whiteface Mountain for downhill skiing, and a visit to the Olympic Museum can also be great fun! We will be staying at the comfortable and convenient High Peaks House, right on Main Street in Lake Placid. This bunk-style house is less than a block from the skating oval, the toboggan slide, fun downtown shops and restaurants, and even a free shuttle to White Face Mountain. Through High Peaks Cyclery, and their Basecamp Group Lodging, we will have access to a yoga fitness area and an indoor rock gym. They also offer an outdoor guide service, gear rentals and assistance at the full service High Peaks Cyclery outdoor store, all on the same property. With two stories, four bedrooms, and six bunk beds, the High Peaks house sleeps up to twelve. Two of the bedrooms host one bunk bed with a full bottom bunk, while the third bedroom serves as the larger bunk room with three bunk beds. The house has 1.5 baths, a large gear room, laundry facilities, and a large, comfortable kitchen, bar and living area. A second shower will be available to us next door in the fitness center before and after hours. Amenities include: all bed linens (although they request that you bring a towel), free Wifi, cable TV and DVD player, as well as a microwave, dishwasher, oven/stove, and large refrigerator. The High Peaks House and Guide House share a large deck with a BBQ grill, both with great views of the High Peaks mountains! Friends from Thendara Mountain Club are again staying at the nearby Adirondack Loj this weekend. We may meet up for dinner, snowshoeing and/or cross-country skiing. Let us know if you can offer or need a ride by posting a message to those attending. Carpooling may be possible; please plan early and do not RSVP until your transportation is confirmed. Buses are also available, leaving from NYC and Newark NJ.
To reserve a spot, send a check for $151.75 made out to Campers' Group, to: Campers' Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Once the organizer or a trip leader is notified of receipt of your check, you will be added to the RSVP list. For immediate inclusion, pay $156.36 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
 
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Sunday, February 9, Day Trip, Cross Country Ski Facility, Somewhere NY
Depending on the latest snowfall, we will plan a cross-country ski day trip to a local facility, like Fahnestock State Park or High Point State Park. It is advisable to get there by 9am if you want to rent ski equipment in the morning. Otherwise you'll have to wait until skiers come back to rent your size for an afternoon session. Please dress in synthetic or light wool layers, no cotton!
Please contact the trip leaders on or after February 1.
 
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February 12-17, Hostel Trip, New Orleans, New Orleans LA
Join Campers' Group in New Orleans! We have chosen dates just before Mardi Gras when there are fewer crowds, but still parades. We will visit the French quarter, have group dinners, enjoy music, take tours, and more! Your RSVP will cover the hostel cost for 5 nights. Airfare and flight arrangements are your own responsibility. We plan to meet in Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and carpool to the hostel. Before making flight arrangements, we'll see if we can take the same or similar flights to all arrive at about the same time, in the late morning or early afternoon on Wednesday.
We have reserved 10 beds and 2 private rooms at the HI New Orleans Hostel (1028 Canal Street, in Downtown New Orleans!) for Wednesday through Sunday nights. The 2 private rooms have a queen and 2 single bunks each, and we also have 2 beds reserved in 2 different women's dorms. A free continental breakfast is included.
Start and end times reflect the hours we are allowed to occupy the the hostel. Check-in starts at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, check-out is 11:00am Monday. You are welcome to arrive any time on Wednesday, but it is preferred we try to travel together. When you RSVP, you are paying for all 5 nights at the hostel, the only option. The payment of $329.00 is for one person. During the weekend, we may also split the cost of some activities, if possible.
To reserve a spot, send a check for $319 made out to Campers' Group, to: Campers' Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Once the organizer or a trip leader is notified of receipt of your check, you will be added to the RSVP list. For immediate inclusion, pay $329 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
 
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February 29-March 1, Cabin Trip, Thendara Mountain Club, Harriman State Park NY
Our friends at Thendara Mountain Club have invited us to stay overnight at their rustic cabin in Harriman State Park. The cabin (built 1929) has heat, electricity, a full kitchen, indoor men's and women's washrooms with hot showers, and unheated bathrooms about 50 ft from the lodge. There are seven bedrooms with 2-4 cots each (rooms are shared). The cabin has a big main room with fireplace, comfortable seating, eating table and screened in porch. The weekend includes Saturday night dinner, Sunday breakfast and a bag lunch. Meet us at the cabin on Saturday morning at 9:30am to join us on a hike (TBD). Depending on snowfall, we may instead snowshoe or even cross-country ski. We may also carpool to the trail head. Later in the afternoon we will return to camp for a relaxing and well deserved happy hour in front of the fire! Dinner will be provided by the Thendara host for this weekend. Breakfast and lunch will be available on Sunday. Diet restrictions can usually be accommodated - just be sure to tell the host when you RSVP. You need to bring a sleeping bag or sheet and pillowcase. There are wool blankets and pillows available. On Sunday, after we have breakfast and prepare our bag lunch, we may go out again starting at about 11am from the cabin. The total cost will be approximately $50, depending on what food the host brings to prepare. You must pay the balance in cash to the host during the weekend. This payment will cover meals and lodging for Saturday night (meals are Saturday happy hour and dinner, Sunday breakfast and lunch). YOU MUST RSVP AND SIGN UP FOR MEALS BY WEDNESDAY January 30th. You can take the train or bus to Sloatsburg and can either hike in, ride a bike up scenic Seven Lakes Drive, or we can arrange to have someone from camp with a car meet you at the station. Feel free to bring a spouse, date, friend and well behaved kids, but sorry, no pets.
To reserve a spot, send a check for $30 made out to Campers' Group, to: Campers' Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Once the organizer or a trip leader is notified of receipt of your check, you will be added to the RSVP list. For immediate inclusion, pay $31.23 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
Please contact the trip leaders on or after January 25.
 
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