Chest deep in ice cold, muddy water. Albino mosquitos and spiders. And a kind of permanent mud that just gets everywhere. It’s not for everyone, but few adventures get you to focus up and reprioritize all your life’s problems faster than caving.

7 pitches. 4 routes. Lots of Bobs. Just another day at the Gunks with this awesome guide, Sue Kligerman.

For our first-ever Sunday hike, sun was on full blast, bugs were on full blast, and breezes were being stingy. So, although it was a beginner trip, we were all exhausted, sweaty, and pushed to the limit. But that didn’t stop us from experiencing everything this hike had to offer! After, well-deserved beers, burgers, and smiles for an epic hike!

Big shout out to Yvonne’s mom, who at 65 crushed 1,200 feet of elevation like it was a piece of cake. Word! Her smiles and laugh kept us all jolly and motivated, if not a little embarrassed #indestructablemom

These two warriors totally crushed this advanced hike in just under 6 hours for a new outerthere record. Yeah! Normally takes 8 or even 10. And then, Poppy’s burgers as our reward. And did we earn it! According to Steve’s Fitbit: 220 flights of stairs (that’s two Empire State Buildings), 10 miles, and twenty two thousand steps. Yes, 22,000. In a single, record busting day.

Torrential rains, muddy trails, biblical bug infestation… just another day in the life of Outerthere campers!