Thursday, July 30, 2009
Off the grid for green and grandeur
One thing I found important about living in New York is that you gotta know when to get out of town. I had the opportunity to breathe some clean air and enjoy some moments of bliss over the last weekend thanks to my good friends at Outdoor Bound adventures. They take New Yorkers out on an extensive list of outdoor activites for quick weekend getaways without breaking your bank. I went on a 2 day hike and camped out 1 night in the Catskill Mountains and happily ditched all cell and laptop communication. I could say I may be hooked on nature again.
The hike was about 9-10 hard miles over 2 days
4 miles on day 1
6 miles on day 2
It may not sound like much but when you're hitting steep ascensions and descents at a rate of 100 feet every 10 minutes while carrying a backpack thats at least 40 pounds, you might think differently. Not to mention, I don't do this all the time. New York city it flat.
Things got a little hairy or should I say wet as we were rained on pretty hard Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. We managed to stay dry in our tents at night and although the conditions weren't ideal, it definitely made for more of an adventurous physical challenge on the climbs and drops. We even got to do a little rock climbing.It was lot of fun to power through it.
Peaks conquered were:
-Slide Mountain (4,180 feet-the highest in the Catskills)
-Cornell Mountain (3,870 feet)
-Wittenberg Mountain (3,790 feet).
And a shout out to Garan and Evan our guides for leading us into a recharging getaway.
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