Tag Archives: Off the beaten path

Lone and Table Mountains from Paul's Lookout

Lone Mountain is one of 4 trailless peaks below Slide Mountain south of the Burroughs Range. At 3,721′ it ranks 16th of the Catskill 35 high peaks and is a required climb for the Catskill 3500 Club. The 4 peaks of Lone, Rocky, Balsam Cap, and Friday are collectively known as the “Bushwhack Range”. You’ll need a map and compass to navigate this peak. Lone is the westernmost peak in the range just northeast of…

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Southwest Hunter Mountain AKA Leavitt Peak

Southwest Hunter Mountain is also known as Leavitt Peak in honor of the Leavitt’s, two Catskill 3500 Club founders. However, in this writing I will refer to the mountain by it’s official name of Southwest Hunter Mountain to avoid confusion with maps. The peak was originally not part of the official Catskill 3500 requirement list as it was considered a spur ridge of Hunter Mountain. There was disagreement among the early club members and it…

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Chris on False Summit on Hunter Mountain West Ridge

Hunter Mountain is the Catskill’s second highest peak and one of five with a restored fire tower on the summit. Hunter’s summit has been heavily logged in the past and has experienced many burns. Forest historian, Michael Kudish, has referred to Hunter as the “burn capital” of the Catskills. The logging on Hunter was so extensive that unlike other high peaks in these mountains there is very little growth forest left. Hunter is a busy…

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Chris at Buck Ridge Lookout on Westkill Mountain

West Kill Mountain is the 6th highest peak in the Catskills topping out at 3,891 feet. There are two trails to access the mountain, Devil’s Path and Diamond Notch. However, like all other peaks, there are ways to ascend that don’t involve the comfort of a marked path. West Kill is no exception. Chris came to me and said he was looking at the map for West Kill and he thought it would be fun to…

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View from Giant Mountain Summit

I found this picture and thought I would share it with the folks that are new to slide climbing/bushwhacking! This was taken after pushing through about 1 mile of dense spruce. We exited a slide on Giant Mountain in the Adirondacks last year and fought our way up a ridge. The day before our climb it rained and the slide was very wet and poorly navigable. This was NOT a planned exit. We still had…

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