On Wednesday I was fortunate enough to complete my climbing of the 35 Catskill High Peaks in the Winter, a challenge that must be tackled between the first and last days of winter: December 21 and March 21. I’m proud to be one of only 900 people to have achieved this feat, especially considering how ferociously cold and complex this season has been. I am number 1833 to have climbed them outside of the winter, but I wanted to embrace these mountain in all seasons.
As you can imagine, one of my other passions besides meteorology is the outdoors. I’m a member of the Catskill Mountain Club, co-chair of the Southern Catskills for the NYNJ Trail Conference, a member of the Catskill 3500 club, and a licensed NY State Guide. I suggest everyone look into these great organizations. Look for opportunities to make a donation, or join a trip, or volunteer to maintain a section of a trail so we can make sure the Catskill Mountains always stay as beautiful and majestic as they are today.
What I’ve found is that the Catskill Mountains in all their beauty tend to be overlooked by most people seeking a hiking experience. The Adirondack Mountains always seem to draw more respect and attention than their rounded, tree-covered and shorter neighbors to the south. However, anyone who has had the honor of stepping foot in the historic topography of the Catskills knows just how sacred it is. We should protect, observe and enjoy it!
No one can deny that we live in a beautiful place where the mighty Hudson River carves through a valley flanked to its west with peaks reaching over 4000 feet. Sometimes you just have to stop the daily grind long enough to look up and appreciate all that is the Hudson Valley.
I feel that being so in touch with this area has helped me to understand what drives all our micro-climates and the elements that can make a forecast for the region a bit trying at best. I know this particular blog post isn’t very weather related, but I still wanted to share a bit of insight into some other passions that drive me besides weather. I hope everyone takes an opportunity to visit some of the links below, join these great organizations, dedicate some time to enjoy the trips they offer, or dedicate your time to help preserve these mountains for years to come.
Do you know how many summits in the Catskills have no trails?
True or False, there are more than 10 plane crashes in the Catskills?
Do you know the tallest of the high peaks in the Catskills and the shortest?
Do you know what peak was once thought to be the tallest by the Dutch settlers of the HV?
True or False, the dutch settlers of the Hudson Valley once thought the devil lived in the Catskills?
Answers will be posted on here and Facebook on Sunday
Some Links to Organizations that Support the Catskills: