Yearly Archives: 2016

Hiking boots

Hiking and backpacking are wonderful activities that can enrich your life. Most hikes, at least here in the northeastern United States are fairly tame. You can find many that are short and safe. However, at the other end of the spectrum, you’ll find hiking that is extreme and dangerous, especially if you are not knowledgeable and ready.  Following some common guidelines will get you started off “on the right boot”. First, if you have never hiked, don’t start…

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Cold weather alert

In light of the dramatic rescue of two young people in the Adirondack High Peaks this week, we need to be mindful of the incredibly fierce weather conditions that occur in the mountains of New York. Over the next week, the high summits in both the Adirondacks and Catskills will have some of the most extreme conditions this season. With high temperatures as low as -13 degrees and wind chills of almost -50 it may just be…

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He couldn’t help it. He’s not even in office and he’s already targeting people who may oppose him on issues. Remember, Donald is a businessman, not a politician. As a CEO it’s his way or the highway. Well, Donald just found out, it’s not that simple in government. Trump has requested all the names of people who have worked on climate change and the professional society memberships of lab workers from the Department of Energy (DoE), according to…

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The Kaaterskill Rail Trail

Winter is upon us. With several snowfalls already there are hopes of a good year for snow related sports. We’ll keep our fingers crossed! A great addition to the trail system in the Catskills for both beginner snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and winter mountain biking is The Kaaterskill Rail Trail. The trail is located just to the north of the Kaaterskill Wild Forest for most of its length. The Kaaterskill Rail Trail is currently a 1.5 mile…

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Diamond Notch Lean-to

Devil’s Path is home to some of the Catskill Mountain’s most dramatic scenery. Most people visit Devil’s Path on day trips, but to experience this trail and get the full impact of the wilderness feel it provides, one should camp at one of its many great camping locations. Some stuff you need to know Before we talk about camping spots on Devil’s Path we need to introduce the basic dos and don’t of camping in…

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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.