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This is a short but difficult bushwhack to a surprisingly Gunks-like patch right in the heart of The Catskills.
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It’s so obvious to my eye — the rock and the flora are completely different! — and yet the idea that they’re the same persists. The situation is not helped by the exit signs along I-87 that say everything above Exit 17 is “The Catskills”.
You might as well be saying Greenland is part of the United States.
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I was hoping to get to an epic view from the northern edge of the massive Kaaterskill Amphitheater on the eastern flank of Kaaterskill High Peak. I did a lot of poking around in very dense mountain laurel but couldn’t find an open clearing. I suspect the views have simply grown in.
However, I did find the wonderful ledge in this area…
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