One day, the week after we hiked Kaaterskill High Peak (it is hard to keep the days straight when you are technically on vacation), Roger took me cross country skiing for the first time. I was a little apprehensive, since the last time I was on skis at a young age, I ended up running into people and off the side of the mountain at Camelback, PA. We had a nice breakfast/lunch from the Mountain Bistro Store, which is located on Route 44 55 in Gardiner. We then headed into town to get some gear from Rock and Snow, then we were off towards the Mohonk Preserve. It took a little bit to get used to the feel of the skis (not crossing them and falling on my face), but soon I got into a groove. It was a pretty crowded day, and we passed many people, including some younger kids on a ski team practicing. We did a loop that went around the base of the Mohonk tower. It was a quick trip, but I felt great afterward nonetheless. The next day I could really feel the burn in my thighs. It was a really great workout.
Checking out the view
I found out that the sound of Roger "encouraging" me from behind made me lose my concentration, and balance.
"Oh no baby, I'm not taking any pictures of you falling down"
I'm a trooper
Right after someone went face first into a snow bank
The Catskill 3500 club is open to all who frequent and love to hike in the Catskill Delta Region, located half an hour south of Albany. The Club was founded in 1962, and requires all members to climb 35 Catskill High Peaks, some repeated in the winter months from December to March.
My blog will chronicle a beginning and an end. While always a lover of outdoor activities, and most recently the Hudson Valley and New Paltz specifically, I am just beginning on my hiking journey, while my "guide" and boyfriend is finishing up his (at least the part where he becomes a member of the 3500 Club). Roger is a New York State certified Rock Climbing and Hiking Guide, and has thus far completed 29 peaks, 16 of which he completed during winter months. The last two recent peaks Roger completed, I had the pleasure of accompanying him, and I caught the bug, or "itch" of needing to push myself to the limit in beautiful and sometimes dangerous surroundings.
My next great endeavor will be to learn how to rope climb. But, we will have to wait till the Spring for that. Until then, bring on the snow!
Photographs used in blog are courtesy of Roger C. Ennis and Rachel M. Williams, on a Canon Powershot SX10 IS. Information and knowledge courtesy Roger.