This past fall, I bought a used rental bike from The Bicycle Depot in New Paltz. It's a Specialized 2008 Rockhopper, and in good condition. I was only able to use it a couple times before the weather turned cold, but I am looking forward to using it alot in the Spring. I rode on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, which runs from Gardiner at the Shawangunk town line, through New Paltz, and ends in Rosendale. The trail is part of the Hudson River Valley Greenway System, and is about 15 miles. One two different days I headed from New Paltz to Rosendale, about 12 miles, and from New Paltz to Gardiner, riding back along Rt. 209.
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.