Monthly Archives: October 2015

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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View along the Escarpment Trail in the Catskills

Sometimes we should do things slowly. This hike is one of them. As Christian and I are getting ready for an upcoming backpacking trip, probably Devil’s Path, we looked for something easy to do that would give bang for our buck. One of the most exciting sections of trail in the Catskills is the Escarpment Trail. It runs 23.9 miles from just outside the gate of North-South Lake State Campground to its northern terminus on…

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Not a back-country person? The NYSDEC has put together a guide for “Riding the Catskills”. The DEC says: “Come let the beauty and mystery of the Catskill Mountains, that have inspired writers, painters and naturalists for centuries, work their magic on you. Whether you’re trout fishing a crystal clear stream, enjoying a festival in a quaint mountain town, or threading a mountain bike down a tree-lined slope, you’ll find excitement and relaxation for body and…

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Women hiking near water

Fluid replacement is critical to athletic performance. Yes, I said it, athletic. That’s what extended hiking is. I’m not talking about your walk in the local park, but intensive hikes that last longer than 1.5+ hours. I hear many theories on how much water one should drink during sporting events and many are “one size fits all” in nature. Intense activities lasting longer than an hour will require a specific re-hydration strategy. This applies to…

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Middleburgh from Vroman's Nose

Vroman’s Nose is a little mountain with a giant view. Located just outside the Village of Middleburgh, this small peak has been a hiking favorite for thousands of people. I would imagine that many avid hikers got their start here. Although not typically thought of being Catskill, these hills are akin to their larger members inside the Blue line. In fact, Arnold Guyot, the geologist who measured much of the Appalachian chain felt the Catskill…

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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.
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