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Catskills Fire Tower Challenge 2023

Everything you need to complete the Catskills Fire Tower Challenge.

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Death in Rochester Hollow

The 69-year-old from Clinton Corners was hiking with two friends when he collapsed.

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15 Best Hiking Movies, Ranked Perfectly

Want to watch the best hiking movies? This list spans multiple genres: comedy, horror, adventure, social criticism, biography, and spirituality. But it’s hiking all the way…

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How Indian is Indian Head?

Native American communities were forced out of The Catskills by the Indian Removal Act, signed into law in 1830 by President Andrew Jackson.

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The Fried Chicken War of 1881

The Fried Chicken War is quality ding-dong Catskills drama. Oh, the shade!

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Platte Clove Road Winter Access

In winter, Platte Clove Road is closed to traffic on its eastern end. Use this alternate route to the eastern Devil’s Path and Kaaterskill High Peak.

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Kaaterskill Falls Fall Foliage 2022

Catskills Fall Foliage Report

The best Catskills Fall Foliage Report because it’s direct from the Catskills!

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Should We Stop Bushwhacking the Catskills?

I asked, “How can hikers best use the mountains right now, in terms of bushwhacking? Should we cool it for a while?”

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When Does Hiking Season End?

Learn how to extend your hiking into the most spectacular season of all!

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12 Best Hiking Apps

The best hiking apps broken into four categories: navigation/planning, field identification, photography, and fun.

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Circle W Market

34 Best Restaurants in the Catskills

This up-to-date list of the best Catskills cafes and restaurants will help make your next pre- or post-hike chow extra-awesome.

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Solo Hiking Advice for Women: Persist

Solo women hikers often face pushback from friends and family who’s anxiety is triggered by the suggestion that a woman might be heading into the wilderness alone. It’s time to call that what it is.

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The New York Wilderness Quiz

Think you know New York’s wilderness? Sure, sure you do…

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Arnold Guyot Catskills Mountains Map

Arnold Guyot’s 1879 Catskills Map

Do you know where Bee Line Mountain is in The Catskills? You’re about to find out…

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9+ Best Catskills Hiking Groups Online

A list of my favorite Catskills hiking groups online.

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Patreon vs Amazon

I currently use Amazon affiliate links on this site, in my email newsletter, and sometimes on my @TotalCatskills story feed on Instagram. Patreon may offer a way out of that compromise.

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