Hiking News

Gateway to Winter

By Dave Holden What a difference a few weeks can make! It seems like just yesterday that we were on that magical, bright rainbow-hued cusp of late summer and early autumn where the leaves were newly-turned and brightly-colored. There was still a hint of summerwarmth. Now, much of the brightness has faded from the dried husks of 2013 and cooler, ... Read More »

The Legend of the Catskill Witch

By George Baird and Erica Obey The legend of the Catskill Witch is as old as the gnomes playing at ninepins or the Headless Horseman, having made her first appearance as a postscript to Washington Irving’s tale of Rip van Winkle, where she is described as dwelling on the highest peak of the Catskills, and had charge of the doors ... Read More »

Choosing Gear For Backpacking

Backpacking and camping in the great outdoors can be quite an adventure for individuals who enjoy nature and like to be in the wilds. For first-time backpackers, particularly those who are planning to camp in the wilderness, miles from other people, facilities and roads, there is important gear that should be in the backpack and safety guidelines to follow to ... Read More »

How to Manage Water Storage While Backpacking?

One of the most important things to think about when you are hiking – and even more on a backpacking trip – is water.  On short day hikes it isn’t as important as multi-day trips, although you should always bring SOME water with you in case you end up out there longer than you planned. But on a backpacking trip ... Read More »