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Stoppel Point (Plane Crash)

An absolutely delightful hike from Colgate Lake, around Lake Capra, and along Stoppel Point’s beautiful and scenic escarpment ridge.

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Schunemunk Mountain Loop

The terrain is the star on this mostly moderate hike over Schunemunk’s two ridges. This long, challenging route includes the base of Moodna Viaduct, The Megaliths, and excellent views.

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Catskills vs Adirondacks: 9 Differences

For planning, prepping and execution, here are the 9 key differences between hiking the Catskills and Adirondacks high peaks.

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Big Crow

A very short hike with a very big pay-off.

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KÜHL Hiking Shorts (Review)

We thought it would be fun to test some high-end hiking shorts. Would they live up to their own hype?

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6 Kid-Friendly Hikes in the Catskills

These easy kid-friendly Catskills hikes have so much to offer your family.

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Master Map of Hike Reports

This interactive master map lists all my hike reports to date

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Ashokan Rail Trail

Take a leisurely nature stroll (or cycle) along the scenic Ashokan Rail Trail, a premier Catskills destination.

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Best Bug Spray & Bug Repellent

This three-tiered best bug spray system keeps me (mostly!) bite free in New York’s backcountry every season

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Turn Around Every Now & Then

Have you ever turned around on a hike for any reason? Hike safely. Always listen to your gut.

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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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Roaring Brook Falls

A very short and very fun hike to one of the most popular Adirondack waterfall destinations.

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Giant Mountain

Giant Mountain is one of the most popular peaks in the Adirondacks. This route offers a super fun climb and a super scenic descent.

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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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What to Pack: The 10 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.

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Best Hiking Boots 2021

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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