slide mountain view

Slide Mountain (Best Route, Updated)

This loop features an easy ascent, great Catskills views, and a beautiful walk-out that passes through varied woods and terrain.

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Ditch the Switch: The Case for Year-Round Daylight Saving Time

Our twice-yearly switch between Daylight Saving Time and standard time is disruptive, damaging, and dangerous. It needs to end.

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Best Hiking Boots of 2023

Hot brand information and my recommendations for the best hiking boots right now.

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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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Israel Wittman Sanctuary, Woodstock, New York

Israel Wittman Sanctuary Trails Guide (Updated)

Newly expanded with the addition of Loop C, this sanctuary secures its place as a forever favorite.

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The 10 Essentials: What to Pack for Every Hike

The 10 Essentials is a list of items you should carry on every trip into the backcountry.

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Hiker at Ashokan Quarry Trail

6 Easy Catskills Hikes

Want a deep Catskills experience without the angst of a rigorous mountain hike? These are the hikes for you.

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Vernooy Falls / Wet Willy Swamp

Vernooy Falls Trail Secrets

There’s far more to this trail than most people know…

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Hikes With No Views Have The Best Views

Always keep an eye on your feet.

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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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black legged deer tick on a blade of grass

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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scenic view mountain summits

Van Wyck to Table & Peekamoose (updated)

Two plane wrecks. Two bear holes. Two talus fields. One incredible view.

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Catskills Fire Tower Challenge 2023

Everything you need to complete the Catskills Fire Tower Challenge.

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Platte Clove Road barrier locked open

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 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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