Sean Dix Range

Why Turning Around is the Boldest Move

Press on or turn back? This split second decision can be life-altering.

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How to Use a Map and Compass

How to Use a Compass

This short step-by-step guide makes the process straightforward and enjoyable.

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rattlesnake in the catskills

Rattlesnakes in the Catskills: A Hiker’s Guide

Everything you need to know about rattlesnakes in the Catskills.

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Harness the Power of Overnight Oats: Ultimate Breakfast for Hikers

Overnight oats breakfasts are nutrient-dense powerhouses that fuel your body for day ahead.

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Black Fly Header hiking trail

Black Fly Season Means Black Fly Bites

When to watch for black flies, how best to avoid them, how to repel them, and how to treat super-itchy black fly bites.

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Walk Through Mud

Here are three great reasons to always walk directly down the middle of every trail, and especially through any mud puddles or water you find on the trail.

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High Falls Conservation Area

What is Soft Hiking?

A refreshing perspective on outdoor experiences, emphasizing mindfulness, accessibility, and personal enjoyment.

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Tick Season Tactics for Hikers

Tick season sucks. When to worry, where to look, how to avoid, the best ways to prevent, and how to treat any tick bites you find.

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Survivor Bias

Survivor bias in hiking is a safety issue. So is an optimism bias.

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10 Ways to Be a Better Winter Hiker

Winter hiking can be a wonderful and rewarding experience, but it presents specific challenges. The following tips will help you become a safe and successful winter hiker.

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Best Layers for Hikers in GaiaGPS

4 Best Layers for Hikers in GaiaGPS

These are the four layers I use when planning a hike and navigating with GaiaGPS.

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How to Identify Bear Tracks in Snow

It’s so exciting to identify bear tracks in snow. A clean bear print is an impressive thing, always a thrill to see.

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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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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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How to Plan Your First Sunrise Hike

What to bring, when to go, what to expect. Everything you need to know.

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Kaaterskill Falls 7316 hiking trail

How Cold is Too Cold to Hike?

Here are 6 things you need to think about: weather, comfort, safety, frostbite, hypothermia, and gear.

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