The Catskill 3500 Club hosts an annual Winter Weekend every January to bring together all levels of hikers – those new to winter hiking to very experienced outdoors people – to enjoy, learn and appreciate the Catskill Mountains. Hikes and bushwhacks are offered to a variety of peaks, including the four required winter ones. Information on next year’s weekend will be posted in the fall.
Each spring the Catskill 3500 Club invites Members, Aspirants, and their guests to attend our annual dinner. It is a chance to socialize with fellow hikers, a time when new members receive their certificates and a speaker presents on a topic relevant to the Catskills or hiking.
Members and aspirants are cordially invited to attend the upcoming 54th annual dinner, to be held at the Chateau in Kingston, NY, on April 13th, 2019.
Please RSVP by March 25, 2019 by mailing the invitation form to Mike at the address provided (found at the back of the printed edition). The invitation can also be downloaded directly from the Club's site here.
Club related merchandise will again be available for purchase and Joe of Dorohovech Designs will be back with his trail signs (new this year: summit signs!).
Jeremy Apgar will be this dinner's featured speaker and he will be presenting: "Trail Maps in the Catskills, Then & Now." Jeremy Apgar has been the cartographer for the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference for more than 10 years, creating maps to assist with all aspects of building, maintaining, and educating people about trails. His first Catskill High Peak hike, with an ascent up Blackhead Mountain’s northeast slope, remains one of his favorite hikes. The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference is known in part for their high-quality trail maps. You will learn about the history of trail mapping in the Catskills over the past 100+ years and how the Trail Conference’s latest edition of their Catskill Trails map set was produced.
The Catskill 3500 Club will be running its annual Wilderness First Aid Course (SOLO Certified) this spring on Saturday and Sunday, May 4th and 5th, at the Catskill Center in Arkville (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. both days). This is a valuable course for both hike leaders and regular hikers and we are lucky that John Kascenska can instruct again. You can see his considerable experience at http://www.kamountainguides.com/about.html.
This two-day course includes a combination of lectures and hands-on, practical wilderness first aid simulations. More information on what the class involves can be found here.
The fee for the training course is $175 per person. Participants completing the course will receive SOLO certifications in WFA, as well as Adult & Child CPR.
For those considering leading for the club, we are offering an incentive: 75% of the class costs will be refundable after you have been approved for leading and have led 4 hikes in 2 years. Please contact Maria Bedo-Calhoun for further information or to register.