Long-Distance Hiking the Catskills
Taught by Ben DiMatteo
A true fan of the woods, Ben has logged hundreds of miles solo and group trekking particularly on trails that can be reached from the city by public transportation. His youth in scouting and many adult years spent rediscovering the lost art of woodcraft provide a tried-and-true wealth of knowledge that can't be gleaned from gear reviews or recreation store salespeople. Though he hasn't thru-hiked the AT, he's sure he could.
When in the city, Ben brings the great outdoors inside and teaches several classes on how to make and keep terrariums.
The Catskill Mountains are by no means among the tallest peaks in the U.S., but their rounded slopes and rocky outcrops are ideal for scenic vistas, remote camp sites, and multi-day rambles for both novice hikers and experienced bivouackers. More importantly, they're close to NYC and easily accessible by car, bus, train, bike and even boat.
In this class you'll learn three multi-day hikes that cover different regions of the Catskills, including at least one trail that can be reach by public transportation alone (so you won't need a car), and one that offers lean-to camping every night (so you won't need a tent). We'll also cover the geology, as well as the wealth of human history, that have shaped the mountains into what you see today.
To help you plan your Catskills adventure, you'll receive detailed trail maps showing terrain, side trails and nearby attractions.
(This is a classroom session!)