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 ›

large glacial erratic boulders with mountain summits behind

Balanced Rocks & Pitchoff Mountain Hiking Trail

This short but difficult hike to Balanced Rocks and Pitchoff’s summit can be done in 4-5 hours. Exceptional views at many points along this beautiful trail.

Read ›

cabin in snow on mountain summit

Hunter Mountain, Quick Route

This moderate and very scenic hike can be completed in 4-5 hrs. This is the easiest route to climb Hunter Mountain.

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 ›

snowshoe trench in snow

Trail Terms: Winter Lingo

Once the cold weather sets in, you’ll start to see and hear these winter trail terms online in forums and social posts. Here’s what they all mean.

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 ›

orange canister affixed to tree trunk

Fir & Big Indian

This long hike mixes beautiful Catskills trails and fun water crossings with a long bushwhack section over two substantial mountain peaks.

Read ›

large boulder protruding from mountain

Twin Mountain via Jimmy Dolan Notch

This quick ascent to a gorgeous two-peaked Catskill ridge includes a fun, tricky rock scramble — and one of the truly great views in the Catskill Park.

Read ›

wintery waterfall

Eagle Mountain from Seager

Not many people hike this way to Eagle but it’s the most beautiful route. The Seager Big Indian trail which passes along Dry Brook is uniquely challenging and magical.

Read ›

Iced-up Kaaterskill Fals

Kaaterskill Falls via Kaaterskill Rail Trail – Upper Route

This is a short, super-easy hike to one of the most popular Catskills destinations. It includes views not seen by those who park closer to the falls, and is the perfect trail in winter for some easy snow-shoeing or cross country skiing.

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 ›

Get More!

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

Sign up for the best hiking newsletter on the planet…