With New York moving into a phased reopening, the Club Board is slightly revising our guidance to members. The situation is changing, as we all know, so we will update this as needed.
As responsible hikers, please continue to follow the NYS guidelines for your region to avoid the spreading of the virus.If the high peaks are available for you:
- Hike with social distancing always in mind and use face masks when encountering other hikers
- Avoid crowded trailheads and be prepared for alternatives
- PLEASE know your abilities, conditions and limits. DO NOT assume you will be rescued and choose appropriately based on what your comfort level is. Questions to ask yourself. If you are doing a bushwhack do you have enough map reading abilities to get out if your GPS fails? Does your pack have first aid supplies and could you spend a night in the woods if injured or lost? Most first responders are volunteers and the protocol to protect themselves in this time of COVID is serious, expensive and time consuming. Make your outdoor decisions wisely and with that in mind.
Doubletop & Graham
- Due to the number of people reaching out to the caretaker for hikes to these two mountains, he is revising the procedure for getting permission to hike on these lands and is currently only allowing hikers from neighboring counties.
- Contact Bill ONLY at his office number: (845) 586-4099. He will be responding during Mon-Fri business hours. This is a landline, so texts will not work. He will no longer be replying to the cell number originally listed, even if it is a text.
- If you do not get approval and you are working on your 3500 member list, your summit will not be counted. DO NOT abuse the generosity of the private landowner of those mountains and only contact him if you fit the criteria.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Maria at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks in advance for your thoughtfulness and conscientiousness.