The Hunter Mountain Wacky (Bushwack approach)
sam. 8 juin à 15:00
The Wacky is Back-y. As we continue to hike the Catskills in new ways. Why hike the Catskills in new ways? Lesser is greater in the Catskills, come explore and find out. The beauty and magic of the Catskills is not generally at the peaks, trails or herdpaths, as the Catskill's origin are not mountains, but a single uplifted Plateau. It has sometimes been called slot canyons with trees. The true highpoints have been hidden by direct routes to the peaks, and the lure of a certificate and patch. They say 'Come, do your 35's and get your patch' - you will miss much of the magic and will not see the wild side of the Cats, if you take the common 35 approaches, so we don't. Brief History of the Wacky: The Hunter Mountain Wacky was born out of a very simple and easy mistake mistake by two very inexperienced backpackers that lead to a spectacular adventure which became the wacky. Basically me and a friend started up the Devil's Path from Notch lake towards Hunter mountain summit to get to the fire-tower, enjoy the views then go a bit further to camp for the night. We lost the trail at the first turn, assumed that the trail must be on the right and kept heading there into Stony Cove - a place of cliffs and ledges. The Catskill adventure began... Note RSVP is to wait list only, participants will be moved to going at the discretion of the host and will be done closer to the date of the event. We will park at the Notch Lake parking lot, hike around the lake on Rt 214 and then disappear into the woods of Stony Cove, which is a maze of cliffs and chutes. Use the following for directions, more accurate then meetup location above: https://goo.gl/maps/84gCM9omgPv The hike itself will be a Bushwack of about 2000 vertical. We will have to find our way around and up multiple cliffs, scrambling is a must. We will make progress upwards this way till we reconnect with the trail near the summit, and visit the Firetower. Return is expected to be on trail, if we get to Hunter early enough we will be taking on South West Hunter as well. Expect 3 miles of bushwacking (it's 2 miles direct, but we won't be able to go direct), 3.5 miles of trail, Add 1 +1 for Southwest Hunter Addition. I expect we will be back at the cars around 4 (that determines if SW hunter will happen, or if we will need to do that differently another day) Food and drink to follow. Please post below for ride sharing, or view it if you an assist others who needs a ride. Thanks Children Welcome: But this is not a easy event, children must have the ability for this. This is not your standard 3500 Catskill bushwack high peak. Guests: Guest function, if enabled for this hike, is only for children/teens. No Shows/ short notice canceling/waitlisted: Known 'No shows' may be waitlisted, and / or excluded from the event if there is a max number of hikers set. Repeat short notice canceling will also be noted for consideration for this. No-showing / short notice canceling prevents others from attending if the event is full. Make sure you sign in, you would not want to be accidentally marked as a no-show, additionally frequently a few spots are reserved for those who are known to attend and be on time. Arriving Late: Don't do that, you may be on your own. If you are late, we can only wait if it would be advantageous for the group to wait, so don't be late. We will try to get you back on track, but those mornings are very hectic and my first responsibility would need to be to those hikers that have arrived. You may not get to hike with us, additionally we may not have room to get you back to your vehicle at the end if that is required. Dogs: I request No Dogs NOTE: You are responsible for bringing appropriate gear, supplies, clothing, first aid, and lights. You should review topographic maps and trail features carefully; understanding topography of any hike is key to your knowing where you are, where you're going, and how to get back. See suggestions for GEAR on the "About" page for additional gear ideas. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- You agree when you sign up for this group or any of the events that you have read and understand the below. If you join us for a hike (or any other event), please understand that you are responsible for your own preparedness and well-being and will hold no one else liable in case of injury or mishap. You agree not to hold the Organizer, Assistant Organizers, or any other members responsible for any injuries, mishaps, or any other situation that may happen at a planned event. You are responsible to research the event, know the area, and bring the proper gear. Your attendance on a hike signifies that you have read and accept the terms of this liability waiver.
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