Monthly Archives: October 2016

Heading up the Eagle Slide on Giant Mountain

I feel things slipping away. Years of joy and fun. Looking out to the future of my next chapter of back-country adventures, alone. You see for the past 23 years or so I’ve had hiking buddies. Really the only hiking companions I have that enjoyed the deep wilderness with. The ones who would enjoy (or at least put up with) my obsessive want to be away from civilization. However, for me, the wilderness is civil.…

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The mass of Thomas Cole Mountain looking east from Camel's Hump

In his funeral oration delivered before the National Academy of Design, New York, May 4, 1848 William Cullen Bryant described in exceptional detail the life of his dear friend and celebrated artist Thomas Cole. As you climb Thomas Cole Mountain, spend some time thinking about his grand works, Falls of Kaaterskill (1826), View on the Catskill – Early Autumn (1837), His Master piece The Clove, Catskills (1827) and some of his spiritual works which he might…

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Summit ledge on Blackhead Mountain in Catskills

Standing about 3,900 feet above the town of Catskill along the Hudson, Blackhead Mountain is an icon among peaks in the Catskills. It is seen from almost every sizable mountain in the area and towers over the valleys below. It is the highest mountain in full view from the Hudson Valley. It also commands endless views from different points on its slopes. Sadly, it bestows no vista from its summit. The Town of Catskill &…

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Shoulder of Black Dome Mountain from Black Head

The trailhead for Black Dome Mountain, Blackhead Mountain and the Escarpment Trail is reached at the end of Big Hollow Road and space for about 8-9 cars exist. When the lot is full one can find parking along the road. You will find a kiosk and trail register here, please sign in. The trail leaves from the lot walking the last few yards on the road. The trail turns right (southeast) just before a bridge over…

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