I have been hiking a lot since Fall 2008, largely in Harriman State Park and other parts of the Hudson Highlands. Since Summer 2012, I’ve also been climbing peaks in the Adirondacks and Catskills. Back in the late 1980s, I did a lot of birding, with a North American life list of 451 species. To me, both birding and hiking are keys to the outdoors, hooks that lead one into exploring the related trees, geology, lichens & mosses, other animals, and environments (specific habitats or forest types).
Harriman State Park
Since, 2008, when I began hiking with my friend Dick Warren, I have hiked all 220 miles of the marked trails in Harriman/Bear Mountain State Park, many of them more than once, of course. As of Fall 2012, I have been maintaining the eastern section of the Pine Meadow Trail for the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference (NYNJTC).)
I am working towards hiking all 35 of the Catskills peaks over 3500 feet (plus the 4 required to be hiked again in winter). Here are some trip reports:
I’m also working on the 46 Adirondacks peaks over 4000 feet, and have hit 35 of 46 (as of Oct. 2014):
It’s all about the bark. Look at the bark. 🙂
Acepilots.com – my WW2 aviation website