The Catskills: History + Hiking (ONLINE)
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.
Location: Online Class
*This is a live, online class via Zoom.*
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 camping, and multi-day rambles along quiet woodland trails. The Catskills' proximity to NYC make them easily accessible to New Yorkers by car, bus, train, bike and even boat.
In this class you'll discover the unique geological (and *cosmic*) conditions that created the Catskills, as well as the rich human history and enterprise that shaped them into the vacation destination you find there today. You'll get to know some of the artists, writers, naturalists and activists whose works were inspired by their experiences among the mountains, some of whom in turn have helped preserve the Catskills for future generations.
You’ll also learn of three multi-day hikes that cover different regions of the Catskills, including at least one trail that can be reached 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).
To help you plan your own Catskills adventure, you'll receive detailed trail maps showing terrain, side trails and nearby attractions.