I was really planning on taking it easy today – sleep in, do laundry, clean, take the kayak out for a bit. I catered last night and must have walked five miles doing so. But I only have three mountains left to climb to get into the Catskill 3500 Club.
Well, four actually. Scott & I never found the canister atop the southwest peak of Hunter Mountain, and I have it on good authority that they won’t let me/us into the club without having signed-in at the canister. I’m going to email the membership chair to double-check, but I’m operating on the assumption that the guy who told me (who already has a 3500 Club patch – with a winter rocker – and a 46ers patch – with a winter rocker – and…well, let’s just say he’s hiked a helluva lot more than me) is correct.
Check me out on the frontrunners list for these mountains on Peakbagger.com, though. 91.4% complete. I know very well the last three peaks I have to climb. Needless to say, they’re not the easiest of the bunch – those all got taken care of forever ago.
So last night I had every intention of taking it easy today and hiking next weekend. I pulled my maps and info pages out to peruse Kaaterskill High Peak, and read this:
Access is usually from the High Peak snowmobile trail system, which is also a part of the Long Path. From the snowmobile trail northwest of the peak, it is possible to follow the old blue-marked Twilight Park Trail to the summit. It is also possible to follow the blue markers steeply up the south side from Josh Road. This southern route should be used only by the most experienced climbers as there are some steep ledges to get over. It should also be noted that this blue-blazed trail is unofficial, and both summit approaches may be difficult to follow. [Citation – Emphasis added]
And I was like “what? only the most what??” So today I’m climbing Kaaterskill High Peak. I’ll be starting from the end of Josh Road, which you can sort of see to the south of the mountain: