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How to Winter Hike: The Essential Roundup

If you’ve never hiked in winter, this is a great page to get started on your winter hike journey.

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12 Life-Changing Benefits of Winter Hiking

Are you willing to give up outdoor life for months on end? The hell you are. The benefits of winter hiking far outweigh the risks of staying inside for months on end.

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27 Unbeatable Winter Hiking Tips

Hate the coldest season? With a little extra gear and prep, and these winter hiking tips, you can stay warm and dry and hike into the wilderness for an incredible adventure.

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Where are the Catskill Mountains?

The Catskill Mountains are located in New York State, south of Albany and west of the Hudson River.

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Geo-Map of Trail Guides

This master geo-map lists my trail guides visually.

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Winter Hiking Essentials

Winter hiking essentials — crucial gear and intel to hike safely this winter.

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AllTrails App Safety Issues

Look, the AllTrails app is fine. I use AllTrails. My friends use AllTrails. We all use AllTrails. BUT…

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6 Incredible Fall Foliage Hikes in the Adirondacks

When that Adirondack fall foliage hits, you don’t want to miss it. Here’s a selection of incredible hikes to view the ADK extravaganza.

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Ashokan Rail Trail scenic water view

5 Best Hiking Trails Near Woodstock

Here are the best hiking trails near Woodstock, New York. All kid-friendly so the whole family can enjoy a deep nature excursion.

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How to Shorten Your Reservoir Hose

This is a great 2-minute project. Shorten your reservoir hose and enjoy every future hike that little bit more.

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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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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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Camping in the Catskills: a Beginner’s Guide to Backcountry Campouts

Camping in the Catskills? This comprehensive list of resources, regulations and gear tips will help get you ready for your first Catskills campout.

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Best Hiking Boots of 2022

If you’re looking for a new pair of hiking boots, this list of hiking boot brands and models will get you started with great recommendations.

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7 Amazing Scenic Catskills Views You Don’t Know

The best scenic Catskills views? Often, they’re not the ones you'll find in any guidebook.

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Best Camera Settings for Photographing Sunsets & Sunrises (40+ Tips)

Plan, prepare and shoot the perfect sunrise or sunset photo. Here’s everything you need to know.

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Hello, I’m Sean

I write independent hiking content to help hikers like you find amazing hikes in the Catskills, Adirondacks, Gunks, Hudson Highlands, Taconics and beyond.

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