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RSVPs for this event will close two days before it is scheduled to occur.
Your safety, and the safety of the group, is the most important thing. If you underestimate the demands of this event; overestimate your experience, knowledge, skills or abilities; or come unprepared you put yourself or others at risk – consider this before you decide to participate.
Come celebrate on Hunter mountain in the Catskills as Random's tireless leaders Michael and Monica finish the Northeast 115, a list of all the 4000 ft peaks in New York and New England.
The plan is to start at Devil's tombstone, bushwack to the trail-less Hunter SW, a 3500 foot peak, cross the Hunter Mtn trail to Hunter peak, one of two 4000 footers in the Catskills, and then go down the Becker Hollow trail. It is approximately 7 miles with the bushwack, and approx 2000 ft of elevation.
We will meet at the Becker Hollow trailhead, just north of Devil's tombstone campground, to spot cars.
This event is considered to be intermediate because of the pace, distance, and elevation gain. No beginners please.
The trails may be icy, so you should be comfortable hiking in winter conditions and have experience bushwacking. Some type of traction, such as microspikes is REQUIRED. We may or may not need them.
I have NOT hiked these trails before and did my research using the Appalachian Mountain Club's "Catskills Mountain Guide", a trail map, and the Internet. You are ultimately responsible for your own safety. Everyone should familiarize themselves with the route, terrain, and potential hazards and ideally carry their own map.
This will be the second event of the Random NY Chapter. If you've hiked all the peaks in the Whites, come out and start a new list!
We start as a group, hike as a group, and finish as a group. Our pace will be that of the slowest hiker. This trip isn't for you if you are faster than the group and don't want to stay with us, if you want to head off on your own, or if you are slower than the group and expect us to constantly wait for you.
Guests are not permitted - all participants must be members of the Random Group of Hikers.
We could alter our plans because of fatigue, weather, and/or other conditions and there is no guarantee that we will complete the entire event as described here (i.e. we might not reach the summit).
Clothing, Gear, Equipment, and Supplies
Hiking safely is about being prepared so that you can respond to an emergency situation or spend a night in the woods if you have to. Failure to bring the basics puts you and the rest of the group at risk. If you don't know what to wear and/or bring with you or have any questions either refer to the list below or contact me.
Do not rely on others to have extra items to share with you at the meeting spot or on the trail. You should know how to use all of your equipment - test and adjust it prior to this trip.
If you don't have what you need you will not be allowed to participate - even if you carpooled with someone!
Random Group of Hikers Disclaimer
As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; you know and will follow the Hiker Responsibility Code; the organizer(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you release, hold harmless, and indemnify the organizer(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.