Those wishing to become members must climb all 35 Catskill High Peaks, and in a departure from the requirements of most other such clubs, climb Slide, Blackhead, Balsam and Panther mountains again in winter. The Club's by-laws define “winter” as the period from December 21 to March 21, inclusive, regardless of the actual occurrences of the winter solstice and vernal equinox in particular years.
Climbers should make every effort to locate and sign the canister notebook on the summit of each of the 15 peaks marked on the tally sheet with an asterisk (*). Signing in provides a record of your accomplishment, can aid in Search and Rescue situations and provides use information for DEC to advocate for funds for the Catskill Forest Preserve.
The Club also awards a separate patch for those who climb all 35 peaks during winter.
Find answers to frequently asked questions here.
The list of members and their numbers can be found here.
If not a currently subscribed aspirant at time of completion of the 39 climbs the subscription or the dues for membership are $10 per annum ($7.00 for each additional member in same household) and an additional one time application fee of $5.00/person.
If the aspirant is a current paid subscriber, they need only pay the application fee of $5.00/person at the time of completion of their 39 climbs.
For a one-time fee, the organization offers life memberships.
Those who have not yet finished the prescribed 39 climbs (35 regular, 4 winter) are referred to as aspirants. Aspirants can subscribe to the quarterly newsletter of the organization, The Catskill Canister, for a $10 per annum ($7.00 for each additional aspirant in same household). The Canister includes the Club’s outings schedule which subscribed aspirants may take part in.