Yes, yes, I know: I usually hike on Saturdays and today’s not a Saturday. Well, bollocks on you, I’m rearranging my schedule (pronounced shed-yool). I picked up my kayak yesterday (yay!) and catered last night, so I decided that trying to hike in the AM would be a bit too much. My kayak, by the way, is a Wilderness Systems Tempest 165. It’s pretty friggin’ awesome and I can’t wait to get out on the water with it. I picked up a paddle and a dry bag yesterday as well. The neoprene spray skirt I’d like to get wasn’t in stock, so I put it on order. I also still have to pick up a PFD (personal floatation device, aka life-jacket). I don’t plan on kayaking without either of those pieces of equipment.
Today I’ll be hiking Eagle Mountain. I’m pretty sure it’s the last of the 7 mountains I have to climb that actually has a trail to the summit. There are a few easy bushwacks in those last 6 – Graham and Doubletop both have old logging roads that lead partway to the summits – but after this it gets kind of dangerous. I hope my hiking partner Scott will return from his sabbatical soon. Lone and Rocky Mountains are the two that will probably wait until the end, as they look to be the toughest and most isolated of the bunch. Spring should be in full swing in the Catskills by the time I get to them, though, so I’ll be travelling light.
At between 3600 and 3620 feet in elevation, Eagle is the 27th highest mountain in the Catskills. I’ll be parking in the lot off of 49 in Seager NY (near Drury Hollow). Round-trip, the hike should be about 7 miles, with an elevation gain of about 1600 feet. A relatively tough hike after 4 hours of sleep and almost nothing to eat yesterday.