There are White Mountain peaks honoring patriots who signed the Declaration of Independence, but Mt. Washington is not one of them. When the declaration was signed in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776 General George Washington was in New York with his troops.Continue reading
Join us for some or all of the monthly hikes in our series of free Catskill hikes. Each month on a Thursday we’ll meet for a guided hike of one or more of the Catskill 3500 peaks. Although we’ve tried to keep things relatively simple, most of these hikes have some challenging sections.Continue reading
Our next Santanoni Backpack trip is scheduled for June 26 – 28, 2020. This trip features 2 nights of camping and hiking the Santanoni Range, which includes three of the Adirondack 46’er peaks. We will summit Santanoni Peak, Panther Mountain, and the “character building” Couchsachraga Peak. This will be a small group with appropriate social distancing and PPE guidelines followed.
The COVID-19 impacts on hiking include the universal disruption of plans, including ours.
Like lots of people, I’m going more than a little stir crazy due to the COVID-19 outbreak. I’ve been taking local hikes to get some fresh air and exercise and this really does help. It’s been a challenge to keep up with constantly changing COVID-19 impacts on hiking activities. Active guiding is on hold for now and near-term trips that were planned have been canceled. Longer term everything is tentative, although we are still taking bookings for guided trips. These will be dependent on both public health policy and local rules as well as common sense regarding COVID-19
Officially, we are still encouraged to get outside, but there are important common-sense guidelines. Below are some key takeaways regarding COVID-19 impacts on hiking and camping, my personal thoughts and interpretations regarding access and safety considerations, and some links you can use to keep track of rapidly changing guidelines for outdoor recreation
COVID-19 Impacts on Hiking – Takeways for Backcountry Users
The good news is that most parks and trail systems are open and being outdoors is considered low-risk when it comes to contracting or spreading COVID-19. The bad news is that doesn’t guarantee access to your favorite park or trail:Continue reading
Our Catskill Backpacking experience is a fully guided overnight hiking and camping trip that is ideal for beginners and novices. This fun and hands-on experience will focus on teaching backcountry fundamentals in a small group setting. Therefore, it is ideal for backpackers who want to learn new skills or brush up on old ones while getting away for a relaxing weekend in an enchanting location.
We will hike between 2 and 4 miles with minimal elevation gain to a beautiful campsite in the Catskill Mountains. Your experienced guide will provide assistance, instruction, and coaching as you learn by doing.
Dates: Check for recurring dates or request specific dates
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Catskill Free Guided Hike Series
This challenging winter through-hike of the Burroughs Range is not for everyone. The 10 mile hike with 3800 feet of elevation gain includes three Catskill high peaks (Wittenberg – elevation 3782 feet, Cornell – elevation 3858 feet, and Slide Mountain – elevation 4184 feet). Along the way we’ll negotiate many steep ledges including the famous Cornell Crack. The Burroughs Range Traverse is a fun hike for fit hikers who enjoy some light scrambling.
There are several spectacular viewpoints along the route including the famous views from the Wittenberg summit, spectacular views of Wittenberg and Slide Mountain from Cornell, and others.Continue reading
Catskill Free Guided Hike Series
We’ll summit Slide Mountain in the final hike of our 2019 Catskill Fall Hike Series, although “pre-winter” or even “winter” may describe the conditions that we will encounter. Slide Mountain is the highest peak in the Catskill Mountains at 4190 feet and we’ll need spikes or crampons and possibly snowshoes depending on snow conditions. The total hike will be 7 miles with approximately 1800 feet of total ascent. Please wear winter hiking boots and bring layers of clothing that can be added or subtracted depending on the temperatures. We’ll discuss strategies for staying warm before and during the hike. See our recommended gear list for day hikes for advice on what to bring:
Please register for the Slide Mountain hike by by emailing email@example.com, calling 631-741-3765 or use the contact form below. Mention where you learned of this hike when registering. There is no charge for this hike. Registration ends December 10 or when all spots are filled.
We will continue the monthly Catskill hike series in 2020. Check back for details on upcoming hikes. Winter’s coming and many feel it is the best time of the year to hike.
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Join us for 8 to 10 days and nights of hiking, touring, pubs, and B&B’s in Ireland.
We’ll stay in charming B&B’s, eat in comfortable pubs and sample the beauty of Ireland’s mountains and coastline. Some of the hiking is strenuous. The itinerary will include:
We’ll be welcoming the fall September 20 – 22 with a 3-day Adirondack backpacking trip to bag 4 remote peaks. After a long hike in and setup of our campsite, we’ll set our sights on bagging Cliff, Redfield, Skylight and Gray Peak. This trip is for experienced hikers in good physical condition.
Cost: $525 pp
Join us for a two-night fully guided backpack of Allen Mountain. This trip is scheduled for Tuesday July 16 – Thursday July 18, 2019. The midweek hiking should provide us with Adirondack solitude. The full moon will add an additional sense of wonder to the evenings. All meals and group gear will be provided by your enthusiastic and professional New York State licensed guide.
The entire hike to Allen Mountain and back is 19 miles with 4000 feet of elevation gain, but we’ll sandwich a moderate backpack around a day-hike of approximately 5 miles to the summit.
Allen Mountain has fantastic views as you climb and another fabulous viewpoint featuring the Great Range of the Adirondacks near the 4340 foot summit. The summit itself is wooded, but the great views are close by.
Although only 5 miles round-trip, the hike from our campsite to the Allen Mountain summit will be very strenuous. The route near the Allen Brook is steep, rugged and sometimes slippery. Therefore, the reward of a hot meal back at our campsite will be well earned. Once back at the camp, it will be R&R time under the full moon until we have to load our packs and leave the next morning.
The cost for the July 16 Allen Mountain Backpack trip is $400. Limited space is available.
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