Catskill Hiker
  Hiking the Catskills and beyond...

Your Experience

Although you can read many beautiful descriptions of the hikes other people have taken, it is doubtful that you will have the same experience. Each of us learns to appreciate the world around us in different ways. For some it is the final objective that is most important while others gain more from the journey.

Most Recent Adventures...

The week of March 30th has brought warmer and drier weather to the Catskills at least at the start of the week! Sunday night into Monday morning brought some sleet and freezing rain which coated some of the trees at higher elevations. After some cool weather on Monday, the warm weather appeared on Tuesday with the temperature rising to the mid 50's in the afternoon. The warm weather stayed around for Wednesday with a high of over 60 degrees and almost no wind. Thursday's forecast is for a cloudy day with temperatures in the low 50's. Rain is forecast for Thursday into and through Friday with slightly lower temperatures. The highs on the weekend are predicted to be in the low 50's with clouds on Saturday. Sunnier weather is in the forecast for Sunday. There is still a significant amount of snow and ice on the ground in the woods and at higher elevations. The snow may be packed hard in the morning but warmer temperatures tend to make it softer later in the day. The warmer temperatures make snowshoes advisable for traction and support in many areas. There may be icy spots where spikes or full crampons are more appropriate. Remember, the weather forecast is only a prediction and always contains percentages. Be prepared and have a plan for the most likely and least likely forecast! Now is the time to put your favorite "ice grippers" in the pack and keep them there! Are you prepared to stay out overnight on a trail? Conditions in the morning can change drastically by afternoon. Conditions at the trailhead do not always reflect the conditions on the peaks! Variable trail and weather conditions are a hallmark of these mountains. BE CAREFUL AND BE PREPARED! 

 News

Sheila, my new yellow lab mix, is proving to be a good trail dog. The laceration on her paw took some time to heal but the end result was better than I hoped. Shelia is definitely a hunting dog and is constantly following game trails . She doesn't usually start very far and I have grown accustomed to her roaming. She loves to chase birds! Recently we met up with a porcupine which she seemed determined to approach! She did come when I called but reluctantly. I hope she has a different reaction to her first bear!

 My Hiking Books

I take hundreds and sometimes thousands of pictures each year. It is hard for me to "throw out" pictures so most of them end up in my online albums. Some of these pictures are better than others and I am trying to be more selective. For the past four years I have looked at ALL of the pictures fro the year and selected some to publish in print. Various websites such as Winkflash, Shutterfly, Blurb and Zazzle provide this service. I always wait until there is a sale of 50% off or more! Below are links to the PDF copies of these books.

Hiking 2009
Hiking 2010
Hiking 2011
Hiking 2012

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