We will start our tour at 7:00 am. We will meet at 2nd. Ave between 80th and 81st Street in Manhattan by H&H Midtown Bagels East. DON'T BE LATE! Come 15 minutes early to check in.
You will be greeted by your tour guide for the day. You will sign our liability waiver, and after departure a light breakfast will be served on board the van.
This tour is for the real adventurous people, we will first drive to Albany County to explore a wild non commercial cave. A cave there is only lit by the light we will be caring with us.
We will climb through a small opening in the ground and explore a true hidden underworld.
You will be challenged by some squeezes and narrow passages, but most of the cave is fairly open.To insure your safety you will be guided by a professional spelunker/cave rescuer.
We will enjoy lunch with non alcoholic beverages included at a restaurant/diner.
In the Afternoon we will drive to the breakneck ridge mountain by the Hudson River. Here we will ascent a relative steep exposed rocky ridge. Rock scrambling is an activity that lies somewhere between regular hiking and rock climbing. It isn't clinging on to sheer rock faces with just your fingertips, but you will spend some of the time on all fours, relying on both legs and arms for support.
During the climb, we will take numerous breaks to truly enjoy the magnificent panoramic views up and down the Hudson River from the exposed mountain.
We will drive back to NYC.
Arrival back to NYC at approximately 7:30 - 8pm.
This tour does require a minimum an average level of physical fitness and athleticism. For those seeking that incomparable challenge and if you having found that our other adventure’s has been challenging enough, this tour will be one matchless experience to remember.
Hines Tours reserves the right to alter the itinerary, plans and arrangements for the tour, if in the judgment of Hines Tours it becomes advisable to do so.
You will be provided with a helmet with a helmet light, a flashlight and knee pads.
ID: Please bring a valid government issued identification. (Adults only)
CLOTHES FOR CAVING:Bring a complete head to toe change of clothes.You will be getting muddy and wet. Dress for temperatures in the low fifties. Dress in layers, please try not to wear cotton (once it's wet, it stays wet and does not keep you warm).WOOL polypro, capilene, other similar blends are good.Sneakers are acceptable, though hiking boots or calf‑high rubber boots are better.Please make sure that whatever you decide to wear does not restrict your range of motion i.e., jeans are poor; sweat pants or Lycra is good.If you have long hair, tie it up or back so that it is out of the way
GLOVES: Working gloves or similar, can be bought relative inexpensive in a Duane Reade
FOOTWEAR FOR HIKING: We will hike in a rocky mountaineer terrain which gets very slippery when wet. Hiking Boots is the ideal or if you do not own hiking boots sneakers with good traction will do as well. Do not wear sandals, dress shoes or high heels.
JEWELRY: Please leave at home
WATER: In a plastic bottle, especially on hot days. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
CAMERA: With extra film/memory is highly recommended. We do recommend that you only bring a disposable camera for the cave.
SMALL BACKPACK: or fanny pack for your water, extra clothes, snacks etc. You will need both hands to be free during the hike.
MOSQUITO REPELLANT containing deet
EYEGLASS RETAINERS: If you wear glasses
LARGE PLASTIC BAG: For your wet/muddy clothes after the caving
CASH: Although our tour is classified as an "all inclusive". It is advisable to bring some cash for snacksand gratuities for the guide which is left to your discretion.