Plateau and Sugarloaf – June 22, 2014

20140622PlateauSugarloaf-001s400We had a group of 6 for this hike of Plateau and Sugarloaf mountains in the Catskills. We hiked the Devil’s Path over both summits. The ascents and descents on both sides of both mountains are very steep, but the weather was perfect for great views from the viewpoints. Towards the end of the hike we introduced the stone chair temple construction at Dibbles Quarry to some of the group who had not seen it before.
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Table, Peekamoose, Lone and Rocky – March 9, 2014

20140309_130446s400It was a small group and we hiked four Catskill peaks, or was it six? Starting from the trail at Denning, we hiked to Table and Peekamoose, then left the trail and headed over to Lone and Rocky, then backtracked the way we had come, passing over Lone and Table again. We wore snowshoes the entire way and the going was pretty easy because someone else had set a very good track on a good bearing and we merely needed to follow it, although we did (more…)

Mount Waumbek – February 21, 2014

20140221_123652s400 Hiked Starr King and Waumbek with David. It was one of the best rainy day hikes ever…partly because it didn’t rain. The snowshoe track was obvious, but it had a few inches of new snow and sleet covering it that had only just finished falling. It was a fairly warm day (but without rain) and snow balling on the snowshoes was an issue, but manageable. Thought there would be no views, but visibility was excellent under the clouds. (more…)

A different sort of day on Leavitt – December 22, 2013

This was a successful bushwhack of Leavitt Peak (Southwest Hunter), although not exactly in the manner planned. The mountain and the December weather were very much out of character and provided a good, if unexpected experience. No photos were taken (also out of character and unexpected), but our snarky musings on the days events hopefully provide a few good nuggets on expecting the unexpected in the mountains.
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Halcott Mountain – October 19, 2013

20131019Halcott-004s400We hiked Halcott Mountain a beautiful fall day. For MK, this was #38; the next to last peak on his quest to earn his 3500 patch.

From the parking area we crossed the creek above the waterfall on the north branch of the Bushnellsville Creek. We continued through the cairn fields and then stayed on the north side of the next creek, paralleling it while climbing mainly towards the west-northwest.
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Liberty and Flume – August 31, 2013


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Part of our pre-labor day White Mountains trip, this was an 11 mile thru-hike from the Flume Visitor Center to Lincoln Woods. It was a very warm, humid and mostly cloudy day, but very little rain fell. Beginning on the Whitehouse Trail we quickly reached the Liberty Springs Trail which becomes increasingly steep until it reaches the junction with the Franconia Ridge Trail. We stopped at the junction for a snack and to cool off and spoke briefly with a ranger who was making the rounds.
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