The Northville-Lake Placid Trail spans approximately 133 miles through the Adirondack Park in northern New York state. The average hiker is projected to accomplish his journey in 19 days, which equates to seven miles per day.
Baldwinsville father/son team Chris and Will Getman; however, managed to complete their end-of-summer trek in record time — in just eight days, with a daily average hike of 15 miles. On one of those days, they even stretched their walk an additional seven miles, hiking a total of 22.6 to be exact — more than triple the trail’s estimated distance in one day.
“That’s not what I planned on,” Chris said of their quick-paced finish. “We planned on doing this hike in 10 to 12 days, but every time we got to our destination, it was early enough in the day that we kept going to the next lean-to,” a three-sided log structure with a sloping roof in which they would sleep each night. “We pulled in near dark at one lean-to but that only happened once. Most of the time, we would get there in plenty of time to gather a little firewood, make dinner and relax for a while.”
Outside of three Adirondack Mountains he climbed with his dad — Algonquin, Whiteface and St. Regis — this was the first major, long distance, backpack-laden hike for Will, 16, who is a junior at Baker High School.
“It was a huge accomplishment,” he said. “One hundred thirty-three miles is huge.”
But it didn’t come without its challenges. Will walked most of the way in pain.
“I had blisters for at least 80 miles of it,” he said. “That makes it really tough.”
And Chris’ left knee began to hurt about 40 miles out from their destination. It took him two weeks to recover, his son said.