Monthly Archives: September 2016

Campfire of in the wilderness

Traditions. They’re essential to our existence. The definition itself says it, “continued survival” and “a way of living”. If you’re like us, you’ve got tons of backcountry traditions. Some may be formal or some not. I’m sure you can think of many. I got to thinking about it when I replied to a tweet from REI. Q2: What are your favorite campfire traditions? #LetsCamp pic.twitter.com/YP6tTkCVwI — REI (@REI) September 27, 2016 Playing Himalaya (card game)……

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Blackhead Range from Windham High Peak

Like most big brothers they always seem to be just a few inches taller than the rest of us. Black Dome is the loftiest peak in the Blackhead Range but only by about 40 feet and is third highest in the Catskills. Black Dome provides the hiker with excellent vistas from the east and south. No view exists from the northern edge of its summit. There are several approaches to Black Dome, one from Big Hollow…

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Hunter fire tower view

The Spruceton Trail is a very popular approach to Hunter’s summit and with a return on Devil’s Path makes a great circuit hike. The Spruceton Trail follows the old jeep road that serviced the fire tower. This is a well-graded trail and has a few moderately steep sections. You can hike an out-and-back on the Spruceton Trail or extend your day on Devil’s Path and make it a wonderful, but more challenging loop. The trail…

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Ultralight hiking and backpacking hydration system

Many hikers are concerned about the weight they’re carrying. Any hiker can tell you water adds a lot of weight to your load. You can lighten your load by carrying less water, but that’s not always practical. If you are hiking in an area where reliable water can be found, then go for it, hike with less and refill. Having said that we need to look at the total weight of our hydration system. What…

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Sanford Robinson Gifford [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Hunter Mountain is one of our favorite year-round go to hikes. At one time named Greenland Mountain, Hunter Mountain is a central part of the mountains of Devil’s Path and the Lexington Range. It was named for John Hunter a landlord from New York City. Hunter is the highest peak in this range and is the second loftiest summit in the Catskills and is one of two peaks of the 3500 footers with a fire tower. For…

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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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