What we're about

Welcome to Hike Putnam and Beyond.

This group consists of people who enjoy hiking at a relaxed pace. Join us for some wonderful outdoor activities with some nice people. We will explore trails in the area, mostly in Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Fairfield, Litchfield, and Duchess Counties, as well as other locations from time to time. Non hiking events may also be scheduled. While you should have a reasonable level of fitness, hiking experience is not necessary. Most of our hikes will be relaxed but moderate in pace, distance & terrain. There may be some more challenging trails included too. I will provide details and links for each hike - please use the information provided to decide if the hike is right for your needs and level of fitness. I think we should all have a good time on these hikes. For more information, please read the About Us pages http://hiking.meetup.com/370/about/

Upcoming events (1)

Banff Mountain Film series discussion - Ep.9: Water, Trees and Dogs

Stay connected in these times of physical distancing. Let's enjoy a selection of films from the Banff Mountain Film Festival and beyond in the comfort of our homes and then join together to discuss what we saw. Venture to other parts of the world from your armchair! I haven't seen the films, so they will be a surprise to me too. We can watch different ones each week. Note if you don't already have one you will need to sign up for a free vimeo account to watch some of the movies. We will be using zoom - I only have the basic membership so our meeting may be limited to 40 mins, so please be on time and as this is a new experience for us, bring a sense of humor for any technical difficulties! **Important**: I'm limiting the group size so we can have a fruitful discussion - I reserve the right to give priority to regular members and those who have a good attendance history. As always if you can no longer attend please change your RSVP so others on the wait list can join. **Donations**: Meetup has offered no discount on the monthly membership fees organizers pay despite the pandemic. If you would like to donate to help offset those fees, this would be appreciated, I would like to keep the group going during these difficult times to help us all remain connected. Please contact me for paypal or venmo details. Please watch the following before we meet: - Blue Heart https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhmHByZ0Xd8 - Treeline https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCEaYInJbos - The Redstone Pack https://vimeo.com/293860988 *** Film Descriptions *** Blue Heart (2018, 44 min) The Balkan Peninsula is home to the last wild rivers in Europe. However, a deluge of more than 3,000 proposed hydropower developments threaten to destroy the culture and ecology of this forgotten region. Blue Heart, now in its first digital release, documents the battle for the largest undammed river in Europe, Albania’s Vjosa, the effort to save the endangered Balkan lynx in Macedonia, and the women of Kruščica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, who are spearheading a months-long, 24/7 protest to protect their community’s only source of drinking water. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhmHByZ0Xd8 Treeline (2018, 40 min) Through a cinematic exploration of three extraordinary tree communities, Treeline brings forests alive on screen, illuminating the reciprocal bond between humanity and nature - a relationship we can’t survive without - and asks what responsibility we have to protect the exceptional forests that remain. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCEaYInJbos The Redstone Pack (2018, 5 min) What began as an impromptu leap into the world of dog sledding, Aaron Natoniewski’s methodical approach to the sport and understanding of his dogs has inspired a team of sled hounds unlike any other. https://vimeo.com/293860988

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