The Adirondack Mountain Club has a patch program for all 5 of the Catskills plus 23 firetowers in the Adirondacks. In the spirit of other "hike-several-mountains-in-a-day" programs, presenting HVH's 1st ever
5 Catskills firetowers in 1 Day Challenge!!
The 5 Towers in the Catskills are
Red Hill: 2.8 miles round trip, 900' vertical
Balsam Lake: 6.8 miles round trip, 1200' vertical (from Mill Brook PA)
Hunter: 4.4 miles round trip, 2200' vertical (via Becker Hollow)
Tremper: 6 miles round trip, 2000' vertical
Overlook: 5 miles round trip, 1400' vertical
Total hiking distance: 25 miles Total elevation gain: 7,700 ft. Total driving time (in-between towers): 2 hrs, 45 minutes Total driving distance (in-between towers): 97.2 miles
(we'll post more details as the date approaches)
The Catskill Fire Tower Passport Program
Earn a Catskill Fire Towers Badge! Hike one (or more) of the Catskills' fire towers between May 10 and October 13, 2014, then log your hike on a Morgan Outdoors Fire Tower Passport, available at Morgan Outdoors in Livingston Manor at 46 Main Street or download it here right now.
Turn in your passport at Morgan Outdoors by October 13th and collect your badge. You'll also be entered in a drawing to win prizes, including handy pair of Nikon Travelite Binoculars.
The Catskill Fire Tower Passport Program is sponsored by Morgan Outdoors and the Watershed Post with support from the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference.
This hike is part of a ADK Club Firetower Challenge series. We will hike firetowers in the Adirondacks following this hike :)
Regarding the ADK Club Firetower Challenge:
• you must complete 18/23 Adirondack firetowers
• you must complete 5/5 Catskill firetowers
• you are NOT required to actually CLIMB the firetowers
• record the dates of your visits, impressions etc on this form
• mail it in with a check of $3 to receive your patch!!
NOTE: You are responsible for bringing appropriate gear, supplies, clothing, first aid, and lights. You should review topographic maps and trail features carefully; understanding topography of any hike is key to your knowing where you are, where you're going, and how to get back. See suggestions for GEAR on the "About" page for additional gear ideas. You agree when you sign up for this group or any of the events that you have read and understand the below. If you join us for a hike (or any other event), please understand that you are responsible for your own preparedness and well-being and will hold no one else liable in case of injury or mishap. You agree not to hold the Organizer, Assistant Organizers, or any other members responsible for any injuries, mishaps, or any other situation that may happen at a planned event. You are responsible to research the event, know the area, and bring the proper gear. Your attendance on a hike signifies that you have read and accept the terms of this liability waiver. Full waiver can be found on the ABOUT page.