Author Archives: Scott L.

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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It was a long time coming. Since the 1990’s. At that time I started my Catskill 3500 journey with my oldest son which we finished in 1999. This July I had the joy of completing my second 3500 adventure with my younger son finishing on a three-day trip up the Neversink and out over Slide Mountain. Balsam Cap, Friday, Dink, and out over Slide Mountain In the southern Catskills, just south of Slide Mountain sits…

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View from near the summit of Rocky Mountain in the Catskills

Rocky Mountain is a 3508’ 3487′ peak (update 2018: Rocky’s elevation has been downgraded to 3487′) in the Catskills Bushwhack Range in the Slide Mountain Wilderness. Geographically it can be considered as a part of the Peekamoose Mountain Range. However, local hikers have deemed the range the Bushwhack Range, so it will be referred to on this site. The peak is a required climb for the Catskill 3500 Club. Over the past couple of decades…

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Hiking gear in the forest

When I started hiking, a long time ago, I knew nothing about the 10 essentials. I learned by trial and error, lots of error. Then people smarter than I started talking about essential items you needed to survive or at least be safe when out in the backwoods. Over time I’ve created my way of doing things, cheats, to make sure I have all I need when I head out, you will too. Most people I…

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Gear Review: Nemo Veda 2P Trekking Pole Tent

Today’s tent manufacturers continue to  develop lighter weight tents that are increasingly usable. The Nemo Veda 2P has seemed to hit the mark. Designed as a two-person ultralight single wall tent, the Nemo Veda 2P uses 2 pairs of hiking poles to set up. However, as you’ll read in this post, you can use this tent alone with an easy fix. The tent manufacturer states a minimum weight of 2 lbs. 14 oz. (our weighed in at…

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