Climbing High

In order to introduce Pok-O-MacCready’s famous wilderness program to the n1stDayhike05ew campers, as well as re-acquaint returning kids with the joys of hiking, the boy’s camp annually sends every kid into the woods on the third day of the summer.

Hot temperatures accompanied the campers and counselors on the six trips into the Adirondack mountains.  “But it didn’t rain,” reported trip leader, and senior section head Tyler Downey. “At one point, we saw storm clouds move in, but just as quickly as they showed up, they dissipated.”

Tyler led the hike up Noonmark, a 3500-foot mountain, and the experience was especially fascinating to Papouto, a first-year camper from Haiti, who is in the USA for the very first time.  “It was really good.  I did Noonmark.  The best part was we sat on top and a nice breeze was blowing.  I think I want to do more hikes this summer.”

“It was good.  I did Sugar-Shine and the best part was going down the mountain,” said Juan, who was on a 1stDayhike03trip that climbed two smaller mountains around Long Pond.  On a day where the temperature hit the 90-degree mark, Michael M. noted that “A lot of people ran out of water and we got thirsty.  But we found a river and purified (filtered) more water.”  Other trips used the river to wade in and cool down following their climb.

Throughout the summer sessions at camp, kids will have the opportunity to head into the Adirondacks on a variety of trips, including boat trips; rock climbing; waterfall visits; and extended overnights to climb the ADK 46ers, New York’s highest mountains.  Even though he has already finished the 46, Kevin Q said about camp hikes, “I still like enjoying the wilderness and the views.”

Wilderness director Ken Ryba came off as satisfied with the opening day of hikes.  “I’m very happy with the way things went on the first day and, as always, we have an ambitious schedule planned for the summer, including several more day hikes and overnights this week.”  (See trip list HERE)


Pok-O-MacCready Camps
1391 Reber Road, Willsboro, NY 12996

Located in New York’s Adirondack Mountains

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