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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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September 29-October 8, Camping Trip, Grand Canyon Village, Grand Canyon AZ
Join us for day hiking, any time during our stay at the south rim, Saturday September 29th to Sunday October 7th. Six of us are backpacking rim-to rim, but we are also inviting other experienced hikers to join us on day hikes, or hike on their own during the week, through Saturday. More details for the day hike group will be made available soon. Depending on the number of day hikers attending, all are invited to camp with us at our sites at Mather Campground on the south rim for the entire trip.

*** Before RSVPing, please keep in mind that early October average daytime temps on the south rim will be in the comfortable upper 60s to low 70s, but overnight temps may drop into the upper 30s. Plan accordingly with warm sleeping bags and blankets, and long sleeve shirts and lined pants. ***

Flight arrangements are the sole responsibility of the individual attending. Our plan is to take the same flight, or similar flights, arriving at about the same time Saturday morning, September 29th in Las Vegas (McCarran International Airport). The backpackers will have arranged their own ground transportation to the south rim. Day hikers will need to arrange separate ground transportation, and can fly in after, and leave before, if they choose.

The backpackers will car-camp on Saturday at Mather campground. On Sunday they begin the Rim-to-Rim canyon backpacking adventure on the Bright Angel Trail. After hiking out on the north rim Wednesday morning, they will catch the canyon shuttle back to our campsites at the south rim, explore Grand Canyon Village if there is time, and set up camp again at Mather campground. That evening, a celebratory dinner will be enjoyed by all backpackers at the historic and elegant El Tovar Lodge Dining Room!

For the backpackers, the rest of the week will consist of day hikes (no permits needed). The day hikers can wait to hike when the backpackers get back, or start earlier in the week when the backpackers are in the canyon. We will be free to choose which hikes interest us most, some right up until the day that we hike them, however, we will research and discuss which and in what order we prefer. Excellent day hikes we can choose to do are: Jackass Canyon, the Rim Trail, Hermit Trail (hiking to Santa Maria spring), Horseshoe Mesa Trail (hiking to the Horseshoe and back), and South Kaibab Trail. Some may want (need) to rest, others may want to continue to hike each day. The schedule at that point may be flexible and somewhat more relaxed. On Sunday morning, October 7th, we will break camp, drive back to Vegas, stay at an inexpensive hotel off the strip, have a nice dinner in town, and catch our flight(s) Monday morning.

To reserve a spot, send a check for $100 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 $100 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
 
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October 5-8, Camping Trip, Voorhees State Park/Spruce Run Reservoir, Glen Gardner/Clinton NJ
We'll have the choice of hiking on several great trails in and around this secluded park (see #7, #8 in trails link), bicycling on the Columbia Trail, or boating and hiking in nearby Spruce Run and Round Valley Recreation Areas. (Boat rentals available). In the evening, if Voorhees State Park's observatory is open, we will be able to view planets and constellations through the park's high power telescope. At night, as always, we'll pitch our tents and share stories by the campfire. For those without a car who would like to travel from the city on Friday afternoon or evening, trains on the Raritan Valley Line depart from NY Penn Station, and arrive in the nearby town of High Bridge.
To reserve a spot, you can send a check for $37.70.00 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, we prefer that you pay $39.09 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
 
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