Yearly Archives: 2015

Westkill Mountain from the ledge near the Becker Hollow Trail

The hiker who climbs West Kill Mountain during the regular hiking season will be well rewarded for this endeavor. However, if one wants to experience West Kill in all her glory then it should be climbed in the winter. To stand on Buck Ridge Lookout on a winter’s day is a magnificent event that should not be missed. This summit is part of the Devils Path sequence of peaks. Nevertheless, unlike other Devil’s Paths approaches,…

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Blackhead Mountain Catskills From Colgate Lake Trail

The Escarpment Trail is one of the Catskills longest and most scenic paths. Following the Catskill escarpment above the Hudson Valley is exhilarating. Backpacking the entire 23.9 miles from Scutt Road to the trailhead at Rt 23 or the reverse, makes for an outstanding 3-day outing. However if you only have 2 days there are other options. One option as we did on this trip is to enter the Escarpment Trail from Colgate Lake. The…

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Ultra-light Fast Stash Tent

The Fast Stash is a single wall “Adirondack Lean-to” style tent – tarp hybrid. For the hiker who wants to experience the openness of tarp style camping without the bugs and other critters invading your sleep space, maybe the Fast Stash is for you. At first glance, the Fast Stash has innovative features such as side wings that when set out will increase venting or moved in “closing” them for protection from rain or to…

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Alright, who doesn’t like a campfire with some S’mores?  It’s a tradition that’s spanned generations. Years ago we had a BBQ at our home here in the Catskill Mountains and my brother-in-law had never made an S’mores! Poor guy. So we taught him. See it here. That day the S’more was not too healthy, so today let’s get to it and up the nutrient value on the great old S’mores. A typical S’mores consists of  graham…

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Devil's Acres lean-to

In New York’s Catskill and Adirondack park camping in a lean-to can be a great experience. I’ve had some of my best experiences camping in these shelters. Meeting new people, seeing wildlife, the freedom of not pitching my tent, the warmth of the fire in the shelter, and the sense of history as some of these shelters have been around since the early 1900’s. It has its roots in days before tents were used and…

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Information about COVID-19
Please note changes in access and rules for hiking and camping in the Adirondacks and Catskills during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please act responsibly during this stressful period. Please read the DEC info carefully.