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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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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Van Wyck to Table & Peekamoose (updated)

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

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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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Catskills Fire Tower Challenge 2023

Everything you need to complete the Catskills Fire Tower Challenge.

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Best Hiking Boots & Brands

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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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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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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Essential Winter Hiking Gear Checklist

Grab this essential winter hiking gear checklist and stay safer on the hills this winter.

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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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KÜHL Hiking Pants (Review)

KÜHL kindly sent me two pairs of winter hiking pants to review. They‘re so good.

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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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Poets Ledge

This route to Poets Ledge on Kaaterskill High peak is very steep but very rewarding.

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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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