Death at Kaaterskill Falls

A young man from Yonkers went missing April 24. His rented car was found April 30 at the main Laurel House Road parking lot. Later the same day, his body was recovered from the base of the falls.

Read ›

black legged deer tick on a blade of grass

Tick Season

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.

Read ›

screenshot of hiking gear products

Hiking & Camping Gear List

There’s so much to read and learn about hiking gear. Here’s a basic list of the things you’ll use most often on your day hikes and campouts.

Read ›

red snowshoes stacked on wooden floor

Snowshoe Basics

The number of snowshoe options is overwhelming. Here’s a quick guide on what to look for, and where to get your first pair.

Read ›

How Cold is Too Cold to Hike?

January 2021 had some spectacularly cold weather in the Catskills, with wind chills dipping close to -40°F / -40°C at summits. But how cold is too cold? Here are 6 things you need to think about: weather, comfort, safety, frostbite, hypothermia, and gear.

Read ›

winter day hike checklist, catskills PDF

Winter Day-Hike Essentials Checklist

Download this helpful PDF with explanatory notes and a handy winter day-hike essentials checklist.

Read ›

mountains at sunset

Platte Clove Road Access in Winter

In winter, Platte Clove Road is closed at its eastern side. Here’s the alternate route to the Eastern Devil’s Path mountains and Kaaterskill High Peak.

Read ›

upturned trail crampons showing spikes

Microspikes & Trail Crampons – Winter Traction

This short post discusses the basic differences between cleats, microspikes, trail crampons, crampons, and snowshoes — and describes the safety benefits of each.

Read ›

catskill mountains in distance

How Windy is Too Windy To Hike?

I moved my hike from a windy Friday to a less windy (but much colder) Saturday. 80% of my online followers agreed with me. Here’s why.

Read ›

white and blue headlamps sitting on wet wood in woods

PSA: How to Buy a Hiking Headlamp

For hikers and campers, headlamps are essential pieces of gear. Whether you’re hiking out at dusk after a long day, or hiking in, in the pitch dark for a glorious summit sunrise, a headlamp will keep you on track and safe.

Read ›

google doc screenshot of spreadsheet

Catskill 3500 Trail Conditions Google Spreadsheet

For current trail conditions, this shared Google spreadsheet is a great resource to check before (and after) your next Catskill 3500 hike.

Read ›

wet dog in front of waterfall

PSA: Dog Days of Summer — How to Hike Your Dog Safely When It’s Hot & Humid

From springtime on, temperatures and humidity can spike, but July & August bring heat indices that regularly shoot past safe limits for our canine companions. Mountain hikes are much harder, and much longer, than regular walks. All of this presents an elevated risk for dogs.

Read ›

Red Blaze on the Devil’s Path

How Long Will My Hike Take?

One of the simplest things you need to know about any hike is: how long will it take? Knowing a planned hike’s duration is crucial to being able to figure out what to bring in terms of safety supplies, water and food.

Read ›

screenshot of best hiking iphone apps

The Best Hiking Apps Right Now

The best hiking apps broken into four categories: navigation/planning, field identification, photography, and fun. Whether you enjoy easy scenic trails or challenging mountain hikes, these apps will help you plan, plot and prepare for your next adventure.

Read ›

Winter Hiking Gear: hat, gloves, ice axe

Winter Hiking Gear: Survive & Thrive in the Cold

Winter mountain hiking in the Catskills is spectacular. Snow-blasted forests, bleached valley views, and bright blue skies. The days are shorter, the nights are longer — and the temperature is lethal. Make sure you have the best winter hiking gear and know how to use it.

Read ›

map / compass

What to Pack: The Ten Essentials

The ten essentials is a list of items you should carry on every trip into the backcountry. This essential gear can keep you safe and on track. In an emergency, it might save your life.

Read ›

Get More!

  • Latest Hike Reports
  • Weather Tips
  • Seasonal Advice
  • Trail Mix
  • Backcountry Rescues

Sign up for the best hiking newsletter on the planet…