It’s time to sign up for the Catskill 3500 Club Winter Weekend!
We are excited to announce that our annual winter gathering will be held from January 25th to 27th, 2019. This year we will be convening at the Catskill Seasons Inn. The location in Shandaken is perfect for many nearby trailheads. Be sure to check out the schedule in the Canister or on our website to see all the great hikes Bill Winterbottom, our hiking chair, and the dedicated Club volunteer hike leaders have scheduled. There will be something for everyone, both for experienced cold-weather explorers or those new to spending winter time in the mountains.
The basic package begins at $135 per person, double occupancy (plus tax and a $10 per night gratuity) and includes: accommodations on Friday and Saturday night, a hot breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and dinner Saturday evening. Some rooms have kitchenettes, and others can accommodate up to 6 for those looking for a budget option to lower the cost even more. There is also a specialty room with a jacuzzi for those wanting something deluxe!
See the Inn’s website at www.catskillseasonsinn.com or call (845) 688-2505 for details and options. Make sure you mention that you are with the Catskill 3500 Club. Rooms are being held for the Club until January 11th, after which they will be opened to the public, so make your reservations soon! The cancellation policy is 7 days prior to arrival after which no refunds are available.
If you are hiking, but not staying at the Inn, stop by and join the fun on Saturday evening! Dinner is $40.00 and reservations can be made directly with the Inn. Come early for happy hour too! After making reservations, please let the Winter Weekend coordinator, Jim Gebhard know. He can be reached at email@example.com or 845-626-4104. Whether staying at the Inn or not, this is a great weekend to meet some of your fellow members and enjoy some winter adventures and fun!
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!).
We are considering having a video done of the annual meeting (mainly the awarding of certificates, etc.) It was discussed at our November Executive Meeting. But we need someone to be in charge of the project, to work with the videographer, etc. Interested? Get in touch with Mike Doehring at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 hosts a Wilderness First Aid Course (SOLO Certified) every spring. This is a valuable course for both hike leaders and regular hikers. Information on next year's class will be posted in the winter.