Yearly Archives: 2018

Batavia Kill Lean-to in the Catskills

It’s been a while since I’ve been up in the Black Dome Valley. I read that the original Batavia Kill lean-to had been decommissioned and the new one constructed. As of this writing, I had not heard any specifics. I’m sure it’s out there and I missed it. Today Carolyn and I were in the area and decided to take a look at the new lean-to. We made some observations while out on the trail.…

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North-South Lake from the Escarpment Trail

This is the northern loop of the North-South Lake area which includes the most dramatic section of the Escarpment Trail. I can’t find words worthy to express its beauty. For many hikers, they will stop and return to the campground after reaching Lookout and Sunset Rocks, this is a mistake. The hike to North Point, even though a bit longer and somewhat rougher, is worth the effort and time. A return on the Mary’s Glen…

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Group of backpackers with hiking / trekking poles

Trekking poles are a common sight today on trails. They aid in your ability to hike safely. Tents manufacturers have made designs to use them for erecting lightweight shelters and there are many ways you can use them together with a tarp for ultralight backpacking. However are the popular tools of the trail all they are cut out to be? Let’s take a look at the basics and you decide. Health and safety benefits of using hiking poles…

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Becker Hollow Trail-head

There are many ways up the Catskills second highest summit. Ranging from moderate to difficult makes reaching the fire tower views doable for most people. With a horse trail and handicap ramp for mounting and dismounting, it gives the trip another dimension. Even though this writer has read criticism in forums about the safety for horses on the steeper sections of the trail, it does offer an opportunity that no other high peak in New…

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Enjoying the relaxing and reflective moments being in wilderness

When I was a kid my parents would often tell my brother and me to “go outside and play”. I think this was true for all of my friends. We spent very little time indoors. It wasn’t what we were doing that was so important, but that it was being outdoors. Reflecting back and looking at the way many Americans spend their days, I think we have minimized our contact with nature and it’s killing…

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5/18

The Adirondack Mountian Club has closed the Heart Lake Program Center (Lake Placid), Johns Brook Property (Keene Valley), and Member Service Center (Lake George) until at least May 14th.

The Adirondack Mountain Reserve (“AMR”) is immediately reducing the parking capacity on its lot located on the southerly end of Ausable Road where it intersects with Route 73 in St. Huberts.

Effective until further notice all NYS Fire Towers are closed. Also hiking Doubletop and Graham has been closed by the landowners.

The trails connecting to the upper viewing platform to the famed Kaaterskill Falls will be closed until further notice. Read more here