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This summer I learned the basics of backpacking in the Adirondack's under Ed's guidance - what a wonderful way to hike the long and hard 4000' footer mountains! I did 4 trips with him from the Catskill beginner overnighter to 3 ADK high peak trips which included Mount Allen, The Santanoni Range and the "big 5" peaks of Marcy, Skylight, Gray, Cliff and Redfield.
I am an avid hiker but was a total newbie in terms of backpacking, and had to borrow most of the overnight gear from Ed initially. This taught me about what kind of gear I wanted to invest in, which I eventually did, (mostly ultralight). We had lots of discussion and I learned how to do everything including choose gear, distribute the weight in my pack, set up a tent, choose a safe and legal campsite, prepare and store food to protect from bears etc. Ed loves to cook up a good meal in the woods, and you will always have some fresh elements like vegetables from his garden, as well as delicious hot meals including his signature stew. It was nice not to have to think and plan while enjoying these backpack trips, as Ed is an expert guide who does all that for you. I'm ready to go out on my own now, but what a great experience learning the ropes with Ed. Many, many thanks!
I had a great time with Ed from Eastern Outdoor Experiences. I am very happy I chose him to guide my first Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness Backpacking Trip. (June 2019)
Thanks Ed!! Your passion for the great outdoors along with your expertise and guidance made my first (newbie) snowshoe hike a fantastic experience that brought me great joy. I learned so much too. Looking forward to the next outdoor adventure!
Ed led us on an unmaintained trail from the LOJ to Mount Marshall, my longest ever ADK hike to date! We did almost 15 miles and 3,000' elevation gain with over 32 minor stream crossings and a hike-slog up Cold Brook Pass. Since the hurricane this trail is no longer maintained, has lots of blow down and clambering over boulders and downed trees was the slowest going part of the day. It's also easy to lose the trail here, since part of the pass is literally a river bed not a trail.
It was great to be guided by Ed who is very experienced in the woods and also in navigating with map and compass when needed. He's over prepared which makes for a relaxing outdoor experience for everyone else. On hikes that are difficult or have tricky route finding it's nice to be able to enjoy the journey and not worry about the logistics, Ed does that for you. All-in-all a great day in the ADK's with Ed and Eastern Outdoor Experiences!
I just completed my first guided backpacking vacation with licensed guide Ed Moran. I camped, and hiked up Table Mountain on my vacation. The views where amazing, the campsite was next to a babbling brook complete with a fire pit, and wooden seating. The lovely tent area was shaded which provided comfort, and quiet for a great night sleep. On top of all of that was the five star menu of grilled steaks, potatoes, with salad, home made omelets, and so much more. This was truly luxury backpacking. In addition to all of that Ed Moran provided detailed, and technical instructions on hiking up and down hills, campsite selection, camp fire starting, water filtration, and so much more. This was truly a vacation that exceeded all my expectations, and I would highly recommend Ed Moran to anyone considering a backpacking trip whether you are a beginner or seasoned pro.
Ed Moran, a licensed New York State Guide and experienced hiker, helped me finish my Catskill Fire Tower Challenge and 3500 Club mountain challenge. I am so glad I hired Ed!--his navigational skills and knowledge of the backcountry (including plants!) were phenomenal. He not only led me daily through gnarly, hobblebush-dense herd paths with ease but also provided instruction on using a map and compass. A daily gourmet diet of PBJ sandwiches made with his homegrown berries; lemon grass triscuits and horseradish cheese; and delectable blueberry biscotti were also provided. Ed also started each day with making his "power coffee" served at our very comfortable, affordable lodging at The Mansion House at Alfie's in Tannersville, NY. A great choice for lodging with hot showers at the end of each day!
I couldn't ask for a more personable companion and knowledgeable guide than Ed Moran. He made very tough hikes much more enjoyable and I would recommend his service to anyone!
Ed took us on a hike up the Adirondack Dixes, including his favorite, the slide up Macomb Mountain all from the Elk Lake parking lot. We camped two nights-rather elegantly with meals that had been thought out ahead of time; Learning great techniques, for example- fire starting, due to Ed's expertise, or at using a river sack to cool our food while we were hiking during the day.
Ed is especially observant of the comfort level, hiking pace, expectation of challenges, and capabilities of the hikers he is leading. We felt always safe, yet truly stretched by the vigor of our hikes. Also, we felt more confident in self-sufficiency, mixed with respect for experience. Thank you!