The rest of their provisions were spot on. They brought a little bit of warm gear for cold nights, a lightweight stove, lightweight water filter and the lightest weight sleeping bags they own. Water, dried foods, beef jerky and homemade granola bars also made the cut.
“We tried to minimize carrying as much as possible,” he said. “I just cut down on everything I could.”
There was no sparing; however, on building their relationship and each said it was a bonding experience for both.
As well, due to his love of and exposure to nature growing up, Will said he would eventually like to become a Department of Environmental Conservation park ranger.
“As a kid, I’d be outdoors all the time — it was great,” he said. “I want to do something like that when I’m older.”
For information on the Northville-Lake Placid Trail, visit nptrail.org.